Two residential burglaries probed / Pot dispensary faces fight / Plan for Rohrman property
Buffalo Grove Police are continuing their investigation into a pair of residential burglaries that occurred during the week of March 19.
The first burglary was in the 200 block of Willow Parkway and occurred when, reports say, the homeowner was “lured outside” by a man posing as a ComEd worker. Reports say that while the homeowner was outside, other individuals entered the home and took unspecified personal items.
Reports for the second burglary indicate that it occurred in the 200 block of Navajo Trail. While limited details were provided, reports say the resident told police they left the home for a few hours and found the home burglarized when they returned home. Reports say “personal items” were reported missing.
Package swiped – A resident in Villa Verde condominiums reported that a package delivered by FedEx was delivered to the lobby of one of the buildings, but its contents were removed by an unknown person. Reports did not indicate what was taken or the value of the items.
Eggs break shutters -- A home owner on Woodhollow Lane told police unknown offenders threw eggs at this house which caused an estimated $500 damage to one of the upper window shutters.
Eggs damage screen – In a second case involving eggs, a homeowner on Palm Tree Circle South told police someone damaged a window screen by attempting to rip it out. Investigators noted, however, that it was covered with egg.
In Other Community News
Election Day Tuesday
Election for village officials, including village president, clerk and trustees, as well as school, library and park district boards is Tuesday, April 4. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. A listing of polling places is available at this link.
Work set for Rt. 83
Concrete repairs and resurfacing of Illinois Rt. 83 from just north of Buffalo Grove Road to south of Bank Lane is expected to begin the week of April 10. The project is coordinated by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Yard waste collection resumes
Waste Management will resume collection of yard waste on April 1.
Landscape material should be placed in a 32-gallon paper yard waste bag or unlined waste container marked with a large "x". More information about landscape waste pickups can be found here.
Cops to be assigned to D21 schools
School resource officers (SROs) will be assigned to schools in Community Consolidated School District 21, beginning with the 2023- 24 school year.
Two Wheeling police officers will serve as SROs for CCSD21 with one assigned to Holmes Middle School while supporting the elementary schools in the Holmes attendance zone. A second officer will be assigned to London Middle School and provide support to the elementary schools in that attendance zone.
The Buffalo Grove Police Department will assign an SRO for Cooper Middle School and elementary schools in that attendance zone.
Indians Association sponsors health care forum
Two Lake County medical professionals will highlight a health-care program sponsored by the Lake County Indians Assn. from 2 to 6 p.n. o Saturday, April 8 at Stevenson High School.
Dr. Rakhi Khanna, a community nephrologist in Lake County, with more than 17 years of experience in clinical practice and is interested in spiritual care as part of the healing process and Dr. Khanna, Dr. Geeta Bansal, a triple board-certified neurologist, psychiatrist, and neuromuscular physician, will discuss how patients achieve optimal health by addressing both physical and mental health concerns.
Cost for an individual ticket is $15 while groups of five is $50
Reports, 9-1-1 calls available
Documents and 9-1-1- calls related to the Police Department’s investigation of the deaths of the Kisliak family are available at this site. Five members of the family were found dead Nov. 30.
Cops nail 44
Forty-four motorists were cited by police for various infractions during its St. Patrick’s Day traffic safety enforcement that took place March 10-19. Among the 44 total traffic stops made, there 13 citations for seat belt violations and 31 total citations issued for various traffic violations.
Distracted driving focus of crackdown
With no big drinking holidays on the calendar for April, Buffalo Grove Police, thanks in part to a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, is joining 200 other police departments in cracking down on distracted driving.
Motorists can expect to see increased patrols and traffic safety enforcement zones through April 30.
Trivia night April 27
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Village Board discussions
Proximity key issue to pot dispensary
A proposal for a recreational marijuana dispensary on Dundee Road may face an uphill battle because of its proximity to Buffalo Grove High School. The dispensary is being sought by Emerald Earth at 1355 W. Dundee Road. The proposal, presented to the Village Board March 20, meets most of the criteria, except one. The Village code that regulates recreational marijuana dispensaries says “A 1,000-foot buffer will be established between recreational/medical cannabis facilities and the property line of pre-existing schools, daycares, museums, libraries, substance abuse treatment/counseling centers.” Emerald Earth’s proposed site is 918 feet from Buffalo Grove High School and final approval would require a special use permit.
To no surprise, the proposal is, according to the Daily Herald, “…is drawing fire from students, the high school's principal and village board members.” But not all Village Board members. The Board voted 3-2 to send the proposal to the Planning and Zoning Committee (PZC). Trustees David Weidenfeld and Andrew Stein voted against the measure while Trustees Joanne Johnson, Greg Pike and Eric Smith supported sending the proposal to the PZC.
Village to look at new identity
The Village Board March 20 approved s $98,000 contract for North Star Place Branding + Marketing to look at new branding program for the village. The goal is to “uncover the village’s identity”. North Star has worked with several Illinois municipalities including Alton, Carbondale, Morton Grove, Lake Bluff and Highland Park. Coverage by the Daily Herald of the contract and program can be found here.
Plans revealed for “Rohrman property”
You can’t say Louis Schriber III rushes into things. According to the Daily Herald, Schriber, who is CEO and founding partner of the Shorewood Development Group, told the Village Board March 20 that he has had his eye on the Rohrman property for 12 years. Schriber’s appearance before the Village Board coincided with unveiling of plans for a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district along Dundee Road that includes not only the approximately 16-acre site that once housed three auto dealerships, but also includes Buffalo Grove High School.
Preliminary plans call for retail space and residential units in addition to, wait for it, a car dealership and service center.
Board meets April 3
If you’re looking for something to do on the evening of Monday, April 3, among your choices are watching San Diego State battle UConn for the NCAA men’s basketball championship and the ever popular Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting. The Board meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. while the basketball game starts at 8:20.
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