The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
June 14, 2019
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • URGENT: Save Water
  • Mall Town Hall
  • Lake Charles Plan
  • Road Work
  • Home Security
  • Arbortheater Concerts
  • Board Meetings
  • Crime Lab
  • Mellody Farm Events
  • FOID Discussion
  • School Permits
  • Congrats Rose
  • June Update Show
  • New Biz
  • Farmers Market
  • Calendar
  • 4th of July

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Site where CLCJAWA must make critical water line repairs near Lake Bluff.

Water Line Repairs –
Please Conserve Water!

Work Begins June 17

The Village has been informed that repairs are needed on a primary water line bringing water from Lake Michigan through Lake County to Vernon Hills. Work will begin on June 17, with plans to finish work by end of day on June 21, if not before.

While water will be available through the Village's stored reserves, please conserve and cut back your water use during this time to ensure that there is water available for essential needs. Lake County Public Works and Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA), which provides water to the County, will keep the Village and our residents informed – please be mindful and watch for updates, including any possible water boil orders that may needed during or after completion of this work.

More information is posted on the Village website (CLCJAWA Water Line Repairs to Begin). Please contact LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS for all questions and concerns between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 847-377-7500. LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS will notify residents when the repairs are completed and will update their website at


Artist's rendering of a portion of Hawthorn Mall's proposed transformation. 

Hawthorn Mall Town Hall

Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30p

At Former Carson Store

A Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Hawthorn Center inside the vacant Carson Pirie Scott store. This meeting will be hosted jointly by Centennial Real Estate Company and the Village of Vernon Hills. This Town Hall will be an opportunity for our community to learn more about the proposed re-development of Hawthorn Center.

You'll find more information on the Village website ( under Hawthorn 2.0 – a link is found at the bottom of the webpage. Here you will find artist's renderings of proposed improvements (including the concept that appears above), an outline of the review process (followed by all projects), an article entitled What is a TIF, and much more. These webpages will be updated throughout this long process. Another good read is the updated Retail Market Study and Store Strategy Analysis (February 2019) prepared by Melaniphy & Associates, Inc.

Note that this June 18 Town Hall Meeting (held at the Mall) will serve as a Special Board Meeting. To support this important opportunity, the Village Board adjusted the meeting schedule and will conduct their next regular meeting on Thursday, June 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

Lake Charles Water Project

Residents and staff have watched with concern as Lake Charles, located in Gregg's Landing, continues to fill in with silt, creating issues for algae blooms, pests, and most importantly the ability for our waterways to adequately handle storm water movement through the Village. During the June 4 Board meeting, Jedd Anderson and Darren Olson of Christopher B. Burke Engineering offered a report of their findings on the health of Lake Charles, as well as options for stabilizing and improving the situation.

The engineers explained that Lake Charles takes a huge sediment load that gets carried along the relatively straight, man-made Seavey Ditch as it comes through neighboring Mundelein. Once the water exits the ditch, it slows down and dumps its load into a delta on the northwest side of Lake Charles. (Unlike natural streams with meandering curves, the Seavey's straight banks facilitate rapidly moving currents, evidenced by the fact that many stretches of the Seavey have banks undercut by several feet, which continue to lose soil into the waterway.) Residents have reported that Lake Charles has already lost several feet of depth, while the engineers note the marshy edges will continue to expand until the entire area is a marsh unless action is taken.

As previously reported, dredging the lake In its current state will be costly ($11 million estimate for a whole-lake dredge) and ineffective. According to the study, the key is to stabilize the upstream waterways first to reduce the huge sediment load. An "easy" fix is to remove invasive Buckthorn, which crowds out healthy native grasses and leaves banks prone to erosion. Another improvement option is to install aerators in the lake to improve oxygen and circulation, therefore reducing the amount of muck and decayed matter being created.

Trustees directed staff to install aeration units at Lake Charles, and potentially at other sites around the Village. Village Public Works Director/Engineer David Brown will also reach out to stakeholders (Village of Mundelein, Vernon Hills Park District, Lake County, etc.) to see if we can begin working together to stabilize the entire waterway. More information is available in the June 4 presentation documents and the full engineering report

Road Work Update

'Tis the season... Here are a few roadwork items of interest, both near and a little farther...

