The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
December 22, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Village Closed
  • Giving Options
  • Tree Recycling
  • 2021 Meetings
  • April Candidates
  • Objections
  • AllVax Site
  • Metra Changes
  • ComEd Work
  • Safe Driving
  • Parking
  • Winter Guide
  • Light Tour List
  • Best Wishes
  • Reach Out

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Village Hall Schedule
Village Hall and Public Works will be closed on the following days:
December 24
December 25
December 31
January 1

Best wishes to you and your family!

Thank you to all who donated to this year's Toys for Tots collection!

A Few Ways
to Give and Receive Help...

With so many in need right now, here are just a few organizations who would appreciate your help – and who are ready to help you. Thank you for your generosity.

Learn more about the Bears Coat Drive by reading the Chicago Bears web article – or support the Salvation Army with a donation.

Holiday Tree Recycling

The Public Works Department will begin holiday tree pick up and recycling starting January 4. Village crews chip all real trees placed at the curb, creating mulch for use around the Village. Ornaments, lights, tree stands and plastic bags must be removed. The following schedule is subject to change if bad weather moves in, as crews will need to switch to plowing.
  • January 4 – Neighborhoods north of Townline Road
  • January 5 – Deerpath, Stone Fence, Centennial Crossing, Aspen Pointe
  • January 6 – Plymouth Farms, Westwood, Grosse Pointe (including Grosse Pointe Circle), Olde Grove Farms, Villas by the Lake
  • January 7 – Country Club Estates, Hawthorn Club, Sugar Creek, River Grove, Sanctuary Point, Sarah's Glen, Writer Estates, Georgetown Square, Port Clinton Place, The Oaks, Woodland Chase
  • January 8 – Make up day

If you miss these dates, you may bring your tree to Public Works, 490 Greenleaf Drive, for recycling. The following week, Waste Management (formerly Advanced Disposal) will begin collecting and disposing of trees placed beside your regular garbage.


Holiday Garbage Schedule

Advanced Disposal/Waste Management reminds you that if your regular garbage day is Friday, your December 25 service will be pushed to December 26, and January 1 service moved to January 2.


Meeting Schedule
   Tuesday, January 5
   Tuesday, January 19
   Tuesday, February 2

  • In-Person Meetings Suspended: In response to public health guidelines, the Village is conducting meetings remotely via internet-based platforms until further notice. Log-in information will be published with each agenda and posted on the Village website. Public comment will be accepted prior to each meeting and read into the record – please send your comments to by 6:45 p.m. prior to each meeting. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 
  • 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

Items of Note...

Village Office Candidates: As of end-of-day December 21, the following individuals have filed petition packets for Village offices, and will appear on the April 6 election ballot. Thank you for your willingness to serve your community. Candidates are listed by position in alphabetical order: President (4-year term): Roger Byrne, Brian Lohse. Trustee (4-year term): Donald G. Kathan, Christopher Kelly, Thom Koch Jr., Michael Schenk, Catherine "Katie" Sultan, Craig Takaoka. Trustee (2-year term): Nancy Forster.

April 6 Election Dates: Candidate packets for the April 6 election were due by December 21. The last day to file objections is December 30. For information, contact Village Manager/Village Clerk Mark Fleischhauer at or 847-918-3550.

Lake County AllVax Site: Lake County residents are encouraged to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Lake County AllVax website - While vaccine availability will be prioritized and scheduled in waves, the County will use the AllVax registrations to organize an efficient, effective distribution. Though you do not necessarily need to register to receive a vaccination, Lake County Health recommends that you do register to better ensure an opportunity for you and your family. 

Metra Changes: Metra will adjust weekday train schedules starting January 11. Riders on the North Central Service out of Vernon Hills, as well as the Milwaukee District North and West lines, should review the Schedule Changes article for details. More information is available at

ComEd Underground Work: Deerpath residents are reminded that ComEd expects to begin replacing underground utilities starting January 14. More information, including maps, is included in the ComEd Upgrades in Deerpath Subdivision web article.

ComEd Tree Trimming: ComEd plans to trim trees around power lines near the Grosse Pointe area starting in January. 

Stay Safe & Stay Off the Naughty List!

VHPD joins with surrounding agencies and the Illinois Department of Transportation in urging you to stay off the naughty list by driving sober. Around the state, you will see an increase in enforcement, particularly from December 18 to January 4. Don't drink and drive. Arrange for a sober ride. Don't let others drive when impaired. And always buckle up. Be safe, everyone!

Notes from VHPD...

Vernon Hills will waive overnight parking restrictions on Village streets from December 23 at 6 p.m. through January 4 at 6 a.m. That said, all other parking laws (parking in front of hydrants, blocking fire lanes, parking in no parking zones, etc.) still apply.
  • Please park on the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered evenings, and on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered evenings. This greatly helps our emergency vehicles, plows and salt trucks.
  • For overnight street parking on other days, please request through the VHPD Overnight Parking webpage. 
  • Remember that on-street parking is prohibited for 12 hours after a snow of two inches or more.
  • If you are traveling and would like to schedule a vacation house watch, please visit the VHPD Vacation Watches webpage.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Shop, Dine and Enjoy Vernon Hills!

Thank you to everyone who supports our local businesses. While the Pandemic has changed our processes, there are still many ways to support our partners and neighbors – including curbside pick up and delivery from not only our restaurants, but also our local retailers. Check out the 2020 Holiday Dining, Shopping & Winter Guide for information about our shopping areas, restaurants and activities. It's a real page turner!

Download the Light Tour Checklist & Map

Please follow the Village on Instagram and Facebook.

Watch the Village YouTube Channel
for meetings and additional programming.

However you celebrate,
best wishes
for a safe, healthy holiday
and a happy new year!

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