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

 

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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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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.

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The Village is forming a committee to plan the celebration of the Village’s 125th anniversary, which will occur on Sept. 21, 2020.

This anniversary is a unique chance to honor our past, celebrate the present, and embrace the future of Lake Bluff through civic pride and partnerships. The committee will plan events, projects, and activities to celebrate the quasquicentennial of Lake Bluff alongside our residents, businesses, and civic organizations.

Interested residents should submit an application to Village Hall.

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Monday night, we honored Janet and Herb Nelson with the Phyllis Albrecht Award for Distinguished Service to Lake Bluff.

They've been in Lake Bluff for 57 years and have been building our community ever since.

Congratulations again!