Tough week for cars / New Public Works facility / Educational Gardens to open

 It hasn’t been a good week for vehicle owners…

      Multiple cars broken into -- Police responded to a report of a vehicle break-in in the 500 block of Hawthorne Road. Personal items were taken from the vehicle. Police report that two other vehicles were broken into during the same time on April 28, one in the 400 block of White Pine and the other in the 400 block of Mayfair Lane.

      Car Theft – A vehicle parked in the 800 block of Vernon Court South was reported stolen between midnight and 5:15 a.m. on April 28. Reports say the vehicle was taken from the victim's driveway where it was parked overnight. It was recovered later by the Round Lake Police Department.

      Catalytic converter swiped -- Police responded to the 1200 block of Deerfield Parkway for a theft of motor vehicle parts report. Reports say that while the victim's vehicle was parked in the parking lot, someone stole the catalytic converter.

In Other Community News…

Public Works to get new facility

The village has reached an agreement to purchase a new facility to replace the existing Public Service Center, home of the Public Works Department at 51 Raupp Boulevard. The village identified the expansion of its public works operation as a high priority as part of its 2017 space needs study. Since the current center was dedicated in 1976, the village’s population has more than tripled. Since that time, staff and equipment have grown to meet the needs of the community. 

The new Public Works Facility will be located at 1650 Leider Lane, a former warehouse space that has been vacant for more than two years. Retrofitting this location will come at a significantly lower cost compared to a newly constructed building. The village anticipates Public Works will be operating out of the new location within the next two years.  

“Much like the village’s strategic reinvestment in utility infrastructure, this move represents a long-term strategy to invest in our facilities,” Village Manager Dane Bragg said. “The purchase and reuse of an existing building meets our long-term service needs, while delivering the best value to our residents.”   

Over the last two decades, the Public Service Center’s size and age have restricted the Department’s capabilities, including hampering Public Work’s vital emergency response efforts. Lack of adequate and accessible storage affects the immediacy of services especially during inclement weather or critical water main repairs. The current facility is less than half the recommended size, while the yard and storage areas are roughly one-third of what is needed for efficient operations. 

During acquisition, remodeling and relocation, Public Works will continue to operate from its current headquarters at 51 Raupp Boulevard. The Village Board will consider options for reuse of the existing facility leading up to the relocation that will be consistent with recommendations of the 2018 Lake Cook Road Corridor Plan. 

More information is at this link.

Tornado siren testing May 16

      Tornado sirens will be tested on Monday, May 16, when Braniff Communications Inc. a warning siren sales and service contractor in Crestwood, will perform annual maintenance on the village's tornado sirens, during which time, each will be sounded for testing.

      This testing will be separate from outdoor warning siren testing that occurs on the first Tuesday of each month.

Village hosts program for Ukrainian refugee donations

     The village has started an initiative to recognize the many accomplishments made throughout the community in support of those impacted by the events in eastern Europe. Residents or someone they know would like their efforts shared across the village's social media pages, they can send an email here. To learn more about the many established organizations working tirelessly to support the refugees of this crisis, or to make a donation, click here.

Bike rodeo May 14

The Bike Rodeo is returning this year and will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Mike Rylko Park, 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Road. on May 14. Children ages 5-12 are invited to test their skills on a course, designed by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, that includes stopping maneuvers, slalom courses and more.

Prizes will be awarded, along with a bike giveaway and goodie bags for children who participate. Young people should bring their own bikes and helmets; no registration is required.

Scholarships available

      The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. is accepting applications for the 2022 Community Services Block Grant Scholarship Program, for the fall semester/quarter. This program provides financial assistance for income-eligible students enrolled in post-secondary educational programs (degree programs).

      Students enrolled full-time in an Illinois college or university by Sept. 15, who have a primary residence in suburban Cook County and who meet established income guidelines, may qualify for a scholarship. The application deadline is Friday, June 10. For more information or to apply, click hereFor questions, call (312) 259-4237 or send an email here.


