The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
May 23, 2019
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Memorial Day Ceremonies
  • Milwaukee Avenue Closures
  • Road Rehab Update
  • Lake Sampling
  • July 4 Parade
  • Arbortheater Concerts
  • Basketball Champs
  • Board Meeting Schedule
  • Board Actions
  • Marijuana Stance
  • Mall Town Hall
  • Farmers Market
  • Calendar
  • Torch Run

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Memorial Day Remembrances

Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day. As background, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, and is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the United States. Since the end of the Civil War, people have honored fallen soldiers by decorating their graves. In some regions, that practice spread to decorating all graves. Learn more about Memorial Day – which is more than just a long weekend – at Please consider supporting these local Memorial Day remembrances:

Flag Placement at Veterans' Graves:
  • Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m. – Vernon Township Cemetery
  • Saturday, May 25 at 9 a.m. – Willow Lawn Memorial Park

Memorial Day Ceremonies:
  • Monday, May 27 at 9 a.m. – Vernon Township Cemetery
  • Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. – Willow Lawn Memorial Park
  • Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. – Vernon Hills Memorial Arbortheater

  • Vernon Township Cemetery – 15215 Cemetery Road, Lincolnshire (northeast corner of Route 45 and Milwaukee Avenue behind the Eddie Merlot's Restaurant strip mall)
  • Willow Lawn Memorial Park –24090 Route 45, Vernon Hills (west of Fairway Drive/Buffalo Grove Road)
  • Vernon Hills Memorial Arbortheater – 50 Memorial Drive, Vernon Hills (west side of N. Fairway Drive between Lakeview Parkway and Nike Parkway near Vernon Hills High School)

Milwaukee Avenue Lane Closures

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is replacing a large culvert and making other drainage improvements to Milwaukee Avenue at Corporate Woods Parkway. In order to complete the project, traffic on Milwaukee Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction approaching the work zone. The work is expected to be complete by the end of September. Please consider alternate routes, allow extra time, and use great caution through this area. As IDOT says, "Drive like you work here." More information is posted on the Vernon Hills website, on the IDOT Region 1 webpages, and at


Village Road Rehab Update

This year's Vernon Hills Road Rehab Project continues with milling of the old road surfaces and cleaning of the debris. Residents in impacted neighborhoods (portions of Hawthorn Club, Gregg's Landing Augusta Green, Gregg's Landing Colonial Drive, River Grove and Georgetown Square) are asked to not park on the streets during this phase. The projects are expected to be complete by early July. More information is available on the Village's Annual Road Rehabilitation Project website.  

Lake Sampling Project

Vernon Hills residents may notice Lake County personnel working in and around our lakes – especially Lake Charles, Big Bear Lake and Little Bear Lake. (Harvey Lake may also receive some attention.) This is part of routine water quality monitoring through which Lake County Health Department - Ecological Services (LCHD-ES) technicians will collect baseline water quality information. LCHD-ES works around the county, focusing on selected lakes at least 6 acres in size. Water quality is analyzed through the collection of water samples once per month from May through September, usually at the deepest areas of the lake. Vernon Hills' remaining samples are expected to be taken on June 11, July 16, August 13 and September 17.

Samples will be analyzed for nutrients, solids, temperature, dissolved oxygen and various other parameters. A survey to analyze the aquatic plant community for different species and their relative occurrence will also be conducted as well as a shoreline assessment to characterize severity of erosion. In addition to routine water quality monitoring, samples will also be collected for the Des Plaines River Watershed Workgroup. At the end of data collection, a summary report will be presented to Village staff and Trustees. For more information contact the Lake County Health Department, 847-377-8020.


Sign Up for 4th of July Parade

This year's Vernon Hills 4th of July Parade will step off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. The route runs through the Deerpath neighborhood, starting at Countryside Fire Station, moving south to Sullivan, west to Aspen, and then ending at Hawthorn south campus schools. (Note that traffic through the area is stopped by about 8:30 a.m. that morning.)

Community groups are invited to participate – not charge, just get signed up! Register by completing the online July 4th Parade Entry Form. Learn more on the Events/July 4th webpage.

Vacation House Watch

Heading out on vacation? Consider signing up for a free Vacation House Watch from the Vernon Hills Police Department. Watches must be arranged through the online Vacation House Watch form found on the Public Safety Solutions webpage.You'll also find information about on-street parking permission. For info about extended overnight parking for kids who come home from school for the summer or extra visitors, visit the Extended Overnight Parking Permits webpage. If you lose these links, you can always find them in the "How Do I" section at the top of every Village and PD web page.

