The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
October 2, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Hearing Oct. 6
  • November 3 Election
  • Halloween
  • April 6 Election
  • Board Meetings
  • Garbage Billings
  • Good News
  • Overnight Parking
  • Shop/Dine in VH
  • Markets
  • Reach Out

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Artist's rendering of Centennial Real Estate's
preliminary plans for rejuvenating Hawthorn Mall


Public Hearing

Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment 

Tuesday, October 6 • 6 p.m.

Village Hall 
290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills

The Village, Hawthorn Mall owners, taxing body partners, business groups and the wider community have been working to determine ways to support the rejuvenation of Hawthorn Mall. One economic development tool available to support any redevelopment effort is to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which calls on taxing bodies to work in partnership today for long-term gains realized in the future. A TIF freezes property taxes at the level being collected when the TIF is created, then uses any incremental growth created by improvements over the life of the District to help cover the costs of things like infrastructure improvements for new roads, utilities, lighting, etc. By working together, all taxing bodies and the wider community benefit from the improvements that are developed over the life of the TIF.

October 6 Agenda
  • Presentation by TIF Consultant 
  • Public Comment

The Public Hearing will be held immediately before the regularly scheduled meeting of the Vernon Hills Village Board, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Board Meeting will be pushed back, should additional time be required for the Public Hearing. People attending the meeting will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. To accommodate social distancing, additional spaces will be open, including meeting rooms and other gathering spaces within the Village Hall. Other procedures may also be put in place to support public health.

The Public Hearing will begin with an overview by representatives of Kane, McKenna and Associates, Inc. Attendees will then be provided time to address Trustees. Those addressing the Board are asked to approach the speaker's podium/microphone, state name and home address, and keep communications to three minutes or less. In general, Trustees do not respond to each attendee in the Public Hearing setting. Those wishing to address the Board do not need to sign up prior to attending the meeting. Comments may also be provided prior to the Public Hearing by sending an email to Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer ( Comments/testimony received by 4 p.m. on October 6 will then be shared on your behalf by Mr. Fleischhauer during the public comment portion of the Hearing.


November 3 Election

• Registering
• Early Voting
• Polling Places

In light of the Pandemic, the Lake County Clerk's Office encourages residents to consider voting before the November 3 Election. Refer to the many Lake County resources available to help you cast your ballot.

Voter Power for Registered Voters
The Lake County Voter Power webpage is a one-stop resource for registered voters. Through this website you may request an early voting ballot, track your ballot, access your sample ballot, identify your in-person early voting site, identify your Election Day voting site and more. You may also track your mail-in voting ballot by calling the Lake County Clerk's Office at 847-377-2406 (847-377-VOTE).

Voter Registration 
If you have not yet registered to vote (or if you have moved or changed your name), visit the County's Voter Registration webpage for required documents and options, including online registration. "Grace Registration" is also available to accommodate registrations up to and on Election Day.

How to Cast Your Vote
Lake County outlines the following Voting Options, which include Voting by Mail (or secure drop box, see below), in-person Early Voting, or in-person Election Day Voting.

Vote-by-Mail Ballot Drop Boxes 
To support the "mail in" voting effort, Lake County has set up secure postage-free ballot boxes in several locations around the county – please refer to the full list of Lake County Ballot Drop Box Locations, including one at 24647 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. "Mail In" Ballots may also be returned to the Lake County Clerk through the Post Office.

Securing a Vote-by-Mail Ballot 
If you have participated in a recent election, you should have received your vote-by-mail ballot request, which you then use to request your actual ballot. You may also request a vote-by-mail ballot through the 
Lake County Voter Power web portal. Lake County reports that Vote-by-Mail Ballots/packets have begun arriving in mailboxes to those who have requested. Ballot are being mailed in waves over the next several days/weeks.

In-Person Early Voting Locations
You may cast your vote in-person now through October 16 at the Lake County Clerk's Office, 18 N. County St., Waukegan, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will also be able to cast in-person ballots at several Early Voting sites around the county starting October 19. The nearest location for Vernon Hills residents is William E. Peterson Park, 16652 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Prairie View (847-634-4600), with in-person Early Voting available from October 19 through November 2. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Review the full list of Lake County Early Voting Sites for the November 3 election.

Election Day Voting
On Tuesday, November 3, you may vote at your assigned polling place, based on your address. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For Vernon Hills residents, Election Day Voting is held at one of four locations – Christ Lutheran Church & PreSchool, Park District Sullivan Community Center, White Deer Run Golf Club or Vernon Hills Village Hall. Check your Voter Power profile to determine which location you are required to visit to cast your in-person ballot on Election Day.
Vernon Hills Park District Presents...

Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 31 • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Family Aquatic Center Parking Lot

The Vernon Hills Park District is offering a new way to Trick or Treat with "Trunk or Treat." Drive through the lot in your costumes in this alternative trick or treat event. Local businesses will hand out candy as you drive through – no need for you or your kids to exit your car. Feel free to decorate your vehicle as well! The Park District will also be taking donations for the Vernon Township Food Pantry. Masks will be worn by all staff and local businesses. Free event! More info is posted at  (You and your kids may also want to learn more about the Park District's Dragon Egg Hunt on October 10.)

