The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
Jan. 31, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Social Service Grants
  • Garbage Contract
  • Citizen's Police Academy
  • Meeting Schedule
  • Turf Project Begins
  • Mall Outlots
  • Adjudication Hearings
  • Water Tower
  • Tree Trimming
  • Train Complaints
  • Recycling Video
  • 2020 Census
  • New Businesses
  • January Update Show
  • Legion Bingo
  • D73 Kindergarten
  • Ice Warning
  • Calendar
  • Super Bowl Safety

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Call for Social Service Grants

Please Submit Applications by March 1

Each year as part of the Village budget process, Trustees include funds to provide grants to social service organizations that support our local community. Organizations interested in being considered for a Social Service Grant are asked to complete and submit the 2020-2021 Social Service Grant Application by March 1 to

Garbage Contract Renewed

The Village has entered into a contract extension with Advanced Disposal. The new contract will provide residents with the same collection service for garbage, recycling, and landscape waste, and will also provide a food scrapping option, centralized electronics recycling collection point, and needle collection points. The contract extension will take effect December 1, 2020, however, Village residents will be able to take advantage of the new services as soon as April 1. 

Why an extension? During 2019, the Village Board was made aware of probable mergers and acquisitions of waste haulers, about which the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) expressed concerns that reduced competition among existing waste haulers would adversely impact future rates. In addition, with uncertainties in the recycling market, it became fiscally advantageous to secure a contract extension while simultaneously obtaining additional services desired by residents. The Village will keep residents updated on these matters and share additional information regarding probable mergers as staff and Board members are made aware.         

Details about the new waste hauling contract and available services will be provided in coming weeks through this eNewsletter, the Village website (, and other sources.  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/10/19)  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 1/21/20

Sign Up for Citizen's Police Academy 

Program begins March 11

The Vernon Hills Police Department has openings for the next Citizen's Police Academy. Vernon Hills residents age 21 and over are encouraged to learn how they can be a part of this educational and fun program.

The Citizen's Police Academy is a great opportunity to learn what it is like to be a police officer. The program consists of classroom training, open discussion, demonstrations and hands-on practicals. Some of the topics covered include patrol operations, use of force, firearms (including use of the range), DUI Enforcement and evidence collection. Participants will also have the rare opportunity to go on a ride-along with a police officer.

The spring 2020 CPA will begin on Wednesday, March 11 and will run for ten consecutive Wednesdays, concluding on May 13. Classes are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the VHPD. There is no charge to participate. Learn more by visiting the Citizen's Police Academy webpage, or calling Jeff Hemesath at 847-247-4889. 

Work is underway at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex as contractors regrade a portion of the fields to prepare for the installation of turf. The improved soccer/lacrosse fields are expected to be ready for play this spring.



Meeting Schedule:

Tuesday, February 4
Tuesday, February 18
Tuesday, March 3
Wednesday, March 18 

  • 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. 
  • Agendas are generally posted online by the Monday prior to each meeting. 

VHAC Turf Project Underway: During the December 10 Board Meeting, Trustees unanimously approved Village support of the joint project to install turf on soccer fields 10, 11 and 12 at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The project will be done in partnership with the Vernon Hills Soccer Club, Park District and Sports Made Simple. During the January 21 meeting, Trustees approved tasks related to providing curbs, fencing and netting. Equipment has rolled onto the site, with hopes of the fields being ready for play by early May. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 12/10/19) (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 1/21/20

Hawthorn Mall Outlots: Representatives from Hawthorn Mall appeared before the Planning & Zoning Commission on January 8, and the Village Board on January 21, in an effort to move forward to develop three outlets along Milwaukee Avenue for stand-alone businesses. At this point, representatives have provided general plans for the realignment of Ring Road and placement of buildings with regard to landscape, setbacks, sidewalks and buffer strips. Representatives have not provided specific proposals for actual buildings, nor are they prepared to offer names of possible tenants – though the indication is that Mall owners are pursuing restaurant and retail providers. While Commissioners and Trustees approved the requested variances to begin preparing the site and reconfiguring Ring Road, review and approval of specific structures will come at a later date. While separate from this request, staff and Trustees noted that Ring Road work will be coordinated with efforts to improve intersections and connections across Milwaukee Avenue between Hawthorn Mall and Mellody Farm. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 1/21/20

New Adjudication Hearings: The Village has launched the new Administrative Adjudication Process, designed to offer a more convenient and affordable option for dealing with municipal ordinance violations. The next Adjudication Hearings will be held February 20 and March 19 beginning at 9 a.m. at Village Hall. For more information, visit the VHPD's Administrative Adjudication webpages.

Water Tower Painting Project: During the January 7 Village Board Meeting, Trustees were informed that Lake County Public Works will be repainting the 500,000-gallon water tower located near the corner of Butterfield Road and Hawthorn Parkway. Trustees agreed that keeping the current design was appropriate, since that would result in no cost to the Village. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 1/7/20)

Tree Trimming Time: Village contractor Sawvell Tree Service is trimming parkway trees in the Deerpath neighborhood. While work is weather dependent, all trimming is expected to be complete before the end of February. More information, including a project map, is posted on the Village website ( 

Tell 'Em About Train Troubles: In response to concerns about freight trains blocking roads, the Federal Railroad Administration has set up a database to collect information about blocked crossings. The FRA survey is found at

SWALCO Recycling Program: The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County is doing spot checks on recycling carts around the area. Most recently, SWALCO staffers checked 450 carts in Round Lake Beach in an effort to educate people about proper recycling. SWALCO plans to visit more communities. For information, view the educational recycling video developed by SWALCO – or visit the SWALCO Vernon Hills Community Guide to Recycling Right

Prepare for 2020 Census: Residents are reminded that the 2020 Census is coming! Did you know that Vernon Hills has developed a Compete Count Committee to help spread the word? The Vernon Hills Complete Count Committee is made up of representatives from a variety of community stakeholders who meet to share ideas and help communicate the importance of participating. As information is shared from our Federal and State partners, it is shared with the Complete Count Committee members who help ensure that all members of our community are informed. “Everybody Counts!”  For more information on the Vernon Hills Complete Count Committee, visit

What Can I Expect with the Census? People will be able to go online to complete the simple Census questionnaire in the coming months. Census workers will begin visiting neighborhoods in late May and June to ensure accurate reporting. Census data is crucial for determining government representation, services and funding for things like schools, emergency services, roads and more. Learn more about the Census at

Hi-Five Sports Zone has opened in Hawthorn Mall.


