Home break-in probed / Local gymnast heading to Olympics / Fourth plans set

Residential burglary – Police responded to the 200 block of LeParc Circle for a report of a residential burglary. The resident said that someone entered their home between approximately11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and took various items. Reports did not indicate what was taken or how entry was gained. The investigation is ongoing.

Man charged in DUI-related accident – A Waukegan man faces three charges following a three-car accident at Lake-Cook at Arlington Heights roads in which one of the damaged vehicles was a Buffalo Grove Police patrol vehicle. The man was charged with DUI / Violation for the Third or Subsequent Time, DUI/Alcohol BAC .08 and DUI/Alcohol. He was also charged for driving on a revoked driver’s license.

Retail theft -- Police two people were nabbed as they tried to get past the eagle eyes of the Woodman’s Market loss prevention staff. In the first incident, a security official told police he observed two subjects shopping in the store and placed various food items into a shopping cart before trying to pass trying to leave without paying. That didn’t work. Both persons received a trespass warning and adjudication ticket and to pay restitution to the store.

In a second incident, police reported that a customer wanted to take advantage of the self-checkout by failing to ring up miscellaneous food items totaling $12.96 in value before tax. The customer, reports say, walked past the last point of purchase, leaving the store without paying. The person was issued an adjudication citation and a trespass warning with instructions not to return to the Woodman's Buffalo Grove location.

One crash, three charges -- Police say they reported to the area near Dundee Rd and Golfview Terrace for a report of a property damage crash. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the driver who said he was the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash. Honesty may be the best policy, but driving with an expired registration, failing to reduce speed and driving on a revoked or suspended license is not a good idea.

Toilet trashed -- Police continue their investigation into criminal damage to a portable restroom at Kilmer Park on Golfview Terrace. Reports say someone set off fireworks in a portable toilet, which damaged, among other things, the hand sanitizer dispenser. Reports did not say if the offender made a clean getaway or not.


In Other Community News

Olympics to have BG flavor

            When the 2024 Olympics open in Paris later this month, there will be a local connection. Gymnast Paul Juda, who attended Stevenson High School and trains at the Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center, will be representing the United States as a member of the men’s gymnastics team. The Center posted “Congratulations Paul Juda on making the USA Gymnastics Olympic Team. Buffalo Grove Gymnastics is proud of your accomplishment. Thank you for (sic) all the coaches that had a part in Buffalo Grove Gymnastics” on its Facebook page after Juda made the team on Sunday.

            For additional information about Juda being named to the team, see this link. To learn more about his background, check out this story.

Fireworks set

Buffalo Grove’s annual Fourth of July celebration will start at 7 p.m. with a performance by the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. At Willow Stream Park. Fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. Sparklers or alcohol are NOT permitted at Willow Stream Park. For more information, go to this site.

Speaking of the Fourth

            To no surprise, non-emergency village offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, while waste collection will be delayed by one day for those with regular pickups on Thursday and Friday.

BG Jazz Band performance July 11

The Buffalo Grove Jazz Band will perform a range of swing, bebop and modern jazz favorites, in a free concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m. at Willow Stream Park, 65 Old Checker Rd.

Additional information is available here.

BG Road widening remains in County’s plans

            Despite objections by some residents, a proposed widening of Buffalo Grove Road from IL Rt. 22 to U.S. Rt. 45, remains on the docket for the Lake County Transportation Committee according to reporting in the Daily Herald. The project would call for widening the road to two lanes in each direction with a center median. Buffalo Grove Road has been widened from IL Rt. 83 to IL Rt. 22.

Metra parking for Stevenson students goes on sale July 15

An agreement between Metra and Vernon Township is giving Stevenson students an opportunity to purchase parking at the Prairie View Train Station. Students will be able to park only in the east parking lot, the lot closest to Stevenson, off of Prairie Road.

Parking is offered for the entire school year, a half year (August-December and January-May), and through monthly permits.

