People Planning with Pride
Vernon Hills Village Voice
The Official Newsletter of the Village of Vernon Hills
Inside… Summer Celebration
• IDOT Projects
• VH Road Rehabilitation July 16-19 at Century Park
• No Sparklers Allowed • Midway rides and games...
• New Businesses THURSDAY, JULY 16
• Free Children’s Time activities...
Midway Opens . . . . . . . . .6 p.m.
• Senior Shuttle Changes • Lots of food and refreshments...
Hi Infidelity . . . . . . . . . .7 p.m.
• Phosphorous Fertilizer Ban • Thursday night fireworks show... Named “Best Classic Rock Band”
by NiteLife Magazine for 6 years.
• Green Tips • And fabulous FREE concerts! Fireworks . . . . . . . . .9:30 p.m.
• 4th of July Schedule
Vernon Hills’ Summer Celebration, July 16-19, is one Grounds Close . . . . . . . . .10 p.m.
• Arbortheater Line Up of the counties largest summertime events and one of
FRIDAY, JULY 17
• National Night Out the best places for family friendly fun. As always, the
Midway Opens . . . . . . . . .6 p.m.
Celebration grounds north of Route 60 on Lakeview
• New VH Queens
Parkway will feature food, rides, children’s activities That Eighties Band . . . .7 p.m.
Billy Idol, The Romantics, Joan Jett
and free concerts.
Mike & Joe . . . . . . . . . . .9 p.m.
“In light of the economy, we have scaled back from the Midwest favorite. Maroon 5, U2,
Dave Matthews and originals.
big names that cost a ton,” notes Chairperson Ina
Vernon Hills Grounds Close . . . . . . . . .12 a.m.
bands will be great.
SATURDAY, JULY 18
Saturday, July 4 In fact, Saturday’s
Midway Opens . . . . . . . . .1 p.m.
band is really
Thursday, July 16 Children’s Time . . . . . .1 to 3 p.m.
three bands in one,
Closest view: Century Park offering costumed Rock & Roll American Rock & Roll . .8 p.m.
as ZZ Top Three different tribute shows cover
at Big Bear Lake tributes to The
The Eagles, ZZ Top and CCR.
Eagles, ZZ Top and
Run Grounds Close . . . . . . . . .12 a.m.
from the Cops Clearwater SUNDAY, JULY 19
5K Run/Walk Revival. There’s
Run from the Cops 5K . .8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. something for
Sunday, July 19 Petting Zoo . . . . . .noon to 3 p.m.
Midway Opens . . . . . . . . .1 p.m.
Proceeds benefit Sentinels of
Freedom, an injured veterans Children’s Time . . . . . .1 to 3 p.m.
support group. Free parking is Band South of Disorder . . . . .7 p.m.
www.vhpd.com available in Calling all Parrotheads – chill to
Westfield Hawthorn’s upper lot near Macy’s. Free island tunes and classic Buffet.
Special Events Hotline
shuttle service will be provided between this lot and the Grounds Close . . . . . . . . . .9 p.m.
Entertainment and schedule subject to
Concerts feature lawn seating – first come, change without notice. Recording of
first served. Please leave all pets, outside food
and beverage, and coolers at home. Violators
For updated information performances is prohibited.
will be asked to leave the celebration. www.vernonhills.org/special_events
From the Mayor… From the Boardroom…
IN THE NEWS
Thank You! Rt. 45, Library Progress and More
Thank you to all of the volunteers, Here are some topics covered during recent impacted by tollway improvements. Visit
business partners and other sup- Village Board meetings. Meetings are the first www.lakecountypassages.com for updates.
porters for making our summer and third Tuesday each month, and rebroadcast
• ZF Industries’ 128,000 square foot addition
events possible. Even during tough on Comcast Channel 4 and AT&T Channel 99.
to their Corporate Woods facility is being fast-
economic times, people continue to The schedule is posted at www.vernonhills.org/
tracked for October occupancy.
step up with expertise and contribu- Channel4/ProgramSchedule.asp.
