Village News

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The Village of Lake Bluff has approached the adjacent Rockland Fire Protection District with a formal plan to provide joint fire and paramedic services throughout Lake Bluff and the unincorporated community of Knollwood.

“Knollwood shares our tradition of volunteer fire service, just as they share our schools and our parks,” Village President Kathleen O’Hara said. “We believe our partnership will create a better fire department and a better future.”

The plan proposes a three-year path to a full-service Knollwood - Lake Bluff fire department expected to save taxpayers at least $500,000 over five years. At the same time, the plan adds a full-time presence who will serve as both firefighters and paramedics. 

“This joint plan solves the pressing need for financially sustainable fire and emergency medical services in both communities,” Village Administrator Drew Irvin said. “These changes would also allow us to implement some of the newest innovations and best practices and, by doing so, improve efficiency and outcomes for our citizens.”

The plan differs from previous proposals by the City of Lake Forest and the Village of Libertyville, where firefighters from other communities would be responsible for protecting the residents of the Rockland Fire Protection District.

“This plan can ensure we are served by local, connected, and committed Fire and EMS professionals that live and enjoy serving in our community,” Lake Bluff Fire Chief David Graf said. “These two departments train and respond together and, in fact, work even today as though they were one department with two stations.

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The Village of Lake Bluff, IL requests proposals for its Board Room Audio / Visual Upgrade project.

The full Request can be viewed here.

Inquiries should be directed to Glen Cole, Assistant to the Village Administrator.

An optional pre-submittal meeting will be held at Village Hall at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Sealed proposals will be received at ATTN: Board Room Audio / Visual Upgrade, Village Hall, 40 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, IL 60044.
Proposals must be received no later than Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. to be considered.


The Park District has been managing and studying the long-term viability of the Lake Bluff Golf Club for more than a decade.  The Park District Board now faces the difficult decision of whether the Park District should continue to offer and operate the Golf Club.  Resident input is important to the Park District.  As a part of the decision-making process, the Park District has scheduled two public meetings to give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts on the matter.  These meetings will be held Monday, February 26 and Monday, March 5.  Both meetings are from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Lake Bluff Park District Gymnasium located at 355 W. Washington Ave.


The Village of Lake Bluff's Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee will soon be developing a formal sustainability plan that outlines challenges, goals, and opportunities to make Lake Bluff a more sustainable community.

Want to contribute?
Take our survey - it only takes five minutes:

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Lake Bluff recently approved pilot programs that will allow residents to keep chickens and bees on residential property. A limited number of permits will be issued following a review by the Village's Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee and an inspection. Applicants must meet various requirements for each program to ensure public safety.

Click here for application materials.

NOTE: The form has recently been revised to reflect new March deadlines, due to the rescheduling of the committee's March meeting to March 22.


The Village's community survey was conducted in October and November 2017 in cooperation with Lake Bluff School District 65 and the Lake Bluff Park District. Residents were asked to express their opinions about the most important issues facing Lake Bluff, satisfaction with the Village, the availability of senior services, and the effectiveness of Village communications. The full survey results can be viewed here.