Cops set to crack down on impaired drivers

The Buffalo Grove Police are participating in a state-funded traffic enforcement program from Oct. 17 through Nov. 2.

Coinciding with Halloween, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program will focus on impaired drivers.

“Halloween is scary enough without adding impaired driving to the mix,” Sergeant Michelle Kondrat says.

She emphasizes that driving when impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other substance in Illinois is not only scary, it’s also illegal. DUI offenses are not restricted to alcohol-related offenses. Drivers operating a motor vehicle while high can face DUI charges.

The BGPD offers these tips for safe driving during the Halloween season:

** Plan for a safe and sober way home before you go out: designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use a ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member.

** Remember, walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired so designate a sober friend to walk you home.

** If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as you can safely do so.

** If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.

The Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and is part of the statewide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ and ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaigns.

Adriane Johnson replaces Link

Buffalo Grove resident Adriane Johnson, a park district leader and chamber of commerce president has replaced Terry Link as state senator from the 30th state senate district. She assumed the post Oct. 10.

BGHS music teacher gets second Grammy bid

For the second year in a row, Elizabeth Bennett, a music teacher at Buffalo Grove High School is a semifinalist for a 2021 Grammy.

Village Board meets Monday

The Buffalo Grove Village Board will meet Monday, Oct. 19. The meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be in the Council Chambers at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. It will be available by Zoom at this link.  The agenda is available here. Among the items the Board is expected to take action on is a proclamation declaring November as Native American Heritage Month.

Got paper? Township will shred it for you

Vernon Township is hosting a free document shredding event from noon – 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 26, at the Township Administrative Office. Accepted items include: canceled or unused checks, as well as old insurance policies, bills, medical records and invoices. It’s important to note that Magazines, newspapers, manila folders or binders will not be accepted.

While this is an onsite shredding event, if the collection truck fills up, locked containers will hold additional documents to be shredded after the event. Residents are limited to three medium-sized boxes of paper. For any questions, please call Tracy at the Township at 847-634-4600 or visit this link for more information.

County issues election information

Early voting sites in Lake County open Monday, Oct. 19, and will be available seven days a week: from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 1. Saturday and Sunday Four early voting locations will remain open on Nov. 2.

All Lake County voters may vote at any location, regardless of where they live. Safety precautions at all polling places are being implemented to protect against the transmission of COVID-19. Be sure to wear a face covering, maintain social distancing, and if possible, voters should bring their own pen.

Voting by mail: As of Oct. 15, the Lake County Clerk’s office has received close to 150,000 applications for vote by mail ballots. When voters complete their ballot, they should be sure to sign it. Election judges verify the legitimacy of your ballot by comparing the signature on your ballot certification envelope to the signature on your voter registration record. You may return your completed ballot through the U.S. mail, hand-deliver it to the Lake County Clerk’s office no later than 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, or drop it in a postage-free drop box provided by the Lake County Clerk’s Office.

Voting on Election Day, Nov. 3: Voters may vote in-person at their assigned neighborhood voting site between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. They may also vote at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake or in the lobby of the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan.

More information is available by visiting the Lake County Clerk November 2020 Election Page for complete information about voting, including candidate lists, sample ballots, voter registration and more. For addition information, call 847-377-VOTE (8683).

Watch out for Bambi

With fall in full swing, drivers are advised to be more vigilant and watch for deer on the roads. Autumn coincides with the mating season and increased deer movement, particularly at dusk and dawn. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2019, a total of 16,213 crashes involved deer in Illinois.

More than 40 percent of crashes involving deer in Illinois occurred in October, November and December, with November being the highest-risk month.

Call 2-1-1 for personal assistance

Lake County residents who need assistance finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services, call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help 24/7. To receive general COVID-19 information via text message, text "COVID19" to 211211. For more information, visit

Sealants facing ban

Buffalo Grove residents may need to find a different method of sealing their driveway.  That’s because the village is mulling a ban on coal tar sealants.

Book sale, kids’ programs set at Indian Trails Library

Two programs for children are planned by the Indian Trails Library District. They include:

Bag O' Books Book Sale / Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon In front of the library. Stop by for a $5 bag of books and some special treats, personally selected by the Indian Trails Library Foundation. More information is available here.

How To Draw Cartoons with Paul Merklein/ Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. to noon. Suggested ages: 7 and older. Cartoonist Paul Merklein will show participants how to draw famous cartoon characters. A pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, three sheets of blank white paper are needed – as well as your imagination. Register here.

Paperback Pals Book Club  / 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 10. When Koko Dodo’s secret chocolate sauce is stolen just before a cooking contest Didi, a dodo bird, devises a daring plan to help–whether he wants her to, or not. Registration is now open. Participants should call to pick up their book at the drive-up window or the Kids Desk, then read the book and to join in a discussion on Zoom. Register here.

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