The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
June 19, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Views
  • Phase 4
  • Board Actions
  • Racism & Policing
  • VHPD Expectations
  • In-Person Meetings
  • South Lake Center
  • Woodland Chase
  • Slyce Pizza
  • Mosquito Program
  • Water Quality Report
  • Emergency Order
  • Outdoor Dining
  • #BeautifulVH
  • TIF Registry
  • Park District
  • Vote-by-Mail
  • Senior Center
  • No Fireworks
  • Blood Drive
  • Pageant
  • Juneteenth
  • Reach Out

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Views of Vernon Hills

As many of us continue to stick close to home, it seemed appropriate to open with a few scenes from around the Village. For a very interesting perspective of our community, check out some of the drone footage available on our Village YouTube Channel. Enjoy and be well.

Restore Illinois Plan
State Could Move to Phase 4 by June 26

The Restore Illinois plan to reopen the state is approaching the first date when when we might move to Phase 4 of the five-phase plan. June 26 is the earliest opportunity we would have to further open the state as we work to create a new normal in light of COVID-19. Keep in mind that moving forward (or backward) is driven by data, such as the number of new virus cases and trends in hospitalization levels. 

As currently outlined, "Phase 4 Revitalization" would allow gatherings of 50 people or fewer. In addition, restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, and child care and schools reopen under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Note that face coverings and social distancing will remain in use – with healthcare organizations such as CDC and WHO encouraging us to adopt masks and social distancing as the new norm for the foreseeable future.

The State will likely provide specific procedures and protocols as we approach the next phase. You may also learn more by reviewing the full Restore Illinois plan, and by visiting the state's webpage.
The new South Lake Industrial Center will be located just west of Milwaukee Avenue. The four light industrial buildings will be accessed by a new north-south road that will connect the property with Corporate Woods Parkway and Forest Edge Drive.


Meeting Schedule:
   Tuesday, July 7
   Tuesday, July 21
   Tuesday, August 11*

  • *Note that there is only one Board Meeting scheduled for August
  • Meetings Preparing to Move Back to Village Hall. In-person meetings with restrictions may resume by July 7. Please see the news item that follows for details.
  • The full Meeting Schedule is available on the Meeting Schedules webpage. 
  • Agendas and minutes are posted online; Meeting recordings are available on the Village YouTube Channel
  • Meetings begin at 7 p.m. – either at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, or via Zoom teleconference 

Village Discussion of Systemic Racism, Discrimination and Policing: During both the June 2 and June 16 Board Meetings, Village President Roger Byrne began by acknowledging the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. During the June 16 meeting, Mayor Byrne, Trustees and Police Chief Patrick Kreis again condemned any action that goes against an officer's sworn duty to protect all people. As we observe Pride Week, Village President Byrne expanded the discussion of systemic discrimination, and challenged all of us to continue to learn, examine ourselves and our systems, and do better as individuals, a community and a nation. He also thanked those who organized and participated in the recent protest at Century Park. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/2/20) (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/16/20)

VHPD Review of Procedures and Expectations: During the June 16 Board Meeting, Police Chief Patrick Kreis echoed concerns being voiced across the nation. "No one hates a Bad Cop more than Good Cops," noted Chief Kreis. He also pointed out that nationally, problems are not limited to those few bad cops. "I am also troubled by those who hesitate to hold others in our calling accountable," he continued. "This part of our culture has to change." Chief Kreis explained that the Vernon Hills Police Department has been an early adopter of best-practice procedures and policies, particularly regarding de-escalation and use of force. Further, well prior to recent events, the State of Illinois addressed use of choke holds and other lethal responses. One of the key documents followed by the VHPD is the 10 Shared Principles designed to build trust between law enforcement and communities of color, which was developed by the NAACP Illinois State Conference and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. (VHPD Mission Statement & Values) (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/16/20)

Possibility of In-Person Meetings: During the June 16 Meeting, Trustees and Staff discussed the possibility of moving back to in-person meetings at Village Hall. If Illinois moves to Phase 4 at the end of June, it is likely the July 7 meeting will take place in the Village Hall Board Room, with expected restrictions for social distancing or requirement of masks for attendees. The decision about the July 7 meeting (either in-person or via Zoom teleconference) will be determined closer to the meeting date. Please watch the Village website for updated information – Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/16/20)

South Lake Industrial Center Gets Green Light: During the June 16 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees approved a number of requests to pave the way for construction of South Lake Industrial Center, located on 60 vacant acres between Forest Edge Drive and Corporate Woods Parkway. Formerly known as the Darling Farm, the resulting project will feature four flex-use light industrial buildings. Trustees agreed with recommendations made during the May 27 Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting(Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/16/20)

Woodland Chase Fences: Representatives from ICON Builders requested a variance to increase fence heights from 3 feet to 5 feet for certain lots in the new Woodland Chase Subdivision, located at Route 45 and Buffalo Grove Road. The variance request was intended to protect residents from wildlife. Trustees gave no ruling. Residents with specific requests are encouraged to appear before the Board to request individual variances. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/16/20)

Slyce Coal Fired Pizza: A representative from Slyce Coal Fired Pizza, 913 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Mellody Farm, appeared during the June 16 Liquor and License Commission Hearing to request a Class "A" Liquor License, which was approved. Slyce is expecting to open for carry outs within the next 45 days.