Village Pavement Patching: Starting next week, the Village's paving contractor will begin patching on various streets. Work will be done as weather permits. Roads will remain open, though extra caution and patience will be required.

Village Road Rehab: The Village contractor is expected to begin placing the final layer of asphalt and a light application of prime/oil, as weather permits. Residents are encouraged to avoid sharp turns until the asphalt has sufficiently hardened. Please do not park on the streets during daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that this work can be done as quickly as possible. Reminder that the Road Rehab project impacts portions of Hawthorn Club, Gregg's Landing Augusta Green, Gregg's Landing Colonial Drive, River Grove and Georgetown Square. More information and updates are posted on the Village's Annual Road Rehabilitation Project webpage.

Milwaukee Avenue Lane Closures: The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) continues work to replace a large culvert on Milwaukee Avenue at Corporate Woods Parkway. At times, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The work is expected to be complete by the end of September. 

Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294): A major project that starts around the O'Hare exit will continue to cause lane shifts and intermittent lane closures. More information is available from the Illinois Tollway.

Travel Resources:  For information on the status of construction and general traffic, check out and

Home Security Suggestions

Going away this summer? Whether your travel plans are for one month or one day, unless the proper precautions are taken, it can also be a perfect time for a burglar to strike. The Vernon Hills Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit has compiled a few suggestions to help you strengthen the security of your home. Many of these suggestions are practical all year round – even when you are home. 

  • Stop all deliveries. A pile of newspapers or mail is like hanging out a sign telling others that no one is home.
  • Install and use timers. They are inexpensive and having one on each floor to turn a light on and off makes it appear as though someone is home. You can also use one to turn on a radio or TV.
  • Illuminate the exterior. There are several reasonably priced ways to keep exterior doorways lit including switch timers, motion detectors and light sensors on either the exterior fixture or on the light bulb itself.
  • Give a key to a trusted relative, neighbor or friend.  Arrange for that person to stop in to make the house look “lived in.”  Move the car in and out of the garage, open/close the drapes and blinds, and bring in any deliveries. Don’t forget to ask someone to cut the grass.
  • Never, ever hide a key outside!  You’re not the only one who knows that these things exist  – burglars do, too!
  • Do not post your plans on social media. This holds true especially if your home will be empty while you are away. 
  • Don't put your home address on your luggage tag: Don't show strangers where you live. If your bags are lost, they can find you faster with your name, cell phone and email address.
  • Schedule a Vacation House Watch. VHPD will check your house while you are away. Sign up for this free service on the VHPD website.
  • BONUS TIPS: No matter where you are, lock your doors every evening. Make sure your garage door is closed. Lock your car and make sure you don't have an extra key fob stashed inside (thieves walk around and try doors, then try to start cars – if the fob is there, your car won't be).
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. Remaining concerts:

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
Jedd Anderson and Darren Olson of Christopher B. Burke Engineering share their findings regarding improvements needed for Lake Charles.


Next Village Board Meetings:

  • Special Meeting/Town Hall:
    Tues., June 18 at Hawthorn Mall (5:30 p.m.)

  • Thursday, June 20 (new date)

  • Tuesday, July 2

  • Tuesday, July 16

  • Tuesday, August 13 (only one August meeting)

  • Note that the June 18 Regular Meeting has been moved to June 20 to accommodate the June 18 Town Hall Meeting planned with Centennial Real Estate regarding Hawthorn Mall's redevelopment. That Town Hall/Special Meeting will be held at the former Carson's building at Hawthorn Mall, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • 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...

