The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
April 6, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Stay Vigilant
  • Zoom Board Meeting
  • Census
  • Budget Input
  • Park District Reminder
  • Garbage Changes
  • Resources
  • D73 Meals
  • Restaurants
  • GLMV News

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Dear Neighbors, Business Partners and Visitors:

With the extension of the state-wide Stay at Home directive until April 30, we are all learning to navigate a new way of life. We appreciate that many people are being conscientious about staying home and maintaining social distance as much as possible, and we remind everyone to continue to be vigilant. Now is not the time to relax our efforts – but rather we must continue all behaviors that “flatten the curve.” Working together for the good of the order we can protect the wider community and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you all for your patience and compassionate compliance.

Thank you, also, for your compassion in caring for our neighbors. We hear so many examples of people who take time to check in with others to make sure they are healthy and have what they need. We know many of you are making face masks, delivering supplies, donating to charitable causes, and doing everything you can to help make this time as safe and healthy as possible for everyone. Thank you for reaching out to care for others.

We all join in thanking the people who remain on the job so that we can stay comfortably safe at home. Thank you to our first responders, healthcare providers, grocery workers, delivery drivers, restaurant workers, municipal employees, gas station attendants, janitors, landscapers, sanitation workers, construction crews – and so many more essential providers who stay on the job on our behalf. On behalf of the Village of Vernon Hills and all of our partners, know that while we have changed processes and eliminated unnecessary contact by closing buildings, we are still at work on your behalf. If you need to reach Village staff or elected officials, please call Village Hall at 847-367-3700 or check the Village website ( for information and email contacts.

Thank you for continuing to follow the guidelines of the Stay at Home directive. Thank you for taking care of each other. Thank you for being such an amazing community. We know that at some point we will all be able to gather again, and we all look forward to seeing you then.

Stay well!
Roger L. Byrne, Village President 
& Vernon Hills Board of Trustees

Change due to health mandates...

Village Board to Meet via Zoom

Due to COVID-19 health mandates, the Village of Vernon Hills Board Meeting has moved to a web-based video conference using Zoom. We anticipate any future meetings held while Stay at Home Orders are in effect will continue to use this method.
  • Village Board will meet virtually at 7 p.m. on April 7
  • Residents are encouraged to join via Zoom to listen and watch
  • For computers, iPads and smart phones, visit the website, click "Join a Meeting," and type in Meeting Password/ID 779394 – or see invitation below for links and details.
  • Please provide input for Public Comment by sending an email to Input received before 7 p.m. on April 7 will be provided to the Board as part of Public Comment for the April 7 meeting.
  • View the April 7 agenda, which is also posted along with minutes of previous minutes on the Agenda Center webpage
  • As with all meeting recordings, the Zoom video will be available on the Village YouTube channel
  • In addition to the April 7 meeting, upcoming meetings are planned for April 21 and May 5
You are invited to a Zoom webinar

When: Apr 7, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Village Board Meeting - Tuesday, April 7

(Note that while the webinar will open at 6:30 PM,
the actual meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 PM)


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Password: 779394
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +13126266799,,542833099#  or +16468769923,,542833099#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592 
    or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833 
    or +1 253 215 8782
    Webinar ID: 542 833 099
    International numbers available:

More info at

Complete Your Census

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  • Input your mailed code or your address
  • It takes only a few minutes
  • Thank you!


Requesting Input on Village Budget

Residents are encouraged to review and comment on the Village's Draft Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21, which begins May 1. As proposed, the balanced Budget outlines $27,155,428 in expenditures, up 2.9 percent over last year. During the March 16 Village Board Meeting, staff walked through line items, and discussed the importance of monitoring revenue (primarily sales tax, income tax, food and beverage tax), since those sources will likely not only dip but also be tapped into by the State to help cover expenses that arise from COVID-19. Staff and elected officials are aware of the need to be extraordinarily vigilant and flexible, modifying expenditures and plans as the situation requires.

Residents are asked to provide their comments and questions before 4 p.m. on Monday, April 20 to Assistant Finance Director Marty Staszel at Your input will then be provided to Trustees for review prior to the Zoom Virtual Board Meeting and Public Hearing currently planned for April 21. Residents are also invited to virtually attend the April 21 Meeting. (Joining instruction and codes will be provided prior to the meeting.)  



Reminder from the Park District...

The Vernon Hills Park District reminds you that while paths are open for walking and biking, please be responsible and maintain social distance. During this time, we must work together so we can continue to enjoy the outdoors safely. As a reminder, all playgrounds, ball fields, and athletic courts are closed and the use of the play equipment is prohibited. If you are ill, do not visit the parks (or anywhere else, for that matter). Together, we can ensure that our parks and open spaces remain open, accessible, welcoming and inclusive to all people.

Garbage Reminder:
Everything Into Provided Carts

In response to COVID-19, and in an effort to protect both Advanced Disposal employees and the community, Advanced Disposal has joined with other waste haulers in implementing changes designed to protect their employees while continuing to serve the community:
  • All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in the company designated cart. Loose items outside of the container will not be collected.
  • All bulk item pickup/collection is suspended until further notice.
  • At this time, yard waste service has not been affected. It is expected to begin on April 1. While Village and Park District sites are now closed, individual yard waste stickers are expected to be available at other regular outlets, including Home Depot, Walgreens and Mariano's, or by contacting Advanced Disposal directly. 

For information or assistance, please visit or call Advanced Disposal customer service at 847-623-3870.

Resources & Updates

During these extraordinary times, it is important to stay informed – and to use reputable information sources. One of the best sources of information is the Lake County COVID-19 Updates webpages, provided by the Lake County Health Department. These webpages offer key announcements, Lake County illness trackers, emergency resources, programs for businesses and individuals, and much more. Below please find a few more links you might find helpful, informative, supportive – or just plain fun.
General COVID-19 Information

Help for Individuals

Help for Organizations

Volunteer or Donate

Fun for All

Please complete the Hawthorn Form for Meal Service During School Closure Survey to ensure enough meals are available for everyone. Thank you.

Support Our Restaurant Partners

Many of our local restaurants are offering carry-out, curb-side pick up, and delivery specials during the mandated closures of their dining rooms and bars. As you plan your meals, consider supporting our Vernon Hills restaurant partners – and all of our local dining establishments. Schedules and availability change, so please check in with each restaurant to see what they are offering.

Visit Lake County ( has posted a list of Lake County restaurants providing curbside pick up and carry out – please call to check on status as services change.

The GLMV Chamber of Commerce provides the following list of local member restaurants open for curbside pick up as of time of publication (click on the link for contact info and to verify what service is available):

While Hawthorn Mall is closed, in addition to The Claim Company and Maggiano's Little Italy being open for take-home/delivery (see above), Chef Yan Can offers carry out/delivery specials – and you can even order online and get curbside delivery from Barbara's Bookstore! 

GLMV Chamber News

The Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest, most active Chamber organizations in the state. On March 27, the GLMV Chamber held a Virtual Town Hall Meeting, featuring the Mayors of our local communities – including our Village President Roger Byrne – who shared each municipality's efforts to deal with COVID-19 and support our residents and local economy. The GLMV Chamber offers a variety of supports for local businesses – learn more by visiting Speaking of support, GLMV Chair Karen Kay Lavris raises a toast to everyone (while also keeping social distance) – "Be vigilant. Be safe. We will get through this and we will be better than ever."
The Lake County 211 Resource Center has support and information on a variety of topics. Visit, or call or text to 211.

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best”
– Duke Ellington

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