Bogus inspectors / Officials watching revenues as COVID spikes / Scaled back BG Days on tap

 Crime and Punishment

Bogus inspectors -- A resident 1300 Block of Rose Blvd. reported that she was approached by a man who stated he needed to check for “rust and corrosion” on her gas meter. The individual took a picture of the meter and left the area. As he walked away, the resident observed him wearing a safety vest with “Police Inspector” across the back. Police received a similar complaint from a resident in the 700 Block of Penny Lane who reported seeing a male subject wearing an orange safety vest who was observed walking around the outside of his house. The subject claimed to be reading the meter but did not have an ID visible or any identifying signs on his vehicle.

Cops quell fight -- Officers responded to a complaint of a fight occurring inside the banquet hall at Astoria Banquets, 1375 W. Dundee Rd. Upon officers arrival, several people were observed yelling and cursing at one another. Officers were able to calm everyone down.

Vandals hit drive, yard -- A resident in 0-100 Block of Newfield Drive reported to police that someone spray painted his driveway and lawn. The resident said he saw someone bent over and rapidly moving his arms in his yard. The individual left before the resident went outside.

Food gone bad -- Two bags of groceries were located outside the common doors at 2 Villa Verde Dr. Police report that “It was believed that the bags had been there unclaimed for several days.”

There’s always a joker in the crowd – Police report that a resident reported receiving numerous phone calls from an unknown number in a short timeframe. When he finally answered, someone was heard laughing and telling incoherent jokes. Officers contacted the suspected prankster, who denied any involvement. Wonder if his name is Pseudolus and if there was comedy that night.

A local Jack Woltz? -- A resident in the 200 Block of Chicory Lane reported finding a severed head of an opossum in his outside garbage can located. Wonder if they’ll try to pin this on Luca Brasi.

Keyword: “Pay” – A stopped at the BP station at McHenry and Buffalo Grove roads, only to find that his debit card was declined. He then pushed the “pay inside” and received the gas. But he didn’t have the cash. Police were called and, according to reports, an agreement was made for the customer to return at a later time and pay the amount owed.

Trash talkin’ Part 1: The management of an apartment complex in the 1300 Block of Johnson Drive reported illegal dumping in several of the dumpsters located at the complex. The owner of the discarded items was contacted and advised to stop utilizing the dumpsters.

Trash talkin’ Part 2: The staff at Tide Dry Cleaners, 310 Half Day Rd., contacted police to report that someone discarded items into their dumpsters. The responding officer contacted the owner of the items and issued a citation.

Dog left in car -- Officers were called to the parking lot Mariano’s Fresh Market 450 W. Half Day Rd. on reports of a dog observed in a parked vehicle for more than 10 minutes. Reports say the vehicle’s windows were slightly cracked and the engine was not running.

Officers located the vehicle owner who refused to return to the vehicle until he was done shopping. Officers stood by the vehicle keeping an eye on the dog until the owner returned. Charges are pending.

For this they called the police? A motorist called police to report that their vehicle’s front driver’s side tire became flat after striking a pothole at the intersection of Lake-Cook Road and Raupp Boulevard. The pothole was not charged.

Reptile recovery -- A corn snake was caught and transported to Lake County Animal Care & Control 1100 Block of Lockwood Court West.

Going out on a limb -- Two large tree branches broke off a neighbor’s tree in the 1000 Block of Alden Ln. during the storm and damaged the complainant’s patio furniture and flowerpots.

Intersection estimate? – A woman reported to police that while she was stopped at a red light at Milwaukee Avenue and Deerfield Parkway a vehicle pulled up next to her and the driver offered to fix a dent she had in her front bumper. She did not believe that she had any dents, and refused to pull over as the driver suggested. 

News & Notes

 Branch pickup begins Monday

Public Works will begin residential branch pickup Monday, August 16. Only branches in the parkway will be cleaned up.

            Residents are asked to help by:

 - Placing branches in the parkway

 - Split or cut ends toward the road

 - Stacked neatly, but not bound or tied

 - Don’t block the sidewalk or the road

 - Don’t place branches in bags or garbage cans

If you have questions regarding parkway trees, contact Public Works at (847) 459-2545 between 7 a.m. and  3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours residents can call the non-emergency police number at (847) 459-2560. 

Village officials watching revenues as COVID spikes

            The Buffalo Grove Countryside reports that “Buffalo Grove sales tax revenues are at pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, village officials reported to trustees, but officials are keeping their fingers crossed that a virus resurgence – by way of the delta variant – won’t affect that economic rebound.” 

Carnival, food trucks on BG Days schedule.

The 2021 Buffalo Grove Days are scheduled from Thursday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 6.

