Cops probe bogus bills, domestic battery / Library unveils artwork / Halloween events set

Aggravated Domestic Battery – This never helps a Yelp review. Police responded to the Extended Stay America, 1525 E Busch Parkway, for a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival police met with a victim, who had a physical altercation with another woman who was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery/Great Bodily Harm, and Aggravated Battery/Use of a Deadly Weapon. She was detained at the Lake County jail.

Man charged in fatal crash -- Buffalo Grove Police, working with assistance from the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, have Shalmil Naftaliev, 33, of Hoffman Estates, with a Class 2 Aggravated DUI for being over the legal limit of cannabis at the time of the April 8 crash on Buffalo Grove Road that killed a pedestrian, 81-year-old Alex Gorn of Buffalo Grove. Naftaliev turned himself in On October 4, and was brought to his first court appearance on October 5. Naftaliev was released and will appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Rolling Meadows on Nov. 3.

Criminal damage to property -- A resident in the 110 block of Steeple Drive reported someone broke her rear passenger window. She told police that she heard a loud pop noise in the parking lot and looked out her window and reportedly saw a man, approximately in his late teens, run from her car back to the driver seat of his vehicle. She told police he then drove west on Lake-Cook Road in what appeared to be a black sedan. In a second incident, a resident in the 100 block of Armstrong Drive said she noticed the right rear window of her car had been damaged by an unknown person. In a third incident, a resident in the 0 – 10 block of Oak Creek Drive reported that the rear window of his car was smashed in by an unknown person.

Retail theft -- Police responded to the Jewel at 79 McHenry Road for a report of a theft. Store officials told police that unknown offenders stole seven bottles of alcohol without paying. This investigation is ongoing.

Criminal trespass to vehicles -- Police responded to the area of 350 E. Dundee Road for a report of a suspicious subject. Police arrived on scene and met with a man who police say entered a vehicle that was not his. He was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass to Vehicle and released from custody.

Forgery – Police reports that two restaurants contacted them about receiving bogus bills.  In the first incident, an employee at Taco a man entered their drive-thru and made two transactions valued at approximately $10. The driver of the vehicle handed the cashier what appeared to be a $20 bill, and was provided the food and change. The offender then requested a drink. and handed the cashier another bill which appeared to be a $20 bill, and was given the drink and change. The driver left and the cashier soon noticed that the two bills provided were counterfeit. A driver matching the same description stopped at the Jimmy John's at 700 E Lake Cook Rd and made a transaction with another counterfeit $20 bill.


In Other Community News

Library displays Maker-In-Residence work

The first Maker-in-Residence program work at the Indian Trails Public Library was completed this summer and is on display outside of the Muriel Lischett Reading Room on the second floor of the main library. The wall sculpture was created by the Library’s maker, Anastasia Sitnikov, who partnered with our members to contribute laser cut objects that Sitnikov wove into the sculpture.

Book discussion features Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Indian Trails Public Library District will feature Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro  during a book discussion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Click here to register.

Klara is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) companion with incredible observational skills who patiently waits in the store for a human to choose her as a friend.

Cops get traffic grant

The Buffalo Grove Police Department has been awarded a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement efforts for the 2024 federal fiscal year. The grant totals $50,531.40.

The STEP program focuses on high-visibility enforcement and strategies aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing traffic crashes.

During the STEP grant year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2024, Buffalo Grove Police will conduct additional enforcement efforts to supplement mandatory and optional campaign enforcement dates scheduled during some of the deadliest times of the year.

The STEP grant is funded by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Friends of the Park plan Broadway concert

The Buffalo Grove Park District’s Friends of the Park will present “A Broadway Love Story”, featuring Max Quinlan and his wife Siri Howard on Nov. 3.

Their performance will feature songs from Disney classics to Broadway favorites, such as Les Misérables, The Music Man and others.

Quinlan, a Buffalo Grove native, met Howard during their Broadway run in the national tour of Les Misérables. Quinlan is the producing artistic director in Greenville, South Carolina, while Howard performs in theater and concert venues around the country.

The event, at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road, begins at 6 p.m. and will include a catered dinner by BBQ on Wheels, one drink, and the concert.

Tickets are available with an early bird discount until Oct. 21 at this link for $70. After Oct. 21, tickets are $75. Tickets can also be purchased at the Alcott Center Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go directly to military families and families in need so they can take Park District programming.

For more information, contact Mike Pfeiffer at 847-850-2108 or Tables are available for groups of 8 by contacting Cathy Novak at


Diwali celebration Nov. 4

“Experience Diwali: A Festival Of Lights” is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road,

Sponsored by the Park District, the free event will feature live entertainment including performances by Meher Dance and Chicago Marathi Vidyamandir’s showcasing Dohl and Tasha musicians, family activities, storytelling by Meher Dance Arts and crafts for children. A rangoli creating competition is also planned.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Registration required for all attendees over the age of 3. For more information, contact Mike Pfeiffer at 847-850-2108.


