Village News

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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!

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You heard it here first: You can now auto-pay your water bill!

Click here to download the enrollment form.

Forms are also available at Village Hall, and one will be enclosed in your next water bill.

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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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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.