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Village to welcome new Police Chief

A reception and swearing-in ceremony for Brian Budds, newly appointed Chief of the Buffalo Grove Police Department, will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, with a swearing-in ceremony immediately following at 7:30 p.m. during the Village Board meeting.

            Budds is replacing Chief Steven Casstevens who is retiring Nov. 11. Casstevens has been Buffalo Grove’s Police Chief for nine years.

            Budds has been chief of the Western Springs Police Department since 2016. He was deputy chief there for 10 years prior and a police officer and detective there from 1998 to 2006. Additional information about Budds’ background can be found in this report from the Daily Herald. 

Police Department gets grant

The Buffalo Grove Police Department has been awarded a Federal Fiscal Year 2023 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to conduct additional traffic safety efforts. The STEP program focuses on high- visibility enforcement and strategies aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing traffic

The grant, which runs from Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023, will enable the Buffalo Grove Police Department to conduct additional enforcement efforts to supplement mandatory and optional campaign enforcement dates scheduled during some of the deadliest times of the year.

The supplemental efforts will focus on the leading contributory causes of crashes: speeding, impaired driving, electronic device use, failure to yield and disobeying traffic control signals, as well as occupant restraint violations.

The grant is funded by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Special Needs bowling event set

The Rick Kahen Commission for Residents with Disabilities in partnership with the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove and Bowlero, is hosting a fun evening for residents with special needs at the upcoming Bowling with Buddies event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. at Bowlero, 350 McHenry Road.

The bowling alley will be closed to the public and reserved for the participants, and bowling and dinner are free to the participants. “Buddies,” who are volunteers with the Rotary Club, will be on hand to assist participants as needed. The event is Halloween-themed, and participants are encouraged to wear costumes. 

Schneider to host congressional update

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10) will host a Congress on Your Corner event at the Vernon Township Community Center, 2900 Main St. in Prairie View, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Schneider will answer questions from constituents and brief attendees on his work in Washington, including recently passed legislation. 

Applications open for county assistance programs

Applications are open now through Oct. 21 for the Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot, which provides no-strings-attached $500 monthly cash payments to 3,250 Cook County residents for 24 months. The goal is to improve participants’ financial and health outcomes, and for them to understand the impacts of direct cash assistance on individuals and their communities. Find out how to apply and learn more here.

Lake County renters who faced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic and meet eligibility requirements may apply for the new Lake County Rental Assistance (LCRA) Program, which provides help for individuals paying rent. The application period runs through Nov. 15. 

Caregivers program set

State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-30) is hosting a Caregiver Fair to provide resources for caregivers and those that they care for. It will be from 3 – 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center at 225 McHenry Rd.

There will be a meal prep demonstration offered on site for people who are differently abled. This fair will be an opportunity for Caregivers to connect and receive resources and build community. 

Trick or treat drive-through set

The Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Departments are holding a Trick or Treat Drive-through from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the main fire station, 1051 Highland Grove Dr. Walk-ups are not permitted.

Buffalo Grove trick-or-treating hours are from 3 - 8 p.m. Monday, October 31. Residents are encouraged to turn on exterior lights to show they are welcoming trick-or-treaters. 

Project Fire Buddies looking for participants

Project Fire Buddies' mission is to bring joy to children struggling with serious illnesses in the community.

The Buffalo Grove Chapter is actively seeking to sponsor a seriously ill child. If you know anyone who may be interested, please call (847) 537-0995 or email them here.

You can also support Project Fire Buddies by purchasing a T-shirt for $20 or a hoodie for $40., Items can be ordered by going to this link. Cash and Venmo (@ProjectFireBuddies) are accepted The deadline to order is Sunday, Nov. 6.


Police reports

Stolen vehicle -- A 2010 Nissan Maxima was reported missing from a residence in the 1500 block of Quail Hollow Drive. Police have not reported if the vehicle has been recovered.

Retail theft – Employees at Discovery Clothing, 1309 Dundee Road, contacted police after they noticed a black female walk out of the store wearing a black and white jacket with the letter "B" stitched on the chest and holding a box of footwear. Reports say an employee followed the woman outside of the store in an attempt to get her to pay for the items. According to police, the woman refused and left the area. The items reportedly missing included the jacket, valued at $34.99 and a pair of knee-high black boots valued at $26.99.

Phone missing – A customer at the Chase Bank at 15235 Deerfield Parkway told police he left his cell phone near the bank teller window and when he returned 15 minutes later, the phone was missing.

Catalytic converter missing – A customer at the Extended Stay Motel, 1525 Busch Parkway, reported to police that when he started his vehicle, it was unusually loud. Upon further investigation he discovered that its catalytic converter had been stolen.

Car burgled -- A resident told police that her wallet was taken out of her car while it was parked at Willow Stream Park. Reports say the vehicle’s windows were left open.

Shoes swiped – Employees at Rogan’s Shoes, 1300 W. Dundee Rd. told police that a man walked to the back of the store holding a shoe box. Reports say the man was greeted him at the door, and did not raise any suspicion. However, reports say that while inspecting inventory, the employee spotted an incorrect pair of boots in a box that did not match the description. She also noticed that a security tag was ripped off a pair of boots that could not be located. Staff reviewed video surveillance footage and discovered the man swapping the boots, placing them in the same box he came in with and then left the store.


Need a reason to celebrate?

Oct. 14

Be Bald and Be Free Day

National Dessert Day

National I Love You Day

Sherlock Holmes Weekend 

Oct. 15

Global Handwashing Day

International African Penguin Awareness Day

National Cheese Curd Day

National Grouch Day

National I Love Lucy Day

Oct. 16

Dictionary Day

Global Cat Day

National Department Store Day

National Liqueur Day

World Toy Camera Day

Oct. 17

Heroes and Forefathers Day

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

National Pasta Day

National Pay Back a Friend Day

Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Mashed Potato Day

National Necktie Day

National No Beard Day

Oct. 19

Evaluate Your Life Day

Hagfish Day

National New Friends Day

Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

Oct. 20

Conflict Resolution Day

International Chefs Day

National Brandied Fruit Day

National Day on Writing

Oct. 21

American Frog Day

Back to the Future Day

Count Your Buttons Day

Everyone Writes Day

Loud Shirt Day


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