Cops probe armed robbery, burglaries / Sussman's tenure ends / Weather warning system in place

 Armed robbery – A resident received what police call “minor injuries” during an armed robbery around 4 a.m. on April 30 at the Buffalo Ridge Apartments in the 600 block of Trace Drive. Reports say the victim was “battered” by two male subjects who took an undisclosed amount of money from him. One of the subjects pulled a knife during the robbery before fleeing the area. Reports did not indicate where the victim was when the two men approached him. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Suspicious activity -- Police were summoned to the 1000 block of Hobson Drive to investigate suspicious activities. According to reports, the resident told officers he received an alert from his video doorbell around 1:30 a.m. on April 26. Footage showed two subjects wearing black hoodies, walking through his front yard and attempting to open the driver’s side door of his vehicle. They were not able to gain access to the vehicle.

Vehicle stolen – Speaking of Hobson Drive, in what may be a related incident, police are investigating the theft of a 2021 Ford SUV from the 900 block of Hobson Drive sometime overnight on April 25 – 26. Reports say the vehicle was parked in the driveway.

Retail Burglary -- Police are investigating a burglary at a liquor store in the 400 block of Dundee Road. Reports say someone entered the store by breaking a window. Reports did not indicate what was stolen or the value of the items taken.

Items swiped from car – Police report that several “personal items” were taken from a car as it was parked on north Barclay Boulevard. Reports say the owner noticed the items missing when she entered the unlocked car.

Wheels stolen – A resident contacted police to report that the tires and wheels were taken from his friend’s car while it was parked on Johnson Drive. The vehicle was left on four “landscaping bricks” with lug nuts left next to the vehicle. Reports did not say when the vehicle owner did not report the theft.

Attempted robbery – Several subjects attempted to “make entry” to Burdeen’s Jewelry, 1151 Lake-Cook Road on April 26, but were unsuccessful. Reports say the people were gone before police arrived.

Retail theft – A female customer was nabbed at Woodman’s Market after she tried to sneak out of the store with $51 worth of items. She received a retail theft citation and trespass notice from officers.

In Other Community News

Sussman to be honored at reception

            Outgoing Village Board President, Beverly Sussman, will be honored at reception prior to the May 15 Village Board meeting. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall. Sussman has been in the Village Board for 12 years, the last eight as Board President.

            The May 15 meeting will mark the end of Sussman’s 29 years of service to Buffalo Grove, recently chronicled in both the Daily Herald and the Countryside Reminder.

            Sussman announced in August that she was not seeking another term. In her statement, she noted that “My family and I have lived in Buffalo Grove since 1971, and we’ve loved every minute of the 52 years that we’ve been here, from the annual Buffalo Grove Days festival to the excellent school system and the great sense of community that Buffalo Grove has to offer.”

            She added that “It has been my great honor to serve the village for 29 years, first as a member on the Rick Kahen Commission for Residents with Disabilities, then as a village trustee, and as the Village President.”

            Sussman said that she has “thoroughly enjoyed my time in office and savored the many accomplishments that have made Buffalo Grove a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I am tremendously grateful for having had the opportunity to welcome many new businesses into Buffalo Grove and to get to know so many of our residents. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Village.”

Weather safety system installed at Emmerich Park

The Buffalo Grove Park District has implemented the Perry Weather platform, a weather safety system that warns when lightning and other potentially dangerous weather conditions are imminent.

Unlike other systems that rely on weather predictions, Perry Weather uses technology that collects real-time, site-specific conditions for more accurate monitoring and alerting.

Similar to a tornado warning siren, people in the area of Emmerich Park will hear audible tones, accompanied by a strobe light, indicating that lightning has been detected within a10-mile radius. Five short tones will indicate that it is safe to resume activity outdoors.

“One of the benefits of the Perry Weather system is that we can tie into other users’ hardware, such as Buffalo Grove High School, to expand our range of coverage,” Buffalo Grove Park District Executive Director Ryan Risinger said. He added, “We partnered with BGRA (Buffalo Grove Recreation Association), who runs the little league baseball program in the community; and, they paid for the outdoor warning system that was installed at Emmerich Park, where the majority of baseball games are played.” The Perry system utilizes both hardware and software that entails an annual subscription. As this is the first year of the system, there were a myriad of first-year fees. Park officials anticipate the annual cost for the current program will be $2,600, which will be shared by the Park District and the BGRA.

Park District officials note that while Emmerich Park is the only location with an outdoor warning system at this time, all staff who run outdoor programming will receive app notifications when a weather concern is triggered. Officials add that additional sites could be considered for outdoor systems based on the success of the program at Emmerich Park.

Citizen Police Academy begins May 24

            The Citizen Police Academy (CPA), a seven-week program that features education about DUI and traffic enforcement, firearm safety, crime scene investigations, a K-9 demonstration begins May 24. Program is held every Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. though July 19. It will not meet May 31 or July 5. All sessions are at the Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and live or work in Buffalo Grove. Additional information can be found here.