While we're at it, check out the list of Vacation Security Tips posted on the VHPD website. The Vernon Hills Police Department wishes you all a safe and healthy summer.
School of Rock at a past Libertyville Days celebration

Free Arbortheater Concerts!
Mark your calendars for this year's free Arbortheater Concerts. Family friendly and informal, these community gatherings feature a variety of music styles (and lots of opportunity for dancing). Concerts are held at the Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive just north of the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Concerts start at 7 p.m., and this year they are scheduled for both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. If it looks like rain, the music will move to the Sullivan Center (635 N. Aspen Drive) – staff will work to announce on social media by 4 or 5 p.m. More information is on the Village Events/Arbortheater Concerts webpage.
Wed., June 12 – Dizzy Edge Band
Wed., June 19 – School of Rock, Libertyville
Thurs., June 27 – Cadillac Groove
Thurs., July 11 – Rosie & the Rivets
Wed., July 24 – Hillbilly Rockstarz
Thurs., Aug. 1 – Final Say
Members of the District 128 Unified Special Olympics basketball team, who recently won the state championship. From left, District 128 Special Olympic Athletic Director Andy Compton, Joseph Miller, Nathan Ferrara, Anna Scholler, Alexa Donato, Mason Reyes, and coach Colin Mason. Not pictured are Sophi Schofield, Joey Reyes, Mitch Newman, Jon Ford, James McDonald, Ryan Schofield and Victoria Lukyan. Congratulations! (Village Board Meeting - 5/7/19)


Next Village Board Meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 4

  • Thursday, June 20 (new date)

  • Tuesday, July 2

  • Tuesday, July 16

  • Tuesday, August 13 (only one August meeting)

  • Note that the June 18 meeting has been moved to June 20 to accommodate an anticipated June 18 Town Hall Meeting planned by Centennial Real Estate regarding Hawthorn Mall's redevelopment.
  • Note that there is only one board meeting scheduled for August.
  • 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...

