Early Sunday, October 22, 2017, the Lake Bluff Police Department investigated a report of criminal defacement involving anti-Semitic and anti-African American graffiti. The graffiti was spray painted at four different locations including two roadways, a driveway and a tree. The Lake Bluff Public Works Department promptly removed the graffiti. 

“It does not appear that the graffiti targeted any single person. But, we should all view this as an assault on our values as a community,” said Police Chief David Belmonte. “This hateful act has no place in this town and will not be tolerated. This Department will investigate the matter thoroughly.”

Lake Bluff officials are stressing that anti-Semitism and racism have no place in the Village. Reflecting on the on-going community dialogue surrounding short-term rental regulations and the= vandalism incident, Village President Kathleen O’Hara started the October 23 meeting of the Lake Bluff Board of Trustees by reading a statement.

“All of us must embrace and adhere to the guiding principles which define us as a community,” said O’Hara. “There is no other way.”

She cited the Village Strategic Plan’s guiding principles:

  • Take personal responsibility for the quality of our community
  • Act with integrity, accountability, and in the best interests of all
  • Demonstrate kindness, neighborliness and concern for others
  • Be inclusive, welcoming, and open minded
  • Interact with respect civility in all circumstances
  • Embrace a positive, forward-looking orientation
  • Cherish our history, culture and legacy of excellence 

“The Village Board is very concerned about what happened on Sunday,” O’Hara stated when asked today. “While the graffiti appears to be a random act, it is still nothing other than repugnant. This crime is completely inconsistent with who we are as a community and the direction we are heading. There’s no place for it. Period.”

Anyone with information should call the Lake Bluff Police Department Investigations Division at 847-234-8760 ex. 5.