The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
July 17, 2019
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Summer Celebration!
  • National Night Out
  • NIPAS Showcase
  • Village Board Meetings
  • Honoring Pageant
  • Ferolo Named Counsel
  • Car Show for D73
  • Sign Variance
  • Brookdale Addition
  • Senior Bus
  • Panda Express
  • Goddard School
  • New Biz List
  • Speed Awareness
  • Farmers Market
  • Calendar
  • 4th of July Parade

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Thursday through Sunday at Century Park

Get ready for summer fun for everyone – Summer Celebration opens this Thursday evening and runs through Sunday at beautiful Century Park, just north of Townline Road at Lakeview Parkway. Enjoy free concerts each evening – including The BoDeans, who are headlining the Saturday evening show. Check out the food vendors, carnival rides, refreshment tent, children's activities, and Thursday night fireworks show! More information, including carnival ride specials, is available at For last minute info, check the Summer Celebration Facebook page.

Thursday, July 18

Carnival/Grounds Open – 6 to 11p
Pelvis Brothers – 7p
Fireworks – 9:15p


Friday, July 19

Carnival/Grounds Open – 6 to 11p
Radio Heroes – 7p
Mellencougar – 9p


Saturday, July 20

Car + Bike Show – 9a to 2p
Carnival/Grounds Open – 1 to 11p
Kiddie Corner – 1 to 3p
Trippin' Billies – 7p
The BoDeans – 9p


Sunday, July 21 – Family Fun Day

Carnival/Grounds Open – 1 to 6p
Kiddie Corner – 1 to 5p
Bags Tournament – 2 to 5p
Cream a Cop Fundraiser supporting 100 Club – 2:30 to 3:30p
Vernon Hills Karaoke Showcase – 4 to 6:30p

Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and community partners who make Summer Celebration possible. Please, no pets or outside food/refreshments. 
Headline act The BoDeans will present a
free Summer Celebration concert on Saturday, July 20 at 9 p.m.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6  •  4 to 8 p.m.

Hartmann Park on Oakwood Road

Fun for the whole family!
Looking for volleyball teams!

Thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors and partner organizations who make this free event possible.

Check the VHPD Facebook page for updates
Check the NNO webpage for past photos


Korean Police Learn About NIPAS

In early July, a team of police leaders from the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) visited the Chicago area to study the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS). NIPAS is a law enforcement mutual aid cooperative that includes an Emergency Services Team (SWAT) and Mobile Field Force (Crowd Control). NIPAS members include 105 suburban Chicagoland police agencies (including Vernon Hills), growing from 15 original agencies in 1983. NIPAS EST is one of the largest part-time SWAT teams in the nation. The KNPA delegation visited the United States to conduct research on the coordination, management, training and deployment of regional SWAT teams. NIPAS was one of only three SWAT teams visited during the Korean study. The three-person team of KNPA Command Officers were from the Chugbuk, Chungnam, and Gwangju Provincial Police districts. Thank you to VHPD Police Chief Patrick Kreis and staff for assisting with this visit.

Honoring Our Queens: During the July 2 Board Meeting, Trustees honored participants in the Vernon Hills Pageant, including (left to right) runner up Saachi Churiwala, runner up Linea Guttierez, Junior Miss Victoria Burda, Little Miss Jasmine Wasco, Miss Valerie Burda, runner up Dahlia Daoud, and runner up Annabella Fisher.  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/2/19)


Next Village Board Meetings:


  • Tuesday, August 13 (only one August meeting)

  • Tuesday, September 3

  • Tuesday, September 17

  • The full 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...

  • Pageant Participants Honored: During the July 2 meeting, the Board honored our 2019 queens, our 2018 queens, and many of the participants. Thank you to all who took part and volunteered (photo above). Special thanks to 2019 Little Miss Jasmine Wasco, Junior Miss Victoria Burda and Miss Valerie Burda, who will serve as ambassadors for our community at special events here and around the County. Thank you and best wishes to 2018 Little Miss Jayla Wasco, 2018 Junior Miss Haley Kalinowski, and 2018 Miss Madeline Gutierrez for their year of service. And thank you to volunteer coordinators Cassie Horvath, Michelle Newman and Hannah Frei and their team. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/2/19)
  • Jim Ferolo Named Village Attorney: During the July 2 Village Board Meeting, attorney James Ferolo of Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. took his place as corporate counsel for the Village. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/2/19)
  • Car Show for Key to 73 Education Foundation: During the July 16 meeting, the Board approved a special event permit for BGV Motorsports to work with AAA Car Care Plus to operate a Charity Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, August 10 from 10 to 3 in the Lowe's parking lot at 1680 North Milwaukee Avenue. Proceeds will support the Key to 73 Education Foundation. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/16/19)
  • 300 Center Drive Sign Variation: During the July 16 Board Meeting, Trustees approved a requested sign variance for 300 Center Drive, allowing a monument sign that fits the size parameters laid out by ordinance, but which includes room for eight tenant names (rather than one name). The Zoning Board of Appeal previously reviewed this matter and recommended approval. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/16/19)
  • Brookdale Senior Living Addition: A Brookdale representative again appeared before the board to provide additional information regarding their request to build a small two-story addition at the back of their building at 145 N. Milwaukee Ave. At an earlier meeting, Trustees expressed concern with the use of EIFS on the exterior. Given the higher cost and difficulty in matching brick cited by Brookdale, Trustees approved the project with the use of cementitious exterior panels, rather than either EIFS or brick. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting 6/20/19) (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/16/19)
  • Senior Bus: During the July 16 meeting, Public Works Director David Brown alerted the Board that one of the two Village Senior Bus drivers will be leaving in mid-August, creating an issue with an already over-capacity system. Over the past months (and years), staff has been talking with PACE, Vernon and Libertyville Townships, and other organizations to look at creating more effective partnerships to better serve the Senior community. Mr. Brown noted that the original intent of the Senior Bus was to provide trips to the Senior Center and field trips. Since then, criteria have been relaxed with the bus providing wider service. Coupled with the growth in seniors and senior housing, the by-appointment bus has been over-full and sometimes unable to support those with a pressing transportation need. Staff also noted that many senior housing areas provide their own ride service for their residents, though the newer Victory Centre has relied heavily on the Village to take that role. Staff and Trustees are committed to continue to look for effective ways to support Seniors. That said, seniors are asked to be prepared for service adjustments at least in the near-term with the departure of one of the drivers. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/16/19)
  • Panda Express: On July 10, representatives of Panda Express appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding their plans to construct a new restaurant with a drive-up window on Townline Road near Hobby Lobby. Work to finalize those plans continues through the process. (Vernon Hills Planning & Zoning Meeting - 7/10/19)
  • Goddard School: During the July 10 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, representatives of Goddard School requested a change in the site plan as they continue work toward expanding their facility. (Vernon Hills Planning & Zoning Meeting - 7/10/19)

