Village News

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The Village's community survey was conducted in October and November 2017 in cooperation with Lake Bluff School District 65 and the Lake Bluff Park District. Residents were asked to express their opinions about the most important issues facing Lake Bluff, satisfaction with the Village, the availability of senior services, and the effectiveness of Village communications. The full survey results can be viewed here.

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What do you think of our Library? Complete the Lake Bluff Library's 2018 Patron Satisfaction Survey between now and April 13 and tell them what you think.

All survey participants will have an opportunity to enter a raffle for a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Regardless of whether you participate in the raffle, your survey responses will be anonymous.

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Lake Forest High School will host an informational career fair on Tuesday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Area employers are invited to provide information about your field and career.

For full details, click here.

To sign up to participate as an employer partner, click here.

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When being scammed, a customer typically receives an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a utility representative. The scammer warns that the customer’s service will be shut off if the customer fails to make a payment – usually within a short timeframe through a prepaid debit card.

Scammers have even duplicated the upfront Interactive Voice Response system of some utilities, so when customers call the number provided by the scammer, it sounds like a legitimate business. Some of these scammers also use caller ID “spoofing” to replicate a utility’s phone number.

Red flags for scam activity

  • The scammer often becomes angry and tells a customer his or her account is past due and service will be shut off if a large payment isn’t made – usually within less than an hour.
  • The scammer instructs the customer to purchase a prepaid debit or credit card – widely available at most retail stores – then call him or her back to supposedly make a payment.
  • The scammer asks the customer for the prepaid card’s receipt number and PIN number, which grants instant access to the funds loaded to the card.

How to protect yourself

  • Utility representatives will never ask or require a customer with a past due balance to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection.
  • Customers can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank withdrawal, mail or in person.
  • Customers with a past due balance will receive multiple shut off notifications – never a single notification one hour before disconnection.

Don’t Get Scammed: You can avoid scams by taking a few precautions:

  • Never provide social security numbers or personal information to anyone initiating contact with you claiming to be a utility representative or requesting you to send money to another person or entity other than your local utility providers.
  • Always ask to see a company photo ID before allowing any utility worker into your home or business.
  • When in doubt, check it out. Be skeptical of individuals wearing clothing with old or defaced company logos. If you have any doubts, ask to see a company photo ID.
  • Never make payment for services to anyone coming to the door.

Anyone who believes he or she has been a target of a phone scam is urged to contact the Illinois Attorney General's office toll free at 1-800-386-5438 (TTY 1-800-964-3013) or visit the Illinois Attorney General's web site at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov and click on the link "Protecting Consumers."

If you have a concern about the status of your account, you can contact:

  • ComEd 1-800-EDISON1
  • North Shore Gas 866-556-6004

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.

Many families in the Houston Independent School District have been devastated by the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Lake Bluff's elementary and middle schools are collecting donations of new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms, school supplies, canned food, and bottled water that can help Houston students recover and prepare for the coming school year. Please, consider dropping off a contribution at either campus.

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