The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
Nov. 8, 2019
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Midwest Vets Closet
  • Board Schedule
  • VH Opts Out on Marijuana Sales
  • Senior Taxi Service
  • 2020 Road Rehab 
  • Senior Center Election
  • Renihan on Police Pension
  • ZBA Opening
  • Road Closure
  • SWALCO Event
  • Waste Contract
  • Tree/Menorah Lighting
  • Toys for Tots
  • Library Open House
  • New Biz
  • Census 2020 Jobs
  • Update Show
  • Legion Bingo
  • Calendar
  • Middle South Veterans Breakfast

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Members of the Midwest Veterans Closet appeared before the Board on November 5 to thank the Village for their generous support. The organization serves more than 550 veterans and their families each month, providing everything from food to furniture. Director Mary Carmody also thanked the Village for starting a coat drive many years ago. That effort, initially spearheaded by Jim and Helen Heier, continues today as new and gently used coats are collected all year round at the Vernon Hills Police Station. For more information, visit


Meeting Schedule:


  • Tues., November 19

  • Tues., December 10*

  • Tues., January 7 (Tentative, pending Board Approval)

  • *There is only one meeting scheduled for December.
  • 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. 

Vernon Hills Opts Out of Recreational Marijuana Sales

During the November 5 Village Board Meeting, Trustees unanimously approved Ordinance 2019-144 prohibiting cannabis business establishments in the Village. Thank you to all who provided input.

During the meeting, Trustee Thom Koch reminded people that regardless of this Ordinance, as of January 1 recreational marijuana use will be legal in Vernon Hills for individuals over age 21 as allowed by state law. The law restricts the amount of product a person can possess and where a person can use – for the most part, a person will be allowed to smoke in their own home. Trustee Koch also encouraged residents to continue to be involved, and suggested they also focus on such issues as vaping or underage drinking. One advocacy group involved in such education and prevention issues is the local Stand Strong Coalition. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 11/5/19)

Other Items of Interest...

New Senior Taxi Ride Program: During the November 5 Board Meeting, Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer explained that the Village's new Senior Ride Swipe Card Program has been launched. With the new program, Senior residents age 62 and over, as well as residents age 18 and over with a disability, can apply to receive the card, which is similar to a debit card. Each month, the card will automatically be loaded with 16 cab rides worth up to $4 per ride (most rides within the Village fall in the $4 to $5 range). If a ride costs more than $4, residents pay only the difference. Riders will contact American Taxi or 303 Taxi directly to schedule their ride – resulting in more availability, flexibility and coverage. The Village will only pay for rides used each month, with an estimated cost much less than that of hiring drivers and handling ride scheduling. Applications may be downloaded from the Village website or picked up from the front desk at Village Hall. Eligible riders need to provide proof of age and residency (i.e., Driver's License, Passport, ID card, current utility bill, current lease, etc.). More information is found on the Senior Taxi Program webpage. Note that the Senior Shuttle Bus will continue to be available for medical transport purposes through April 30, 2020. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 11/5/19)

2020 Road Rehab Program: Public Works Director David Brown introduced next year's Road Rehabilitation Program, which will make improvements to roads in Sugar Creek, Hawthorn Club, Olde Grove Farm and a portion of Westmoreland Road. The Village will once again team with Libertyville and Mundelein in the bidding process to benefit from price efficiencies. Then in 2021, the focus is expected to shift to reconstruction of Lakeview Parkway from Hawthorn Parkway to the Post Office – a project that qualifies for federal funding. In general, Village streets are on a 25 year maintenance cycle to ensure that all roads stay in good repair. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 11/5/19)

Senior Election Results: The Vernon Hills Seniors Organization recently held an election. Congratulations to incoming President David Beckman and Treasurer Efron Catella. Thank you to outgoing President Grace Mikell, who has already been tapped by President Beckman to serve as the organization's Vice President. Learn more about the Vernon Hills Seniors and their many activities by visiting the Senior Center webpage. Meetings and luncheons are held in the lower level of Village Hall, with many day trips in the works. 

Renihan Named to Police Pension Board: Resident Todd Renihan was recently named to the Village's Police Pension Board. Thank you for your service.

ZBA Vacancy: The Village's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has an opening for a five-year term. The ZBA consists of seven members appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Village Board. The ZBA meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month if there are petitions for variances pending – generally five to seven times a year. The ZBA holds public hearings and makes recommendations on decisions and determinations regarding the interpretation and enforcement of the zoning, development and sign ordinances. Residents interested in being considered for the post are encouraged to send a letter outlining their interest and experience to Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL  60061.

St. Mary's Road Closure: The Lake County Division of Transportion has announced that St. Mary's Road will be closed from Route 137 to 176 on November 19 and 20 for crews to replace a culvert.

SWALCO Recycling: The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County invites businesses, schools and government offices to safely recycle old electronics on Tuesday, November 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at Lake County Public Works Garage, 648 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. Visit and the November 12 Event listing for information.

