Cops probe home break-in / New village president ahead / Renovations eyed for Rylko Park
Home burglary under investigation – Police are continuing their investigation into a burglary at a residence in the 100 block of Manchester Drive. According to police reports, the burglary occurred between the hours of 2 and 3:00 p.m. on Aug.7. Police were told the resident found the front door of the residence forced open. The home was found ransacked by police. Reports say personal items of undetermined value were taken from the home.
Construction equipment taken for joy ride -- A construction company reported that a Caterpillar skid steer loader was taken from the construction site near the intersection of Navajo Trail and Forest Place. As police were enroute to investigate, they were contacted that the unit was found abandoned at Cooper Middle School, 1050 Plum Grove Circle.
Grass on the parkway on the south side of the school was damaged, but no damage was reported to the skid steer.
Another catalytic converter swiped – A resident in the 700 block of Weidner Road told police the catalytic converter on his car was stolen while it was parked overnight on Aug. 1.
Burglary from motor vehicle – Police report that a vehicle parked in the parking lot just north of 1110 Lake-Cook Rd. was broken into on Aug. 2. While contents were strewn around the vehicle, the only thing reported stolen was $4 in change.
In a second case, police say a vehicle was broken into while it was parked at Emmerich Park, 150 Raupp Blvd. on Aug. 7. Personal items were reported stolen.
In Other Community News
Smith eyes village presidency
Longtime resident Eric Smith will be on the ballot next April as a candidate for Village Board President.
Smith made the announcement on Facebook the same day that two-term Board President Beverly Sussman announced that she will not seek another term.
Smith, who moved to the village in 1988, has served in a variety of capacities for the village including a member of the Board of Health, Appearance Commission, Plan Commission and the Lake-Cook Corridor Plan steering committee. He has chaired the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Active in civic activities, Smith has been a member for more than 30 years of the Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce (now the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce) and the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove. He has served as president of both organizations.
He was appointed to the Village Board in 2017 to replace trustee Steve Trilling who moved out of the village. Smith’s first full term began in 2019.
Sussman’s decision not to run caps a 29-year run of service to the village that began
In her statement announcing her decision not to run for another term, Sussman cited progress the village has made in economic development and financial stability.
She also took the opportunity to endorse Smith in his bid for village president. “Being Village President is a challenging role. I am extremely pleased to endorse Trustee Eric Smith as your next Village President. He has the skills, mindset, and attitude to keep Buffalo Grove on the successful path that it's now on. From our many years serving the community together, I know that Eric is truly committed to the future of Buffalo Grove.”
Board to discuss major renovations to Rylko Park
The Village Board is likely to discuss a request from the Buffalo Grove Park District for a proposed improvement plan for Mike Rylko Park at its meeting Monday. Aug. 15. The renovations include a new amphitheater with open lawn seating, and a large covered event space and renovation and expansion of the Spray ‘N Play facility; removal and reconstruction of the playground area. The park is located at 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Rd.
The area of work for this project will be approximately 4.14-acres on the west boundary of the site adjacent to McHenry Road between the fitness center and baseball fields. The project will require preliminary plan approval and special use considerations.
According to village officials, the Park District is also seeking a referral to the Planning & Zoning Commission by the Village Board.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 46 Raupp Blvd.
Work set to start on ‘The Clove’
Work on “The Clove”, the redevelopment of Town Center, is likely to begin by the end of the month. According to village officials, the sale of the property by Kensington Development Partners has been officially completed. Demolition and construction are then expected to begin soon. Project details can be found here.
Closure set for Rt. 22 rail crossing
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will close Half Day Road (Illinois Rt. 22) just east of Prairie Road to make repairs on the Canadian National Railroad crossing beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22.
The posted detour will direct motorists along Prairie Road, Aptakisic Road and Milwaukee Avenue (U.S. 45/Illinois 21). The work is expected to be complete by 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.
Cops hitting the roof for Special Olympics
The Police Department will be participating in the ‘Cop on a Rooftop’ fundraiser, from 5 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 19. Officers will be perched on top of two Buffalo Grove Dunkin’ locations - at 245 McHenry Rd. or 1165 McHenry Rd. - to support Special Olympics Illinois.
Participants can contribute, get some Special Olympics of Illinois merchandise and earn a free donut.
Firearms, domestic abuse program topics
Vernon Township is hosting Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney, Lauren Callinan, and A Safe Place’s Director of Development, Damaris Lorta, at Vernon Township’s next Firearm Safety Event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22. You have the option of attending either in person, at the Township’s Community Service Center, 2900 N. Main St., or virtually at this link. You can also access the program by phone at (408) 650-3123. The access code is 188-674-877.
The program will discuss the tools available to domestic violence victims and the people who care about them that can be used to decrease the risk of a firearm being used in a domestic violence incident.
May the forest be with you
The Lake County Forest Preserves District is sponsoring “A Long Time Ago: Star Wars From 1977-1983” is a free program that takes place online from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18 College of Lake County sociology instructors Maria Jose Tenuto and John Tenuto will share their research and explore how the culture reacted to and was influenced by the original trilogy of films.
Stories, forgotten trivia, photographs and art will be shared during this look at what it was like when Star Wars premiered a long time ago and why it resonates today. Participants must register to attend the free event sponsored by USG. Email AskAnEducator@LCFPD.org with questions. To register, go to this link.
Tax for mental health to be on ballot
Voters residing in Vernon Township will be asked to vote on a tax increase to fund a mental health board. According to The Daily Herald, the increase would be “…$12.33 a year for a home valued at $100,000 or about $49 a year for a $400,000 home.”
People and Promotions
Wallace named to Park Board
Hetal Wallace has been appointed to the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Board of Commissioners to fill the vacancy left by former commissioner Adriane Johnson. Wallace will fill the remainder of Johnson's term which ends in April 2023.
Wallace has bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and has been involved in a variety of Buffalo Grove Park District programs, including the Studio 83 dance program, the Hurricanes Swim Team, and theater productions at the Community Arts Center with Big Deal productions.
Wallace was one of four residents interviewed by the Park Board to fill the vacancy.
Need a Reason to Celebrate?
National Filet Mignon Day -- Got a beef with this one?
Chant at the Moon Day -- A howling event
National Backflow Prevention Day -- Salute Public Works
National Tell A Joke Day -- So these two village managers walk into a bar.
Baby Boomers Recognition Day – This could be a busy day.
National I LOVE My feet Day – In Dr. Scholl we trust.
Green Man Festival – But will the Blue Man Group be performing?
Pinot Noir Day -- Always a good day.
Mitch Trubisky’s Birthday -- Of all the NFL players, why his birthday?
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