Garage sale guidelines listed

            Residents planning a garage sale need to follow village guidelines. While a permit is not required, garage sales are allowed for up to three consecutive days and no more than three times per year at the same location. Sales are allowed from 9 a.m. until sunset each day. In addition, signs advertising garage sales are only allowed on private property, not in the public right of way. Learn more here.

Parks and public services day set

Buffalo Grove’s Department of Public Works and the Buffalo Grove Park District are sponsoring Parks and Public Services Day - a celebration of Kids to Parks Day and National Public Works Week, on Saturday, May 20 at Mike Rylko Park. The event will include demonstrations, nature explorations, prize raffles, touch-a-truck opportunities, and other family activities.

The event is scheduled for two time slots, 10:00 a.m.– noon and noon to 2:00 p.m., with demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Additional information can be found here.

Cops set to hit the roof

Buffalo Grove Police will again participate in 'Cop on a Rooftop' to support Special Olympics Illinois on Friday, May 19.

Stop by either of the Buffalo Grove Dunkin' locations on McHenry Road 11745 N. McHenry Road or 245 McHenry Road) anytime between 5 a.m. and noon for a free donut and a chance to win a free motorcycle.

Pride month, parade plans taking shape

            The 2023 Buffalo Grove Pride Parade is set for 11 a.m., Sunday June 4. The parade will have a new route this year, beginning at Buffalo Grove Road and LaSalle Lane and ending at the Buffalo Grove Park District’s fitness center, 601 Deerfield Parkway. A picnic, sponsored by the Park District, will follow the parade in Mike Rylko Park, 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Rd.

            Pride Month will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on June 1 with the raising of the Pride flag at Ernie Karge Rotary Village Green, 265 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. In addition to the flag raising, there will be presentations by local officials.

            Additional information about both events can be found at this link.

Free summer lunch program planned

Community Consolidated School District 21 will offer free, healthy lunches throughout the summer for children 18 years of age and younger.

Lunch will be available at 14 District 21 locations Monday through Friday, beginning June 5 through August 4 from 10 a.m. to noon as part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Lunch will not be served on the following dates: June 19 and July 3, 4, 7, 14, 21 and 28.

CCSD21 in-person summer school students will receive meals on site. Current menus are posted at and updated monthly.

Business to sport new name

            The sign for Angus Chemical Company on Lake-Cook Road will be changing as the company has rebranded itself as Advancion after 40 years.

29 nailed for distracted driving

            The Buffalo Grove Police Department issued 29 citations to motorists for distracted driving during April as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. There were a total of 46 total citations.

            The Illinois distracted driving campaign is funded with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Healthy nutrition topic of D21 program

            Empowering Families With Knowledge And Skills To Make Healthy Food Choices is the topic of a workshop at 10 a.m. on May 10 at the Dist. 21 Community Service Center, 959 W. Dundee Rd.

Sessions will be available in English and Spanish. Russian interpreter services will be available. Childcare will not be offered for this workshop. For more information, call 224-676-8747.

Village Board Discussions

Utility improvement loans ahead?

            Residents facing water and sewer line repairs and upgrades could get a financial break from the village. Deputy Village Manager told the Daily Herald that there has been an interest from homeowners interested in making improvements. The full report can be found here.

Spotlight on…

Public Works mechanic touted as an “everyday hero”

            Buffalo Grove Fleet Mechanic Tom Seefeldt was recently featured as part of Grainger's Everyday Heroes series. The piece told how Seefeldt worked alongside his grandfather growing up, something which inspired his love of working on heavy machinery, and set him down his chosen career path to become a mechanic.

            Watch Seefeldt’s story at this link.

Need a Reason to Celebrate?

May 9

National Lost Sock Memorial Day

National Sleepover Day

Tear the Tags Off The Mattress Day – Storm the Bastille!

May 10

Donate a Day's Wages To Charity Day

National Clean Your Room Day

National Ship Via Rail Day

May 11

Hostess CupCake Day -- – Sounds like a plan.

National Eat What You Want Day -- See above item.

National Foam Rolling Day

National Twilight Zone Day -- – You’ll travel to another dimension.

May 12

National Limerick Day

National Nutty Fudge Day

National Odometer Day

May 13

Archery Day

Brunch for Lunch Day

National Apple Pie Day

National Frog Jumping Day

National Leprechaun Day

National Train Day

May 14

Bond With Your Dog Day

National Dance Like a Chicken Day

Online Romance Day

The Stars and Stripes Forever Day

May 15

Bring Flowers To Someone Day

International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day

Straw Hat Day

Bike to Work Week

May 16

National Barbecue Day

National Love a Tree Day

Ride a Unicycle Day

National American Craft Beer Week


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