Armed robbery under investigation / Hunger walk Sunday / "The Clove" is a go
Police are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in the 600 block of Trace Drive. Police met with two victims who reported being confronted in the parking lot by an offender who was holding a crowbar and machete. The victims reported they were chased until the offender retreated to a vehicle and drove away. Police were then met by another victim who was robbed by the same offender, described as, police say, “possibly Hispanic,” minutes earlier in the same location. The offender was holding a crowbar during the robbery. Jewelry and money were taken from the victim.
Catalytic converter stolen -- A resident reported to police that their catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle sometime between June 15 and June 16 in the 700 block of Stradford Circle.
Bikes stolen at train station -- Two people reported to police their bicycles were stolen after being left for approximately 40 minutes at the Buffalo Grove train station.
In Other Community News
Walk for hunger Sunday
The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council is holding its 9th annual "iWalk" to raise awareness of hunger in the community on Sunday, June 26
The walk begins at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Road. Participants will begin walking at and walk 2 1/2 K to Hope Lutheran Church, 1660 Checker Road. After a brief rest period where participants can cool off, enjoy refreshments, and listen to live music, walkers will return to St. Mary’s.
The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council, a volunteer non-profit, has served Buffalo Grove, Wheeling and Prospect Heights for more than 30 years.
Additional information about the Interfaith Council and the iWalk can be found here.
Free shredding event Saturday
Four state legislators are hosting a free shredding day tomorrow, June 25, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Grove Golf Dome, 801 McHenry Rd.
Sponsored by State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-30), State Senator Julie Morrison (D-29), State Representative Jonathan Carroll (D-57) and State Representative Daniel Didech (D-59), the event gives residents the opportunity to shred sensitive documents.
Persons bringing items are asked to remove all staples and paper clips. Contactless drop off is available. Boxes of documents can be placed in the vehicle's trunk, and staff will be on hand to remove them and close the trunk.
In addition to paper, residents can also dispose of small electronics such as desktop PCs, servers, computer mice, cables & accessories, gaming devices, keyboards, copiers, fax machines, printers, scanners, mobile/smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, and cameras.
Town Center redevelopment gets green light
With little surprise, but a lot of fanfare, the Village Board June 20 gave final approval for the redevelopment of Town Center. To be known as “The Clove,” the redevelopment will feature restaurants, retail, a major grocery store and apartments. According to ordinances approved at the Board meeting, the development is in a Tax Increment Fund district. Also, the agreements approved by the Board require 90 percent of the project to be completed in four years.
So far, three tenants have agreed to join “The Clove.” They are Chick-Fil-A and Guzman Y Garcia, an Australian-based Mexican restaurant chain. The grocery store has not been identified. Information about redevelopment in the village is available here.
Gas tax relief?
President Joe Biden Wednesday called for a “Gas Tax Holiday” in an effort to provide a break in record-high gas taxes. The state of Illinois, Cook County and Lake County have not instituted such a plan and it does not appear likely that the village will either. The village has a $0.02 cent per gallon flat tax.
Officials say that since gas-tax revenues are earmarked to “service debt associated with the Infrastructure Modernization Program, there has not been any consideration to remove or reduce the gas tax.” Buffalo Grove is monitoring gas prices in neighboring communities and have found them “competitive.”
The village received $421.500 from the gas tax in 2020, $486,775 in 2021 and estimate as of June 6 that 2022 receipts will be roughly $485,000.
Abba tribute band to perform
The Park District’s free Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series will feature Dancing Queen, an ABBA tribute band, from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. Gracie’s Kitchen & Catering food truck will be available for attendees who want to treat themselves to dinner
The Summer Concert Series continues on Tuesday, July 5 with a night of rock featuring the band Tainted Jake. For weather related updates on the day of concerts, use the Rainout Line app, or call (847) 235.6857.
Deputy Police Chief retires
After more than 26 years with the Buffalo Grove Police Department, Deputy Chief Scott Eisenmenger retired Thursday. Deputy Chief Eisenmenger was sworn in as a police officer in 1995, and served as a sergeant (2007) and lieutenant (2014), before becoming deputy chief in 2017.
“I am incredibly grateful for the relationships developed over the course of my career as a Buffalo Grove Police Officer,” Eisenmenger said. “The community support of the police department is an integral part of why I enjoyed the many years of service with the Village”.
New Deputy Fire Chief starts
Larry Kane, a 23-year firefighting veteran has started as Deputy Chief of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Kane was introduced at the June 20 Village Board meeting. He also has 15 years of experience in fire service instruction at McHenry Community College. Kane comes from the Glenview Fire Department where he served for 21 years, most recently as a battalion chief. His other previous professional experiences include two years as the fire chief for the Harvard Fire Protection District and 15 years of fire service instruction at McHenry Community College.
Camping under the stars
Want to get away – all the way to Willow Stream Park? Then bring your tent, and share an adventurous overnight camp out with friends and neighbors at Willow Stream Park on Friday, July 8. It runs from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning.
The fee is $18 per person for residents and $22 for nonresidents. It includes camping overnight, event t-shirts, a boxed dinner that includes a sandwich, chips and dessert, as well as a boxed bagel breakfast from Original Bagel and Bialy. There will be a tent decorating contest, and a movie in the park at dusk. No pets, camp fires, large stakes or alcoholic beverages are allowed. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 30; and refunds will not be issued after that date.
If we are unable to start the event due to inclement weather, the campout will be rescheduled for Friday, July 22; and, all registration will be transferred to the new date. Check the Rainout Line at 847.235.6857 for updates. For more information, contact Brian O’Malley at 847.850.2146 or email@example.com.
The event is sponsored by Dorfler’s Meat Market, Original Bagel and Bialy and the Buffalo Grove Friends of the Park.
July Fourth fireworks set
The village’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks and festivities will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 4.
The festivities include the return of the annual Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band July 4th Concert be followed by the fireworks display, which will begin at approximately 9:20 p.m.
Police will be closing Lake Cook, Checker and Church roads from approximately 9:15 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. for the event, sponsored by Business IT Source. For more information, including a map, click here.
Movie night features “Encanto”
The Park District’s free movie night on July 8 will feature “Encanto,” the story of “the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto.” The movie begins at dusk. The rain date is July 14. Additional information is available here.
Free movie nights are sponsored by Woodman’s Market, Portillo’s, Waste Management, Buffalo Grove Friends of the Park. Davis & Langefeld Family Dental and Mathnasium.
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