School, law enforcement officials probe possible abduction attempts




Wheeling and Buffalo Grove police along with officials in School District 21 are asking residents to be vigilant after two children were allegedly approached by what Wheeling Police said in a verified statement was “…a black sedan when he attempted to entice the victim into his vehicle with a fabricated story.” The statement also encourages parents to “talk with your children about safety before and after school. Make sure they know to never talk to or approach a stranger.”
            As School District 21’s boundaries include Buffalo Grove, the BGPD is participating in the investigation. In a verified statement that appeared on social media, Buffalo Grove Police noted “while none of the incidents have occurred in Buffalo Grove, patrols have increased around Buffalo Grove schools to help locate the vehicle. Police encourage parents/caretakers to stay with children as they wait for the bus, and greet them when they return home.”
            District 21 notified parents on Feb. 26 notifying them of the situation. While nothing is posted on the district’s web site, a verified post on the District’s Facebook page reiterated what both the Wheeling and Buffalo Grove police departments noted. “Our students are safe today because they ignored the man in the car and told trusted adults about the situation. Please continue to talk with your children about safety tips for before and after school and make sure they know to never talk to or approach a stranger. Also, please remind them to always walk with other students as much as possible.” 

Police Reports
Police reports were not available this week. Information will be posted when it becomes available.  In the meantime, let’s be careful out there.

Community News
Whooping cough cases hit Stevenson High School
            The Lake County Health Department has notified officials at Stevenson High School that “several new cases of pertussis, also known as “whooping cough,” have been confirmed at school.
In a letter to School District 125, the Health Department noted that “…some students from Adlai E. Stevenson High School are ill with pertussis, also called “whooping cough”.
The letter adds that “this illness may spread to other students if preventative measures are not taken. The Lake County Health Department, Communicable Disease program has been working with the school to investigate cases of pertussis and make sure that every close contact is identified and provided medication (prophylaxis) to prevent pertussis infection and spread.
Close contacts include all family members, best friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, close teammates, etc. These contacts, if not identified and treated, may spread pertussis to their family and friends.”

Free housing agreement raises questions
            Some public officials may find there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but some will find there can be a free house.
            The Daily Herald’s Jake Griffin reports that Buffalo Grove Park District Executive Director Ryan Risinger has such an arrangement. Risinger, Griffin reports, lives rent free next to the Alcott Center. Without home ownership, Griffin reports, Risinger is also spared paying property taxes, let alone income tax on the perk.

Village Board meeting Monday
            Residents looking for a way to celebrate Casimir Pulaski Day can attend the Village Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Jeffrey Braiman Council Chambers in Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. Refreshments are not served, but attendees can marvel at the lively art of conversation. Admission is free. The agenda can be found here.

Weiland Road public hearing Wednesday
A public hearing on the Weiland Road improvement project is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. Updates and general information about the project will be available.
Construction is occurring in two separate sections at the same time. The two project sections are from Deerfield Parkway to Aptakisic Road and Lake Cook Road to Deerfield Parkway.
Construction work from Lake-Cook to Deerfield Parkway began last year. Advanced utility work has begun north of Deerfield Parkway in preparation for the start of construction of the north project this spring. Both projects will continue throughout the year.

Blood Drive March 7
A community blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, call Vitalant at 877-258-4825, or go to Vitalant.org.

Water bill error reported
The Village has identified two errors in water bills received by residents billed for water/sewer usage between Dec. 1,2019 and Jan. 31, 2020. According to information released by the village, these include, 1) the fixed facility fee (effective January 1, 2020) being listed twice on these bills; the total bill reflects only one charge for January, and 2) an overcharge occurring on these bills, where the 11-percent increase that went into effect January 1 was charged for usage in December.
For an average household that uses approximately 6,000 gallons of water per month, a $4.20 credit would be applied to the next bill.

‘Political divide’ topic of program at Hope Lutheran Church
“Talking Across the Political Divide – a Better Angels Workshop” is the topic of a community wide conversation at Hope Lutheran Church is hosting a community-wide conversation, “from 1 - 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 15 in the church fellowship hall at 1660 Checker Rd, Long Grove.
In the current polarized environment, many people avoid or dread political conversations with friends or family members whose politics differ from their own. This Better Angels workshop provides the skills necessary to have respectful conversations that bring clarity to differences, establish common ground, and affirm the importance of relationships.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills in a safe environment.
Participation in the workshop is free, however registration is required.  Visit hopelutheran-elca.org and click “News” for the link to register.  For more information, contact the church office at (847) 634-2070.
Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences, and making a strong public argument for depolarization.

County offers Lake-Cook Road construction updates
With working continuing on the Lake Cook Road reconstruction project. Daily lane closures remain in place from 7 a.m.  to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on the eastbound and westbound lanes of Lake Cook Road, northbound lane of Buffalo Grove Road, and northbound lane of Weiland Road. Learn more about the project by viewing fact sheet, and stay informed by going to cookcountylcr.org  and by using Lake County PASSAGE to see the latest traffic conditions. This project is managed by the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways.

Dist. 21 names new administrators
            Holmes Middle School and Twain Elementary School will have new principals starting in the 2020-21 school year. The District 21 School Board made the appointments at its February meeting. Liz Richards was named principal at Holmes Middle School and Alyssa Shlensky was named principal at Twain Elementary School.

Kindergarten ‘roundup’ set in Dist. 21
            A series of programs for incoming kindergartners and their parents in School District 21 begins Tuesday, March 3. Among the schools hosting programs Tuesday are Kilmer Elementary School, 655 Golfview Terr., Buffalo Grove and Longfellow School 501 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Buffalo Grove.

Student Voices
Here are links to the student newspapers at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools.
Buffalo Grove High School Charger
Stevenson High School Statesman
Wheeling High School Spokesman
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