The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
December 11, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Toys for Tots
  • Giving Options
  • Election Filing
  • Light Tour Checklist
  • 2021 Meetings
  • Finance Update
  • Flavored Tobacco
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Cops & Kids
  • Mall TIF
  • Milwaukee Ave.
  • Orchard Church
  • Philharmonic
  • Everleigh
  • Rust-Oleum Sign
  • Mall Movie
  • ComEd
  • AllVax Site
  • Village Hall Closings
  • Shop & Dine in VH
  • Santa Parade
  • Reach Out

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Last Day for

Toys for Tots
  • New, unwrapped toys
  • Collecting from now until December 11 (today/Friday)
  • Drop off at Vernon Hills Police Department (VHPD lobby open 24/7), Village Hall and Public Works
  • Learn more on the VHPD website or


Just a Few Other Ways
to Give and Receive Help...

With so many in need right now, here are just a few organization who would appreciate your help – and who are ready to help you.

April 6 Election
Candidate Filing Schedule


First day to file: December 14

Last day to file: December 21*

*If filing on December 21 for Village Office, please make an appointment as noted below

The Village of Vernon Hills will have several openings up for vote during the April 6 Consolidated Election, including the positions of Village President and four Village Trustee seats (three 4-year terms and one 2-year term). Other organizations around the Village also have seats on the April 6 ballot. Residents interested in running for a position must file completed candidate packets with the appropriate organization, and should be aware of the following deadlines.

December 14, 2020
First day to file nomination papers

Candidates for Vernon Hills Village Board must file with the local election official at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If there is more than one person in line at 8:30 a.m., a lottery will be held on December 22 at 9 a.m. to determine candidate placement on the ballot.

December 21, 2020
Last day to file nomination papers

Candidates for Vernon Hills Village Board must file with the local election official at Village Hall before 5 p.m. If there is more than one person in line between 4 and 5 p.m., a lottery will be held on December 22 at 9:10 a.m. to determine candidate placement on the ballot. Please note that if you plan on filing for Village Office on December 21, you must set up an appointment with Village Manager/Clerk Mark Fleischhauer at or 847-918-3550.

December 22, 2020
Filing Lotteries

Lotteries at 9 and 9:10 a.m., at Village Hall, as needed

December 30, 2020
Last day to file objections

For candidates for Village office, file at Village Hall prior to 5 p.m.

Questions regarding the Election should be directed to the State Board of Elections. A Candidate's Guide is available at or by calling the State Board of Elections at 312-814-6440. Municipal Elections are administered by the Lake County Clerk; more information is available at or by calling 847-377-VOTE (8683).

Please note that the Village of Vernon Hills Clerk's Office merely accepts candidacy documents. It is the responsibility of the candidate or candidate's representative to ensure that all documents are presented in good order and complaint with all election law. Neither the Clerk's Office nor the Village is responsible for the accuracy or legal sufficiency of the filed documents.


Check Out the Lights!

In an effort to brighten the holidays, we've created a map outlining the locations of the many Village-sponsored holiday light displays placed around town. Thank you to the Vernon Hills Public Works Department for their efforts to make the holidays a little brighter! For extra fun, print out the checklist activity and map. Printed copies are also available at Village Hall.
Trustees approved the above calendar for 2021.


Meeting Schedule
   Tuesday, January 5
   Tuesday, January 19
   Tuesday, February 2

  • In-Person Meetings Suspended: In response to public health guidelines, the Village is conducting meetings remotely via internet-based platforms. Log-in information will be published with each agenda and posted on the Village website. Public comment will be accepted prior to each meeting and read into the record – please send your comments to by 6:45 p.m. prior to each meeting. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 
  • 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

Actions of Note...

2021 Calendar: Trustees approved the 2021 Meeting Calendar, which is posted on the Village's Meeting Schedules webpage and shown above. 

