The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
May 17, 2018 – Issue #19
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Cops on a Rooftop
  • Food & Beverage Tax
  • Century Park Improvements
  • Next Board Meetings
  • Board Business
  • Memorial Day Ceremonies
  • VH Special Events
  • Recycle-O-Rama
  • HCW Collection
  • In Biz
  • May VH Update Show
  • Calendar
  • Library Survey
  • Overnight Parking
  • Vaca House Watch
  • Extended Parking

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This Friday Morning...
Cops on a Rooftop Benefits Illinois Special Olympics

Friday Morning, May 18 from 5 to 9 a.m. at Dunkin' Donuts!
Enjoy a sweet treat as you support the important programs provided by Illinois Special Olympics. Members of the Vernon Hills Police Department will be on hand to collect your donations early on Friday, May 18 from 5 to 9 a.m. at Dunkin' Donuts on the corner of Routes 60 and 21. Donations earn you donuts, travel mugs – and even the opportunity to earn a "donut drop." Officers on the roof will attempt to drop munchkin donuts into the mouths of cops waiting on the ground. As Chief Kreis says, "Good cheap fun!" VHPD has long supported Illinois Special Olympics – over the past ten years this event has raised nearly $16,000 for the cause. Thank you to Dunkin' Donuts and to the community for supporting this effort.

National Police Week/Police Officer's Memorial Day...
The Village joins with the nation in recognizing the week of May 13 as Police Week. VHPD was recently honored with a proclamation.

Village Enacts Food & Beverage Tax

As part of the effort to create the FY 2018-19 Village Budget, staff and trustees worked to identify new revenue sources. The Village is largely funded through sales tax revenue; the Village does not collect a property tax. On April 17, Trustees approved a new Home Rule Food and Beverage Tax. The 1 percent tax will apply to the purchase price of prepared food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks prepared for immediate consumption, and alcoholic beverages sold for consumption off premises. The tax will take effect September 1. Details are available on the Food & Beverage Tax webpage. Budget documents and other supporting materials are posted on the Village's Financial Documents webpage.
Artist's rendering of proposed improvements to the south end of Century Park, as presented by Vernon Hills Park District Director Jeff Fougerousse during the April 17 Board meeting. (4-17-2018 Board Meeting) More info follows.


Next Village Board Meetings:
June 5, June 19, July 3 and July 17

  • The full 2018 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...

  • Short-term Residential Rentals Prohibited: Village Trustees approved clarification to ordinances prohibiting short-term residential rentals of less than 12 months. (5-15-18 Board Meeting)
  • Route 45 Improvements: Representatives from Illinois Department of Transportation presented an update on proposed capacity enhancements for Route 45 from Route 60 to Route 22. Improvements include additional lanes, improved traffic signals and lighting, and accommodations for bikes and pedestrians. IDOT is finalizing plans for the project, estimated at $73 million, which moves it closer to the bid process. That said, the project is not yet included on IDOT's 5-Year Construction Schedule. (4-17-2018 Board Meeting
  • Century Park Expansion: Vernon Hills Park District Executive Director Jeff Fougerousse presented plans for expanding and improving the south end of Century Park. Work includes eliminating the existing basketball court/stage area, building a new stage area further south to accommodate more attendees, raising the stage up for better viewing, improving paths and lighting, and constructing a public restroom. Work is expected to start late this summer after Lil' Bear Ribfest (August 17 and 18). The Park District was granted a fee waiver for the project. (4-17-2018 Board Meeting)
  • Disbanding Seavey Drainage District: Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawlor addressed Trustees to update them on progress of Illinois Senate Bill 2459, which allows the Lake County Board to eliminate no-longer-necessary governmental committees. Trustees expressed support for Vernon Hills, Mundelein and Libertyville formally taking responsibility for their own sections of this important waterway – which these communities have been actually been doing for some time.  (5-15-18 Board Meeting)
  • Village Hall Meeting Rooms: Public meeting space will be available soon at the Village Hall. Remodeling work is nearly complete and staff is working on procedures for reserving space. Note that the Laschen Center is closed, with the Village planning to demolish the site later this year.
  • Midway/Lindon Lane Road Rehab: The resurfacing project is ahead of schedule. Updates are available on the Annual Road Rehabilitation Project webpage.
  • Pet Clinic Recap: Trustees thanked those involved in bringing this year's Pet Vaccination/Microchip Clinic to Vernon Hills on April 28. The event provided 293 dogs and 36 cats with low-cost services. (5-15-18 Board Meeting)
  • Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors: Jeff Ohm of Icon Construction addressed the Board on behalf of Ernie's First Annual Truck Night, planned for June 21 at Ernie's Auto & Truck Center. Proceeds will support the Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors Foundation. Mr. Ohm noted that Icon Building Group was completing work on a home in Long Grove with proceeds also going toward the foundation. (5-15-18 Board Meeting)
  • Long-time Trustee Cindy Hebda has announced that she is preparing to move to Indiana at some point, at which time she will vacate her seat.
  • Finance Director Nikki Larson has announced her resignation. She will be taking the same position with the Village of Glencoe. On behalf of the Village, thank you and best wishes.
  • Public Works Week: Trustees thanked the staff of the Vernon Hills Public Works Department and honored them by proclaiming May 20 to 26 as Public Works Week. (5-15-18 Board Meeting)
  • Blackboard Connect Emergency Notifications: Trustees encourage residents to enroll in the Village's reverse 911 emergency call system called Blackboard Connect, which is used to notify resident's of urgent or emergency information. Published landlines are included in the database. However, residents are encouraged to create an account and enroll their cell phones or other pertinent contact information. Sign up at Blackboard Connect or through the Notify Me link at the bottom of each Village webpage.

