Man faces multiple charges / Shredding event set / Cops cracking down on speeders

Man faces assault, battery charges - Police responded to Villa Verde Drive for a battery report. Upon arrival police met with a complainant, who told police he was “assaulted and battered.” Police arrested Grant Braband, 26 of Buffalo Grove and charged him with battery and two counts of  Aggravated Assault / Offense Based on Use of Firearm, Device, or Motor Vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance.

Portable restrooms vandalized – Police report two cases where portable restrooms were damaged. In one case, police say a “large amount of fireworks” were ignited inside a portable restroom in Woodland Park. Details flushed out by police say there was a lot of debris, but only minor damage to the unit.“

In a second incident, a portable restroom in Kilmer Park suffered a similar fate. In this case, however, police say the unit was not standing on its own and all the walls and top were off. Police say a “black-powder like material” was on the floor of the unit.

Eluding a police officer -- Police report they stopped a vehicle for dark-tinted windows near Ill. Rt. 22 and Buffalo Grove Road. Reports say officers met with a male driver, who handed over his driver's license. The driver then drove away westbound on Route 22 near Route 83. The investigation is ongoing.

Theft at fitness center – Police report that a member of Sky Fitness reported that his backpack was stolen while he was exercising. He told police the backpack was at his side when it was stolen. It reportedly contained items, including various electronics, valued at $800.

Catalytic converters swiped – The wave of thefts of catalytic converters continues. Two residents in the Villa Verde condominiums reported catalytic converters were taken from their vehicles.

Woodman’s theft – A shopper at Woodman’s Market received an adjudication ticket and trespass warning after he tried to sneak out of the store without paying. Reports did not indicate what was taken or the value of items.

Swing and a miss -- Police report that an unknown man took a swing at a customer in the parking lot at Woodman’s Market before fleeing on foot. Reports do not say if the customer was injured. The investigation is ongoing.


In Other Community News…

Shredding, electronic recycling event set

            Residents who have documents they want shredded or household electronics they would like to recycle, can bring materials to the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Golf Dome parking lot, 801 McHenry Rd., from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 23.

            Papers slated for shredding should be free of staples and paperclips while electronics will be collected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

            The event is sponsored by State Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59), State Rep. Nabeela Syed (D-51), State Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-30) and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim.


Village seeks residents’ input

            Buffalo Grove’s latest initiative to establish an identity and strategic plans will require resident input. At least according to village officials who say that “As part of the village's Moving BG Forward initiative, the village is developing a new comprehensive plan to outline a long-term vision of the village’s physical environment.” Officials say they want to hear residents’ vision for the future of BG, by taking a 10-minute survey that can be found here.


Vendors wanted for "Meet me on Main Street"

Even though it won’t be on Main Street, the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce invites businesses, organizations and arts and craft vendors to reserve their spot at the "Meet me on Main Street" Business and Craft Fair September 2-4 at Buffalo Grove Days.

For more information and to apply for a booth or table, go to this link. Buffalo Grove Days is held in Mike Rylko Park.


Jazz concert set

The Buffalo Grove Jazz Band returns for its second free all-jazz concert at Willow Stream Park at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 performing "Groovin' in the Grove," featuring big band hits from the 40s to today

For more information on the Buffalo Grove Symphonic and Jazz Band is available here.


BG Days parade, BBQ participants sought

This year's BG Days Parade is set for 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. The parade will go southbound on Buffalo Grove Road from LaSalle, and then westbound on Deerfield Parkway where it will end at Mike Rylko Park. Buffalo Grove Days will be Sept. 2 -4 at  Mike Rylko Park.

Apply to participate by July 31 here.

If you think you’re an expert griller, there’s one spot left for the BBQ Challenge at this year's BG Days. Apply at this site.


Rotary announces 2023-24 officers

The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove has announced its 2023-2024 officers. They include Director Stephen Legge, Director Steve Balinski, President Nominee Juliet Ziak, Director Miriam Campbell, President-Elect Brian Shepard, Club President Shawn Collins, and Immediate Past President Lisa Siwek, Secretary Leslie Forman and Treasurer Shannon O’Connor.

            Club President for 2023-2024 is Shawn Collins. He is in his eight year with Rotary and serves as a Battalion Chief and Training Officer for the Buffalo Grove Fire Department.  This will be his second term as president as he served as president in 2018-2019

            The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove was founded in 1974 and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2024.  Its membership consists of businesspeople and professionals from the local community that dedicate their time and efforts to raise money and then gives back through service projects locally and globally.

Members meet at the Continental Restaurant, 788 S. Buffalo Grove Road each Thursday afternoon from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.  For more information on membership, fundraising and other events, visit or Facebook at Buffalo Grove Rotary.


CCSD 21 seeks bilingual volunteers

            School District 21 is seeking Spanish-speaking volunteers. After receiving training and materials, participants will tutor students one-on-one in kindergarten, first or second grade at Twain Elementary and/or Whitman Elementary. Spots are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9 am - 12:30 pm. Interested persons should go to this site for more information and registration.


Aptakisic Road widening moving ahead

            Lake County Board Rep. Marah Altenberg’s (D-19), latest eblast to constituents notes that the widening of a Aptakisic Road from Buffalo Grove to IL Rt. 83, “is expected to kick off soon.” The communique included this link, Here are five things you should know about this project.


28 cited during holiday traffic crackdown

The Buffalo Grove Police Department issued 18 seat belt citations during its recent Independence Day traffic safety campaign which ran from June 16 through the morning of July 5.

An additional 10 citations were issued for distracted driving, speeding and insurance violations.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” “Drive High, Get a DUI” and “Click It or Ticket” safety campaigns provided additional enforcement efforts to the Department’s normal operations.

The enforcement period was funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Cops targeting speeders

Buffalo Grove police are participating in a speed enforcement campaign through Aug. 17. Increased patrols will likely be seen throughout Buffalo Grove during that time period.

This speed enforcement campaign is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Park District Preschool Registration Open

The Park District is still accepting registrations for children age 3 and 4 years old for the 2023 - 2024 school year. For more information, visit our Preschool page, or email Keri Isacovici.


Need a Reason to Celebrate?

The fine folks at list these important day


July 10

National Kitten Day

National Piña Colada Day

Don't Step On A Bee Day

Teddy Bear Picnic Day


July 11

National State Fair Food Day

All American Pet Photo Day

Cheer Up the Lonely Day

Cow Appreciation Day

National Mojito Day


July 12

Etch A Sketch Day

National Different Colored Eyes Day

National Eat Your Jello Day

Paper Bag Day


July 13

Embrace Your Geekness Day

National Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

National French Fry Day


July 14

Collector Car Appreciation Day

National Be Nice to Bugs Day

National Mac and Cheese Day

National Nude Day


July 15

Celebration of the Horse Day

National Be A Dork Day

National Gummi Worm Day

Woodie Wagon Day


July 16

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

National Corn Fritter Day

National Ice Cream Day

World Snake Day


July 17

National Get Out of the Dog House Day

National Tattoo Day

Yellow Pig Day


July 18

Insurance Nerd Day

National Caviar Day

National Zoo Keeper Week




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