Shopping, dining and playing here in Vernon Hills help keep our businesses and our whole community strong. Our business community needs our support to stay vibrant. Not only that, a portion of sales tax collected here comes back to us. The bulk of Village-provided services (such as snow plowing and police protection) are funded by sales tax, as the Village collects no property tax. Thank you for supporting all of our local businesses, including the following that have recently received occupancy permits:


January Vernon Hills Update
Cable/Web Show

Did you get a chance to check out the January edition of the Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show? This edition includes a discussion of the temporary lane adjustment now in place at Gregg's Parkway and Huntington Drive, an overview of a variety of development projects underway around the Village, an explanation of the importance of the 2020 Census, and a look at our Village snow and ice preparations. Watch all Vernon Hills Update Shows on the Update YouTube Channel.


American Legion Post 1247



First Thursday Nights at 6:30!

February 6

March 5

At Vernon Hills Golf Course,
291 Evergreen Drive
Refreshments available for purchase
Have fun! Try your luck! Support our Vets!


Hawthorn Kindergarten News

Kindergarten Registration Season
Do you have a child who is ready for kindergarten this fall? In order to attend public kindergarten in Illinois, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year and live within the boundaries of their public school district. The bulk of Vernon Hills students attend Hawthorn Elementary District 73, however school boundaries are tricky. Check your attendance area by contacting one of the local school districts, or by checking your Lake County property tax bill through the Lake County Treasurer's website.

Hawthorn Kindergarten Pre-Registration Opens February 3
Pre-registration will open February 3 for all incoming Hawthorn School District 73 kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year. For information, visit the Hawthorn D73 Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Hawthorn School for Young Learners Opens This Fall
The Hawthorn School for Young Learners, located next to the Park District Sullivan Center on Aspen Drive, is scheduled to open to incoming Kindergarteners this fall. In preparation, Dr. Jill Martin has been named Principal. Dr. Martin previously served as principal at Hawthorn Elementary South.

Hawthorn D73 Kindergarten Parent Info Nights

  • Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. – School of Dual Language Library, 810 N. Aspen Drive: Kindergarten Information Night for parents of kindergarten students who are considering dual language programming for their children. 
  • Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. – Hawthorn Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive: Kindergarten Information Night for parents of all incoming Hawthorn kindergarten students. 
  • For information, visit the Hawthorn D73 Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Stay Off the Ice!

Countryside Fire urges everyone to stay off the ice. Our ponds and lakes do not provide a safe surface for skating or playing – freeze/thaw cycles make many weak spots and precarious ice shelves that you probably cannot even see. Falling through the ice in even the shallowest water is dangerous as cold water and heavy wet clothing make it difficult to get out. If you see a person in trouble, call 911 right away. If you want to skate, visit our Park District rink or some of our local businesses who offer a safe skating surface. 


Early Voting Begins – Thursday, February 6 – for March 17 General Primary Election (Lake County Clerk General Primary Election webpage)

Legion BINGO
– Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive 

One Book, One Community: Greek Myths Revisited  – Thursday, February 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library (Cook Library Event)

Park District Just the Two of Us Dance – Friday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center (sold out) (Park District Event

Jr. NBA Skills Challenge – Sunday, February 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Park District Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

Park District Trip to Alpine Valley – Monday, February 17 for students in grades 5-8; register by February 12 (Park District Event

Park District 7th Annual Craft Beer Tasting – Saturday, February 29, 5 to 9 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event

Hawthorn Kindergarten Parent Dual Language Info Meeting – Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at School of Dual Language, 810 N. Aspen Drive (Hawthorn D73 Event)

Legion BINGO – Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive 

20th Annual Cougar Athletic Boosters's Annual Bash Fundraiser – Saturday, March 7 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Mundelein; supports VHHS athletics (CAB Event)

Hawthorn Kindergarten Parent Info Meeting – Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Hawthorn Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive (Hawthorn D73 Event)

Citizen's Police Academy Begins – Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at VHPD, 740 Lakeview Parkway (VHPD Event)

Rock the Bald: St. Baldrick's Fundraiser – Saturday, March 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at Hawthorn Mall (Hawthorn Mall Event)

GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION – Tuesday, March 17 (Lake County Clerk General Primary Election webpage)

Park District You're My Superhero –  Friday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

This Super Bowl weekend, spread the word...

Fans don’t let fans drive drunk


The Vernon Hills Police Department reminds football fans and partygoers that officers will be out in force on game day to keep impaired drivers off the roads and encourage more people to wear seat belts. If your Super Bowl celebration involves alcohol or cannabis, don’t forget: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”

Make a game plan for a safe and happy time:

  • Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely. 
  • Walking impaired can also be dangerous. If you plan to walk, designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and contact law enforcement.
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take the keys away and arrange to get your friend home safely.
  • Hosting a party? Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and make sure all your guests have a sober ride home.
  • Always buckle up! It’s your best defense in case of a crash.
  • Don't get benched! Plan ahead and be safe!

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