Persistent solicitors / Big game, big enforcement / Road forum set

Unwanted solicitors -- A resident in the 0 -100 block of south Buffalo Grove Road contacted police about a solicitor complaint. The resident told police that she observed two men in the first-floor hallway of the apartment building who were soliciting residents for energy services. She explained the "no soliciting" policy and asked them to leave. They left, but approximately 10 minutes later, police received a call from a resident on the second floor of the same building, who told police she observed an unknown male and female soliciting energy services. They were again asked to leave. The pair left the premises and drove away in a black Audi sedan with dark tinted windows and an unknown white temporary license plate.

Retail theft – Store officials at Woodman’s contacted police about a customer who loaded his shopping cart with $73.37 worth of merchandise and left the store without paying for the items. While talking with officers, the customer, reports say, “blurted out, ‘I thought I paid.’” An adjudication ticket was requested and issued and the customer was also told they are no longer welcome back in the store. Police also responded to Woodman's after a woman allegedly scanned seven items at a self-checkout register and left the store without paying for the items. The total value of the items was $28.83. Reports say that when confronted about the problem, the customer became very defensive and raised her voice repeating several times that she paid for the items. Officers reportedly tried to explain to her that the store did not wish to pursue the matter criminally and only requested she pay for the items. Police say the woman eventually “lowered her voice and said she would go to the store and pay the balance due.”

Suspicious male handling the mail? -- A resident on Harris Drive told police a black male rang her doorbell and asked for his mail. The subject told the resident he had some mail and packages delivered to the address. The resident told the man she had not received any mail that wasn't hers and asked where he lived. He reportedly told her that he lived down the street. He then, reports say, walked to the end of the driveway and was picked up by a second subject in a U-Haul box truck.

Catalytic converter swiped – A Villa Verde resident told police his catalytic converter was stolen and a tire slashed on Jan. 26. The damage was estimated at $2,700.

Wallet swiped – A customer at Mariano’s told police her wallet was stolen from a shopping cart She told police she was in the bakery area selecting bread and had walked away from the cart which had the wallet in it. She stated a "tall man" wearing a black hood was the only one who walked past her cart, but did not realize the wallet was taken until several seconds later.

Potential phone scam – A resident told police about suspicious phone calls, saying she was called several times by an unknown subject requesting her Medicaid card number. The caller reportedly wanted the number to cover an undisclosed medical procedure.

In Other Community News…


Village Board to meet

            If you want to take a break from watching the Olympics, the Village Board will hold a Committee of the Whole meeting via live video streaming at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7. The agenda can be found here. Among the topics the Board is expected to discuss include infrastructure and discussion of COVID-19 mitigation measures and public meetings.


Phone, network upgrades set

Village staff will perform extensive network upgrades between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 5. Work will include the replacement of an aging core network and routing infrastructure across Village properties. The normal phone system will not be functional during this time. Residents are reminded that 9-1-1 services will not be affected by the work. Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. Residents and businesses can call a temporary number, (224) 374-4600 on Saturday for immediate assistance with the following issues: all water issues, water main breaks including water main breaks, downed trees or streetlights, sewer backups and dead animals.


Big game means big enforcement

The Buffalo Grove Police Department will conduct special patrols throughout Super Bowl weekend to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road and encourage drivers and passengers to wear their seatbelts. The enforcement campaign will run from Friday, Feb. 11 through Monday, Feb. 14.

“At parties throughout the country, friends will gather to cheer on their favorite team, and many will raise a glass or two,” Police Sergeant Frank Horbus said. “We urge everyone to enjoy Super Bowl parties responsibly and remind everyone that the police will be out in force to help ensure everyone makes it home safely.”

The Super Bowl enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


BG Road improvements topic of forum

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is seeking public input on planned changes to Buffalo Grove Road between Route 22 and 45. Proposed improvements include pavement replacement, safety improvements, non-motorized travel connections and more. LCDOT has created a virtual forum for residents to share ideas and questions - now through Monday, Feb. 7

Person who want to participate can click here. Residents can also email feedback or call (847) 377-7400. To receive project updates on the Buffalo Grove Road Reconstruction, sign up here.


A 5, 6, 7, 8

Tickets are on sale now for Big Deal Productions' high school edition of A Chorus Line. To purchase tickets, click this link.


Fundraiser targets St. Jude’s

The Stevenson archery team will be shooting at a home tournament in the school’s fieldhouse from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9 as a fundraiser for The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Each archer will obtain sponsors who will pledge a monetary amount per bullseye, which will later be collected after the tournament is completed through an online donation. See any member of the archery team or email for more details.


Need a reason to celebrate?

Mark your calendars for these upcoming observances!


Feb. 7

Rose Day

National Send a Card to a Friend Day

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Feb. 8

Extraterrestrial Culture Day

Laugh and Get Rich Day

Feb. 9

National Toothache Day

Read in the Bathtub Day

National Bagel and Lox Day

National Pizza Day

Feb. 10

National Umbrella Day

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

Feb. 11

National Latte Day

Satisfied Staying Single Day

National Make a Friend Day

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

Feb. 12

National Plum Pudding Day

National Freedom to Marry Day

Feb. 13

National Tortellini Day

National Apology Day

Get a Different Name Day

International Flirting Week

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

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