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

  • Pet Clinic
  • 2020 Census
  • SRACLC Partnership
  • Meeting March 16
  • Village Budget
  • Gardner School
  • Muni Golf Passes
  • Finance Personnel
  • St. Baldrick's
  • Advanced Disposal Chart
  • COVID-19
  • Free Gun Locks
  • Senior Freeze
  • Community Voice
  • VHHS Bowlers
  • Vote March 17
  • March Update Show
  • Folds of Honor
  • Kindergarten
  • Calendar
  • Restaurant Week
  • Change Clocks

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Low Cost Vaccinations/Microchips...

Pet Clinic - April 11

The Vernon Hills Police Department is again partnering with Lake County Animal Care and Control to offer a low-cost pet vaccination and microchip clinic on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Works Facility, 490 Greenleaf Drive, Vernon Hills. Services include one-year rabies vaccinations (with Lake County tag), distemper and/or microchipping. Nail trims will be available for a $5 donation to the 4-H K9 Krew. This is a cash, only, clinic. Pets must be at least four months old. Leashes/cages required. Let a volunteer know if your pet (or you) need additional assistance. Open to everyone, regardless of residency. More information is available on the Lake County Health Department Pet Clinic webpage.


Be Ready for Census 2020!

  • Census opens mid-March
  • Respond online, by phone, by mail
  • Check out the Census 2020 Timeline
  • Complete for everyone living in your household
  • Available in dozens of languages
  • Data is safeguarded – your answers are anonymous
  • An easy way to support your community!

Please support your community by completing the Census, and encouraging others to do the same. To learn more, visit as well as the Vernon Hills Complete Count Census Committee webpage, which includes a sample Census form

BE ALERT!  The U.S. Census will never ask for money. The actual Census does not require your social security number or credit card numbers. The Census will not send you unsolicited emails. If you receive one of these scams, please do not respond. If you have concerns, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. You may also call 911 and talk with a VHPD officer. 
SRACLC Partnership: During the March 3 Village Board Meeting, Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC) Board President Tim Nockels presented the Village with a plaque expressing gratitude for partnership in supporting residents with special needs. For more information about the mission and programs of SRACLC, including a link to donate, visit


Meeting Schedule:

Monday, March 16*
Tuesday, April 7
Tuesday, April 21
Tuesday, May 5

  • *Note that the next Board Meeting has been moved to Monday, March 16.
  • 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. 

Village Budget Discussions: During the next few Village Board Meetings, Trustees will review budget items and suggest changes in preparation for the next fiscal year, which begins May 1, 2020. Residents are encouraged to attend Board Meetings and review documents, which will be posted on the Village Financial Documents webpage as they become available. Note that due to time constraints, the budget discussion listed on the March 3 Committee of the Whole agenda was moved to the meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16. The March 16 meeting will consist largely of budget-related discussion.

Gardner School Project: On March 3, Gardner School appeared before the Committee of the Whole regarding their proposal to build a 16,055 square foot infant-through-prekindergarten facility at 2 East Phillips Road. School representatives presented information regarding their operations and changes they are willing to make to the building since their initial proposal to address concerns raised by the Village Planning & Zoning Commission (January 8 meeting). Given the nature and number of changes, Trustees sent the revised plans back to the Planning & Zoning Commission for further review and comment. (Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 3/3/20)

Muni Golf Passes: Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer shared with the Board Kemper Sports' request to consider fee increases for Municipal Golf Course passes, which will be part of upcoming Budget discussions. Trustees noted that the current fee structure has been in place for several years without any adjustments or increases. Golf passes are expected to go on sale within a few weeks. (Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 3/3/20)

New Assistant Finance Director: Martin Staszel was introduced as the Village's new Assistant Finance Director. He brings experience as a tax auditor for the Texas Comptroller's Office. You can reach Mr. Staszel at of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 3/3/20)

VHPD St. Baldrick's Fundraiser: Police Chief Patrick Kreis reports that a number of VHPD's finest will be participating in the Rock the Bald St. Baldrick's Fundraiser planned for Saturday, March 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at Hawthorn Mall. Donations are welcome. (Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 3/3/20)

Advanced Disposal Spring Rate Chart: As reported earlier, the Village has extended our residential waste/recycling contract with Advanced Disposal, with additional services including food scrap/compost collection and electronics drop-off being prepared for an April 1 roll out. More information is available on the Village's Advanced Disposal Contract & Services webpost, on the 2020 Residential Guide to Waste and Recycling Collection, and on the Village Go Green webpage.

COVID-19 Preparation: The Village and all partners continue to be in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Lake County Health Department regarding appropriate procedures regarding COVID-19. Residents should note that thorough hand-washing is probably the most powerful weapon against COVID-19 as well almost other illness, including the flu. The Center for Disease Control and other health organizations note that if you become ill, the best course of action is to stay home and contact your doctor for next steps. Find helpful links on the Village's Illinois Taking Preventative Action to Limit Spread webpost.

Gun Locks Available: The Vernon Hills Police Department reminds all residents who are gun owners to secure their weapons. To that end, VHPD offers free gun locks, up to two per household. Locks can be picked up at the VHPD Records Window, 740 Lakeview Parkway, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information is available on the VHPD Firearm Responsibility webpage.