CDC Holiday Celebration Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for safely celebrating Halloween, as well as other holidays. In general, we are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing, to wear masks, and to avoid large gatherings – particularly large indoor gatherings, or activities with people outside of our “pandemic” groups, since we cannot always know that others have been following social distance guidelines. While the CDC points out the risks associated with typical trick-or-treating, they do offer guidance to make it safer. Public health experts also note that typical Halloween costume masks do not help stop the spread of COVID-19 – so actual face coverings should be incorporated into costumes. Check the CDC "Holidays" webpages for more information.


Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has also released Halloween Guidance that is very similar to the CDC cautions. For instance, those who choose to participate in treat distribution should wear a mask, maintain at least six feet of distance, and consider placing individually wrapped, pre-packaged treats away from the front door with space between each treat to allow trick-or-treaters to safely pick up their goodies on their own without making contact with you or other kids. 

Village Trick or Treat Plan

Village Trustees will discuss any additional guidelines or suggestions for safe Trick or Treating during the October 6 Village Board Meeting, and that information will be shared after the meeting. We do expect that this year’s fun will need to be handled a bit differently, in order to take care of not only the children, but also those who hand out goodies. Resources, including printable door/mailbox signs, are expected to be made available next week.

Halloween activities and how the CDC ranked them on Sept. 21, 2020, based on COVID-19 risk. (Graphic source: KTLA)

Village Board Positions
Up for April 6 Vote

Petition Packets Available Now

The April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election ballot will include a variety of local elected positions, including the position of Vernon Hills Village President as well as four Village Trustee positions (three 4-year term seats and one 2-year term seat). Candidates could begin circulating petitions on September 22. The first day to file completed packets is December 14, 2020.

Packets are available at Vernon Hills Village Hall, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Interested candidates may also learn more by visiting the Candidate Services webpage provided by the Lake County Clerk. For more information about Village roles and responsibilities, please contact Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer at 847-918-3550 or Note that other local organizations (including Boards that govern schools, park districts, libraries and townships) will also have open positions in the April 6 Consolidated Election. 


Meeting Schedule:
   Tuesday, October 6*
   Tuesday, October 20
   Wednesday, November 4**

  • In-person meetings have resumed at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, beginning at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Note that masks, social distancing, capacity restrictions and other measures will be in place to support a safe environment.  
  • *The October 6 Board meeting will be preceded by a Public Hearing for the Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment Project, starting at 6 p.m.
  • **The November 4 meeting has been moved to Wednesday due to the election.
  • 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

Advanced Disposal Billing Adjustments

The Village contracts with Advanced Disposal, Inc. for residential waste services. Due to an oversight on the part of Advanced Disposal, the rate increase that was supposed to go into effect on December 1, 2019 was not implemented. Advanced Disposal has agreed to NOT backtrack to collect the 2019 rate increase from residents. The 2019 rate increase will be implemented for only October and November. Then on December 1, the new rates as agreed to under our five-year agreement will take effect. More information is available on the Village website.
Good News
  • Best Place to Live: Vernon Hills was recently named one of Money Magazine's Best Places to Live for 2020 – we earned the 27th spot. This honor is a testament to our terrific residents, as well as to all of the partners who work together for the good of the whole community.
  • Recycling Event:  Recycle-O-Rama returns this Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Hawthorn Mall in the former Sears parking lot. Recyclable items must be in your trunk clearly marked "recycle." Do not exit your vehicle – volunteers will remove your items for you. Approved items include monitors, laptops, cell phones, TVs and more. Paper shredding is also available – two boxes per vehicle until the shredder truck is full. Recycle-O-Rama is a partnership of SWALCO, the Village of Vernon Hills, the Vernon Hills Park District, Vernon Township, Hawthorn Mall, Advanced Disposal, ComEd, and Illinois State Representative Daniel Didech. Learn more about what can be recycled at – as well as on SWALCO's Vernon Hills Neighborhood Program webpage.

Overnight Parking

The Village has resumed enforcement of overnight street parking (which is restricted from 2 to 6 a.m. on Village streets). If you would like to request temporary permission to park overnight on the street due to overnight visitors, driveway repair, or other temporary situations – or if you would like to request an extended overnight parking permit – please make your request through the Vernon Hills Police Department's Over Night Parking/Vacation Watch webpage. Please note that the vehicle must otherwise be legally parked – for instance, not in violation of fire lanes, parked in front of a hydrant, or parked on the street after 2 or more inches of snow, etc. Thank you!
Thank You for Your Support!

Our local businesses do so much for our community, and so many folks rely on these restaurants and retailers for their livelihood. Thank you for continuing to shop and dine in town and around the area. Your support is greatly appreciated. Stay strong, Vernon Hills. We will get through this!
Donate Your Winter Gear!

GLMV Coats-and-More Drive

The GLMV Chamber of Commerce Community is gathering new and gently used outerwear – coats, gloves, jackets, hats, etc. for all ages. Items will be distributed to veterans and family members of former and currently deployed military personnel supported by the Midwest Veterans Closet ( Drop boxes are located at Village Hall, the Municipal Golf Course, the Park District Sullivan Center, DreamMaker Kitchen and Bath, Integral Medical & Rehab and other locations around Vernon Hills and the wider GLMV Chamber Area. For information or to become a drop-off site, contact Chamber Representative Carol Levin ( or visit This collection ends November 16 – but the needs of the Midwest Veterans Closet go on all year as the organization works to support veterans and their families. Thank you for your generosity!
Saturdays from noon to 5p
Sundays from 11a to 4p
Now at Rt. 60 parking lot near Qdoba

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"The best time to plant a tree
was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now."

– Chinese Proverb

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