Clarke Mosquito Program: Clarke conducted a Village-wide mosquito control spray on June 16. The company, which provides mosquito management to much of the area, has also been monitoring ponds and other breeding areas where they provide larvicide treatment, count larva and check for disease. Learn more about the program by visiting the Village Mosquito Abatement Services webpage or the Clarke website. You may also report an issue or sign up for service announcements by visiting

Annual Water Quality Report Available: The Lake County Department of Public Works has released the 2020 Water Quality Report for the Vernon Hills Service Area.

State of Emergency Extended: Vernon Hills has continued to extend the Village's State of Emergency, which allows more flexibility in processes and procedures.  

Outdoor Dining Update: The Village used Emergency Order procedures to support local dining establishments in creating outdoor serving areas. Once the State of Illinois approved reopening of outdoor dining, Village Staff developed a simple, free process for those organizations who have never had outdoor dining to quickly create spaces, using parking lots, sidewalks, etc. Staff communicated with restaurant partners, visited sites to help business get set up, and even helped locate necessary supplies to comply with the guidelines for social distancing, masks and disposable dinnerware. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/2/20)

VH Update Shows: The Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show offers a variety of local news stories, with segments being added weekly. Check out the latest discussions with Clarke Mosquito, Countryside Fire, and the Vernon Hills Park District on the Update Youtube Playlist.

#BeautifulVernonHills: From time to time, the Village shares photos from around the Village. If you see something that strikes your fancy or makes you smile, please consider sharing. Thank you to the Public Works crew for this beautiful median full of tulips.

New TIF Registry Available

Reminder that during the April 21 Village Board Meeting, Trustees approved Ordinance 2020-052 authorizing the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Interested Parties Registry. This new Registry allows Village residents and organizations to sign up to automatically receive key notices regarding any TIF within the Village. While the Village has always maintained registries for each TIF District, this new Registry encompasses all present and future TIFs into one sign-up process. For more information, please review the TIF Registry Rules, as well as the Application for either Individuals or Organizations. 

Park District Gearing Up

Check the Park District website for information about socially distant exercise classes at the Lakeview Fitness Center, summer camps, virtual classes, and the return of the Farmers Market. The Family Aquatic Center will open June 27 with limitations and processes designed to follow public health best practices. (Read more about Aquatic Center Pandemic Processes.)

Keep checking back as things will continue to change as we move into Phase 4. (Please note that the easiest way to connect is via the website or email as Park District buildings are not yet fully opened and staff is not yet back on the phones.)


Illinois Vote-by-Mail Expanded

In an effort to ensure safe and active participation in the 2020 general election during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 1863 and HB 2238 into law on June 16. The new law will expand the Vote-by-Mail (VBM) process by providing VBM applications to all recent voters in Illinois. The legislation also expands early voting hours at permanent polling places, improves the signature verification process, and makes Election Day a state holiday.

If you are interested in proactively requesting your Ballot by Mail before the new process is put into place, visit the Lake County Clerk's Office Vote By Mail in November 2020 webpage. As we get closer to the November 3 General Election, we will share additional updates.


Connect with the VH Senior Center

The Village encourages our Senior Community to reach out and stay connected. One resource is the Vernon Hills Seniors Facebook page. Check in, connect – and reach out if you need help. In addition to the VH Seniors Facebook page, you may also send an email to Learn more about the Center on the Village's Senior Center webpage. 

Please note that while the VH Senior Center remains closed, the Village continues to work with the Lake County Health Department and other organizations to determine the proper guidelines and procedures for safely reopening the center, located in the lower level of Village Hall. Our goal is to not only be compliant with all IDPH directives, but to do all we can to ensure a safe environment for our local Seniors. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

No Fireworks!

Please remember that use of fireworks of any kind – even sparklers and smoke bombs – is illegal in Vernon Hills. Why? Because it is just too dangerous. Did you know sparklers burn at more than 1800 degrees? It just doesn't make sense to hand a lit sparkler to a child. Leave the fireworks alone – try bubbles, party poppers or glow sticks instead.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, June 26, 10a to 3p
Christ Church Vernon Hills, 480 E. Ring Drive


Christ Church Vernon Hills, 480 E. Ring Drive, is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive. Make an appointment through the sign-up link that follows. Please note this event is run by the American Red Cross and all safety precautions are taken. Make an appointment and review Red Cross procedures on the Christ Church webpage. Please remember to bring a photo ID or your blood donor card, or two other forms of ID.

Be a Part of the Vernon Hills Pageant!

2020 Pageant Moved to August 15
Applications now due July 15
Learn more at


Today is Juneteenth
Learn more about the history and meaning

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