Cops investigate rash of vehicle burglaries / 1st business opens in The Clove / Trick or Treat hours set

Buffalo Grove police are continuing their investigations into a rash of crimes involving motor vehicles. Police report four burglaries involving vehicles in addition to reports of criminal damage to a motor vehicle and stolen car.

The first in a series of burglaries to motor vehicles occurred in the 1900 of north Buffalo Grove where a resident told police that an unknown offender entered her vehicle and stole various items. A second incident was reported in the 900 block of Twisted Oak where a resident said someone entered two of his vehicles and stole various items. A third incident was reported in the 1300 block of Larchmont Drive. As was the case in the previous incidents, a resident told police someone entered his vehicle and stole various items. The fourth reported case mirrored the previous three. This burglary to a motor vehicle was reported in the 1000 block of Hobson Drive. The resident said various items were stolen. Police told BGNI that no specific items were taken and that entry to vehicles was gained by breaking a window. In some cases, the vehicle was left unlocked. Police continue to remind residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and to make sure all doors are locked.

Criminal damage to vehicle -- A motorist told police that while her car was parked in the parking lot near 100 S. Buffalo the rear driver side window was broken. Police report the front center console was opened, but nothing was missing.

Motor vehicle theft -- Police responded to the 100 block of Steeple Drive for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The victim related that she parked her vehicle, a Honda Accord, in the parking lot around 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 and when she went back to her vehicle at around noon on Sept. 11, she noticed it was missing from the parking lot. The vehicle has not been recovered.

Theft of motor vehicle parts – A resident in the 300 block of east Dundee Road told police that his catalytic converter was stolen while it was parked in the parking lot.

Man charged in fire -- Police responded to the 900 block of Lucinda Drive for a fire investigation. Buffalo Grove Fire Department arrived on scene for a vehicle that was on fire in a garage. The Buffalo Grove Fire Department quickly put out the fire. It was learned during the investigation that Evan J Rude, started the vehicle on fire in the garage. Rude was charged with criminal damage to property through means of a fire.

Retail theft – Police were summoned to Woodman’s Market by store officials who said they observed a female who took merchandise and left the last point of sale without paying. The subject was intercepted by police and brought back to Woodman’s where she was issued an adjudication ticket and trespassed from the store.

Battery -- Police responded to 1411 McHenry Road for a battery report. Upon arrival police met with two complainants who said they were spat on by a person later identified as Lijing Ouyang. Ouyang, 55, of Long Grove, was arrested and processed at the police station, she was charged with one count of battery and released on her own recognizance.

In Other Community News

Chick-fil-A’s opening kicks off The Clove

            Even though cynics tout it as little more than a fast-food service, the opening last week of Chick-fil-A heralds a fresh start for the redevelopment of the Lake-Cook Road corridor.

            A second restaurant, Guzman y Gomez, an Australian-based Mexican restaurant, is expected to open in the near future.

            While seen as a positive step in the redevelopment of the former Town Center, Chick-fil-A has been a polarizing arrival with some residents who object to the company’s position on LGBTQ and abortion rights. Posts on various social media sites have chided both the developer and village for including Chick-fil-A to be part of the development.

Others, however, have welcomed Chick-fil-A as it gives residents another dining option. Noted one poster, “We also have the freedom to vote with our wallet by deciding to patronize or not patronize an establishment that we feel agrees with our personal values. Some of us are very concerned about the corporation’s previous charity donations, while others are less directly concerned. There are cogent arguments on both sides. What I'd emphasize to our community is to remember that a person's character or moral value is probably not defined by their choice of chicken sandwich.

Full coverage of the opening of Chick-fil-A can be found in Daily Herald report.

Chat with the chief and mayor

Residents have the opportunity to chat with Buffalo Grove Police Chief Brian Budds and Village President Eric Smith at Starbucks, 1665 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

This is an opportunity for residents to meet both officials and learn more about the Police Department as well as what's happening in the village.

Vernon Library hosting blood drive

A community blood drive will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Appointments are recommended; walk-ins are welcome. Donors can sign up at this link.

The drive is presented in partnership with Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Village of Lincolnshire.

It is coordinated by the Versiti Blood Center of Illinois.

Cops plan trivia night fundraiser

            The Buffalo Grove Police Department is hosting a trivia night to raise money for Illinois Special Olympics. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road. Cost is $40 per person. Tables of eight are $300. For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, email Melessa Horbus at

Trick or Treat dates, times set

            Trick or Treating will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Residents who are encouraged to leave lights on if they plan on welcoming trick or treaters.

            In addition to trick or treating on Oct. 31, the Buffalo Grove Police and Fire Departments will host drive-through trick or treating at the main fire station, 1000 Deerfield Parkway, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.

BG native, Stevenson alum remembered

            Described as someone who “ever left her friends behind,” in a report in the Daily Herald, friends and family are remembering Rachel Heiss who died Sept. 9 while hiking near Mt. Rainier in Washington.