  • Recreational Marijuana Opposition: During the May 7 Board Meeting, Trustees formally opposed state-wide efforts to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Board urged Illinois lawmakers to slow down efforts and take time to study and prepare for any such action. (Village Board Meeting - 5/7/19)
  • June 18 Hawthorn Mall Town Hall: Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer reported that Centennial Real Estate, which owns Hawthorn Mall, intends to hold a Town Hall Information Meeting on Tuesday, June 18. Details will be provided as they become available. Given that schedule, the Board has moved their June 18 meeting to Thursday, June 20. (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)
  • Trustees Sworn In: On May 7, Trustees elected on April 2 were officially sworn in. Trustees beginning new four-year terms are Kari Brown, Mike Marquardt and Dr. David Oppenheim. (Village Board Meeting - 5/7/19)
  • New Financial Reports: During the May 21 meeting, Finance Consultant Larry Nakrin introduced Ed McKee, who has served as finance director for numerous local municipalities and who now works with the Village through consultant Lauterbach & Amen. Mr. McKee has been working to make the Village's reports easier to read, focusing on such specific data and trends as fund balances. The condensed report begins on page 30 of the May 21 Agenda Packet, with the full financial report included toward the end of the packet. In summary, the Village is running at or better than budget, and sales tax revenue continues on an upward trend. (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)
  • Waste Service Update: Advanced Disposal Cris Manley appeared before the Board on May 21 to address a number of questions. He noted that Advanced has taken some older trucks out of service due to complaints that trucks were leaking onto the streets. He acknowledged that yard waste collectors are often seasonal employees, who while trained sometimes make mistakes – which Advanced has been working to rectify. He also addressed a billing error for the Baytree HOA, noting that when Vernon Hills switched to a Village-wide one-hauler contract in 2005, the HOA continued to be improperly charged for fuel and environmental fees (which were negotiated out of the Village-wide contract). Advanced is going through records to reimburse the HOA. Advanced now offers electronics recycling and food compositing support in Northbrook and Wilmette, and will continue discussions with Village staff about if that service might be incorporated into our current contract (which expires in November of 2020) or into future contracts.  (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)
  • Advanced Disposal Purchase by Waste Management: Mr. Manley addressed the fact that Waste Management has announced their intent to purchase Advanced. That acquisition will take time and government approval due to the size of the companies. Until the acquisition is reality, both companies will continue to operate as individual organizations. Should the merger happen, Mr. Manley noted that residents would probably see no difference except for the logo on the driver's shirt. (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: VHHS students Rebekah Agnew and Jack Farag presented their idea for installing vehicle charging stations in our local parks. Trustees requested that staff look into pricing, and encouraged the students to approach the Park District and others to build support, and then return with an update. (Village Board Meeting - 5/7/19)
  • Panda Express New Construction: The architect for the new Panda Express restaurant planned for the outlot in front of Hobby Lobby at 290 Hawthorn Village Commons received approval for elevations, signage, and landscape – including adjustments to parking to ensure that the restaurant and the entire strip mall are in compliance. (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)
  • Shake Shack Permits Approved: The Shake Shack, located at 864 E. Townline Road near REI in Mellody Farm, is hoping to open in late June. A representative appeared before the board on May 21 for approval of outdoor seating as well as a class "E" Liquor License. (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)
  • Ramen House Shinchan: Located at 701 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Rivertree Court, this will be the second location for this locally owned restaurant. The owner, who received approval for a special use permit to allow sale of sake and Japanese beer, noted that the name "Shinchan" comes from a town in Japan where both he and the chef grew up. (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)
  • No Pet Store Ordinance: Trustees revisited the verbiage for the recent ordinance prohibiting pet stores within the Village, after questions arose during Planning & Zoning Committee review. Trustees clarified that their concern lies with pet stores and puppy mills, not with people who might be interested in breeding their own pets. Work will continue to clarify the language of the ordinance. (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)
  • Route 45 Improvements: During the May 7 meeting, Public Works Director Dave Brown noted that efforts to widen Route 45 continue to move through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Trustees noted that the Village has planned for years for this improvement back to the 1980s when then-Mayor Barb Williams began requesting IDOT support. President Byrne noted that Vernon Hills has done a lot of the legwork for this project already, annexing and then securing appropriate easements through Vernon Hills. The process has many more steps before shovels hit the ground. (Village Board Meeting - 5/7/19)
  • Construction Season: Construction has begun for the Hawthorn D73 Kindergarten Center adjacent to the Park District Sullivan Center. Work has also begun on the three-part expansion at Vernon Hills High School. Aspen Drive Library's expansion is well underway. And the Laschen Center is down to the ground, with the site being prepared for grass seed.
  • Successful Pet Clinic: The VHPD reports that 331 animals received vaccinations and/or microchips at the May 11 low-cost pet clinic sponsored by VHPD and held at Public Works. Thank you to all who made this important event possible.
  • Cops on Rooftop Results: Thanks to the community for visiting Dunkin' on the morning of May 17. Your generosity raised $2440 for Illinois Special Olympics.
  • Invicto Mexican Taqueria: Owner Franklin Weiner appeared before the Liquor Commission on May 7 to request a Class "A" Liquor license for his new Mexican restaurant located in Mellody Farm. Mr. Weiner, who helped develop Naf Naf Grill, hopes to open by late May. 
  • Adult Night at the Pool: Vernon Hills Park District's Tom Ritter appeared before the Liquor Commission to receive a Class "G" License to allow Mickey Finn's to sell craft beer and margaritas during a planned Adult Night at the Aquatic Center on July 27.
  • Summer Celebration/Fall Fest: The Liquor Commission approved requested licenses for Summer Celebration (July 18 through 21) and the new Fall Fest event (September 28 and 29).
  • State Basketball Champs: The Board recognized the District 128 Unified Special Olympics basketball team for their recent State Championship (photo above). Well done! (Village Board Meeting - 5/7/19)
  • Proclamations: The Board recognized National Police Week, May 12-18 and Public Works Week, May 19-25. Thank you to the Vernon Hills Police Department and Village Public Works Department for all they do. (Village Board Meeting - 5/7/19)
  • Congratulations, Eagle Scouts: The Board recently recognized seven new Eagle Scouts from Vernon Hills Troop 273 (see below). Best wishes to the Scouts, and to Scoutmaster Mike Mangoni as he prepares to retire from his post. (Village Board Meeting - Tues., May 21, 2019)

Troop 273 Eagle Scouts pictured from left: Chase Johnson, Robert Black, Drew Gehrett, Nathan Stuck, Matt Mangoni and Stevan Pastar with Scoutmaster Mike Mangoni. (Not pictured: Eagle Scout John Rallo)

Hawthorn Mall Town Hall

Tuesday, June 18 at former Carson's Building
Details to be announced

Hawthorn Mall owner Centennial Real Estate is fine-tuning concepts, which they expect to make available to the community during an interactive Town Hall Meeting planned for the evening of Tuesday, June 18. (Details are still being finalized, so watch for updates.) In addition, residents are encouraged to examine concepts and see updates on the Village's Hawthorn Mall 2.0 webpages.


