Deception used to enter home / Didech running again / BG Singers auditions

Men use deception to enter home -- A resident in the 700 Block of Essington Lane reported that he was approached by a man as he was retrieving his mail from his mailbox.

The subject informed him that a pump needed to be installed in the complainant’s backyard, and he accompanied the subject to the backyard.

Meanwhile, another male subject entered the house and was confronted by the complainant’s wife. The second male subject informed the wife that there was a house fire a few doors down, and he needed to check on their electricity. He brought her to the laundry room to test their laundry machines. The wife became suspicious, yelled to the husband to call the police, and began pushing the subject out of the laundry room. She observed several other subjects run from the home and get into a vehicle parked on her driveway.

Credit card scam -- The store manager at the Subway, 1008 Weiland Rd. reported to police that the store has received orders through a food delivery service that has been using credit cards without the owner’s knowledge.

Reports say officers contacted the person ordering the food, who advised they are using a third-party ordering service and method of payment, and stated he only placed one order. The officer also contacted the credit card holder who verified that they charge was made without their consent. The store manager was apprised of the officer’s findings.

Attempted theft from car -- A resident in the 900 Block of Pine Tree Circle S. reported that his vehicle was broken into while it was parked overnight. He told police the rear door was open, as well as the glove compartment and center console.

Purse stolen from car -- Police report that a woman the front passenger of her car was window broken and her purse was missing while it was parked outside Sky Fitness, 1501 E. Busch Pkwy.

Man with a gun? -- Officers responded to a man with a gun call at the Shell station, 50 W. Lake Cook Rd. According to reports, upon arrival, officers met the complainant who advised officers that a subject getting gas mumbled something to him, opened his trunk, and reached for something. The complainant did not see what he grabbed, and only assumed it was a gun. The subject had already left the area prior to the responding officers arrival.

Off the radar -- A resident in the 600 Block of Checker Drive reported someone took a radar detector out of his unlocked vehicle overnight.

So much for a reference -- An terminated employee was issued an adjudication citation after he was caught removing merchandise without paying for it from Woodman’s, 1550 E. Deerfield Pkwy.

In other news

Network upgrades set at village hall

Village Hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

During this closure, village staff will be performing extensive network upgrades between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., including the replacement of routing infrastructure at all Village facilities.

The normal phone system will not be functional during this time.

The work will not impact 9-1-1 services.

Residents and businesses can call a temporary number, (224) 374-4600 for immediate assistance with the following issues on Monday:

• Water main breaks and all water issues

• Trees or street lights being down

• Sewer back ups

• Dead animals

Didech announces bid for third term


           State Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59) is seeking a third term. Didech made his announcement on Thursday. In a press release announcing his bid, Didech said “I am most proud of my work ensuring that every single person in my district has a real voice in Springfield. Last year alone I worked with the Vernon Hills Village Board to honor our veterans, with residents in Mundelein to eliminate racist restrictive covenants, and with the village of Buffalo Grove to end the pointless impasse that prevented a cannabis dispensary from operating in our town. I truly enjoy being in a position where I can help make government work the way it’s supposed to.”

The 59th District includes portions of Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Wheeling, Lincolnshire, Park City, Green Oaks, Libertyville, Prairie View, Mettawa, Indian Creek, and unincorporated Deerfield.

Board to consider vaccine mandate for village officials, volunteers

            The Village Board will consider an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday that will require elected officials, village appointees and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. A requirement for village staff went into effect Jan. 3.

             Highlights of the policy include:

1. Both doses of a mRNA vaccine are required to be considered fully vaccinated;

2. mRNA booster shots are required based on CDC guidance;

3. Mandatory reporting of vaccination status to Human Resources;

4. Medical and religious exemptions permitted subject to application and approval;

5. Testing required for any person with a current, approved religious or medical exemption;

6. Collective bargaining agreements and/or occupational mandates (e.g. IDPH) may supersede the policy.

            Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is available only online on Facebook or on Zoom at this link.

Auditions for BG Singers set

Auditions for the BG Singers will be Feb. 1 at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove.

Singers should prepare a vocal selection that best highlights their talent, and bring either sheet music (in the key you will sing it) or an accompaniment track on a device that can be connected to a Bluetooth speaker.

For those who prefer to audition via Zoom or other video conferencing service, we are more than happy to accommodate on an individual basis.

The choral season begins with Tuesday evening rehearsals on April 5, with performances scheduled for September.

Audition slots are limited, and filled on a first come, first served basis. In order to reserve your preferred audition time, please contact Linda Rosen at 847.682.4632 or

Arlington Heights Road focus of hearing

The Lake County Department of Transportation (LCDOT) is hosting a virtual public meeting for a planned improvement project on Arlington Heights Road between Lake Cook Road and Route 83. The hearing will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 on Zoom.

The meeting will cover the project overview and schedule, and seek public comment after a live presentation and Q&A session.

Full information is at this link.

Need a reason to celebrate?

Mark your calendars for these upcoming celebrations! 

Jan. 17
National Hot Buttered Rum Day

Ditch New Year's Resolution Day

National Bootlegger’s Day

Jan. 18

National Gourmet Coffee Day
National Peking Duck Day
National Winnie the Pooh Day

Jan. 19

Museum Selfie Day
National Popcorn Day
National Tin Can Day

Jan. 20
National Cheese Lover's Day
Camcorder Day
National Penguin Day

Jan. 21
National Hugging Day
National Squirrel Appreciation Day
National Cheesy Socks Day

Jan. 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day

National Hot Sauce Day

Jan. 23
National Pie Day
Measure Your Feet Day
National Handwriting Day 

For more information on these festivities and to find others, go to

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