Senior Freeze: Property owners age 65 and older with total household income $65,000 or less are encouraged to apply for the Senior Citizen's Assessment Freeze. Learn more by viewing the Senior Freeze 2020 Outreach web article. While we are talking about our seniors, consider getting involved with the Vernon Hills Seniors Organization. The group meets in the lower level of the Village Hall. And check out the Senior Taxi Program, which offers subsidies for rides with American Taxi and 303 Taxi. 

Community Voice Webpage: The Village has added a Community Voice section to the Village website. The page offers announcements and events provided by the community. To be included, please send your information to

Members of the Vernon Hills High School Bowling Team appeared before the Village Board to receive proclamations honoring their award-winning season. This group went all the way to the State Tournament, bringing home a Second Place trophy. Well done! (Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 3/3/20)


March 17 General Primary Election

Early Voting available now
Register ahead or at your polling site on Election Day

Learn More
Lake County Clerk Primary Election webpage
Lake County Clerk Voter Services webpage
Voter Information Guide
Confirm Registration & Preview Ballot


March Vernon Hills Update
Cable/Web Show

Check out the March edition of the Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show. This program includes an overview of the Vernon Hills Road Rehab Project, a discussion of the services that will be available from Advanced Disposal starting April 1 (including a new composting service), a reminder from Vernon Hills High School to complete the 2020 Census, and a quick look at the turf installation at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Watch all Vernon Hills Update Shows on the Update YouTube Channel.
Folds of Honor Fundraiser

Sunday, April 19
1:45 to 5p
Vernon Hills High School

More info on the VH Sports Club Cougars Facebook page
Learn more about Folds of Honor at


Attention Incoming Kindergarteners!

It's Registration Time

Children who turn age 5 by September 1, 2020 are eligible for public school kindergarten this fall. School attendance is based on where you live. Each school district has different procedures and schedules, with most schools requiring parents to provide proof of residency, a birth certificate, and other contact information. Remember, schools have no way of knowing what children are living in their district who might be ready to start school. Please be proactive and be ready for school this fall. Check the following links for information from some of our school districts.

Note that districts also require students to update each student's registration and enrollment information every year. Check with your district for more information.



Hawthorn Middle North's Raise and Shave for the Brave supporting St. Baldrick's Foundation – Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Middle North Event)

20th Annual Cougar Athletic Boosters's Annual Bash Fundraiser – Saturday, March 7 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Mundelein; supports VHHS athletics (CAB Event)

Daylight Saving Time Begins – Sunday, March 8 – Spring ahead one hour! Change your clocks and change your smoke alarm batteries!

Hawthorn Kindergarten Parent Info Meeting – Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Hawthorn Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive (Hawthorn D73 Event)

Screenagers: Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience – Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the VHHS Studio Theater (D128 free registration)

Citizen's Police Academy Begins – Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at VHPD, 740 Lakeview Parkway

Aspen Drive Library Hawthorn Art Show Opening Celebration – Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library (Library Event)

Rock the Bald: St. Baldrick's Fundraiser – Saturday, March 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at Hawthorn Mall (Hawthorn Mall Event)

CMPLD Mini Comic-Con – Sunday, March 15 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library (Library Event)

How to Draw Anything with Gene Ha – Sunday, March 15 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library (Library Event)

GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION – Tuesday, March 17 (Lake County Clerk General Primary Election webpage)

McNulty Irish Dancers – Tuesday, March 17 at Aspen Drive Library – doors open at 6:30 p.m. (Library Event)

Park District You're My Superhero –  Friday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

Legion BINGO – Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive – Last BINGO of the season! 

Park District Kids' Castle Dragon Egg Hunt –  Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. (Park District Event)

Bunny Rock 5K and Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Hawthorn Mall (Mall Event)

Park District Hoppin' Holiday Hunt – Saturday, April 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

Hawthorn D73 Strategic Plan Meeting – Thursday, April 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sullivan Community Center (Hawthorn Event)

Diamond Lake District 76 Kindergarten Screening – Thursday, April 16 at Diamond Lake School, 25807 Diamond Lake Road, Mundelein – Call 847-566-6601 to make your appointment (Diamond Lake Event)

Diamond Lake District 76 Kindergarten Screening – Friday, April 17 at Diamond Lake School, 25807 Diamond Lake Road, Mundelein – Call 847-566-6601 to make your appointment (Diamond Lake Event)

Hawthorn Mall Earth Day Expo – Saturday, April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. (Mall Event)

Folds of Honor Fundraiser – Sunday, April 19 from 1:45 to 5 p.m. at Vernon Hills High School (VH Sports Club Cougars Event)

Earth Day 2020 – 50th Anniversary – Wednesday, April 22 (

Park District Loop the Lakes 5K Run/Walk – Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. at Century Park (Park District Event)

Park District Family Kite Fly – Saturday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at Century Park (Park District Event)

Park District Pool Pass Early Bird Dealine – Thursday, April 30 (Park District Family Aquatic Center)

Hawthorn D73 Strategic Plan Meeting – Thursday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sullivan Community Center. (Hawthorn Event)

Vernon Hills Pageant Application Deadline – Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. (Pageant Applications)

Recycle-O-Rama – Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Hawthorn Mall (Event)

You Can Still Enjoy Lake County Restaurant Week

 Visit Lake County

Visit Lake County ( offers great ideas for visitors – and for us residents. You can still enjoy Lake County Restaurant Week, which runs through March 8. Check out all the area has to offer!

Set your clocks ahead one hour on March 8!
When you change your clocks,
change your smoke detector batteries, too!

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