Village News

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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The below is verbatim from the Lake County Emergency Management Agency.

All questions should be directed to the Agency directly at (847) 377-7100.


Lake County has received a State disaster proclamation due to the widespread flooding in our region. This can open the door for federal assistance. Disaster recovery is a multi-step process starting with an initial damage assessment, which is now underway. Lake County is working with local municipalities and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to conduct the assessment. The US Civil Air Patrol is currently capturing aerial photography of the flooded areas.

We need a complete and accurate damage assessment report that includes damages incurred in both incorporated and unincorporated Lake County. The detail within this report will help determine eligibility for federal assistance.

The Lake Bluff Police Department wants to remind all residents to keep their car windows rolled up, doors locked, and valuables out of sight when your car is parked unattended. 

When riding bikes, be sure to lock them in bike racks, and keep them in a closed and locked garage overnight.

Lastly, if you see anyone suspicious, call the Police!  Together we can help keep Lake Bluff the safe community we all enjoy!

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The Village reminds its residents that the 2017-18 vehicle stickers must be displayed on all of your vehicles.  Be sure to purchase your vehicle stickers before June 1st to avoid a $50 citation and a late fee in the amount of 50% of the cost of the sticker.  Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.