Village News

On March 18, 2020, the Village entered a state of civil emergency. You can read the emergency proclamation here.

The proclamation does four things. It...

  • Allows emergency purchases by the Village administration.
  • Allows emergency staffing.
  • Directs the Village administration to cooperate with other agencies in addressing COVID-19.
  • Closes all physical fitness facilities and membership sports clubs effective March 19, 2020.


The Village's draft update of the Biennial Budget for fiscal year 2022 is now available. The budget must be adopted prior to the Village's next fiscal year starting May 1, 2021. 

A public hearing and first reading of the budget will occur at the April 12 virtual meeting of the Village Board.

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:

The annual vehicle licensing period begins on May 1st of each year and ends on April 30th of the following year. Stickers must be displayed by May 1st or within 7 days of obtaining a vehicle. Once the sticker is received, please affix firmly to the front passenger side of the window. After May 31st a penalty fee in the amount of 50% of the license application fee will be assessed to the cost of the license application.

License Type Fee
Passenger Car $40.00
Truck $55.00
Motorcycles $25.00
Reduced rate for seniors 65 or better $15.00
Reduced rate for college students with vehicles away from home 50%
Reduced rate for Illinois "EL" (Electric Vehicle) license plates Full waiver
Fee to transfer license $0.00
Late Fee 50% of license fee

There is no additional charge for a transfer license on a newly acquired vehicle of the same category as the previous vehicle. This new license shall be issued for the remainder of the unexpired term of the existing license. All license fees are prorated 50% for vehicles acquired or residents moving into the Village between November 1st and April 30th.

Applications may be mailed in or dropped off in the Village's white mail box (no postage required), conveniently located on the west bound side of E. Center Avenue, across from Village Hall. Residents may also stop by Village Hall, (40 E. Center Avenue) to register for a vehicle license.

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.