The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
December 13, 2018 – Issue #26
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Cops & Kids 
  • Tree Pick Up
  • Village Board Meetings
  • Hawthorn Mall Plans
  • Seasonal On-Call Jobs
  • File Election Packets
  • House Watch
  • Street Parking
  • New Biz
  • Winter Break Ideas
  • Calendar
  • Giving Guide


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Another Wonderful Cops & Kids

On December 1, fifty Vernon Hills youths participated in the 3rd Annual Cops & Kids event, a joint effort between the Vernon Hills Police Department and the Lincolnshire Police Department. Kids enjoyed lunch and a chance to hang out with Santa. Then the group headed to the Vernon Hills Walmart, where each child went on a $100 shopping spree, thanks in large part to a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

As you can imagine, taking 50 children shopping takes a lot of support. In addition to police officers from VHPD and Lincolnshire, kids were supported by the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Village employees, Hawthorn District 73 teachers and staff, family members, friends and representatives from our many sponsoring businesses. Many thanks to everyone who assisted.

A huge thanks goes out to the Walmart Foundation. We are also deeply grateful to the support of our local businesses and staff, including the Vernon Hills Walmart, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hitz Pizza, Starbucks (on Townline Road), Lakeside Transportation and the Big Guy himself – Santa Claus. It was an incredible day and one that we all will remember for a very long time.

Post-Holiday Tree Collection

Not to rush you, but Public Works will pick up Holiday trees left at curbside during the week of January 7. Pickup dates are based on areas/subdivisions within the Village – check the Neighborhood Schedule for the plan, though note that winter weather could change the schedule a bit. Please remove ornaments, lights, wires and bags to allow for better chipping and composting. If you miss this date or you aren't ready to part with your tree yet, Advanced Disposal will pick up trees placed curbside from January 15 through February 15 on your regular garbage day. 


Next Village Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. 

  • Please note that there was only one meeting scheduled for December. 
  • The Meeting Schedule is available on the Meeting Schedules webpage. 
  • Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive at Route 45 unless otherwise noted.
  • Residents are encouraged to attend meetings, as well as view them on the Village YouTube Channel and on Cable Access. Agendas and minutes are posted online. 

A Few Items of Interest...

  • First Draft of Capital Improvement Plan: On December 11, Public Works Director David Brown presented an initial review of Capital Improvements to be considered over the next five fiscal years. Items will be reviewed and fine-tuned throughout the budget process. Of special note in the current CIP iteration is a traffic study of Lakeview/Greggs Parkway, a bike/walking path along Butterfield Road to Greggs Parkway, the continued use of Reclaimite rejuvenating spray to extend the life of our roadways, and a series of wish list items for the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. (The CIP dated 12/7/18 is included in 12-11-18 agenda packet beginning on page 109; Village Board 12-11-18)
  • Hawthorn Mall Plans: On November 27, the Board held a special Committee of the Whole Meeting to hear the initial concepts Hawthorn Mall owner Centennial Real Estate has for the property. Initial plans feature three new stand-alone restaurants along Milwaukee Avenue, including appropriate improvements to Ring Road and the Milwaukee Avenue intersection to support these new businesses. Trustees were favorable to this idea, though they cautioned Centennial to come up with new types of restaurants in order to compete with restaurants already open in town. The next step would be for Centennial to present more specific plans for these three buildings for technical review by Planning & Zoning and by staff. Mall owners informally discussed preliminary ideas for using some of the empty spaces in and around the existing building, including creating multi-family or senior housing, hotel space, or other uses not traditionally associated with Hawthorn Mall. Any development concepts beyond the three new restaurant spaces will be brought back to the board at a later date. (Special Meeting of the Committee of the Whole 11-27-2018)
  • New Buildings Near Macy's: Hawthorn Mall owners noted that representatives from Macy's are expected to present preliminary ideas for new stand-alone buildings on their outlots adjacent to Townline Road. That concept presentation will take place at a future meeting.
  • Bicentennial Flag: Pete Manhard, President of the Lake County Transportation Alliance, presented the Village with an Illinois Bicentennial Flag celebrating the 200th anniversary of Illinois becoming a state. (Village Board 12-11-2018)
  • Donation Box Ordinance: Trustees approved a new ordinance that requires charitable organizations and property owners to jointly register all out door, stand-alone collection bins. The ordinance requires that boxes clearly identify the charity they serve, including contact information. The ordinance also lays out maximum size, placement and expectation for appearance and upkeep. Property owners will be contacted by Village staff over the next several weeks with more information. Staff also realizes that in some cases, property owners have no knowledge of donation box owners, as the boxes simply appear. It is hoped that this registration requirement will support both property owners and legitimate charities. (Village Board 12-11-18)
  • Seasonal On-Call Opportunities: The Public Works Department is hiring seasonal employees to work as needed for snow and ice control operations. To learn more about the on-call position, check the On-Call Season Maintenance Worker job posting.
  • Seavey Ditch Work: The Vernon Hills Park District reports that contractors will be cleaning out the Seavey Ditch to allow for better stormwater flow through the Village. Work began on December 10. (Debris Cleaning article)
  • Branch/Yard Waste Collection: Vernon Hills Public Works crews worked to support residents with a special branch pick up during the week of December 3. Thank you to crews for chipping many of the branches that came down in the recent winter storm. Advanced Disposal also worked to offer support by extending yard waste collection until December 11. Finally, thank you to Public Works for keeping Village streets clear and snow-free during our big November storm.

Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show

Check out the December Vernon Hills Update for stories about Cell Phones for Soldiers, Holiday Shopping Safety, Fire Safety, and scenes from this year's Village Tree and Menorah Lighting. New episodes are presented each month, and you can find them all on the Village's Vernon Hills Update YouTube Channel.

April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election:
File Packets by December 17

Residents interested in running for local boards – including those serving municipalities, schools, libraries and other organizations – should be preparing their petition packets now in order to be included on the April 2 Consolidated Election ballot. Petition packets may be obtained from each organization that has openings appearing on the April 2 ballot. Petitions were open for circulation for signatures beginning September 17. The first day to file completed nomination packets was December 10, and all packets must be filed by 5 p.m. on December 17 at the appropriate governing bodies. Check the Lake County Consolidated Election Calendar for the full timeline, and the Election Calendar webpage for a concise outline of when elections are held. More information about becoming a candidate is also available by contacting each organization as well as by checking the resource list on the Lake County Clerk's Candidate Services webpage.

Below are links to a few of the local organizations that have provided information related to the April 2 Consolidated Election:



Vacation House Watch

Going away for the holidays? Consider signing up for a vacation house watch through the Vernon Hills Police Department. Learn more or sign up through the VHPD webpage, which also has a spot to sign up for on-street overnight parking for your extra overnight guests. Any information regarding blanket overnight permission during the holidays will also be announced on the above link (and will be posted on the Police Department Facebook page).

Please remember that on-street parking is restricted after a two inch snowfall – so if it snows, please move your cars so the plows can do their job. Thank you!


Our local businesses appreciate our business – and remember that a portion of local sales tax stays here to support Village services. (The Village of Vernon Hills does not collect a property tax.) Here are a few new business permits and notices that have recently come through Village Hall. Check before visiting as some may not yet be open.

At Gregg's Parkway and Milwaukee Avenue
  • Aldi – 1800 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Southeast corner Milwaukee Avenue and Townline Road

East side of Milwaukee Avenue south of Rivertree Court

Northwest corner Milwaukee Avenue and Townline Road

Northeast corner Milwaukee Avenue and Townline Road


Winter Break Ideas

Here is a short list of just a few family-friendly activity ideas. Some require fees, others are free. Click on the links and learn more. Have fun!


Aspen Library Movie Matinee – Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. – Searching (Rated PG-13) Library Calendar

LAST DAY to File Election Papers for April 2, 2019 Election
– Dec. 17 until 5 p.m. at requesting organizations. Lake County Candidate Services

Aspen Library Joys of Latin Music & Dance Program – Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Library Calendar

D128 Capital Improvement Plan Meeting – Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at Libertyville High School. D128 Board Meeting Documents

Aspen Library Movie Matinee – Dec. 21 at 1:30 p.m. – A Simple Favor (Rated R for adult content) Library Calendar

Park District Water Wonderland Pool Party – Dec. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lakeview Fitness Center; Fee of $3 to $5. Park District Event

Park District New Year's Eve Family Party
– Dec. 31 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.; $5 fee. Park District Event

American Legion Bingo Fundraiser
– Thurs., Jan. 3 beginning at 6 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course Clubhouse, 291 Evergreen Drive.

Park District Winter Fest – Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Century Park. Park District Event

Guidelines for Giving

This is definitely a season of giving, with many of us giving a little extra to a variety of charitable organizations. We hate to sound like Scrooge, but you might find it helpful to read this quick Giving Season article from the FTC Consumer Information Department. More information and support is also available from the Vernon Hills Police Department,


Best wishes!

from the Village of Vernon Hills

Please note that Village Hall will be closed on December 24, December 25, December 31 and January 1.

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