“Drug Take Back Day” has strong yield

      The Police Department collected more than 60 pounds of medication as part of “Drug Take Back Day,” coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

      Held twice a year, the event provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired medications at locations nationwide. There is a collection bin located in the lobby of the Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. where discarded medications are collected all year long. Needles, liquids, aerosols and batteries are not accepted. For more information, click here.

Tips to keep your car secure

      As you may have noticed, vehicle break-ins continue to hit Buffalo Grove residents. There are a number of preventive steps vehicle owners can take as detailed in this article


Educational Garden grand opening May 14

The Park District will open its new Educational Gardens at Mike Rylko Community Park, 1000  Buffalo Grove Road, on Saturday, May 14 with a grand opening from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to learn about historic plants, touch and smell plants in the sensory area, and even help us out by adding a plant to the new green wall.

The Educational Gardens and the Nature Classroom are a new satellite facility of the Raupp Museum. The Nature Classroom will feature exhibits on the local environment, as well as classes that use the surrounding park area as a living lab for students of all ages.

The Educational Gardens at the Nature Classroom are made possible in part by an Illinois Public Museums Capital Grant from the Illinois Depart of Natural Resources.


Once On This Island: A Review on tap May 13

      Deal Productions, in collaboration with the Northwest Special Recreation Association, will present its Broadway Buddies Accessible Theatre Show, Once on This Island: A Review, at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

      All tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door, plus a 95-cent convenience fee. For information on group sales, accessible seating, or other questions, contact Jessi Hersman at (847) 850-2152 or Tickets can be purchased at this link.


Footloose auditions coming up

      Big Deal Productions is holding open call auditions for the 2022 Summer Musical presentation of Footloose. Auditions are available to performers ages 14 and up, and will be held at the Community Arts Center on Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17 in the evening. Callbacks, by invitation only, will be in the evening on Friday, May 20. All genders, ethnicities, body types and experience levels are welcome.

      Click on this link to arrange an audition. All interested performers will receive a digital audition packet no later than 5 pm on Friday, May 13. Performers signing up for an audition appointment after 5 p.m. on May 13, should immediately contact the producer at to ensure they receive the required paperwork prior to their audition.

For additional information, contact Lindsay Grandt at (847) 850.2132 or


People and Promotions

Reiner to be cited for service

Dr. Larry Reiner will be recognized at the May 9th Park Board meeting for his 35 years on the Buffalo Grove Park District Board of Commissioners. He is the longest serving Park Board Commissioner in the history of the Buffalo Grove Park District. Dr. Reiner will be presented with a Resolution. The meeting starts at 6 and will be at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive in Buffalo Grove.

Pike joins Old Second National Bank

      Gregory Pike of Buffalo Grove has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Old Second National Bank. He will lead the bank’s credit functions. His responsibilities include credit administration, investment analysis, risk analysis, and management and development of credit staff. He brings to the bank over 20 years of commercial credit experience.

      Prior to joining Old Second, Pike served as a Senior Vice President, Division Head and Senior Credit Officer for First American Bank, as a Managing Director in Commercial Banking for BMO Harris Bank, and as an Executive Director and Regional Senior Risk Manager for JPMorgan Chase Bank.

Pike is also a member of the Buffalo Grove Village Board.


Looking to Celebrate?

May 7

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

National Homebrew Day

Free Comic Book Day

Beer Pong Day


May 8

National Have a Coke Day

National Coconut Cream Pie Day

National Student Nurse Day


May 9

Alphabet Magnet Day

National Butterscotch Brownie Day

National Lost Sock Memorial Day


May 10

National Shrimp Day

National Clean Your Room Day

National American Craft Beer Week


May 11

National Eat What You Want Day

National Foam Rolling Day

National Twilight Zone Day



National Limerick Day

National Nutty Fudge Day

National Odometer Day


May 13

National Frog Jumping Day

National Apple Pie Day

International Hummus Day



National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

National Dance Like a Chicken Day

National Miniature Golf Day

National Train Day


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