Cops probe gunfire / Early voting starts / BGRA workshops

Shots fired – Buffalo Grove Police are continuing their investigation into shots being fired in Town Center Sept. 30. According to reporting by the Daily Herald, police found about three dozen spent shell casings in and around a parking lot and a car with bullet holes in it outside the Bowlero bowling alley. Police did not confirm unattributed comments on social media as to the ethnicity or number of the shooters. Police are asking people with information to contact the Buffalo Grove Police Department (847) 459-2560.

Multiple charges filed in domestic battery case – Buffalo Grove Police report that Frederick Wackenhut, 27, of the 1100 block of Courtland Drive,  was charged with two counts of Domestic Battery, Class 3 Felony Domestic, Battery, Class 4 Criminal Damage to Property as well as Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property, following an incident Sept. 22. The victim was treated for minor injuries. Wackenhut was taken to Lake County Bond Court where his bond was set for $25,000. Police did not provide details of the incident.

Child endangerment charges filed in DUI case – A 48-year-old Lisle woman was charged with two counts of DUI and two counts of endangering the life and health of a child after a crash at north Buffalo Grove Road and west Deerfield Parkway.  Reports say responding officers that Savaja Petreikyte, the driver of one of the vehicles, “was showing signs of alcohol impairment” at the scene.  Following field sobriety tests, she was charged.  Two juvenile children in her car were turned over to guardians.


Converter swiped – A resident of the Grove Terrace Condominiums reported to police that the catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle, a 2009 Honda CR-V.  The vehicle was parked in the parking lot.

Vehicle break-in – A resident in the 900 block of Prague Avenue told police someone entered their vehicle, a 2018 Toyota Highlander, while it was parked in the driveway. Reports did not indicate what, if anything, was taken.

Vehicle theft -- Police report that a resident in the 2000 block of Jordan Terrace contacted them regarding a vehicle theft.  Reports indicate that the resident’s  Lexus was stolen while it was parked inside the garage of the victim's home. Further investigation revealed the victim's overhead garage door was open while the keys were still inside the vehicle. This investigation is ongoing. No further comment.

Retail theft – Management at the Jewel at 79 McHenry Road reported that a man wearing a white coat allegedly took a “shopping cart full of groceries and liquor” from the store without paying. While the incident was reportedly caught on video surveillance, store officials did not list what was taken or the value of the merchandise.

Vandals hit park – Vandals sprayed “temporary blue hairspray” on equipment at Twin Groves Park, 401 W. Aptakisic Road Sept. 22. The hairspray was seen on several items on the playground including a pole, the climbing rock, an outside wall, and a few other items. Reports say the damage does not appear to be permanent.

In other community news…

Bernard Drive construction impacting Alcott Center

The installation of the main water line on Bernard Drive has begun in front of the Alcott Center, and will continue over the next few weeks. The Park District says visitors will have access to the Alcott Center during construction; however, it is expected to cause some congestion during drop off and pickup.

Visitors are encouraged to allow extra time for entering and exiting our parking lot, and drive slowly. Construction updates can be found at the Village of Buffalo Grove's website at

Clove groundbreaking held

Village officials turned the page along with a lot of shovels at the groundbreaking The Clove, the redevelopment project of Town Center. The development will include apartments, restaurants, retail stores and open spaces for public events.

The color of money?

Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim is sponsoring the 4th Annual 6th-8th Grade Art Contest.  Young artists can showcase their talent and enter for a chance to win a prize. This year’s theme is  “Hands”! Students are encouraged to interpret the theme however they see fit and submit a drawing that reflects their own interpretation. For rules and where to submit artwork, please click here.  For more information email Kim’s office or call (847) 377-2323.

Crossing guards in place

In order to boost safe crossing, crossing guards have been added near two schools in D21. The Countryside Reminder reports the guards will be near Longfellow Elementary School on Bernard/Nichols Avenue and Cooper Middle School on Plum Grove Road.

Board OKs tax agreement with firm

The village board recently voted to extend its sales tax-sharing agreement with Business IT Source (BITS) until June 30, 2028. Founded in 2009, BITS provides mid-sized to large companies with information technology services from major manufacturers. Details from the Daily Herald are at this link.

