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Volunteers are needed to serve as pedestrian crossing guards along the bike race route in downtown Lake Bluff. Volunteers are needed for the following shifts on Saturday, July 24:

  • 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 1:45 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 3:45 to 6 p.m. (high need!)
  • 5:45 to 8:20 p.m. (high need!)

Each person who works as a course marshal will be entered to win one of three $100 gift certificates for Bluffington's Cafe. Odds of winning depend on participation, but will be at least a 1 in 15 chance to win.

Please volunteer so the annual bike race can continue. George Russell, volunteer coordinator, can be reached via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (847) 722-0831.

The Village's 2021 Water Quality Report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water.

If you would like a paper copy mailed to your home, contact Village Hall by calling (847) 234-0774.

On the Bluff is a publication of the Village of Lake Bluff, the Lake Bluff Park District, and Lake Bluff School District 65 as part of ongoing efforts to cooperate, provide mutual support, and share services to increase efficiencies for our shared taxpayers. Please let us know what you think, and what you’d like to read about. Email or call any of the contacts listed inside.

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We are pleased to announce that Lake Bluff is joining our neighboring communities in the North Shore Electric Aggregation Consortium (NSEAC) to provide residents with community solar subscription options through the CS2 Residential and Small Commercial Program.  The CS2 Program is a partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to provide residents an opportunity to support new renewable energy development in northern Illinois while reducing monthly utility costs.

What this means for residents:

  • In October residents will receive a postcard from the Village notifying you that they can place their names on the CS2 Program reservation list.
  • Once community solar projects are completed, residents on the reservation list will be informed that they can complete the subscription enrollment process on a first come-first served basis. There is no cost for residents to place their name on the reservation list, and residents can remove their name from the reservation list at any time.
  • Residents that choose to complete the enrollment process will begin receiving net metering credits on their monthly ComEd electric utility bills for their share of the electricity generated by the Community Solar project.
  • After net metering credits are delivered to subscribers by ComEd, MC-Squared Energy Services, LLC – the billing administrator of the CS2 Program - will bill you for 80% of the net metering credits – leaving the subscriber with 20% of all net metering credits. Your monthly bill from MC Squared Energy Services, LLC will also report how your participation impacts the environment each month.
  • Residents may terminate their Subscription at any time at no charge by simply notifying MC-Squared Energy Services.

Why did we help create the CS2 Program?

In 2019, NSEAC communities were proud to be the first local governments in Illinois to secure community solar subscriptions through the CS2 Program to support the operation of the 900 kW Rainy Solar Community Solar project located in Elgin, Illinois – the first operating community solar farm funded under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). 

Now that more community solar projects are under development in Illinois, we saw an opportunity for residents to save money, reducing the unpredictability of energy rates and support a more sustainable energy supply in Illinois.

The CS2 Program provides a safe and effective community solar option that:

  • Is available to all Residential and Small Commercial customers served by ComEd;
  • Requires no enrollment fee or investment;
  • Requires no credits checks or minimum credit score;
  • Delivers a guaranteed 20% discount on energy supply costs through net metering credits; and,
  • Allows a no-fee termination.

For all of these reasons, we are pleased to offer residents the CS2 Program.

For more details you can also check out our CS2 Program Frequently Asked Questions at lakebluff.org/CommunitySolar.

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The Lake Bluff Police Department was awarded national accreditation on March 27, 2021 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). This is the eighth continuous award the department has received. The agency was first accredited in 1999. 

W. Michael Hosking, Chief of the Lake Bluff Police Department, stated, “there is value in the accreditation process.  Allowing an independent evaluation of the agency leads to growth and affirmation that we are doing the right thing.” 

The CALEA Accreditation Process provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices and approved by an all-volunteer 21-member Board of Commissioners. Lake Bluff's reaccreditation followed a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors. 

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Pedestrian and Bicyclist Detour. Starting Monday, May 10, the Robert McClory Bike Path will detour in Lake Bluff at the site of a bridge replacement project over Illinois Route 176 (Rockland Road). Future updates will be posted on the Village website here (lakebluff.org/BikePathBridge).

Vehicle Lane Reductions. The Route 176 viaduct will be reduced intermittently from two lanes of vehicle traffic to one lane only. Lane reductions will occur only between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Construction will also close the viaduct completely overnight on two separate occasions to allow for removal of the existing bridge deck and installation of the new bridge deck. 

Scheduled End of Construction. The original construction schedule called for the conclusion of work in mid-July 2021. Inclement weather has delayed the contractor's schedule by approximately 30 days, and work is now scheduled to complete in mid-August.