Village News

The Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake Bluff will hold a public hearing on the 2021 Property Tax Levy in the Village Hall Board Room, 40 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, Illinois, on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the business of the Board shall permit. 

All interested parties are invited to be present at the public hearings and to be heard. Those desiring to participate may do so:

            1.         By appearing in person at the Village Hall Board Room, 40 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff.

            2.         Via video conference at lakebluff.org/VirtualMeeting.

            3.         Via teleconference at (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 849 3250 5127.

            4.         By emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 and petition will be available for inspection no later than the Friday before the aforementioned meeting date on the “Meeting Packets & Videos” page.

After the public hearing, the 2021 Property Tax Levy Ordinance may be further revised and passed without any further inspection, notice, or hearing.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Illinois and throughout the country due to the introduction of the more contagious Delta variant. In late July, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health updated their guidance for fully vaccinated people:

  • Fully vaccinated people should wear masks in high transmission areasIn areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 residents per week, everyone should wear a mask over their nose and mouth while in public. Most of Chicagoland, including Lake County, meets this definition.
     
  • Fully vaccinated people exposed to COVID-19 should be tested: Seek a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after exposure. Wear a mask indoors in public until you receive a negative result. If you are not tested, wear a mask indoors until 14 days after exposure.
     
  • What stays the same: People who are not fully vaccinated should always wear masks in indoor public places. If you are feeling ill, you should isolate at home and seek testing for COVID-19.

At this time, there are no state or local emergency orders that require the use of face masks while in public. 


Vaccinations are the best way to keep our families, schools, and businesses safe from COVID-19. Over 99% of COVID-19 deaths in Illinois are now unvaccinated people. Over 160 million Americans have been safely vaccinated. You may have heard about "breakthrough infections" - these happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant, and these infections tend to be mild. You can also obtain vaccinations free locally through Lake County, Walgreens, and Jewel-Osco. Appointments are typically available on the same day. 

Questions regarding vaccine administration in our area should be directed to the Lake County Health Department or your healthcare provider. The Village of Lake Bluff does not have a direct role in administering the vaccine.

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The Lake Bluff Police Department was awarded national accreditation on March 27, 2021 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). This is the eighth continuous award the department has received. The agency was first accredited in 1999. 

W. Michael Hosking, Chief of the Lake Bluff Police Department, stated, “there is value in the accreditation process.  Allowing an independent evaluation of the agency leads to growth and affirmation that we are doing the right thing.” 

The CALEA Accreditation Process provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices and approved by an all-volunteer 21-member Board of Commissioners. Lake Bluff's reaccreditation followed a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors. 

On Friday, July 30, the Robert McClory Bike Path Bridge reopened to pedestrians and cyclists with a temporary safety railing. A permanent railing will be installed in August. Future updates will be posted on the Village website here (lakebluff.org/BikePathBridge).

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The Village of Lake Bluff has approved a 36-month agreement with MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2) to resume its electrical aggregation program. Participating residential and small business customers will not pay more than the ComEd monthly published rate while providing Lake Bluff an annual Civic Contribution of $30,000 that will help support local sustainability and other programs. This Civic Contribution is created by supplying some, but not all, of Lake Bluff’s residential and small business customers with electricity from mc2 rather than ComEd.

How to Participate

You are not required to do anything to participate in the Electric Aggregation Program. Unless you act to the contrary, mc2 will automatically enroll you in the type of service that is most advantageous to our electricity aggregation program. There are no phone calls or door-to-door solicitations.

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For More Information

  • Visit pluginillinois.org. This website is operated by the Illinois Commerce Commission, which is Illinois’ state electricity regulator.
  • Email mc2 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Call (855) 697-0286, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Construction in downtown Lake Bluff starts Monday, October 4.


This fall, we're rebuilding part of Lake Bluff's downtown to be better than ever. This project will rebuild the streetscape and pedestrian improvements on Scranton Avenue between Walnut and Oak Avenues, as well as part of East Center Avenue across from the Village Green. You can click here to view all of the planned improvements, which include:

  • Road resurfacing.
  • Replacement of all sidewalks.
  • Enlarging pedestrian spaces at intersections.
  • Crosswalk improvements.
  • New seat walls and street furniture (benches, waste receptacles, bicycle racks).
  • New festoon lighting.

Construction will occur Monday through Friday and Saturdays as needed. Businesses and the road will remain open at all times this fall, as will on-street parking stalls on at least one side of the street at any given time. Daytime parking at the Lake Bluff Metra station (one block away) is free during the construction project. 

Project Schedule

All dates are subject to change.

Date Milestone
Monday, October 4 Hardscape construction begins on the north side of Scranton Avenue.
Wednesday, October 20 Hardscape construction ends on north side; begins on south side of Scranton Avenue.
Early November Hardscape construction ends on south side; begins on east side of Center Avenue.
Winter 2021-2022 New lighting installation.
Spring 2022 Road resurfacing; street furniture installation.

Contact

Contact Jeff Hansen, Village Engineer with questions or concerns via e-mail or at (847) 283-6884.