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The Village offers a one-time partial rebate of 2019 sales tax payments for Lake Bluff businesses that have suffered at least a 25% decline in revenues due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses:

  • Report sales tax within the Village of Lake Bluff.
  • Are physically located within the Village's CBD, L-1, L-2, AP-1, or S zoning districts.
  • Have no more than four total operating locations.
  • Are not part of a franchise system, are not private clubs, and are not home occupations.
  • Have suffered at least a 25% decline in revenues.
  • Paid at least $500 in local sales tax during calendar year 2019.
  • Was in operation as of March 21, 2020. (This does not exclude businesses that lawfully could not operate due to the Governor's Stay at Home order.)

Eligible businesses may receive a one-time payment of 10% of local sales taxes (excluding home rule sales tax) paid during calendar year 2019; minimum $500, maximum $5,000.

For more information and to apply:

Over the past three years, Lake Bluff’s Historic Preservation Commission (“HPC”) has engaged in a thorough review and strategic planning process to answer one question: “How can Lake Bluff better preserve and transmit its architectural history?” The HPC believes that updating Lake Bluff’s historic preservation regulations – which provide for the designation and protection of buildings and landscape features with special significance in the history and development of Lake Bluff – is an important step in answering this very question.

You can view a copy of the full draft regulations here, or an overview presentation here.

The HPC is not proposing to change Lake Bluff’s essential approach to historic preservation. While a property owner may be delayed in demolishing their structure, the Village will not follow other North Shore communities in having the ability to say “No” to a proposed demolition. Rather, the HPC has prepared revisions that will make Lake Bluff’s unique approach more effective at preserving notable structures and neighborhoods while respecting the rights of property owners. Specifically, the new regulations:

These proposed modifications to the existing regulations will complement other efforts to support and preserve Lake Bluff’s architectural history, including:

  • Interactive walking tours that highlight Lake Bluff history, including its landmark structures and areas.
  • New tools that showcase Lake Bluff’s complete set of historic surveys and make their results more accessible for current and prospective owners.
  • Awards that recognize the owners, architects, and builders responsible for thoughtful rehabilitation and restoration projects.

The HPC will discuss this matter Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. We hope you will join us to share your thoughts on the draft regulations or feel free to send written comments in advance to Glen Cole, Assistant to the Village Administrator. After digesting the feedback we will receive from stakeholders, the HPC will consider recommending these important changes to the Village Board of Trustees for adoption.

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We are pleased to announce that Lake Bluff is joining our neighboring communities in the North Shore Electric Aggregation Consortium (NSEAC) to provide residents with community solar subscription options through the CS2 Residential and Small Commercial Program.  The CS2 Program is a partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to provide residents an opportunity to support new renewable energy development in northern Illinois while reducing monthly utility costs.

What this means for residents:

  • In October residents will receive a postcard from the Village notifying you that they can place their names on the CS2 Program reservation list.
  • Once community solar projects are completed, residents on the reservation list will be informed that they can complete the subscription enrollment process on a first come-first served basis. There is no cost for residents to place their name on the reservation list, and residents can remove their name from the reservation list at any time.
  • Residents that choose to complete the enrollment process will begin receiving net metering credits on their monthly ComEd electric utility bills for their share of the electricity generated by the Community Solar project.
  • After net metering credits are delivered to subscribers by ComEd, MC-Squared Energy Services, LLC – the billing administrator of the CS2 Program - will bill you for 80% of the net metering credits – leaving the subscriber with 20% of all net metering credits. Your monthly bill from MC Squared Energy Services, LLC will also report how your participation impacts the environment each month.
  • Residents may terminate their Subscription at any time at no charge by simply notifying MC-Squared Energy Services.

Why did we help create the CS2 Program?

In 2019, NSEAC communities were proud to be the first local governments in Illinois to secure community solar subscriptions through the CS2 Program to support the operation of the 900 kW Rainy Solar Community Solar project located in Elgin, Illinois – the first operating community solar farm funded under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). 

Now that more community solar projects are under development in Illinois, we saw an opportunity for residents to save money, reducing the unpredictability of energy rates and support a more sustainable energy supply in Illinois.

The CS2 Program provides a safe and effective community solar option that:

  • Is available to all Residential and Small Commercial customers served by ComEd;
  • Requires no enrollment fee or investment;
  • Requires no credits checks or minimum credit score;
  • Delivers a guaranteed 20% discount on energy supply costs through net metering credits; and,
  • Allows a no-fee termination.

For all of these reasons, we are pleased to offer residents the CS2 Program.

For more details you can also check out our CS2 Program Frequently Asked Questions at lakebluff.org/CommunitySolar.

The Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake Bluff will hold a public hearing on the 2020 Property Tax Levy on November 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the business of the Board shall permit.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency and in accordance with Section 7(e) of the Open Meetings Act, this meeting will be held primarily virtually. At least one representative from the Village will be present at the Village Hall Board Room, 40 E. Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois, and the virtual meeting will be simulcast for members of the public who do not wish to view the virtual meeting from another location. Pursuant to the Executive Orders issued by the Governor, the number of people who may gather at Village Hall for the meeting is limited due to the mandated social distancing guidelines and limitations on gatherings. Accordingly, the opportunity to view the virtual meeting at Village Hall will be available on a “first come, first-served” basis.

All interested parties are invited to be present at the public hearings and to be heard. Those desiring to participate virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic may do so by participating:

Any person planning to participate in the hearing is strongly encouraged to confirm these meeting details by viewing a published copy of the meeting agenda. A copy of the agenda will be available for inspection no later than the Friday before each aforementioned meeting date at the Village’s website, lakebluff.org, on the “Meeting Packets & Videos” page.

After the public hearing, the 2020 Property Tax Levy Ordinance may be further revised or passed without any further inspection, notice, or hearing.

Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will remotely evaluate aspects of the Lake Bluff Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services December 7th-9th, 2020.

As part of the assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Due to current in-person meeting safety recommendations, the hearing will be conducted remotely via Zoom.  Members of the public may view and participate in the meeting by visiting lakebluff.org/CALEAMeeting (strongly recommended) or by dialing (312) 626-6799 and entering meeting ID 881 5133 9169 (Press # when prompted for a Participant ID). Additional instructions on participating in the Village’s virtual meetings are available at lakebluff.org/VirtualMeetingGuide. The Village cannot provide technical support.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so Tuesday, December 8 from 2-4:00 p.m. by dialing (312) 626-6799 and entering meeting ID 892 5568 9175. Callers will be queued and admitted one at a time to speak with the assessors.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Lake Bluff Police Department at 45 E. Center Avenue, Lake Bluff.

The Accreditation Manager and contact person is Deputy Chief Matthew Smizinski.  Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Lake Bluff Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write:  Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainsville, Virginia 20155.

The Lake Bluff Police Department has to comply with hundreds of professional standards across all aspects of policing.  “We as an agency understand the significance of the CALEA process.  We strive each day to deliver quality services to our community and CALEA is a part of how we do that” according to Chief Hosking. 

The CALEA process is based on a 4-year cycle where each year the agency submits proofs of compliance to the standards applicable to the agency.  Remote compliance checks are conducted each year to determine if the agency is staying in compliance.  Upon completion of the 4th year remote review, a final assessment is conducted by CALEA assessors.  Once the assessors have completed their final report, the agency goes before the CALEA commission to determine if they will receive accreditation.  The Lake Bluff Police Department has been an accredited agency since receiving our first award in 1999. 

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Lake Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainsville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225.  The commission can also be found on the Internet at www.calea.org.