Man nabbed for possessing swiped stuff / Hearing set on Rylko revamp / Budget presentation set

Stolen property bust -- Police responded to the 900 block of Chaucer Way for a report of subjects in the area, possibly going through vehicles parked in driveways. Police spotted Sam Gruszecki, 18, of Glenview, and found that he was in possession of stolen property from vehicles. He was arrested for possession of stolen property.

Suspicious activity reported -- A resident who lives in the 200 block of Palmgren Court told police that she observed an unknown person with a flashlight looking into her vehicle which was parked in the driveway of her home. Reports say responding officers watched the video and confirmed the resident’s suspicions. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle.

Speeder flees police --  Police report that they pursued a gold-colored Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows traveling southbound on Buffalo Grove Road and Bernard. Police reports say that despite being followed by a police car with its emergency lights activated, the vehicle disregarded the red light at Dundee Rd and drove southbound on Buffalo Grove Road. Reports say the unknown driver continued southbound on Buffalo Grove Road at a high rate of speed. Reports say when officers lost sight of the vehicle, they ended their pursuit.  Police say a motorist traveling northbound on Buffalo Grove Road told police she saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Buffalo Grove and drove through a red light at Hintz Rd with its lights off. Wheeling police were notified. 

In Other Community News 

Rylko redo?

            Three months after it presented ideas to the Village Board about jazzing up Mike Rylko Park, the Park District will reportedly have a chance to present its ideas to the Planning and Zoning Committee when it meets at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

            Plans presented to the Village Board in August showed several additions to Rylko Park including, according a pre-application memo to the Board, a permanent venue for community festivals (such as Buffalo Grove Days), community celebrations, civic meetings, rallies, concerts, and theater programming.

According to the plan, a focal point would be a plaza that will include a variety of seating options, as well as shade structures that will encourage community use. The centerpiece of the plaza will be an amphitheater northwest of the existing baseball fields. It would, according to plans, include an amphitheater building, a covered stage, and a variety of seating areas. The amphitheater building will be 16 ¼ feet tall, while the roofline will extend to up to 24 feet at its highest point. The seating area directly in front of the stage will accommodate approximately 155 people. The lawn seating area is 38,535 square feet (.88-acres) and could potentially accommodate an estimated 3,800 people.

Rylko Park is also the site of the Buffalo Grove Farmers Market. Details about the plan, as reported in the Daily Herald, can be found at this link. 

Budget hearing Monday night

            The village will formally present its proposed 2023 budget at a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in the Jeffrey Braiman Council Chambers at Village Hall. Details about the budget can be found here. Residents not interested in the budget may want to watch Monday Night Football which pits the Washington Commanders against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are a 10-point favorite.  Speaking of favorites, the Budget will be up for approval at the Village Board’s Dec. 5 meeting. If you must know, the Monday night game on Dec. 5 is New Orleans at Tampa Bay. Tough choice.

Changing of the guard at the P.D.

            Friday, Nov. 11 marked the end of the career for Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steve Casstevens. His replacement, Brian Budds, was sworn in Nov. 7. The Daily Herald’s Steve Zalusky profiles both the retiring Casstevens (at this link) and also takes a look at Budds’ plans (at this link). 

ITPLD plans “One Book, One Community” open house

The Indian Trails Public Library has  announced the 2022-2023 One Book, One Community (OBOC) book: The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik.

Interested readers can kick off this year's OBOC program by visiting our open house from noon to 2 pm. on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Now in its seventh year, One Book, One Community (OBOC) is a partnership among Cook Memorial, Indian Trails and Vernon Area public library districts to encourage dialogue and build community through a shared experience of literature. Members can join in book discussions, attend relevant programs and attend an author event on Sunday, Feb.  26. Participants can register for OBOC programs and enjoy music and refreshments. Free copies of the book will be distributed while supplies last. Registration is not required.  You can learn about The Bohemians at this link. 

Beth Am food pantry open Sunday

            Congregation Beth Am’s food pantry will be open from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.  The pantry is open to the public regardless of religious denomination. Beth Am is locate at 1370 Abbott Court in Buffalo Grove. Alternative pick-up time are available by calling (847) 383-5017. 

Winter memberships available at WJ Golf

WJ Golf, located inside the Arboretum Golf Club at 401 W. Half Day Road has indoor winter golf memberships available. Find pricing and more information here. 

Speaking of golf…

The Park District’s golf dome is now open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Located at 801 McHenry Road, the golf dome’s season runs through April 8.

It includes a 75-yard indoor driving range and putting green. Professional instruction from Park District staff golf professionals and group classes is available.  For more information, visit or call (847) .353-7575.


Need a reason to celebrate?


Nov. 12

American Fancy Rat & Mouse Day

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

National Happy Hour Day

National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day


Nov. 13

National Hug a Musician Day

Sadie Hawkins Day

World Kindness Day – Just one day?


Nov. 14

Loosen Up Lighten Up Day

National American Teddy Bear Day

National Pickle Day

Operating Room Nurse Day



Day of the Imprisoned Writer

I Love to Write Day

National Clean Out Your Fridge Day

Pack Your Mom's Lunch Day – Dads starve.


Nov. 16

Clarinet Day – Somewhere Benny Goodman is smiling.

Have a Party with your Bear Day

National Button Day


Nov. 17

National Hiking Day

National Homemade Bread Day

National Take a Hike Day

National Testosterone Awareness Day


Nov. 18

Housing Day

Mickey Mouse Day

Mickey Mouse’s Birthday

Minnie Mouse's Birthday

World Vasectomy Day

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