The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
July 2, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Safe Celebration
  • 4th Fun
  • Board Meetings
  • In-Person Resumes
  • PD Farmers Market
  • Mall Blood Drive
  • Face Coverings
  • Pageant
  • History of 4th
  • Reach Out

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While we won't be enjoying a Village 4th of July Parade this year, we know we will all appreciate this tradition even more when it returns. Happy Independence Day!

Best Wishes for a Safe 4th of July

The Village of Vernon Hills sends best wishes for a safe, fun 4th of July weekend. Please remember that due to the Pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, this year's 4th of July Parade, concert and fireworks show have been cancelled. We join with Countryside Fire and the Vernon Hills Police Department in urging everyone to celebrate safely – please remember that personal fireworks (even sparklers and smoke bombs) are not only illegal in the Village, but more importantly they are extremely dangerous. Please consider new ways of celebrating – perhaps confetti poppers or glow sticks. Be safe and have fun!

Ideas and Info for 4th of July
Cook Memorial Library Summer Reading Program as well as a variety of virtual programs. Note that the Library will reopen July 7 for browsing, hold pickup and limited computer use. Masks and social distancing required. M-Th, 10a to 8p; Fri-Sat, 10a to 4:30p

Vernon Hills Park District – Fitness facilities and exercises classes continue to reopen; Playgrounds are now available; and the Aquatic Center is reopening with modifications. 

Park District Update message from Executive Director Jeff Fougerousse

Visit Lake County – Virtual tours, Including the Cuneo Mansion

Lake County Forest Preserves – Virtual classes and digital resources, in addition to great trails to explore

Countryside Fire  – Update message from Fireman Tony Rodkey

Village YouTube – Check out some interesting drone videos of our community

Little Lake County – Suggestions for 4th of July and more


Meeting Schedule:
   Tuesday, July 7
   Tuesday, July 21
   Tuesday, August 11*

  • *Note that there is only one Board Meeting scheduled for August
  • In-person meetings with restrictions will resume July 7
  • 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
  • Meetings begin at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive 

Return to In-Person Meetings with Modifications

With the State's move to Phase 4, the Village will resume in-person meetings at Village Hall. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for July 7. Based on directives and best practices, the meeting room will be set up to support social distancing guidelines. With that in mind, the number of people allowed in the Board Room at once may be limited, with others waiting in the Village Hall lobby or conference room.

Per the directives of Phase 4, people attending the meeting will be required to wear a face covering, though that covering may be removed when speaking/addressing the board. Additional modifications may be put in place to ensure a safe gathering. The July 7 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The Agenda is expected to be posted on the Agenda Center webpage by or before Monday. In addition to appearing in person, Individuals who are interested in providing comment to the Board may also continue to send emails to


Hawthorn Mall Blood Drive

Saturday, July 25
10:30a to 4:30p

Schedule your appointment
through Vitalant –

Vitalant website

More info on the
Hawthorn Mall website


The New Normal – Face Coverings!

Village leaders join with public health officials, medical professionals and the scientific community in urging residents to wear face coverings when in public. Health experts including the Lake County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the CDC and the World Health Organization cite the importance of all people wearing face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please remain vigilant – wear a face covering, maintain social distance, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you are ill. These easy steps help us protect not only you, but everyone around you. This is a team effort – please continue to work together for the good of all. Thank you and be well!

Be a Part of the Vernon Hills Pageant!

2020 Pageant Moved to August 15
Pageant will be modified to support public health mandates
Applications now due July 15
Learn more at

Best Wishes
Learn more about
the history and meaning

behind Independence Day
at PBS's A Capitol Fourth

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