Police hosting ‘drug takeback day’

Residents who have unused prescription drugs can bring them to the Police Department on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to be disposed of safely and properly as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

No needles or inhalers will be accepted. If you cannot stop by during those hours, the Police Department has a safe disposal receptacle in the Police Department lobby available for drop offs all year long. Click here for more information.


Village lists sites for middle east aid

A list of organizations actively involved in providing humanitarian aid and resources to those affected by the ongoing crisis in Israel and the Gaza Strip is available on the village website, or by clicking on this link. While the list is not all inclusive, it has been, say village officials, compiled with the help of local partners and residents, and it can be a starting point for those looking to make a donation to support relief efforts.

Board President Eric Smith offered a message of support during the Oct. 16 Village Board meeting for those impacted by ongoing conflict in the Middle East. "In times like these, it is essential for our community to come together, support one another and stand in solidarity with those who are suffering." Additional information about Smith’s statement can be found in this story in the Daily Herald.


Park District plans Halloween program at museum

The Park District is sponsoring an “Enchanted Night At The Museum” at the Raupp Museum from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The museum is located at 901 Dunham Lane.

The program is open to participants 7 -12 years of age and will start outdoors and include a flashlight egg hunt in the backyard of the Raupp Museum. Once the egg hunt is over, participants will enter the Museum, only to find out that a spell has been cast upon them. To reverse the spell, participants will solve riddles and challenges, while exploring the Museum. Pre-registration is required; day-of registration is not available. Cost is $12 for in-District/ residents and $15 for nonresidents. The registration code for the program is 261012-01

For more information, or to register, contact Mike Pfeiffer at 847-850-2108.


Coat drive under way

The Park District Senior Advisory Council is holding a coat drive through Friday, Nov. 17. Donations of new and gently used coats, jackets, and winter items for adults and children will be accepted. A drop-off box is located in the senior wing of the Alcott Center at 530 Bernard Drive. For more information, contact Megan Baird at 847-850-2119.


Second eatery to open at The Clove

Guzman y Gomez will open its fourth Chicago area location Nov. 2 at The Clove. Details about the restaurant and its opening can be found in this story in the Daily Herald.


Drive-thru Trick-or-Treat set

Buffalo Grove’s firefighters and police are continuing their tradition of offering drive-thru Trick-or-Treating. This year’s event is from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Fire Station at 109 E. Deerfield Parkway.

Vehicles should enter from eastbound Deerfield Parkway, and will be directed to enter the Fire Station's garage (109 E. Deerfield Parkway) and then exit eastbound on Deerfield Parkway.


Have a doggone good time

Residents’ dogs can have a good time on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the “Howl-O-Ween Canine Costume Contest” from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in the Dan Schimmel Pavilion at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Rd.

            The free event will include a canine costume contest and doggy egg hunt. Prizes and awards will be given to the most unique and creative costumes; categories include best costume and best family themed costume.

            For more additional information call Pfeiffer at 847-850-2108.


Johnson’s guide touts 30th District “wonders”

State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-30) is highlighting opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation, exploration, education and more at some of the most beloved spots around the 30th District with her “30 Wonders of the 30th District” guide.

Johnson’s office published the 30 Wonders of the 30th District guide to celebrate and uplift public amenities, parks, monuments and other experiences around the district. Ranging from community centers to local museums.

Residents of the 30th District can utilize the project to explore their home communities and rediscover the interesting history, artistic vibrancy, social energy and stunning nature in their own backyard.

To view the 30 Wonders of the 30th District guide click here.


Vernon Area Library adds instant access to “The Economist”

Vernon Area Public Library cardholders can now enjoy free, no-wait access to The Economist with their library card. The library recently added the publication to its catalog of digital periodicals available on PressReader.

The publication is available in digital form through PressReader, the library’s platform for digital magazines and newspapers. Patrons can access it through the PressReader app or website when they log in with their Vernon Area Public Library card

With publications from over 120 countries in more than 60 different languages, PressReader users enjoy instant access to periodicals from home and around the world.

In addition to The Economist, PressReader offers full digital versions of premium world news sources including The Guardian, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Forbes, Le Figaro and El País.  Readers can choose from a variety of reading modes to suit their needs, including the original print layout, a mobile-friendly text view, translated from another language or even read aloud.

The Library is located at 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. For more information about the library and its services, visit this site.


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Need a reason to celebrate?

Oct. 23

International Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day

National Boston Cream Pie Day

National Croc Day

Oct. 24

National Bologna Day

National Jamaican Jerk Day

National Kangaroo Awareness Day

Oct. 25

National Chucky The Notorious Killer Doll Day

National Greasy Foods Day

National I Care About You Day

Punk For A Day Day

Oct. 26

National Chicken Fried Steak Day

National Mincemeat Day

National Mule Day

Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night

Oct. 27

Frankenstein Friday

National American Beer Day

National Breadstick Day

Oct. 28

Hug a Sheep Day

Muddy dog day

National Chocolate Day

Oct. 29

National Hermit Day

National Oatmeal Day

Visit A Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

Haunted Refrigerator Night

National Candy Corn Day

National Text Your Ex Day

Oct. 31

National Doorbell Day

National Knock Knock Joke Day

Books For Treats Day



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