Car theft / Communications, Community Engagement director hired / Look for "The Total Patcher"

SUV swiped – A 2019 Nissan Rogue was reported stolen from a driveway in the 1300 block of Berkley Court on July 9. Police were told the vehicle was apparently taken between midnight and 4 a.m. It was later recovered in Zion on the same day. According to reports, personal items were taken from the vehicle.

Vandals hit Dundee Road – Two vacant buildings were damaged by vandals. On July 9, police say a window was apparently broken by two rocks and a boulder in a building at 15 E. Dundee.

Two days later, a glass door was broken in the 900 block of Dundee Road. Aside from the broken glass, no other damage was reported.


In Other Community News 

Director of Communication, Community Engagement hired

Molly Gillespie has been named director of the village’s newly created Communication and Community Engagement Department. The new department will centralize village-wide communications, support all departments and identify opportunities to leverage community engagement. 

Gillespie, who starts in her role July 27, was tapped to lead the department after 12 years in public service, including eight years serving communications roles with the City of Elgin.

The Communications and Community Engagement program was approved as part of the 2022 Budget, consisting of two full-time positions, including a director and coordinator. The new department will oversee all communications including news releases, e-newsletters, social media, and newsletters while exploring other opportunities to engage with the community.


Legislative town hall Aug. 4

The area’s state representatives and state senators will meet with constituents at a “Town Hall Meeting” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Buffalo Grove Park District Community Arts Center, 225 N. McHenry Road.

            The state-sponsored forum will include state representatives Daniel Didech (D-59) and John Carroll (D-57) in addition to state senators Adriane Johnson (D-30) and Julie Morrison (D-29).


Free concert series to feature “Industrial Drive”

The Park District’s free Tuesday night concert continues Tuesday, July 19 with a performance by Industrial Drive from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Rd. The band features a variety of rock. Each night will feature a different local food vendor.

The vendor for July 19 is Da Local Boy, which features Hawaii regional cuisine. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available for purchase at every concert. Residents can bring food and nonalcoholic beverages into the park; however, alcohol must be purchased at the park, and may not be brought to the park.


“Footloose” performances set

Big Deal Productions will present Footloose for its 2022 Summer Musical. The production will be presented at the Community Arts Center, 225 N. McHenry Rd., at 7:30 pm on July 22, 23, 29 and 30 and at 3 pm. on July 24 and 31

Tickets for adults and teens ages 13 and up are $18 in advance or $20 at the door (plus a $1 convenience fee). Tickets for children ages 12 and under are $15 in advance or $17 at the door (plus a $1 convenience fee).Contact Lindsay Grandt at (847) 850-2132 or for more information.

To purchase tickets, go to this link.


Park District offers “Free Fun Tuesdays”

The Park District is inviting residents to play in the park and join the Park District’s “Park Squad” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. this Tuesday, July 19 at Rick Drazner Park, 401 Aptakisic Rd.

The Park Squad will host a variety of fun activities for children of all ages. For a list of activities, go to Drop in and have fun at no cost, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park afterwards. In case of inclement weather, use the Rainout Line app, or call (847) 235-6857. For more information, contact Brian O’Malley at (847) 850-2146 or


Library hosts “Jigglejam”

The Indian Trails Public Library will host “Jodi Koplin's Jigglejam” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

The program is open to children ages 3 and older with a caregiver. The program will give children a chance to wiggle, jiggle and giggle along to Koplin’s imaginative tunes. Free tickets will distributed 30 minutes before the program. Click here for more information.

            The Library is located at 355 Schoenbeck Rd, in Wheeling.


Chicago River presentation topic

The Indian Trails Public Library will present “Civic Spotlight: Friends of the Chicago River” at 6:30 p.m. on July 18,

Presenter Mark Hauser will discuss the history of the Chicago River, its ecology and the Friends of the Chicago River conservation efforts. Click here for registration information.


Village unleashes the “Total Patcher”

Public Works has started working its way through the village with its Total Patcher. This machine enables the street section to address spot locations by filling them with a mixture of tar, sand and gravel.

A temporary gravel layer tops off the patch to keep traffic flowing while the mix cures. After a few days, loose stone is swept up and the repair is complete. Read more about the Total Patcher process at this link.


40 citations issued during holiday

Buffalo Grove Police issued a total of 40 traffic citations during enhanced “Click It or Ticket” traffic enforcement over the Fourth of July holiday. Included were 24 seat belt citations, one child, two distracted driving, four speeding, one suspended driver’s license, and eight other traffic citations were issued during the duration of the campaign which ran from June 17 through the early morning hours of July 5.

The enforcement period was funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT as part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs. 


Board meets July 18

The Village Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, in the Jeffrey Braiman Council Chambers at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. The agenda can be found here.


Flushing program continues

The Water Section of the Public Works Department is two-thirds of the way through its hydrant flushing program. Village officials say flushing fire hydrants regularly rinses out pipes, prevents taste and color issues from developing, allows for a review of flows and pressures, and ensures hydrants are operating effectively.

Residents can follow the flushing on the interactive hydrant page at this link. 

Need a reason to celebrate?


July 16

Artificial Intelligence Appreciation Day

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

Fresh Spinach Day



National Ice Cream Day

National Tattoo Day

World Emoji Day

Yellow Pig DayIt’s a math thing. Seriously.


July 18

Global Hug Your Kids Day

Insurance Nerd Day

National Caviar Day

National Get Out of the Dog House Day -- Just one day?


July 19

Flight Attendant Safety Professionals' DayKeep your trays in the upright position.

International Retainer Day – Open, bite.

National Daiquiri Day

National Flitch Day

Stick Out Your Tongue Day


July 20

International Chess Day

National Fortune Cookie Day

National Hot Dog Day -- A day to relish, without catsup

National Ugly Truck Contest Day


July 21

Invite an Alien to Live with You Day -- Alf, we hardly knew you.

Legal Drinking Age Day

National Be Someone Day

Take a Monkey to Lunch Day It will be curious, by George.


July 22

National Hammock Day

National Rat Catcher’s Day

Spoonerism Day


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