Neighbors save child at pool / Cops to wear body cams / Park Board opening

 Quick thinking residents

            A 9-year-old boy who apparently suffered a seizure while swimming was saved by residents of an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Johnson Drive Saturday evening, according to reporting by the Daily Herald.


In other Community News

Board eyes Prairie Grove Park improvements

            Improvements to Prairie Grove Park are likely to be approved by the Village Board at its July 17 meeting. Costs for the nearly $300,000 project will be covered by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources obtained by the Park District, will include, according to village staff, include new asphalt trails, new bench areas, a pickle ball court, basketball court, reconfigured and improved playgrounds, and a new shelter area.

            The park is located between Olive Hill and Hoffman drives adjacent to the Link Crossing development. Details about this project and other items on the July 17 agenda can be found here.

A bit quieter along the rails?

            The village board is expected to give the thumbs up to “quiet zone” modifications for railroad crossing in the village. The bid, the second requested by the village, is for $229,472.10.

            According to village officials, Buffalo Grove, along with Lake County and the communities of Antioch, Lake Villa, Round Lake Beach, Grayslake, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills and Wheeling, entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) in 2007 to create the Canadian National Railroad Corridor Quiet Zone, a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) designated zone precluding the use of train whistles/horns at railroad grade crossings along the corridor in Lake County.

The Quiet Zone must be recertified periodically, usually every three years, and in 2012 and 2018 the member agencies successfully recertified the quiet zone. In accordance with the original terms of the agreement, the Village of Buffalo Grove serves as the zone administrator.

The focus of the quiet zone are railroad crossings at Ill. Rt. 22 (Half Day Road) and Deerfield Parkway. The crossing on Buffalo Grove Road is not included. Details about this project and other items on the July 17 agenda can be found here.

Dundee TIF district focus of hearing

            The Village Board will conduct a public hearing tonight (July 17) as part of its regular meeting at Village Hall. The Board “approved an Ordinance authorizing the completion of a Tax Increment Financing (“TIF”) District for the Dundee Road area.” What officials call a “TIF Report” was completed by the village’s consultant. A copy of the TIF report can also be found on the Village’s website

            Village officials note in their report to the Board that a joint review board met with all taxing bodies impacted by establishment of the TIF district on June 20 and recommended approval of the proposed Dundee Road TIF district.

            Details about this project, including a detailed explanation about TIF, and other items on the July 17 agenda can be found here.


Shredding, electronic recycling event Sunday

            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. this 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.


County officials warn about phone scam

Lake County residents are being warned by county officials about a scam, in which callers are introducing themselves as a government employee within the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit or Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor Nineteenth Judicial Circuit will call residents asking for money. Additional information is available here.


Cops to have body cameras soon

            Buffalo Grove police officers are expected to begin wearing body cams next month to meet a state mandate that all police officers wear cameras no later than Jan. 1, 2025.

            The village’s body cam program, approved by the Village Board March 20, is part of a comprehensive camera program for the Police Department. In addition to body cams, interview room cameras are expected to be installed by the end of this year. The program, which also includes updating of dash cams in police vehicles, carries a $1,415,281 price tag over 10 years. The agreement with Axon Enterprises also provides for replacement of body cams every 30 months.

            Full details about this program as presented to the Board on March 20 can be found here.


Why a duck?

            The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is sponsoring its 2023 Duck Race. People can purchase their "ducks" online at this site.

Three options are available; the “Lucky Duck,” a single duck for $5, the “Quack Pack,” six ducks for $25 or a “Flock of Ducks,” which is 25 ducks for $100.

All ducks numbers will then be entered into the "duck pool" and winning duck numbers will be drawn at random, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 via Facebook live at the Buffalo Grove Rotary Facebook page.

Winners will be posted on the Rotary Club’s website, a few days after the event.


Park Board has opening

            If you have a passionate desire to be a member of the Buffalo Grove Park Board, here’s your chance.

The Buffalo Grove Park District Board of Commissioners is accepting applications from Park District residents who are interested in filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Commissioner Tracy Bragg. 

The individual selected will serve until May 2025.

Residents interested in applying should contact Buffalo Grove Park District Executive Director Erika Strojinc at 847-850-2133.

Applications for the position are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, and are available on the Buffalo Grove Park District website at


D21 evaluating bus routes

            School District 21 is taking a look at its bus routes to determine which ones could be “hazardous” and be subject to major congestion issues. Full information can be found here.


Free concerts set at Willow Stream Park

            A pair of concerts are set for Willow Stream Park.  On July 18, Classical Blast will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Food will be available from Pierogi Rig for attendees who want to purchase dinner.

            On July 25, Industrial Drive will perform at the park, also from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food will be available from Nino’s Pizzeria, but must be ordered in advance online. Orders will be delivered to the park.

            Both concerts are free and sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Park District.  Willow Stream Park is located at 651 Old Checker Rd.


Reading Garden bricks available

The Indian Trails Public Library District has commemorative bricks on sale through Aug. 1 for the library’s Reading Garden.  Located on the south side of the library, the Reading Garden overlooks Horizon Park. Bricks are 4-inches by 8-inches or 8-inches by 8-inches.

Bricks can honor or remember  a friend, recognize a life event or celebrate an achievement. The program is sponsored by the Foundation for the Indian Trails Library. All proceeds support programs and services at the Indian Trails Library.

Full details are available here.


Need a Reason to Celebrate?

July 17

Global Hug Your Kids Day

National Get Out of the Dog House Day

Yellow Pig Day  -- What other colors are there?


July 18

Insurance Nerd Day

Perfect Family Day

World Listening Day


July 19

International Retainer Day – Impressions included?

National Daiquiri Day

National Hot Dog Day

National Urban Beekeeping Day


July 20

International Chess Day

National Fortune Cookie Day

National Lollipop Day

National Ugly Truck Contest Day


July 21

Invite an Alien to Live with You Day

National Be Someone Day

National Junk Food Day

Take a Monkey to Lunch Day – And, why?


July 22

National Day of the Cowboy

National Hammock Day

National Penuche Fudge Day

National Rat Catcher’s Day – Probably not a Disney event.


July 23

International Yada Yada Yada Day

National Gorgeous Grandma Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Day


July 24

National Drive-Thru Day

National Tell An Old Joke Day

National Tequila Day

National Fishing Month  


July 25

Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day

International Red Shoe Day

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

National Wine and Cheese Day


July 26

Holistic Therapy Day

National All or Nothing Day

National Bagelfest Day

National Coffee Milkshake Day

National Dog Photography Day



BGNI is also available at this site




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