Finance Update: Finance Director Kyle Cratty updated the Board on finances, noting that the Village continues to run in the black. While revenues have decreased from budget by approximately $3.3 million (approximately 12 percent), an estimated $5 million in expenses have also been deferred – including more than $1.7 million in expense that was pushed off due to the postponement of the Lakeview Parkway improvement project. Additional revenues could be generated if the Village receives an anticipated $1.2 million in CARES Act relief, as well as when Hawthorn Mall renovation permit fees are received. Village President Roger Byrne noted that the Village continues to maintain reserves in excess of $20 million, which have remained untouched to this point. While the Village continues to tighten its belt, Trustees are also looking at ways to support local small businesses who have been devastated by the Pandemic. The Board will be discussing options, which might include continuing to waive/defer license fees, as well as creating an emergency grant program. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Request to Limit Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products: During the December 8 meeting, Danielle Ryan of the Lake County Health Department's Tobacco Free Lake County program, together with representatives of the Stevenson High School Catalyst Club, presented information about the role of flavored tobacco and tobacco-like products in increased use among young users. The presenters provided data showing that flavored products, including mint and menthol, increase initiation and use. The group requested that Trustees consider prohibiting sales of all flavored tobacco products, including E-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookah. Trustees expect to discuss the topic further during a January Committee of the Whole Meeting. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Diversity & Inclusion: Village consultant Dr. Bryan Watkins provided his initial oral report regarding the Village's efforts to ensure consistency and equity in the delivery of services, equal opportunity in the workplace, and policy and practices that support diversity and inclusion. He noted that overall, the Village is heading in the right direction and there is commitment from staff. Regarding policies and procedures, Dr. Watkins reported he is pleased that Village policy is regularly updated and reviewed by external sources, including legal counsel specializing in workplace policy. In addition, the VHPD's Lexipol system draws upon numerous resources, written by subject matter experts, to be state-specific (vetted by attorneys) to ensure best practices are in place. With regard to reflecting community demographics, VHPD is fairly strong in terms of hiring and promoting with regard to gender as well as appropriately representing people of color, though the Village will need to continue to increase representation, particularly when it comes to reflecting our large Asian community. Moving forward, Dr. Watkins and the Village will provide channels to gather community feedback. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Socially Distant Cops & Kids: Police Chief Patrick Kreis thanked the many businesses and volunteers who created an alternative to the traditional Cops & Kids shopping trip to Walmart. This year, 53 children and families enjoyed a drive-through event hosted by the VHPD and Public Works Department. Thank you to officers from Lincolnshire and College of Lake County Police Departments for lending a hand, and to Walmart, Marianos, Chick-fil-A and Lazy Dog for providing gifts, groceries, sandwiches and more. Special thanks to Officer Becky Foy and all of the Village employees who donated funds and volunteered time to support this event. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Hawthorn Mall TIF in Place: With the passage of Ordinances 2020-129, 2020-134 and 2020-135, the Hawthorn Mall Tax Increment Financing District is in place. Trustees recognized all who put in countless hours over the past two years to create agreements that support the entire community and all taxing body partners. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Milwaukee Avenue Improvement: Public Works Director Dave Brown presented information about improvements planned for Milwaukee Avenue near Ring Road, designed to benefit traffic flow through the area as well as access to both Mellody Farm and Hawthorn Mall. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Orchard Evangelical Free Church: During the December 8 meeting of the Committee of the Whole, Trustees expressed support for rezoning and other requests needed for Orchard Evangelical Free Church to move into 870 West End Court. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Philharmonic Studios: Trustees approved site, landscape and architectural plans for construction of Philharmonic Studios at 800 Forest Edge Drive. The organization has created a robust tree preservation plan, and are placing the building and parking lot to save as many quality trees as possible. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Everleigh Apartments: Representatives from Greystar Development Central LLC appeared before the Committee of the Whole to request a zoning change and other approvals to support construction of Everleigh of Vernon Hills at 555 Lakeview Parkway (site of the former AMC Theater). The 55-and-older luxury apartment community will feature 174 apartments and 14 duplex cottages. Amenities will include a rain garden and green-space amenities, with staff directed to create a plan for amenities available to the community in lieu of participation in the Village's Cultural Partners program. While the developers also requested a waiver for school impact fees (since the apartments by contract will not allow school-age children), that request was denied. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Rust-Oleum Sign: Trustees approved a new sign, including a changeable electronic message, for Hawthorn Parkway near the west Rust-Oleum entrance. In deference to the comfort of Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes residents, the sign will only operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