Village Attorney James Ferolo of Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd attended his first Board Meeting on July 2. 


Here are a few of the new businesses/business owners receiving occupancy permits through Village Hall. Some may still be making preparations to open, but when they do, please consider supporting these and all Village businesses – they create jobs and sales tax, which supports Village services. (The Village of Vernon Hills collects no property tax.)


July 24 is Speed Awareness Day

The Vernon Hills Police Department is joining with many of our partner law enforcement organizations to recognize Illinois Speed Awareness Day on July 24. On this day in particular, VHPD will take a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and added enforcement.

The facts say it all... In Illinois during 2017, speed was the reason for 42 percent of all fatal crashes. That’s 462 deaths for the year, or one life every 19 hours. These lives can be saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.

Even in residential areas, speed has huge consequences. When a pedestrian is hit by a car at 20 mph there is a 10 percent likelihood of being killed, but at a speed of 30 mph the likelihood of being killed increases to 50 percent.

VHPD joins with all law enforcement in asking us to be proactive in preventing fatalities and reducing injuries on our roads by being aware of our speed and obeying speed limit signs all the time. Eliminate distractions (i.e., do not use your cell phone), wear your seat belt, and do not drive while impaired. To learn more about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, visit


Park District Flick & Float – Wednesday, July 17 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center (Flick & Float)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, July 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Summer Celebration – July 18-21 at Century Park (Summer Celebration)

Cook Library Free Movie Matinee – Friday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library; Little (Rated PG-13) (Cook Library)

Park District Family Campout – July 20-21 starting at Family Aquatic Center (Family Campout)

Free Ice Cream Day – July 21 at the Family Aquatic Center, courtesy of Bobo's (Free Ice Cream)

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wednesday, July 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hawthorn Mall Parking Lot; Weather dependent (Motors on Milwaukee)

Village Arbortheater Concert – Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive – Hillbilly Rockstarz  (Arbortheater Concerts)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, July 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Vocalist Typhanie Monique and Guitarist Neal Alger
– 6:45 p.m. at Sullivan Center; registration required through (Cook Library)

Cook Library Free Movie Matinee
– Friday, July 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library; Breakthrough (Rated PG) (Cook Library)

Park District Movie in the Park – July 26 starting at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park (Movie)

Park District Finn's Up! Adult Night at the Aquatic Center – July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center (Finn's Up)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, August 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Village Arbortheater Concert
– Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m. at the Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive – Final Say  (Arbortheater Concerts)

Summer Splash – Friday, August 2 at 5:30 p.m. (Summer Splash)

National Night Out – Tuesday, August 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hartmann Park (National Night Out)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, August 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

AAA Vernon Hills Car Care Plus Charity Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show benefiting Key to 73 Education Foundation – Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowes parking lot on Milwaukee Avenue 

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, August 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Little Bear Ribfest – August 16 and 17 at Century Park (Park District Event)

Park District Movie in the Park – August 23 starting at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park (Movie)

Public Works Open House – Wednesday, August 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Open House)

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wednesday, August 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hawthorn Mall Parking Lot; Weather dependent (Motors on Milwaukee)

LAST Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, August 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Park District GO VH Evening Walk – Thursday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at Deerpath Park (GO VH)

Chicago Cup Labor Day Soccer Showcase – August 30 through September 2 at Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (Chicago Cup)

15th Law Enforcement Expo at Gurnee Mills – September 7 and 8 (VHPD)



Relive the sights and sounds of the Vernon Hills 4th of July Parade. The 2019 4th of July Parade is posted on the Village YouTube page. Thanks to all who made our Independence Day celebration so special.

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