Vandals hit park / Program aids at-risk residents / A fine fleet

 Vandals hit Willow Stream Park -- Restrooms at Willow Stream Park were damaged by vandals April 17. Police reports note that soap dispensers and waste bins were pulled off the walls and that a plumbing access panel had been removed from the wall, and a copper tube inside was damaged. Reports said the damage to the pipe resulted in a water leak that resulted in standing water trapped inside the wall adjoining the restrooms

Traffic stop leads to multiple charges – A 19-year-old Arlington Heights was charged with street racing - engaging in street racing, driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful use of license or permit and driving with suspended or revoked driver's license following an incident on April 16. According to police reports, officers observed two vehicles engaged in a street race in the area of Lake Cook and Buffalo Grove roads. Police were able to stop one of the vehicles, a Ford Mustang, allegedly driven by Oleh Dotsiak. Once stopped, officers found that Dostiak’s driver’s license was suspended and he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Thieves hit vehicles – Police report a series of three break-ins to cars including three along Johnson Lane between April 20 and 22. In all three incidents, personal property was taken. Value of the stolen property was not reported. In two other cases, police say a resident in the 100 block of Marquette Place, reported a burglary to their vehicle as did a resident in the 600 block of Hapsfield Lane. In all cases, personal items were taken from the vehicles.

Car swiped from gas station -- Police responded to the Speedway gas station at 201 N Milwaukee Ave. on April 20 for a report of a stolen auto report. Reports say the vehicle's owner was inside the Speedway, while the running 2007 Acura MDX was parked outside. Reports say someone entered the Acura with the keys still inside and drove the vehicle southbound on Milwaukee Avenue. The vehicle was recovered the next day in Waukegan by the Waukegan Police Department,

Retail Theft – A 64-year-old man received an adjudication ticket and trespass warning after he reportedly took $21 worth grocery items from Woodman’s Market without paying for them. In a second case, police responded to Woodmans for a report of a retail theft. They met with a subject who walked past the last point of purchase, while in possession of $26.26 worth of items without paying. The subject was issued an adjudication citation along with a trespass warning.

Catalytic converter – A resident in the 1100 block of Johnson Drive reported to police that the catalytic converter was stolen from his car. Police reports say a person was seen near a vehicle where sawing noises were heard. Value was set at $2,500.

In other Community News…

Village Board meets Monday night

            The Village Board will have a Committee of the Whole meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2. The meeting will be in the Jeffrey Braiman Council Chambers at Village Hall 50 Raupp Blvd. The agenda can be found at this link.

‘Drug Take Back Day’ Saturday

The Police Department will host the spring DEA National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 30 at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. For guidelines and additional information, including a list of prohibited items, click here.

Hydrant Flushing Begins Next Week

Public Works crews from the Water Section will begin flushing the Village’s more than 2,500 fire hydrants starting next Monday, May 2. Hydrant flushing improves water quality and ensures our water system is operating effectively. See the schedule for your area on the Village’s hydrant flushing page, here. The project continues through the summer months.

Village celebrates Arbor Day

The Public Works Department had a busy Arbor Day by planting new trees in the Buffalo Grove Nature Preserve. Forestry staff will also be visiting local elementary school classes to give out tree saplings for students' own homes, to help ensure Buffalo Grove maintains its Tree City USA status. The Village was recently recognized as a 2021 Tree City USA recipient, on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation. This distinction is given to municipalities that are committed to the planting, nurturing and celebration of trees.

At-risk resident program enhanced

Identification cards and wearable ID tags are now available for residents with special needs or disabilities in order to help first responders assist them during an emergency as part of the Police Department’s At-risk Resident program.

The program is designed to help officers assist residents who have cognitive or physical conditions including deafness, blindness, autism, mobility issues, dementia, are unable to communicate, or have other conditions that can affect interactions with first responders.

Now, when an individual is registered in the program’s database, they can obtain a HEALTH iD tag and/or a Police Department-issued identification card at no cost. The HEALTH iD tag, manufactured by Road iD, is for individuals who may have difficulty communicating their identifying information, emergency contacts, or other information about their condition. The information is engraved on a plate that can be attached to a silicone bracelet, watchband or shoelace, to suit the specific individual.

More information on this program can be found on the village website at this link. Those interested in the program can request an application from the Police Department. Questions can be directed to the department’s Community Relations Unit at 847-459-2560 or by email at

Magati named to Township board

Gowri Magati of Buffalo Grove recently has been appointed a trustee in Vernon Township to fill a vacancy on the board. A self-employed informational technology consultant, Magati was a candidate for the Buffalo Grove Village Board in April 2021.

Fire Department staffer heads organization

Fire Department Administrative Assistant Courtney Michaels was sworn in as the President of the Illinois Fire Service Administrative Professionals (IFSAP). She joined the board of IFSAP in 2015 holding chairmanships in the Education, Executive Support Program, and Public Relations Committees. She served as liaison to the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association for the last three years and assisted in their social media campaigns.

Village cited for having a fine fleet

The village was ranked in the top 100 Best Fleets for 2022 by the National Association of Fleet Administrators, an international fleet management association.

Private and public sector fleets are eligible for inclusion in the '100 Best Fleets in the Americas,' which includes more than 30,000 organizations recognized for their excellence in accountability, resource stewardship, and staff development, among other indicators.

Schneider leads call to allow DACA recipients to hold federal jobs

Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) led a letter with Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31) calling for legislation to expand federal employment requirements to include recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Currently, DACA recipients are eligible for private sector employment and service as federal interns and fellows, yet are inexplicably barred from federal employment.

The letter to the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittees on the Legislative Branch and Financial Services and General Government was signed by 72 Members of Congress. The letter can be found here.

London School plans orientation

Jack London Middle School will have a program for Incoming 6th Grade Parents from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 5. This is an opportunity for families to meet, learn, and partner with the London staff and administration to support their future 6th graders. For details, contact the district at 847-537-8270

Business Notes

Ophthalmologist opens office

Kristi Kozlov, MD, has opened an office in Buffalo Grove. ReEnvision Eye Care is located at 355 W Dundee Rd, Suite 110. She is a Board-certified ophthalmologist who has been practicing for more than 16 years.

Student Voices

Here are links to the student newspapers at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools.

Buffalo Grove High School Charger

Stevenson High School Statesman

Wheeling High School WCAT News: WCAT News


Need a reason to celebrate?

April 29

National Zipper Day

National Peace Rose Day

National Hairball Awareness Day

April 30 

National Raisin Day

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

National Bugs Bunny Day

May 1  

National Chocolate Parfait Day

National Lemonade Day

National Mother Goose Day

May 2  

International Harry Potter Day

Children's Book Week

May 3 

National Teacher Day

National Lumpy Rug Day

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

National Chocolate Custard Day

May 4

National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Weather Observers Day

Star Wars Day

May 5

National Hoagie Day

National Day of Reason

National Cartoonists Day

May 6 

National No Pants Day

School Lunch Hero Day

National Nurses Day

International No Diet Day


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