Memorial Day – Monday, May 28

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremonies

  • 9 a.m. – Vernon Cemetery, 15215 Cemetery Road, Lincolnshire 
  • 10 a.m. – Willow Lawn Memorial Park, 24090 Rt 45, Vernon Hills
  • 11 a.m. – Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Dr., Vernon Hills
We thank our veterans and service personnel for their service and sacrifice.
Country star David Nail will headline the free Summer Celebration concert on Saturday, July 21. Mark your calendar!

Vernon Hills Summer Special Events

Arbortheater Concert Series

Select Thursday Evenings
Free, family-friendly concerts are held at the Vernon Hills Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and move to the Sullivan Center if the weather turns bad. The Thursday lineup includes Spoken Four (June 21), Surburban Cowboys (June 28), CadillacGrove (July 12), Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band (July 26) and Soda (August 2). Info on the Arbortheater Concerts webpage.

4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4 at 9 a.m.
The Village parade steps off at 9 a.m. from Countryside Fire and heads south on Deerpath, west on Sullivan, and north on Aspen Drive. Roads close at 8:30 a.m. Participation is free but you need to sign up. Want to get in the lineup or help? Visit the July 4th webpage.

4th of July Concert/Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30p and 9:30 p.m.
The Big Fun Band (sponsored by the VH Park District) will kick things off with a free concert at Big Bear Lake. Fireworks planned for approximately 9:30 p.m. July 4th webpage

Summer Celebration

July 19 to 22 at Century Park
Free admission to the grounds and concerts. Plus food vendors, beverage tent, carnival rides and more. Saturday headliner is David Nail! Get the full schedule, including Windy City Amusements ride specials, at (Would you like to volunteer or sponsor? Please sign up on the website.)

Motors on Milwaukee

Select Wednesday Evenings
At Sears/Hawthorn Mall parking lot. Free entry and viewing. Organizers collect nonperishables, coats for veterans, and donations to Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. From 6 to 9 p.m. on the following Wednesdays – May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22 and September 26. Weather permitting. Motors on Milwaukee webpage and Facebook page

"Green" Resources for Spring Cleaning

May 19 – Recycle-O-Rama

Get rid of electronics and latex paint safely and easily – and shred your documents – at the 2018 Recycle-O-Rama on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Sears/Hawthorn Mall parking lot. Check the poster (above) for details or visit SWALCO

May 19 – Household Chemical Waste Collection

Also Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Vernon Hills Metra Station on Route 45. Check the poster (above) as well as  the SWALCO list for Accepted & Unaccepted Items.

Miscellaneous Options

  • Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) offers Vernon Hills residents a handy recycling guide.
  • Vernon Hills Public Works collects textiles and athletic shoes, which are recycled.
  • Vernon Hills Police Station offers a drop box for pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter items you no longer need.
  • Donate cell phones to support soldiers – boxes at VH Police Department and Public Works.
  • Sell your stuff – and list it on Garage Sale Central, which also offers a list of charities that collect items that go unsold.
  • Advance Disposal offers special pick ups, including yard waste collection, which is available through November.
Artist's rendering of Whole Foods, in the new Mellody Farm retail center.


Residents are encouraged to shop in town whenever we can. Local sales tax supports the bulk of Village-provided services such as police protection and plowing – the Village of Vernon Hills collects no property tax. With that in mind, here are some business-related tidbits to keep in mind...

Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show

May 2018 topics include the Vernon Hills Road Rehab project for Midway and Lindon Lanes, the Cops on a Rooftop fundraiser for Special Olympics, Village yard waste collection options, and the Village residential permit process. See all of the shows on the Vernon Hills Update YouTube channel.


