Village News

The Village Board of Trustees will begin discussions regarding the 2019 Property Tax Levy at the Board meeting on November 25, 2019.

The Village will hold a public hearing on the 2019 Property Tax Levy in the Village Hall Board Room, 40 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, Illinois, on November 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the business of the Board shall permit. Anyone desiring to be heard on said matter should appear at said time and place. After the public hearing the 2019 Property Tax Levy Ordinance may be further revised and passed without any further inspection, notice, or hearing.

This is a copy of a legally required notice published in local newspapers. In addition to participating in this hearing, you can contact the Village with comments or questions about the 2018-2019 annual budget and property tax levy.

The Village kindly reminds customers of the Metra Commuter Parking Lot (east side of the tracks) to remember your ticket after making a purchase at the pay box.  This ticket must be placed on your vehicle’s dashboard to allow the Lake Bluff Police to easily read the ticket during their parking enforcement rounds.

From time to time, customers forget their ticket after making a purchase at the pay box. This may result in the police issuing you a citation, and may cause the pay box printer to jam.  In an effort to not inconvenience your fellow commuters please ensure you remove the ticket from the pay box printer and place it on your vehicle’s dashboard before exiting your vehicle.

If you have any questions regarding the kiosk, please contact the Lake Bluff Police Department at 847-234-8760.

LAKE BLUFF, Ill. (October 30, 2019) –Village of Lake Bluff officials announced today that Halloween will not be rescheduled due to a forecast of inclement weather. The Village’s trick-or-treat hours are October 31 from 4-7 p.m.

“Back in my day, I had to walk fifteen miles to trick-or-treat in the snow! Barefoot! Uphill! Both ways!” said Kathleen O’Hara, Village President and retired principal of Lake Bluff Middle School. “Our kids are avid walkers in the cold and will still be enjoying themselves in the streets tomorrow night.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting that accumulating snow and temperatures as low as 20 degrees may occur Halloween night.

“If the youths (sic) are feeling chilly tomorrow night, they are always welcome to get a free hot dog from the Lake Bluff Police Department,” said Police Chief Michael Hosking. “Our annual hot dog roast is a rain, sleet, snow, or shine event.”

Village officials wish everyone a happy Halloween, and encourage residents to dress warmly in the same manner they would for the other 269 days of winter in Chicago.

The Village of Lake Bluff is accepting bid proposals for an AUTOMATED METER READING SYSTEM INSTALLATION.

Description of Work. The work shall include the replacement of approximately 2,133 meters and 2,482 meter transmission units and supplying automated meter reading (AMR) equipment and software in the Village’s water system, all as more fully described in the Bid Documents.

Obtaining Bid Documents. Bid Documents may be obtained in three ways:

  1. At or at Download the digital Bidding Documents for $30 by inputting Quest project number 6556088 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at (952) 233‑1632 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance with free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information.
  2. In person at Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044: CD Copy, $5 non-refundable bid deposit is required prior to issuance of Bid Documents.
  3. In person at Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044, Paper Hard Copy, $50 non-refundable bid deposit is required prior to issuance of Bid Documents.

Deadline and Public Bid Opening. The Village will receive sealed Bidder’s Proposals for the Work until 10 o’clock, a.m., local time, November 6, 2019, at Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044, at which time, or as soon thereafter as possible, all Bidder’s Proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud.  Bidders or their agents are invited to be present.

Nothing herein is intended to exclude any responsible firm, or in any way restrain, or restrict competition. All responsible and eligible firms are encouraged to submit proposals. The Village reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to waive informalities or technicalities in any proposal, and to accept the proposal which it deems to be in the best interests of the Village.

The Village of Lake Bluff is considering amendments to its Sign Code for the L-1 and L-2 zoning districts to better serve property owners and tenants. The main purposes of the changes are to allow a sign or signs for each tenant in some situations, instead of limiting signs to one per lot, and to provide property owners with the option to get approval for a Master Sign Plan, which would eliminate the need to return to the Architectural Board of Review for a new approval for every tenant sign change.

The full text of the proposed changes can be viewed here. The proposed changes will be considered at the Architectural Board of Review meeting on September 3, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Village Hall, 40 E Center Avenue.

If you have any questions regarding this matter or wish to submit comments, contact Building Codes Supervisor Michael Croak via e-mail or by phone at 847-283-6885.

The Village of Lake Bluff, with the assistance of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), is asking our local businesses to help to reduce the costs of waste disposal by completing a brief, five-minute survey no later than Friday, September 6, 2019:

We will use the information provided to evaluate the potential benefits of contracting with a single waste disposal company to provide solid waste and recycling services for all Village businesses, just as the Village does today for single-family residences. Please know that we will not pursue such a program unless we demonstrate that it will lower costs and maintain or enhance the service provided to our business community. Based on the other 25 to 30 municipalities in our area that have enacted a similar program, we anticipate that benefits may include:

  • Lower costs. Among nearby Lake County municipalities with similar programs, 90% of businesses pay less for solid waste services thanks to economies of scale.
  • Stable rates. The Village has the negotiating power to enter multiple-year contracts, limit annual cost growth, and avoid fuel and environmental surcharges.
  • Increased recycling opportunities. Our Lake County peers provide recycling service at no additional cost to businesses.
  • Innovative programs. The Village enacted one of the first residential food waste disposal programs in Illinois. We hope to provide similar innovative options for commercial customers that can further reduce and redirect landfill waste.
  • A greener environment. By reducing the number of heavy garbage trucks on our roads, we can reduce carbon emissions and road damage.

Business owners who complete the survey at help us understand the marketplace for waste hauling in the Village today and the costs our business community experiences. This data will be kept confidential, but an aggregated report will be available for review. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works Superintendent Jake Terlap via e-mail or (847) 735-2310.