Flag Placement at Vernon Township Cemetery – Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m., Vernon Township Cemetery on northeast corner of Rt 45 and Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire (Memorial Day)

Aspen Drive Library Free Movie Matinee – Friday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m. – A Dog's Way Home; Rated PG (Aspen Library Events)

Flag Placement at Willow Lawn Memorial Park – Saturday, May 25 at 9 a.m., Willow Lawn Memorial Park, 24090 Rt 45, Vernon Hills (Memorial Day)

Park District Family Aquatic Center Opening Day – Saturday, May 25 – weather permitting (Family Aquatic Center)

Memorial Day Ceremony at Vernon Township Cemetery – Monday, May 27 at 9 a.m. at Vernon Township Cemetery on northeast corner of Rt 45 and Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire (Memorial Day)

Memorial Day Ceremony at Willow Lawn Memorial Park – Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at Willow Lawn Memorial Park, 24090 Rt 45, Vernon Hills (Memorial Day)

Memorial Day Ceremony at Vernon Hills Arbortheater – Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at Arbortheater, 50 Memorial Drive, Vernon Hills (Memorial Day)

Free Community Day at Family Aquatic Center – Friday, May 31 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Aquatic Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive (Park District Event)

Aspen Drive Library Free Movie Matinee – Friday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m. – Welcome to Marwen; Rated PG-13 (Aspen Library Events)

Park District Century Park Arboretum Arbor Walk – June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon (Arbor Walk)

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics – June 2 at approximately 8 a.m., intersection of Routes 21 and 60 

Park District Mighty Kids Triathlon – June 2 from 8 a.m. to noon (Triathlon)

Food Truck Tuesday – Tuesday, June 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Century Park Boat Dock parking lot (Park District Event)

FIRST Park District Farmers Market
– Thursday, June 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Hawthorn Mall Carnival
– June 6 through 9 (Facebook/Carnival)

Park District Kids Fishing Day
– June 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Century Park (Fishing Day)

Village Arbortheater Concert – Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive – Dizzy Edge Band  (Arbortheater Concert)

Park District Flick & Float – June 12 starting at 7:30 p.m. (Flick & Float)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, June 13 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Village Arbortheater Concert – Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive – School of Rock, Libertyville  (Arbortheater Concerts)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, June 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Vernon Hills Pageant – Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Vernon Hills Pageant)

Park District Family Campout – June 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. (Family Campout)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, June 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Park District Board Meeting in the Park/BBQ – Thursday, June 27 starting at 5 p.m. in Hawthorn Mellody Park (Park District Event)

Village Arbortheater Concert – Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive – Cadillac Groove  (Arbortheater Concerts)

Park District Movie in the Park – June 28 starting at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park (Movie)

Food Truck Tuesday – Tuesday, July 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lakeview Fitness Center parking lot (Park District Event)

4th of July Parade
– Thursday, July 4 starting at 9 a.m. through Deerpath neighborhood. Sign up to participate – it's free! (VH July 4th)

4th of July Concert/Fireworks – Thursday, July 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Century Park. Free concert followed by fireworks at dusk. (VH July 4th)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, July 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Village Arbortheater Concert
– Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive – Rosie & the Rivets  (Arbortheater Concerts)

Ernie's Second Annual Truck Night – Thursday, July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ernie's 909 S. Milwaukee Avenue. Process support Jared Allen Homes for Wounded Warriors. 

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)

Park District Flick & Float – July 20 starting at 7:30 p.m. (Flick & Float)

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)

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

Park District Adult Night at the Aquatic Center – July 27 – Details to be announced

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 1 at 5:30 p.m. (Park District Event)

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

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

Law Enforcement Torch Run
for Special Olympics

On Sunday morning, June 2, at about 8 a.m. our team of Vernon Hills Police Officers, family members and Special Olympians will begin our leg of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. The run, which will begin in Gurnee at 6:30 a.m. and end in Lincolnwood, is part of a larger effort that began in 1986 with the goal of raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Since that time, Illinois has raised nearly $51 million in donations to support Special Olympics. All are welcome to cheer the runners on as they take off from the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Townline Road, and then head south along a two-mile route. Learn more at


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