Domestic battery / Reading Challenge / Village branding

Domestic battery charges -- Police report officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Grove Drive for a report of a domestic battery. Upon arrival police met with a female who said she was battered by a male. The man was arrested and charged with domestic battery/physical contact, domestic battery/bodily harm, and interference in reporting domestic violence.

Cops cite 70 in holiday crackdown

The Buffalo Grove Police Department (BGPD) partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and law enforcement agencies across the state for the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic safety enforcement campaign.

From Dec. 15 through Jan. 2, BGPD conducted 75 traffic stops and showed zero tolerance for impaired driving. Three arrests and 70 citations were issued including: One DUI arrest, two traffic arrests for suspended license/no valid license, two distracted driving citations, two child seat citations, 25 seat belt citations, 20 speeding citations and18 additional citations

The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In Other Community News

Auditions set

Open auditions for the BG Singers are Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 7 -8:30 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, at 225 McHenry Road.

For more information or to sign up for an audition slot, contact Linda Rosen at Rehearsals begin in April with the group's 2024 performances planned for late September.

Reading challenge underway

The Indian Trails Public Library’s 2024 book challenge is in high gear. Participants need to read 20 Books from Jan. 2 through December 31, 2024. Readers will have the chance to earn prizes along the way and collect raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the grand prizes. Go to this link to sign up and start reading.

Village Board to meet

            Cold weather got you down? Warm up to the radiant glow of village officials at the Village Board meeting tomorrow, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

            The Board is expected to approve a series of “Development Improvement Agreements” related to the development of “Bison Crossing” at 915-945 Dundee Road, which includes a planned Tesla dealership.

            Also on the Board’s agenda is a final presentation to summarize the process, research, strategy, creative and brand action ideas for implementation. The process started in March of last year when the village hired North Star Place Branding + Marketing to “complete the Village’s community branding initiative.”

 In addition to reviewing a proposed graphic, trustees have also received a 20-page report from North Star detailing their insights into branding for the village.

            The meeting will also give residents a chance to say goodbye to Evan Michel, assistant to the village manager, who is leaving the village to become manager of Oak Park Township.

Novak honored by Rotary

Cathy Novak has been named recipient of the Rotary Club’s 2023 Bill Reid Award.

The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove established the Bill Reid Community Service Award in 2001 to perpetuate the legacy of Bill Reid, a long-time Village trustee and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove. This award is given out on a yearly basis to individuals who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the Buffalo Grove community.

Novak was cited for her work in the community, which includes being a volunteer member of the BG Singers, and her work the "UKE" Can Do It! fundraiser for the Ukulele Kids Club.

She became a member of the Buffalo Grove Park District's Friends of the Parks Foundation in April of 2016 and was elected its president in May of 2020, a position she still holds.

As part of the award, the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club will make a $500 donation to the Rotary International Foundation in Cathy’s name, as well as a $500 contribution to the BG Singers Fund, her charity of choice.

Electric aggregation notices hit mailboxes soon

Residents should expect to see an informational mailing from the Village's Green Electric Aggregation Program provider, MC Squared, within the next few weeks. This mailer is only for informational purposes, and no action is required. Learn more here.

D21 registration begins Feb. 1

Registration for students new to Community Consolidated School District 21, including new incoming kindergarten students, will open on Feb. 1.

A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 1, 2024, is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year. New registrants will need to provide the following documents: Three proofs of residency and an official birth (hospital certificates are not acceptable).

Depending on the child’s grade, additional forms may need to be completed. To begin the registration process, please visit the CCSD21 registration portal on or after Feb. 1.

If you are unsure what school your child will attend, visit the district’s school boundary map and enter your address.

After families complete the new student online registration and upload all required documents, an email will be sent to the family confirming that the child is registered for the 2024-2025 school year. If you have a student currently enrolled in District 21, including a preschool student, registration for the 2024-2025 school year will begin in May. Returning student information will be sent out on a future date.

For additional information, email

Trivia night set

The Friends of the Parks Foundation is holding a Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 3. At the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd. All proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s fee assistance program for active military families, and families in need. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 p.m.

Cost is $40 per person, which includes dinner. A table of 8 cost $300.

For more information, contact Mike Pfeiffer at 847.850.2108 or

Lunar New Year celebration set

The Park District is sponsoring a Lunar New Year celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd. The event will feature live entertainment and family activities. Asian cuisine, food, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Please pre-register each member of your family by Jan. 24. For more information, or to register, visit

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Need a Reason to Celebrate?

Jan. 16

Appreciate a Dragon Day

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

National Nothing Day

Jan. 17

Cable Car Day

Ditch New Year's Resolution Day

Museum Selfie Day

Popeye Day

Jan. 18

National Gourmet Coffee Day

National Peking Duck Day

Winnie the Pooh Day – But not Tigger too?

Jan. 19

Artist as Outlaw Day

Brew a Potion Day Just don’t tell the cop at 34th and Vine.

International Fetish Day

National Popcorn Day

Jan. 20

National Cheese Lover's Day

National Coffee Break Day

Penguin Awareness Day

Jan. 21

Grandma Day

International Sweatpants Day

National Cheesy Socks Day

National Hugging Day

Jan. 22

Answer Your Cat's Questions Day

Come in From the Cold Day A week too late?

Community Manager Appreciation Day

National Grandpa Day

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