Cops on a Rooftop to Benefit Illinois Special Olympics – Fri., May 18 from 5 to 9 a.m., Dunkin' Donuts in the Hawthorn Hills Shopping Center. Cops on a Rooftop

Park District Carnival
– May 18 to May 20 at 1000 Lakeview Parkway (parking lot of former Opa restaurant). Proceeds support Vernon Hills Park District scholarship needs within the community. Windy City Carnival

Vernon Township Mental Health Fair – Sat., May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, Vernon Township Community Building, 2900 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove. Where there is help, there is hope. NAMI Barrington Area Info

Recycle-O-Rama – Sat., May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Sears/Hawthorn Mall parking lot. Electronics, paper, latex paint – no chemical waste (see below for chemical waste collection). Recycle-O-Rama

VH/SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection – Sat., May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vernon Hills Metra Station.  Household Chemical Waste Event

GLMV Extreme Block Party & Family Expo & Taste
– Sat., May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DoubleTree, 510 Rt 83, Mundelein. Free admission, free samples, give aways and more. GLMV Extreme Block Party

Hawthorn D73 Community Engagement Meeting
– Mon., May 21 at 7 pm. at Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive. D73 Community Meetings

Park District GO Vernon Hills Kick Off Walk
– Wed., May 23 at 6 p.m. at Deerpath Park. Park District Events

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wed., May 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sears Auto parking lot in Hawthorn Mall (weather permitting). Motors on Milwaukee

Family Aquatic Center Opening Day
– Sat., May 26 (weather permitting). Family Aquatic Center

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremonies
– Mon., May 28 at 9 a.m. at Vernon Cemetery, 10 a.m. at Willow Lawn Memorial Park and 11 a.m. at the Arbortheater. (See previous article for more info)

Hawthorn D73 Community Engagement Meeting – Wed., May 30 at 7 pm. at Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive. D73 Community Meetings

Park District Mighty Kids Triathalon
– Sun., June 3 at 8 a.m. at Lakeview Fitness Center. Park District Events

Park District Kids Fishing Day – Sat., June 9 at 9 a.m. at Century Park. Park District Events

Park District Flick & Float movie night – Wed., June 13 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center. Flick & Float

Vernon Hills Pageant
– Sat., June 16 at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Center. VH Pageant Info

Arbortheater Concert: Spoken Four – Thurs., June 21 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Ernie's First Annual Truck Night
– Thurs., June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at at Ernie's Towing, 909 S. Milwaukee Ave. Proceeds support the Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors Foundation. Ernie's Auto & Truck Center and Jared Allen Foundation

Park District Family Campout
– Sat., June 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center. Family Campout

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night
– Wed., June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sears Auto parking lot in Hawthorn Mall (weather permitting). Motors on Milwaukee

Arbortheater Concert: Suburban Cowboys
 – Thurs., June 28 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Park District Board Meeting in the Park
– Thurs., June 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Deerpath Park near Cherokee Road tennis courts. Complementary BBQ from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Offer your input on converting two tennis courts to pickle ball, and other Park District-related topics.  Meeting in Park

Park District Movie in the Park – Fri., June 29 at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park near Warrington Road shelter. Movie in the Park

Park District Arbor Walk
– Sat., June 30 at 9:30 a.m. in Century Park. Arbor Walk

First Responder Day at Family Aquatic Center
– Sat., June 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. First Responder Day

Vernon Hills Fourth of July Parade
 – Wed., July 4 starting at 9 a.m. near Countryside Fire, heading south on Deerpath to Sullivan to Aspen Drive. Roads close at approximately 8:30 a.m. July 4th Info

Vernon Hills Fourth of July Concert/Fireworks – Wed., July 4 at Century Park. Concert features Big Fun Band starting at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. July 4th Info

Family Black-Light Party/Dance – Sat., July 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Fitness Center.  Family Dance

Arbortheater Concert: CadillacGroove – Thurs., July 12 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Summer Celebration
– July 19 to 22 at Century Park. Summer Cel

Park District Flick & Float movie night – Sat., July 21 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center.  Flick & Float

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night
– Wed., July 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sears Auto parking lot in Hawthorn Mall (weather permitting)  Motors on Milwaukee

Arbortheater Concert: Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band
 – Thurs., July 26 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Park District Movie in the Park – Fri., July 27 at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park.  Movie in the Park

Arbortheater Concert: Soda 
– Thurs., August 2 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Park District Summer Splash – Fri., August 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center. Summer Splash

Park District Lil Bear Rib Fest – August 17 and 18 at Century Park. Ribfest

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wed., August 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sears Auto parking lot in Hawthorn Mall (weather permitting). Motors on Milwaukee

Park District Movie in the Park
 – Fri., August 31at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park. Movie in the Park

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wed., September 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sears Auto parking lot in Hawthorn Mall (weather permitting). Motors on Milwaukee

Overnight Parking?
Vacation House Watch?

Sign up on the VHPD's Public Safety Solutions webpage.

Need extended overnight parking?

Permits are now available. Check the VHPD's Extended Parking webpage to see if your qualify and how to sign up. 

Cook Library Tech Survey

Cook Memorial Library invites the community to complete a Technology Survey to help guide planning. The survey closes June 8.

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