D125 names new Board members

There are three new Stevenson board members. The Countryside Reminder reports the three fill vacancies that have existed since spring. 

Symphonic Band concert to feature stage and screen tunes

The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band is happy to present its 2022 Fall Concert, “From Stage and Screen”, which will feature music from the Broadway stage, Hollywood movies, and television shows.  The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m.,  Saturday, Nov. 12 at  the Vernon Hills High School Performing Arts Center 145 Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  Tickets for senior citizens and students are $8.

Tickets can be obtained online at: this link, or at the Buffalo Grove Village Hall. For more details check symphonic band's website.


Early voting begins for Nov. 8 election

Early voting is now in process at the Lake County Administrative Complex lobby in Waukegan and will open Oct. 24 at sites countywide for the Nov. 8 General Election. Early voting is available to any Lake County resident who meets all voter registration requirements. Lake County residents can  use any early voting site regardless of where they live. Some locations offer extended hours. A list of early voting site can be found here. 

Election filing begins for spring elections

Planning to run for an office in the April 4, 2023 elections?

Filing petitions can now be circulated.  Filing begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12.

Filing ends in the Village Clerk’s office at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19.

Spots available on Park Board

There will be three Buffalo Grove Park District Commissioner positions for 4-year terms open for election in the April 4, 2023 consolidated election. Individuals interested in running for a position as a Buffalo Grove Park District Commissioner in this election can pick up petitions at the front desk of the Alcott Center, located at 530 Bernard Drive in Buffalo Grove.

The Alcott Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  The circulation period for petitions is September 20, 2022 to December 19, 2022

Those interested in running for a Buffalo Grove Park District Commissioner seat must be a United States citizen, be 18 years old by April 4, 2023, and have been a resident of the Buffalo Grove Park District for at least 1 year prior to the election.

For additional information, contact Ryan Risinger, executive director of the Buffalo Grove Park District at (847) 850-2122 or by email at


BGRA plans workshops

Registration is open for the BGRA’s upcoming indoor fall skills clinic.

These clinics are taught and led by BGRA coaches and players.  Each session players will focus on baseball skills development including: hitting, throwing, catching, running, speed and strength and much more to keep them sharp and to improve confidence for the upcoming seasons. Each session will conclude with fun competitive games to reinforce the skills that have been worked on. We will have use of the indoor facilities at Gorilla Athletic Training, with pitching mounds, hitting tunnels, hit-trax, radar guns and much more. 

You can register by visiting the Registration Page on the BGRA's website.

Clinics will be held Oct. 18, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Oct. 27, Nov. 1, and Nov. 3.  Clinics are open to players currently aged 5-14 years old. Clinics are from 6 -7:15 p.m. for 5–9-year-old players, and from 7:15-8:30 p.m. for 10–14-year-old players.

The cost of the clinic is $150 for all 6 sessions.  There is an option to pick just three dates to attend for $100.

The clinic will be held at Gorilla Athletic Training, 958 Corporate Woods Pkwy, Vernon Hills. Players are expected to bring their own bat, glove, and helmets to each session. For additional information about the clinics, email


Have coffee with a cop

The Police Department's annual “Coffee with a Cop” takes place Wednesday, October 5 from 8 - 10 a.m. at Starbucks, located at 1665 N. Buffalo Grove Road. Stop by for some coffee and meet members of the BGPD.


Program looks at historical receipts

A program, "What We Learn from the General Store Receipts," a program set for Oct. 6 at the Vernon Township Community Service Building, 2900 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove.  Additional information can be found here.


Need a reason to celebrate?

Oct. 3

Mean Girls Day

National Boyfriend Day

National Techies Day

National Wide Awakes Day

Irish Road Safety Week

Oct. 4

Improve Your Office Day

Kindness to Animal Day

National Cinnamon Roll Day

National Golf Lovers Day

National Taco Day

National Truckers Appreciation Day

Oct. 5

International Walk to School Day

National Be Nice Day

National Do Something Nice Day

National Get Funky Day

National Kiss a Wrestler Day

Oct. 6

National Coaches Day

National Energy Geek Day

National Mad Hatter Day

National Plus Size Appreciation Day 

Oct. 7.

International Day of Peaceful Communication

National Forgiveness & Happiness Day

National Frappe Day

You Matter To Me Day


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