“To the little kiddos who left too early” / Budget up for approval / Webinar on antisemitism

“To the little kiddos who left too early”
 As the investigation into the apparent murder-suicide of five people continues, neighbors express grief and shock as investigators try to figure out what led to the deadly event. Buffalo Grove Police Chief Brian Budds called the scene “horrific.” Details about the investigation are being kept under wraps.  The Lake County coroner has completed autopsies on all five victims and reports that all five victims died from “sharp-force injuries.”

Board meeting Monday

The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Village Hall 50 Raupp Blvd. Among the items the Board is expected to vote on is the 2023 Budget, which, according to the Countryside Reminder calls for a 6.6 percent increase, but does not increase the village's portion of property taxes.

Village mulls community event coordination

            In an apparent effort to streamline community events, the Village Board will consider creation of a Community Events Committee (CEC) to oversee events that are under the auspices of the village.

            In a memo to Village Manager Dane Bragg, Brett Robinson, administrative services director and Jessie Brown, administrative services manager, noted that creation of the committee would allow “for significantly more flexibility being able to plan community wide events in addition to Buffalo Grove Days.”

            It’s likely that the CEC would lead to the elimination of the current Buffalo Grove Days Committee which has coordinated the event for, according to longtime volunteer and chair Paulette Greenberg. The village is actively recruiting for residents who want to be members of the CEC on the village website. Information is available here.

            Creation of the CEC is one of several items on the agenda for the Dec. 5 Board meeting that address events. The biggest focus is on Buffalo Grove Days which, according to Mike Skibbe, deputy village manager/director of Public Works, who is staff liaison to Buffalo Grove Days, was a success in 2022. The event, he notes in a report to the Board, finished with a $30,040.15 for the village. The 2022 was a partnership between the village and Park District.

            A series of memos of understanding regarding partnerships, funding and the role of the Buffalo Grove Community Foundation are scheduled to be discussed as part of “Special Business” at the meeting. Full details can be found in the agenda packet for Monday’s meeting at this link.

Rough waters ahead for Cook County property taxes?

            A report by the Better Government Association hints that “Assessor Fritz Kaegi says a new round of tax assessments shows his policies are working. But the picture for north-suburban homeowners is more complicated.” The BGA report says that Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s reassessment notices have made their way into every mailbox in Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs, which are undergoing a review for the first time since 2019. They point to a relative cooldown from Kaegi’s previous pummeling of commercial landlords while homeowners are on track for more heartburn. The BGA’s report can be found here.

Blood drive Dec. 3

A community blood drive is scheduled this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alcott Center, located at 530 Bernard Drive. Appointments are available and walk-ins are also welcome. You can schedule an appointment using this link.

Surge of antisemitism webinar topic

Indian Trails Public Library is co-sponsoring a webinar at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 about the rise of antisemitism in the United States.

The presentation will feature Sarah van Loon, regional director of the American Jewish Committee, in conversation with Jason Marck of WBEZ-AM. There will be time for questions following the presentation. The event will be recorded and available through YouTube for those who cannot participate live.

The webinar is a partnership by the Cook Memorial, Deerfield, Ela Area, Evanston, Glencoe, Highland Park, Indian Trails, Lincolnwood, Skokie, Vernon Area, Wilmette, and Winnetka-Northfield District public libraries. Registration should be completed before Dec. 12 by using this link.

Dist. 21 plans seminar on stress, anxiety

School District 21, in partnership with YWCA, is offering a stress & anxiety workshop to support family wellness.

            Topics scheduled to be covered include tools for managing stress during the holidays, and coping skills to support a child's development

            Two sessions of the seminar are available on Dec. 13. The first is from 9:30 – 11 a.m. and the second is from 6 to 7 p.m.

All sessions will be in room 213 at the Hawthorne Early Childhood School 200 Glendale Street, Wheeling.

Evening childcare will be provided. Information is available at these sites: English Workshop English flyer / Spanish Workshop Spanish Flyer.

Registration can be completed by using this this link.

