Racial graffiti / Board race set / Caffeine with the Chief

Racially fused vandalism incidents reported -- Police responded to the 1200 block of Gail Drive for a report of vandalism. A resident reported to police she saw racial epithets spray painted on a walking path near her home. Police report there are no suspects at this time. In a second similar case, police responded to the 700 block of Chaucer Way for a report of vandalism. As in the case on Gail Drive, a resident told police that she saw obscene images and racial epithets spray painted on a sidewalk near her home. There are no suspects in either incident at this time.

If the boot fits -- An employee at Rogan’s Shoes, 1300 W. Dundee Rd. told police that she noticed an Africa-American a male wearing a light green jacket, khaki color cargo pants, dark-rimmed eyeglasses, a blue Chicago Bears baseball style hat, and a grey and blue shirt walk out of the store with a shoe he did not pay for. It’s important to note that only one shoe was reportedly taken. The employee told police that the man walked around the store while appearing to be on the phone, placed a winter boot down his pants. Reports did not say what size the boot was or how big the man’s pants were. The employee told police she asked the man if he needed any help, but he turned around and did not say anything, placed a shoe on the shelf, walked around the store again for a short amount of time with the employee keeping surveillance on him. Reports say he then walked out the front door and walked towards a nearby grocery store. The employee found the box where the shoe was taken from along with the matching left shoe. Police canvassed the area, but did not find anyone wearing one boot or who had a pronounced bulge in his pants.

Battery charges filed -- A 70-year-old Roselle man, Tadeusz Kocaj, was charged with one count of battery after he allegedly grabbed a woman in a dispute over a parking space in the 700 block of Corporate Grove Drive. No injuries were reported.


In Other Community News

Uncontested field for Village Board races

Trustee Eric Smith is the only candidate for Village Board President in the April election. In addition to Smith’s solo candidacy, longtime Village Clerk, Jan Sirabian, who has held the post for 43 years is the sole candidate for that post.

There are three candidates for three spots on the Village Board; incumbents David Weidenfeld and Gregory Pike and first-time Board candidate Frank Cesario. Cesario is currently a member of the Planning And Zoning Commission.

The deadline for filing for April election was Monday, Dec. 19.

Another holiday, another crackdown

See something red twinkling in your rear-view mirror?

Chances are it’s not a low-flying Rudolph, but rather a Buffalo Grove police officer.

That’s because the Buffalo Grove Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to remind motorists about the dangers of impaired driving. From December 16 through January 2, law enforcement across Illinois will step up enforcement efforts with the high visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High. Get a DUI.” traffic safety campaigns.

“We want everyone in our communities to enjoy the holidays without worrying about the dangers of impaired drivers,” Sergeant Tony Turano says. “During the campaign, you can expect to see extra safety patrols. We will show zero tolerance for alcohol and drug-impaired driving to help ensure everyone makes it to and from their holiday festivities safely.”

Revelers should plan for a sober ride home and remember these tips:

* Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride- sharing service to get home safely.

* If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and dial 9-1-1.

* Have a friend or family member who is about to drive impaired? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.

* Always wear your seatbelt.

The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Candy canes are not accepted as bail.

Have coffee with the top cop

            Want a break from the holiday excitement? You can have a cup of Joe with Buffalo Grove Police Chief Brian Budds from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Dec. 29 at The Continental Restaurant, 788 S. Buffalo Grove Rd.

            Coffee and pastries will be provided along with the opportunity to chat with Budds who took the reins of the Police Department in November.

First responders host “Shopping with Heroes”

The Buffalo Grove Police and Fire departments hosted their sixth annual ‘Shopping with Heroes’ event Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Target store in Wheeling.

The event was made possible thanks to donations from the Police and Fire Departments, along with donations from the ‘Temple Chai Guys’ men’s group from Temple Chai and other donors.

The departments identified 16 local children in need to provide gifts for – children who had faced personal or financial family hardships. Police officers and firefighters volunteered their time to shop with the youth. The children were guided to choose educational items along with their other desired gifts, with the remainder spent on gifts for family members.

After shopping, the children were brought back to the police station for gift wrapping, pizza and treats. The treat bags and wrapping paper were all donated by Target.

Volunteers wanted for new committee

Volunteers are being sought to help envision the future of both current and prospective community events in Buffalo Grove. Depending on their interest, residents can help in the planning and execution of the 2023 BG Days and/or support the growing potential for more community events throughout the year. Interested residents can apply here.

Chamber set for 2023

The Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2023 board. The chamber serves area businesses.


Happy Holidays!!

            The staff and management of Buffalo Grove News and Information wishes you a Happy Holiday season no matter what you celebrate – Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, etc. We’ll be taking a break and will return after the revelry.

            In the meantime, take a break to think about the less fortunate, victims of senseless violence and discrimination, including the people of Ukraine.


Need other reasons to celebrate?

Bored with the traditional holidays? Here are some other festivities for you…


Dec. 20

Go Caroling Day

National Sangria Day

Dec. 21

Don’t Make Your Bed Day

Humbug Day

Dec. 22

National Cookie Exchange Day

National Date Nut Bread Day

National Short Person Day

Dec. 23

National Christmas Movie Marathon Day

National Pfeffernusse Day

Dec. 26

National Candy Cane Day

National Whiners Day

 Dec. 27

National Fruitcake Day

Visit the Zoo Day

Dec. 28

National Call a Friend Day

National Chocolate Candy Day

Pledge of Allegiance Day

Dec. 29

National Pepper Pot Day

Still Need To Do Day

Dec. 30

Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Dec. 31

Make Up Your Mind Day

National Champagne Day

Jan. 1

Happy New Year!

Commitment Day

Copyright Law Day

National Bloody Mary Day

National Shepherd Day


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