Village News

The Village's draft Biennial Budget for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 is now available. The budget will be adopted at the Board's next meeting April 23. 

The operating budget (all costs except capital and contingency) for the Village and the Library is $11.188 million for FY2019 and $11.110 million for FY2020, representing a 2% and 1.3% increase (respectively) from the previous year budget. Capital improvements represent 30% of the total budget ($4.89 million) in FY2019 and is 6% higher than the prior year budget. 

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Starting May 1, new 2018 vehicle stickers must be displayed on the windshields of each vehicle registered within the Village (including leased vehicles). You should have already received a renewal notice by mail. Stickers may be purchased by mail or in person at Village Hall (40 E. Center Avenue) Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For assistance, call (847) 234-0774.

The 2018 year's sticker commemorates the 25th anniversary of Lake Bluff's Farmers Market. All stickers will show the Market artwork; no additional fee or donation is required.

2018 Sticker Fees:

  • Cars - $40
  • Cars driven by seniors (age 65 or better) – $15
  • Trucks – $55
  • Motorcycles – $25

UPDATE: The Scranton Ave. driveway is open again in both directions. Thank you for your patience.

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On Friday, March 9, the Village's contractor (Structures Construction) began an approximately three-month long project to improve Lake Bluff's Metra station. Train schedules are not affected. The project will preserve the station's historic charm while adding modern amenities, including LED lights and bathrooms accessible for persons with disabilities. The project is funded mostly by Metra. Lake Bluff is administering construction, as well as providing a limited financial contribution. 

Project Schedule (subject to change)

March 7 – April 2              Masonry repairs; some outdoor areas fenced off

April 3 – April 23               Roof repairs; some outdoor areas remain fenced off

April 24 – May 3               Continued roof repairs and station platform upgrades

May 4 – May 31                Lobby closed for construction (bathroom upgrades, refinishing)

June 1 – June 31              Other miscellaneous tasks and project conclusion

 

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Did you know that ComEd offers FREE energy assessments for residential customers? You may be eligible to receive free lights, thermostats, showerheads, and more that can help you conserve money and help Lake Bluff conserve our natural resources. Click here for more information.

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Due to construction on a $15.5 million multiyear bridge replacement project between Clybourn and Evanston, non-rush hour schedules on the Union Pacific North line serving Lake Bluff changed as of Monday, March 19. 

Weekday service changes:

  • Inbound Train 362 will depart from Waukegan 10 minutes earlier, at 9:10 p.m.
  • Inbound Train 364 will depart from Waukegan 25 minutes later, at 10:05 p.m.
  • Inbound Train 368 will depart from Kenosha 10 minutes later, at 11:45 p.m.
  • Inbound weekday trains arriving at Ogilvie Transportation Center after 8 p.m. will have five minutes added to their run times.
  • Outbound Train 301 will be renumbered to Train 371 on the weekdays and will depart from Ogilvie eight minutes earlier, at 12:27 a.m.
  • Outbound Train 369 will depart from Ogilvie 10 minutes later, at 11:45 p.m.
  • Outbound trains departing from Ogilvie after 7:30 p.m. will have five minutes added to their run times.

Weekend service changes:

  • Inbound Train 822 will depart from Waukegan 30 minutes later, at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Outbound Train 821 will depart from Ogilvie five minutes later, at 5:15 p.m., on Saturday only.

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Lock. Your. Cars.

Residents who don’t lock their cars continue to be victims, and Lake Bluff Police officials again urge residents to take their keys and lock their cars. Gang-affiliated criminals continue to strike Lake Bluff and the North Shore. Often we find these auto-burglaries have one thing in common: the car is left unlocked. It takes less than 20 seconds to open an unlocked car, grab what is in plain view, check the usual hiding places for other items, and get away. How long would it take you to lock your car?

“We continue to see thieves take advantage of unlocked cars in our community,” said Police Chief David Belmonte. “We have increased our night patrols and continue to work with other agencies to stop these criminals, but every car stolen this year had the keys left in it. We are making ourselves targets.” The members of the Lake Bluff Police Department encourage these steps to avoid being a victim:

  • Lock ALL your vehicle’s doors and close every window.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car.
  • If you must leave valuable items in your car, place items out of sight.
  • Call the Police Department to report ANY suspicious activities, persons, or vehicles.

Do your part by taking preventive action and spreading the word. You can make a difference.