ITPLD offers winter reading challenge

The Indian Trails Public Library District’s Youth Winter Reading Challenge is underway. Participants can read or be read to for any 15 days and for any amount of time. Intended for Birth-Grade 8. Register at the Youth Services Desk, or call the Library at (847) 459-4100 or register through the Beanstack App.

Free Holiday concert Dec. 4

The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band's free annual holiday concert at the St. Mary Parish, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Road, at 4 p,m. this Sunday, Dec. 4. More details are available at the Symphonic Band's website.

Park District offers kids’ holiday shopping

Do your kids want to do holiday shopping? Children will be able to shop at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 and shop with one of the Park District’s holiday helpers. Gifts will range from $3 to $8 and will be wrapped and ready to go. For more information, contact Brian O’Malley at (847) 850-2146.

Peter Pan dance performances set

The Park District is presenting a Peter Pan dance production Dec. 9, 10, and 11 at the Community Arts Center, 225 N. McHenry Road. This brand-new dance production, performed by participants in the Park District’s dance program, includes traditional roles, such as Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, the lost boys, pirates and mermaids.

The story will be told through dances of all styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, acro and contemporary. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, at 3 and 7 pm on Dec. 10 and at 3 pm on Dec. 11.

All tickets are $15, plus a $1 ticketing fee.

Cops gobble up offenders

Buffalo Grove Police made 92 traffic stops resulting in 58 citations during a traffic safety campaign from November 18 to 28 as part of the “Click it or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization conducted by Buffalo Grove Police along with other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce crashes and their resulting injuries and fatalities. 

            Police report that during the campaign, made 92 traffic stops resulting in

·         34 seat belt citations

·         1 child car seat citations

·         1 DUI arrest

·         1 suspended/revoked license arrest

·         21 speeding citations

This year’s numbers show a dramatic increase over enforcement during the same time period in 2021 when there were 34 traffic stops that resulted in 20 citations.

The Thanksgiving enforcement effort was made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The next enforcement campaign, which will focus on the winter holidays, is scheduled from Dec. 17 through Jan. 5.

Vernon Twp. Community Mental Health Board seeks board members

Vernon Township officials are seeking applicants to serve on its 708 Board.

The Board is named for the Illinois House of Representatives Resolution 708 that created a board structure to respond to the local mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental/intellectual disability needs of their communities.

These volunteer boards are appointed by Township Supervisors, under the Illinois Community Mental Health Act (405 ILCS 20) and are accountable to the citizens of their community.

Interested persons can apply at this link.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.

Food pantries still need help

            Area food pantries continue to have a need for donations. According to the Daily Herald, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, among the state's largest, is serving about 440,000 people per month, up from 310,000 per month last year, said Maeven Sipes, the food bank's chief philanthropy officer.

Did you ever wonder?

Why do the streets look strange in the winter…

            Sure, it may have been 50-plus degrees, but that didn’t stop Public Works, affectionately known as “DPW,” to prepare for snow and ice. This village dispatched its anti-icing trucks that carry tanks of a special mixture of materials that, when sprayed in lines on the roads, help prevent the bond of snow with pavement.

Rest assured, it’s not the only thing DPW does to clear snow, but it is one of the more unique techniques as described by snow removal czar Tyler Ankney in this video.


Need a reason to celebrate?

Dec. 3

Candle Day

Let’s Hug Day

Make a Gift Day

National Green Bean Casserole Day


Dec. 4

Cabernet Franc Day

Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day

Global Fat Bike Day

International Cheetah Day

National Cookie Day

Dec. 5

Bathtub Party Day

National Blue Jeans Day

National Communicate with your kids days

Dec. 6

Mitten Tree Day

National Gazpacho Day

National Microwave Oven Day

Put on Your Own Shoes Day

Dec. 7

National Cotton Candy Day

National Letter Writing Day

Dec. 8

Lard Day

National Brownie Day

Dec. 9

International Anti-Corruption Day

National Pastry Day


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