Looking Ahead – New Village Waste Hauling Contract: Staff continues to work on the next iteration of our Village waste and recycling program. Staff is expected to present an initial proposal during the November 19 meeting. 
Congratulations to newly elected VH Seniors President David Beckman and Treasurer Efron Catella. Pictured above are President Beckman and outgoing President/incoming Vice President Grace Mikell. Visit the Senior Center webpage for more information about how you can get involved.

Village Tree & Menorah Lighting Celebration

  • Saturday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive
Join your neighbors as the Village kicks off the holiday season with the Village Tree & Menorah Lighting Celebration on Saturday, November 30 starting at 4:30 p.m.  Stop by the Vernon Hills Golf Course clubhouse, 291 Evergreen Drive, for this annual tradition. Enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and cider, and await the arrival of Santa Claus, courtesy of Countryside Fire. Then head outside with our Village Queens and Mayor Roger Byrne to count down and light up the night. Thank you to our Cultural Partners for sponsoring this free event.


Toys for Tots

Drop Off New, Unwrapped Toys by December 9

From now until December 9, the Vernon Hills Police Department will work to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Last year, VHPD collected enough toys to fill fifteen huge boxes. Let's repeat that again this year – or beat it!

Toys for Tots is looking for new, unwrapped items – though toy weapons or food cannot be accepted. All gifts will be given to local kids who might otherwise not have anything. Keep our older kids in mind as well – some ideas include sporting equipment/bags/balls, books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons and hair straighteners.

Donations can be dropped off at the following drop box locations: 

  • Vernon Hills Police Department, 740 Lakeview Parkway – Open every day/all day
  • Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive – Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Vernon Hills Public Works, 490 Greenleaf Drive – Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


“We hope everyone joins us in making the holidays happy for children who might otherwise receive nothing,” said Patrick L. Kreis, Chief of Police. "It would be great if we had to empty the box every single day.”

Questions may be directed to Vernon Hills Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 847-247-4889. Thank you for your continued support!

Check out the library's new spaces, including the young learners area.

Aspen Drive Library Open House

Saturday, November 23
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
701 Aspen Drive



Here are some of the recent occupancy permits and announcements that have come through Village Hall. Please support these and all local businesses.

From Our Complete Count Census 2020 Committee...

What The Census WILL NOT Ask

As we prepare for Census 2020, you will hear more about how to go online and complete the questionnaire for your household. Actual online and paper surveys are expected to be available starting in March. Leading up to the actual Census, please keep in mind that a legitimate Census questionnaire or employee will never ask for specific identifying or financial information.

The Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Money or donations
  • Any support of a political party
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers

Remember, if you are contacted by phone and somebody wants this type of personal information, you should probably hang up. The Census Bureau, the IRS, ComEd, Northshore Gas – for the most part these organizations do not contact individuals by phone, and they will not ask for you to immediately provide money, gift cards, bank account numbers or personal identifiers.

CENSUS JOBS: The Census Bureau is hiring for everything from data techs to door-to-door surveyors. Hiring is already underway. To learn more, visit and check the 2020 Census Jobs webpages.

November Vernon Hills Update
Cable/Web Show

Check out this month's edition of the Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show, which includes an interview with Hawthorn District 73 Superintendent Dr. Peter Hannigan, information about the Village Tree and Menorah Lighting planned for November 29, a visit with the leadership at SRACLC, and a trip to the Arbortheater to watch local Girl Scouts create a rain garden. Watch all Vernon Hills Update Shows on the Update YouTube Channel.


American Legion Post 1247



December 5 @ 6:30p

(First Thursday Nights All Winter)

At Vernon Hills Golf Course,
291 Evergreen Drive
Refreshments/food available
for purchase

Have fun! Try your luck! Support our Vets!



District 128 Foundation for Learning's The Big Event – November 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mickey Finn's, Libertyville (Foundation Event)

SRACLC Annual Holiday Tree Festival Fundraiser – November 9 at DoubleTree, Mundelein (

SWALCO Electronics Recycling Collection for Businesses, Schools, Government – Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at Lake County Public Works Garage, 648 W. Winchester Rd, Libertyville. For businesses, only. (SWALCO event)

Cook Memorial Public Library's Grand Reopening of Aspen Drive Library – Saturday, November 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive (Library Event)

Village Tree/Menorah Lighting – Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive (Tree/Menorah Lighting)

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

Lions Club 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa – Sunday, December 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at Libertyville High School Cafeteria, 708 West Park Avenue. $7 per person, 4 years and younger eat free. For information, contact Sara Meline at 847-380-5841.

Park District Water Wonderland – December 20 at 6 p.m. at Lakeview Fitness Center (Park District Event)

Park District New Year's Eve Family Party – December 31 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

Legion BINGO – Thursday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive 

Park District Winter Fest – January 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Century Park (Park District Event

Lion's Club Village Blood Drive – January 18 at Sullivan Center

Park District Little Learners PreSchool Open House – January 29, 6 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event

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

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

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

Hawthorn Middle South

Veterans Day Breakfast
Hawthorn Middle South once again honored veterans with a wonderful breakfast program. This event began many years ago, thanks to former teacher Mary Castellano. Middle South has carried on this important tradition, offering students the opportunity to honor and to learn from all those who have so courageously served our country. We join in sharing our heartfelt thanks.


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