In this edition: $21,000 in bogus checks, accreditation team to visit BGPD

A resident told police she noticed that checks totaling more than $21,200 were written on his account. The man told police she did not write the checks, nor did she authorize anyone to write checks on his account. The account was immediately closed.  Good idea.

Ride refused -- A Lyft driver refused take a passenger to her destination in Carpentersville unless she wore a mask.  The driver pulled into a parking lot and told the woman to leave, but she refused telling police she did not feel safe in the car with the driver.  Eventually she did leave the car.  Odds are the driver did not get a tip.

Speaking of riding – Police received two complaints about customers at a go-karting facility on Hastings operating “outside of village orders” related to COVID-19. 

Neither rain, nor snow or pandemic – Can keep people from dumping trash in places they are not supposed to.  Case in point – police received a complaint about a nonresident of a condominium development.   The Trash Investigation Unit traced down the offender who admitted placing the items in the condo association’s dumpster because, well, note police reports, he ran out of space in his own trash cans.

Debit card fraud – A resident told police that he was contacted by his bank about two suspicious transactions on his credit card.  Suspicious is the understatement.  According to reports, one of the transactions was for $744 at a liquor store in New Jersey and another for $922 at a liquor

store in North Carolina. A lot of liquor and a lot of driving. And here’s the clincher, the resident noted on the report that he does not purchase liquor.

Community News

 Police Department to undergo accreditation review

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will examine all aspects of the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, field operations and support services. The assessment will start on Monday, Dec.7 and end Wednesday Dec. 9.

As part of the assessment, department employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday Dec. 8, from 2 – 4 p.m. The session will be conducted remotely. The public may call (224) 636-6773 to provide comments to the assessment team during the designated hours.

Telephone comments at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Residents interested may contact Deputy Chief Michael Szos at (847) 459-2560 to arrange to view the standards, which are available at the police department, 46 Raupp Boulevard in Buffalo Grove.

 Hanukkah events planned

Northwest Suburban Chabad is planning two Hanukkah events on Sunday, Dec. 13.  The first is a “menorah car parade” through the village beginning at 4 p.m. The parade starts at Chabad, 16296 W. Aptakisic Road. The second is an outdoor menorah lighting at Town Center beginning at 5 p.m. In addition to the menorah lighting, Chabad there will be latkes and donuts available as well as live music. Social distancing will be enforced. For more information about either event, call (847) 808-7770 or email Chabad at Since the event is at Town Center there should be plenty of parking.

 Stevenson plans hybrid learning

            Stevenson High School students will return to the classroom on a hybrid schedule starting in January. At least that’s the plan. The Chicago Tribune reports that the plan is to integrate remote and in-person learning. Stevenson has been on remote learning so far this year.

 Longtime cop hangs up the ‘cuffs

Sgt. Michelle Kondrat


Buffalo Grove Police Sergeant Michelle Kondrat retired Dec .2 after serving Buffalo Grove for more than 24 years.

Kondrat was sworn in as a police officer in 1996, where she served in many different roles prior to being promoted to sergeant in 2015.

Most recently she headed up the Department’s traffic enforcement efforts. Lt. Mike Rodriguez will be overseeing the unit for the time being.




Raupp Museum gets grant

The Buffalo Grove Park District’s Raupp Museum will receive $240,000 for the development of educational gardens at The Nature Classroom that is located at Mike Rylko Community Park, on the northeast end, near the skate park and new Pickleball courts.

The grant was announced by Gov. JB Pritzker provides funds for 43 Illinois museums that will receive $22.8 million through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits. The investments are through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, funded through Gov. Pritzker's Rebuild Illinois multi-year state capital program.

 TGI Friday’s going to pot?

            While the village is trying to convince the state to allow Sunnyside dispensary to expand its client base to recreational users, Wheeling officials are expected to vote on allowing recreational marijuana sales at the shuttered TGI Fridays at 1500 E. Lake-Cook Road in the Schwind Crossings shopping center. According to the Daily Herald, the Wheeling Village Board may vote on the proposal when it meets Monday, Dec. 7. A limit on chip sales at nearby stores is not being considered.

 Mark the calendar

 Village Board meeting Monday

The Buffalo Grove Village Board will meet Monday, Dec. 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. Because of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be virtual only by accessing this link.. The meeting agenda can be found here. The meeting is starting an hour earlier than the usual 7:30 p.m. start time because of a lengthy agenda.

 2020 yard waste collection ends soon

December 15 is the last day for yard waste collection this year. As always, landscape waste should be contained in 32-gallon special yard waste paper bags. A 32-gallon rigid and unlined waste containers marked with a large 'X' that are at least 12 inches in diameter and can be seen from the Waste Management truck can also be used. Acceptable items include: grass clippings, leaves, vegetative plants, brush and small trees. A list of items that do not qualify for yard collection can be found at this link. For additional information, visit


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