  • Lake Charles Water Quality: As outlined in a news item above, Trustees and staff are looking at ways to stabilize and improve the water quality of Lake Charles, which is a key part of our area stormwater management system. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/4/19)
  • Crime Lab Membership: During the June 4 meeting, Trustees approved renewal of the VHPD membership in the Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Lab, at a cost not to exceed $37,154. Police Chief Patrick Kreis noted that the membership has grown to approximately 50 communities, who value the timely analysis provided by the lab. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/4/19)
  • Mellody Farm Special Events: Representatives from the Mellody Farm shopping area approached the board about holding a variety of special events at their central plaza. Upcoming activities include a Health and Wellness Fair (June 16 from 9 to 11 a.m.), a children's Movie on the Lawn (June 20 at 7:30 p.m.), a Bark Fest dog outing (June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon), a Health and Wellness Fair (June 23 from 9 to 11 a.m.), and Wednesday Night Wine'd Down (June 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.). The full list is available on the Mellody Farm website. Trustees discussed parameters for liquor licenses, training, etc. for those events featuring alcohol. Trustee Oppenheim also raised concerns about safety factors for children at that central plaza location.  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/4/19)
  • Fix the FOID Support: Trustee Schultz reminded Trustees of the tragedy of mass shootings. He expressed support for Illinois SB 1966, which attempts to strengthen our state's existing process for granting and revoking Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) cards. The "Fix the FOID Act" did not make it through the Illinois Senate before lawmakers went on break, but the call for stricter measures is expected to make it back for a vote at some point. Trustees discussed creating a Board statement of support. Staff will draw up options for Trustees to discuss and react to beginning at the June 20 meeting. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/4/19)
  • School Permit Fees Waived: Trustees waived site development permit fees for District 128's Vernon Hill High School project (approximately $19,000 in fees) and Hawthorn District 73's Early Learning addition to the Sullivan Center (approximately $26,500 in fees). (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 6/4/19)
  • Congratulations, Rose: The Village Board honored Rose Sheridan for her IESA 2019 State Championship in the 800-meter Cross Country race.

Trustees recognized Hawthorn Middle South 8th grader Rose Sheridan for winning the 2019 IESA State 800 Meter Cross Country race with a time of 2:20.31. She took second place in the 1600 meter race with a time of 5:18.


June Vernon Hills Update
Cable/Web Show

Learn more about your Community by tuning in to the Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show. The June Update includes a run-down of the many development projects underway around town, an opportunity to meet the Summer Celebration volunteers and hear what they have planned for this year's event, and a quick look at the Village's free Arbortheater Concerts and July 4th activities. You can catch up on all of the Update Shows, which are posted on the Village YouTube channel.


Here are a few of the new businesses receiving occupancy permits through Village Hall. Some may still be making preparations to open, but when they do, please consider supporting these businesses – they create jobs and sales tax, which supports Village services. (The Village of Vernon Hills collects no property tax.)



Summer Celebration!
July 18-21 at Century Park

Mark your calendars and make plans for loads of summer fun at the annual Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, July 18 through 21 at Century Park. Carnival rides, midway games, food vendors, children's activities, charity efforts, a refreshment tent – and lots of free live music.

This year's Saturday night headliner is the BoDeans, who will be joined by Trippin' Billies for a great show starting at 7 p.m. on July 20. Check out the entire schedule at And consider volunteering – you can sign up online. See you there!


Park District Military Day at Aquatic Center – Friday, June 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; free admission to all active/inactive military and spouses; fees apply for children (Park District Event)

Hawthorn Mall Town Hall
– Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at former Carson's building near main entrance (VH News)

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)

Park District GO VH Evening Walk – Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Century Park boat dock picnic shelter (GO VH)

Aspen Library Movie Matinee – Friday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m., The Upside (Rated PG-13) (Cook Library Events)

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)

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wednesday, June 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hawthorn Mall Parking Lot; Weather dependent (Motors on Milwaukee)

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)

Aspen Library Movie Matinee – Friday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m., Isn't It Romantic? (Rated PG-13) (Cook Library Events)

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

Park District First Responder Day at Aquatic Center – Saturday, June 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Park District Event)

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 GO VH Evening Walk – Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Grosse Pointe Park (GO VH)

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)

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wednesday, July 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hawthorn Mall Parking Lot; Weather dependent (Motors on Milwaukee)

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)

Little Bear Ribfest – August 16 and 17 at Century Park (Park District Event)

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

Public Works Open House – Wednesday, August 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Open House)

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wednesday, August 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hawthorn Mall Parking Lot; Weather dependent (Motors on Milwaukee)

Park District GO VH Evening Walk – Thursday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at Deerpath Park (GO VH)


Sign Up for the Parade!

Residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to march in the Vernon Hills Independence Day Parade, held Thursday, July 4 in the Deerpath neighborhood. Participation is free but you must sign up online before June 20. Get ready to enjoy a Star Spangled 4th in Vernon Hills!
  • 8:30 a.m. – Deerpath Drive closes
  • 9 a.m. – Parade begins
  • 6:30 p.m. – Big Fun Band at Century Park
  • 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Show

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