The carnival will run all four days with musical entertainment set for Friday through Sunday with one band playing each night from 7:30-9:30pm, and a DJ playing before and after.

Local food trucks will be available and the Park District will sell soft drinks and beer.

The annual program for residents with disabilities will be held on Monday, Sept. 6. However, unlike previous years, it will only consist of the carnival rides.

The Buddy Baseball Game will be held this year at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at Kendrigan Field at Rick Drazner Park (formerly Twin Creeks Park).

Parking and shuttle buses will be available. Complete information is available at

Park District plans Adventure Challenge

Folks with a competitive edge can participate in an Adventure Challenge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 21 at Mike Rylko Community Park

Participants will compete in mental and physical challenges during the race, and try to finish the course before the competition. Teams must consist of four players, and choose either the recreation or competitive level. Entry fees are $20 for residents and $25 nonresidents.

For more information, or to register online, go to or contact Brian O’Malley at 847.353.7529 or 

Rotary’s annual duck race Sept. 5.

            The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is sponsoring its annual duck race fund raiser on Sunday, Sept. 5. Three options are available including the “Lucky Duck,” which is a single-duck entry for $5, the “Quack Pack” which is six ducks for $25 or the “Flock of Ducks” which is 25 ducks for $100.

            The top prize is $1,500, second prize is $500, third prize $is 250 with 10 fourth place winners each receiving $100. Full information is available here. 

Come sail away…

The Park District is holding a cardboard boat regatta on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Willow Stream Pool. The event will be from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm for participants 7 - 17 years of age, and from 2 - 4 p.m. for 1participants 8 years and up.

The Park District says “this event will challenge amateur boat builders to design, build and navigate a boat made entirely of cardboard.” Each boat will then set sail or sink in Willow Stream Pool, as each team competes for a variety of awards and trophies. The fee is $25.

Registration will be done by teams (maximum of 3 people), with only one person from each team needing to register. All rules will be emailed prior to the event. For more information, contact Jenn Foreman at (847) 850-2110 or 

Disc golf tourney Sept. 4

The Buffalo Grove Park District will host its annual Doubles Disc Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Friends of the Park Foundation. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Rick Drazner Park (formerly Twin Creeks Park).

 Teams will consist of two players, scoring in a best-shot format. Teams will be playing two rounds of 18 holes, one round at Willow Stream Park, and one round at Rick Drazner Park, and there will be a 36-team limit.

Play will be by PDGA rules and PDGA approved golf discs are required. This is tournament is for all ages and will be played rain or shine.

If there is thunder and/or lightning the day of the tournament, the Park District will determine a new tournament date. Lunch will be served between rounds at Rick Drazner Park. There will be an awards ceremony at Willow Stream Park immediately after the event.

Check-in will be at Willow Stream Park. For more information, please contact Megan Baird at 847.850.2119 or 

Dog show Sept. 4

Dogs and their owners are invited to participate in the Park District’s annual dog show for all Buffalo Grove dogs at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Willow Stream Park.

All amateur dogs can enter events such as best-groomed, celebrity look-alike, best couple (dog and owner), best trick, waggiest tail and best costume. Prizes and raffles are included.

The event is free and no advanced registration is needed. For more information, contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146 or 

Assessment evaluation available

Lake County residents can get free, one-on-one assistance to evaluate their assessment and learn about a homestead exemption, which can potentially provide tax relief. Taxpayer advocates are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Chief County Assessment Office, 18 N. County St., 7th Floor, Waukegan. 

The tax bills cometh

Cook County residents can expect to receive second installment of the 2020 property tax bills in late August. Bills will be posted to the treasurer's website by mid-August, and payments will be due by Oct. 1. 

Mini-golf fund raiser Sept. 12

A mini-golf fund-raiser sponsored by GiveNKind place is scheduled from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Par-King Skill Golf, 21711 N Milwaukee Ave, Lincolnshire.

The event includes a round of 18-hole miniature golf, a picnic meal from The Picnic Basket, music, games and raffles.

Standard and premium packages are available for four and five-person teams (all attendees must be over 48” as required by Par-King). Sponsorship opportunities are available for families and businesses.

This event is limited to 200 participants. Packages start at $160 per foursome. For more information, go to this link.

GiveNKind is a nonprofit for nonprofits, serving as a logistics organization to connect donors of quality goods with local nonprofits. GiveNKind currently serves more than 75 nonprofit organizations in Lake County and more than 225 in Illinois. 

ITPLD offers video equipment rentals

Users of the Indian Trail Public Library District can capture their summer memories by renting a variety of video and photo equipment, available for a two-week rental with a ITPLD library card through the Launch Pad.

Available equipment includes

·         72" Tripod

·         Video Kit

·         Photography Kit

·         Binoculars Kit

...and more

For more information, go to this this link. 


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