Outdoor Movie at the Mall: Trustees approved a request for a special event at Hawthorn Mall. On Saturday, December 12, the Mall will show the movie Elf on an outdoor screen near the theater. Note that this event is already sold out. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/8/20)

2021 CIP: While scheduled for the December 8 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the presentation of the Village's five-year Capital Improvement Plan was tabled until the next meeting (January 5) due to time constraints. 

ComEd Work in Deerpath: Deerpath residents are reminded that ComEd expects to begin replacing underground utilities starting January 14. More information, including maps, is included in the ComEd Upgrades in Deerpath Subdivision web article.
The 5th Annual Cops & Kids event was reimagined into a wonderful drive-through event. Thank you to all who helped brighten the lives of 53 local children and families.


County Launches AllVax Website

Register Now for COVID-19 Vaccines Later

The Lake County Health Department has launched the AllVax website ( to get people registered for the soon-to-be available COVID-19 vaccine. While the vaccine will be prioritized, all residents are urged to get registered now. You may register yourself, or someone else. An email address is required to create an account, and contact information must be provided for each person you register. Once the vaccine is available, you will be emailed to let you know how to receive your vaccination. While you do not necessarily need to register to receive a vaccination, the Lake County Health Department recommends that you do to better ensure your opportunity. More information is available on the website's answers to common questions.

About Contract Tracing...

Lake County Health also urges residents to help mitigate the effects – and reduce the spread – of COVID-19 by supporting Lake County Contract Tracers. Tracers will call persons suspected of coming into contact with people or places known to be the source of an COVID-19 exposure. The number that will appear on your caller ID is "312-777-1999" or "Lake County Contact Tracing." While it is wise to be on alert for scammers, note that legitimate Contact Tracers will never ask for bank account information or your social security number – and they will never ask for money. With that in mind, please answer the call to slow the spread. More information is available from the Lake County Health Department.
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Village Hall Schedule
Village Hall will be closed on the following days:
December 24
December 25
December 31
January 1

However you celebrate, best wishes to you and your family.


Shop, Dine and Enjoy Vernon Hills!

Thank you to everyone who works to support our local businesses. While the Pandemic has changed our processes, there are still many ways to support our partners and neighbors – including curbside pick up and delivery from not only our restaurants but also our retailers. Check out our 2020 Holiday Dining, Shopping & Winter Guide for information about our shopping areas, restaurants and activities. It's a real page turner!

Hawthorn Mall News
Hawthorn Mall has unveiled a new online shopping platform called Shop Now! Click the link on the Hawthorn Mall website to generate a searchable list of items available from Hawthorn Mall businesses. The Mall will also continue their Retail to Go service. Order directly from any Hawthorn Mall business and your purchase can be hand delivered to designated locations around the Mall as you wait in your car. And watch for construction fence to start going up around the former Sears site – the renovation of Hawthorn Mall is well underway, with work becoming more visible in the coming weeks.

Mellody Farm Deals
Check out the 12 Days of Gift Giving deals and coupons from a variety of retailers and restaurants at Mellody Farm. Most businesses will provide curbside delivery. Directories available on the Mellody Farm website.

Keep informed by following the Village on social media.
Now on Instagram –

Scenes from Around Town...

Thank you for a wonderful Santa Parade
and Virtual Village Tree and Menorah Lighting!


"We must find time to stop
and thank the people
who make a difference in our lives."

– John F. Kennedy

Wishing you a safe and healthy

holiday season!

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