Village News

Adults, teens and children alike regularly use the numerous pedestrian crossings throughout the Village on a daily basis.  Crosswalks are located in front of schools, parks and downtown, as well as throughout Lake Bluff’s residential neighborhoods.  In Illinois, although both motorists and pedestrians are responsible for traffic safety, motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.  To ensure everyone is safe when crossing the street, the Lake Bluff Police Department offers the following reminders:

  • Look left, right and left again for traffic.  Stop at the curb and look both ways.  By stopping at the curb drivers will recognize you are intending to cross and will slow down or even stop;
  • Wait for natural, safe gaps in traffic before crossing;
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to be sure they see you;
  • Cross within the marked crossing area.  If crossing outside the area recognize that drivers do not expect to see you;
  • Be predictable and cross or enter the street where it is legal to do so;
  • Use extra caution when crossing at night.  Pedestrians will see vehicles approaching sooner than the driver will see the pedestrian; and
  • Always be cautious!  Do not excuse your personal safety for a false sense of security that could be cultivated at crosswalks.

Telephone Scam Alert

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of Lake County residents receiving fraudulent telephone calls from individuals representing themselves to be from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  These fraudulent calls are appearing on the recipients’ caller identification as telephone numbers used by the Sheriff’s Office.  Thus, it appears the victims are receiving a valid call from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, when this in fact is not the case.

During this specific scam, the fraudulent caller states they are calling regarding a complaint which had been filed against whoever answers the telephone.  The fraudulent caller then gives the name of an “investigating officer” and instructs the recipient to call a telephone number to reach that “officer.”

In these instances the offenders are using tools to “spoof” their telephone number.  Even though these offenders are not calling from the Sheriff’s Office, they can mask their telephone number to make it appears as if the call is originating from the Sheriff’s Office.

Residents should be aware when the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is requested to make a notification for an outside agency, a highway patrol deputy will be dispatched and will make the notification in person.  These notifications do not occur over the telephone.

If you feel you’ve received a fraudulent telephone call, contact the Sheriff’s Office to determine the validity of the call.

Safety Tips:

  • Don’t give identifying or personal information to anyone over the telephone, unless you have confirmed who you are speaking with
  • If you are unsure of a caller’s identity, ask for their name and callback number, then hang-up and verify their information via the Internet or telephone book
  • If a caller is asking for someone who isn’t currently home, simply tell the caller they can’t come to the telephone (versus informing the caller you could be home alone)

On May 11, 2015 officers responded to the Lake Bluff Middle School on E. Sheridan Place when school employees found 52 computers missing.  It appears that over the weekend entry was gained by breaking a door window on the west side of the building.  The value of the computers was reported at $66,000.

On May 14, 2015, officers responded to the Union Church on E. Prospect Avenue after church officials discovered someone entered the office area and removed several gift cards and cash.  The items were valued under $800.  It is believed the theft occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  The church was not locked at the time of the theft.

Police Chief David Belmonte stated officers are investigating the cases and these cases offer good reminders for all residents and businesses to remember to practice good security measures.  “We are fortunate to live and work in a relatively safe community where these events do not happen on a regular basis.  However, thefts can and do occur anywhere.  It becomes a matter of trying to take the best precautions you can to avoid being a victim.” 

The Police Department offers the following tips:

  • Lock all doors and windows. And, invest in a good, solid core door.
  • Keep shrubs trimmed back. If windows are visible, it’s easier for neighbors or police to spot a broken window. Also, consider “thorny” shrubs. If it’s painful to access a window over shrubs, that’s a deterrent.
  • Keep your garage door closed at all times. Not only does this prevent items from being stolen, it also takes away another sign that you’re home or away.
  • Get to know your neighbors.  Extra sets of eyes keeping a watch on your property, reporting suspicious activity, and helping keep you safe. Be sure and return the favor and keep an eye on their home, too.
  • Consider an alarm system. Most insurance companies offer discounts for alarms, and some systems also monitor for fire.
  • When away for long periods of time, use timers for lights to give the home a lived-in look. Leave a radio or TV on at a conversational volume level. Have a neighbor pick up your paper and mail, and accept packages. Ask that neighbor remove door hangers and other advertisements that pile up on the front door.
  • Turn on exterior lighting after dark. Use the same schedule for lighting when your away that you do when you’re home. Consider timers for exterior lights.
  • Think like a burglar. Ask yourself, “what would a burglar find when he looks at my house or business that would be inviting?”

And lastly, but just as important, anytime anyone sees ANYTHING suspicious, call 911.  The information you provide can help prevent criminal activity or even catch an offender.

If anyone has any information relating to the thefts being investigated, please contact the Lake Bluff Police at 847-234-8760 or you can provide anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 847.662.2222 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In December 2010, following a community-wide engagement of various Lake Bluff stakeholders, the Village Board adopted Lake Bluff’s first ever Strategic Plan – a document that will help define our organizational direction and assist the Village in how limited resources are allocated over the next five years.  In 2011 the Village Board, based on a goal priority matrix, established several highest priortiy goals from the Strategic Plan in order to focus Village resources and move towards atttainment of the selected visions.  An operational plan has been developed to identify and track the progress the Village makes toward achieving the 2016 Visions and to report the progress to the Board, stakeholders and the community overall.

Visions for 2016
  • Unparalleled quality of life across all neighborhoods fosters stability and well-being for our stakeholders;
  • Engagement and volunteerism are the essence of our community culture;
  • High-quality, cost-effective municipal services meet community needs and position the Village for future success;
  • Our business climate sustains a robust and stable local economy;
  • People move with ease on foot, bicycle and by automobile in a safe, accessible and well-connected system of sidewalks, paths and roads; 
  • Housing stock diversity and strong property values serve residents at all stages of life; and
  • Environmental steweardship enhances the natural beauty of the community.

To view a copy of Operational Plan Updates, please click the links below:

Operational Plan Update: December 8, 2014

Operational Plan Update: October 26, 2013

Operational Plan Update: February 2, 2013

Operational Plan Update: June 11, 2012