Pike’s peaked

            Village Trustee Gregory Pike has resigned from the Village Board. Pike, first elected in 2019, is moving to Lake Forest. His last meeting was Monday, Sept. 18.

             “Greg offered a unique perspective on the Board, and his knowledge and experience was especially valuable when it came to financial matters and policies,” said Village President Eric Smith. “I am grateful for his service to Buffalo Grove and wish Greg and his family the best in their new community.”

            During the Village Board meeting on Sept 18. Pike said he was grateful for the “team effort” between the Village Board and staff that enabled the Board to accomplish many things during his tenure., specifically inroads made into economic development and redevelopment.

            Smith is expected to seek approval to appoint Denice Boceck, a 27-year resident of the village to fill Pike’s place until the next village election. She has served on the Plan Commission for 12 years.

Public Safety open house Sept. 30

            The Buffalo Grove Police and Fire Departments are hosting a “Public Safety Open House” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the main fire station, 1000 Deerfield Parkway.

            The event will include live demonstrations, hands-on activities in addition to a variety of food trucks.

Safety week focuses on children

Buffalo Grove Police are participating in Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs through Sept. 30, with increased enforcement of child passenger safety laws to help ensure the protection of young children traveling throughout our community.

“One of the simplest things we can do to help secure our children’s future is to ensure they are properly and safely secured in vehicles,” said Sergeant Anthony Turano. Turano heads up the department’s traffic enforcement unit. “Have your car seats checked to ensure they are the right seat and size for the child’s age, and that they are installed correctly. Also, ensure older kids are properly buckled in the right seat before you drive.”

Labor Day enforcement nabs 46

            Buffalo Grove Police issued 46 citations during the recent Labor Day traffic safety campaign. Of the 46 citations issued, 27 were for seatbelt violations.

            The effort was made possible by federal highway safety funds distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Schneider list student offerings

Cong. Brad Schneider (D-10) has several programs and events for students in the Tenth Congressional District.

Programs include Brad's Bookworms, STEAM Scholars, the Congressional App Challenge, and Military Academy Nominations.

The STEAM Scholars Program aims to connect highly motivated students interested in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics with hands-on learning experiences throughout our district.

Students selected to participate in STEAM Scholars will have the opportunity to visit four STEAM-related businesses and facilities during the 2023-2024 school year, join in discussions with local employees, business owners, and educators, and learn more about the STEAM career opportunities in our backyard.

This program is open to all rising sophomores and juniors who live in or attend high schools in Illinois’s Tenth Congressional District.

For more information on all of the programs, contact Ari Botbol at 847-383-4870 or email An application is available here. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

Webinar to focus on rise of book challenges

The Indian Trails Public Library and other Illinois libraries are sponsoring a webinar about book challenges at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2.

Panelists will examine the current state of book challenges, Illinois’ legislative response, and the implications of censorship on communities.

Participants are scheduled to include

• Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian

• Monica Harris, executive director, Reaching Across Illinois Library System

• Jasmine Warga, author of challenged books; The Shape of Thunder and Other Words for Home

• Jarrett Dapier, author of challenged picture books and freedom to read advocate

The event will be moderated by columnist Heidi Stevens. Go to this link to register

Nonprofit sets up base in village

GiveNKind, a nonprofit organization that partners with businesses and manufacturers searching for a responsible way to donate excess, misprinted, returned, or obsolete stock to nonprofits, is relocating to Buffalo Grove Oct. 1. Its new headquarters will be at 1000 Asbury Drive.

GiveNKind began as a local movement to help fulfill the needs of Chicagoland nonprofits by matching them with an individual with a specific donated item.

It now has two key initiatives. GiveNKind Center Chicagoland, which operates a resource redistribution center that serves Chicagoland nonprofits, and GiveNKind Direct, which facilitates the placement of donated products directly with nonprofits outside the Chicagoland area.

Complete information about GiveNKind is available here.


Need a Reason to Celebrate?

Sept. 20

National Fried Rice Day

National School Backpack Awareness Day

National String Cheese Day

Sept. 21

International Day of Peace

Miniature Golf Day

National Garage Condo Day

Sept. 22

Chainmail Day

Dear Diary Day

Hug A Vegetarian Day

National Elephant Appreciation Day

Sept. 23

Fish Amnesty Day

International Rabbit Day

National Baker Day

National Dogs in Politics Day

National Great American Pot Pie Day

Sept. 24

Bluebird of Happiness Day

National Mofongo Day

National Punctuation Day

Sept. 25

Binge Day

National Comic Book Day

National Cooking Day

National Roadkill Day

Sept. 26

Better Breakfast Day

Johnny Appleseed Day

Love Note Day

Lumberjack Day -- OK everybody, sing!

Shamu the Whale Day

Sept. 27

Ancestor Appreciation Day

National Corned Beef Hash Day

National Chocolate Milk Day

National Crush A Can Day

Sept. 28

Ask a Stupid Question Day

Fish Tank Floorshow Night

National Good Neighbor Day

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