The purchase of a half-year permit includes one free month of parking, and the purchase of a full year permit includes two free months of parking.

Permit applications and pricing are available online here on the Prairie View Metra Station page under the “community” tab. The application is near the bottom of the page.

Students are urged to apply for the correct permit, as there are separate permits available for Metra commuters. Applying for the wrong permit will delay the processing of a student’s application.

Renovation shuts Vernon Area Library drive-up window

The drive-up window at Vernon Area Public Library is closed during July for work to improve access.

            During construction, reserved library items are available for pickup inside the building. Patrons wishing to pick up reserved items without entering the building may call for curbside service upon arrival.

Also closed during construction is the book return on the exterior wall of the Library. A freestanding drive-up return box is available on the left side of the circle drive near the library entrance. Additional remote return locations are available in The Grove Shopping Center, 197 McHenry Rd., or outside of Sunset Foods, 4190 Route 83 in Long Grove. Materials can also be returned inside the building.

ITPLD changes room reservation procedures

Starting Friday, July 12, the Indian Trails Public Library District will use a new room reservation system called Reserve. With this new system, you will be able to easily see which rooms are available and their amenities.

Study rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on July 10 and 11 while the library switches to Reserve.

Persons who have questions can call 847-459-4100 or email adult@itpld.org.

The Library has these tips on how to use the new system:

·         There are three ways to reserve: Go to this webpage, use the library's mobile app or the kiosk at the library. These will update to the new system on July 12.

·         Choose Booking Type: ITPLD Members OR Other Library Cardholders

·         Choose the room you want to book

·         Choose the time you want to book (Green time blocks are open)

·         Click Reserve Now

·         Type in your library card number and PIN to complete the reservation.

Townhome construction approved

The Village Board has approved plans for 41 townhomes to be built at Route 22 and Prairie Road.

According to reporting in the Chicago Tribune, Projades LLC of South Barrington purchased 4.2 acre-property at 22825 N. Prairie Road in December from Bloom Street Partners LLC, which had approval last August from village leaders to move forward with a rental development.

The approved proposal calls for the units not to be rentals, but available for purchase starting at $550,000. Construction is expected to start in September.

Township plans shredding event

A free shredding event, hosted by the Vernon Township Highway Department, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13, at the Vernon Township administration building, 3050 Main St. Buffalo Grove.

Residents can bring paper items only, such as canceled or unused checks, old insurance policies, bills, medical records, and invoices. Magazines, newspapers, manila folders and binders will not be accepted. Each resident is limited to three medium-sized boxes or bags of paper items. More information is available here.

Township blood drive July 11

            Vernon Township is partnering with State Rep. Daniel Didech (D-59) and the American Red Cross for a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Township’s Community Services Building, 2900 N. Main St. Learn more by clicking here.

State reps offer museum passes

            State representatives Mary Beth Canty (D-54) and Daniel Didech (D-59) have “Museum Checkout Cards” that offer free admission to 15 Chicago area museums including the Chicago Botanic Garden, Brookfield Zoom, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry.

            Residents of the 54th district can get more at Canty’s website while residents of the 59th district can email Didech’s office at info@repdidech.com or call his office at (847) 478-9909.


Need a Reason to Celebrate?

July 2

Freedom From Fear of Speaking Day

Made In The USA Day

World Sports Journalists Day

July 3

Air Conditioning Appreciation Day

International Drop a Rock Day

National Chocolate Wafer Day

July 4

Independence From Meat Day

National Barbecued Spareribs Day

National Caesar Salad Day

July 5

National Apple Turnover Day

National Bikini Day

National Graham Cracker Day

July 6

International Kissing Day

National Fried Chicken Day

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day

July 7

Build A Scarecrow Day

National Dive Bar Day

National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll

July 8

Be a Kid Again Day

National Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Ice Cream Sundae Day


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  1. Update : This should be -- Sparklers or alcohol are NOT permitted at Willow Stream Park. For more information, go to this site.


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