tions toward everything from the • The first Jesse W. Goldsmith Memorial
• The widening of Route 45 from Route 60
ACS Relay for Life Luncheon to the Scholarships were awarded to Kaitlyn Van
to Route 22 has been the topic of numerous
Vernon Hills Pageant to the 4th of Ostran of Hillsboro High School and Neil
Illinois Department of Transportation and
July Parade. We thank you! Desai of Vernon Hills High School. The $1000
Village meetings, including IDOT’s June 16
awards honor the memory of Officer
I encourage all of our residents to presentation held after the Village board
Goldsmith, who passed away last year.
meeting. IDOT is completing Phase I of a
get involved and make connections
long process to add driving, turning and bike • VHPD Officer Ken Maier was awarded a
here in our great Village. Take
lanes to Route 45. Although funding for the Life Saving medal from the Libertyville Police
advantage of all we have to offer!
Phase 2 study has been secured, no construc- department for his response during a January
I look forward to seeing you around tion funds have been allocated. Actual con- structure fire in Libertyville.
the Village… struction is not anticipated to begin for two
and half or more years. • Village leaders are discussing options for
ensuring the preservation of quality trees.
• More immediately, road resurfacing is
underway on Route 60 between Route 21 • Cook Library is ready to install structural
steel on the Aspen Drive site and has shifted
IN BUSINESS… and the Tri-State Tollway. Expect delays
from now until the end of September. Cook Park operations to a temporary site on
Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville. In an effort
Please support our local businesses by • The area around the intersection of to serve the community, Cook requested the
shopping in town. It keeps our economy Milwaukee and Routes 45 and 22 as well opportunity to expand Evergreen Library
strong and supports our community – a as the Route 22 ramp to the tollway will be hours (see page 5 for the schedule).
percent of all sales tax collected from
local businesses funds Village services.
Here are a few business openings, as Road Rehab: Lakeview & Stone Fence
taken from recent permit requests.
This year’s Village Road Rehabilitation The Stone Fence Farm portion is expected
• Dr. Joel Okner, 565 Lakeview, #108 project, funded through approximately to run from July 6 through mid-August. The
• Fiamma Pizzeria & Pasta $1 million in Motor Fuel Tax Funds, targets improvement strategy is similar to the
(formerly Portofino), 102 Hawthorn Lakeview Parkway and Stone Fence Farms. Lakeview Parkway repairs. One lane of
Parkway traffic will be left open at all times.
The Lakeview Parkway portion of the proj-
• Hawthorn Fashion Square: ect is underway and will be complete before Note that the contractor will not be per-
• O’Reilly’s Furniture July 3. The section of that roadway from forming private contract work (driveway
• Westfield Hawthorn Center: Center Drive north to the railroad tracks is pours). For more information, contact
• Clark Street Sports (relocated) being milled and resurfaced with fresh Village Engineer David Brown at
• Gold Rush (cart) asphalt. Work also includes improvements to firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-918-3562.
• Sam’s Club Membership (cart) curb and gutter, drainage, and markings.
Celebrate Without Sparklers!
The Vernon Hills Police remind residents that novelty “fireworks” items are not safe –
and are, in fact, illegal to use or even possess in Vernon Hills and most other Illinois
communities. Be smart and stay away from M-80s, cherry bombs, firecrackers and
sparklers, which cause countless injuries each summer, including blindness. If staying
safe isn’t enough reason, please note that VHPD will enforce the no fireworks rules –
and that includes sparklers!
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Senior Shuttle Schedule Adjustments
“In an effort to be able to effectively Also, the Village has worked with
serve the most people while working with senior bus riders to more clearly define
finite resources, we’ve worked out a more the boundaries of service.
set schedule for the free Vernon Hills
When it comes to shopping, the bus
Senior Shuttle Bus,” notes Village
will stay within the Village limits
Manager Mike Allison.
(where you can find just about Drivers Cecil Blevins and Jeff Peterson
Vernon Hills residents age 55 and older anything you’d ever want to buy!). deliver a smooth ride and door-to-door
service on the free Senior Shuttle.
will still be able to take advantage of free For medical appointments and other
door-to-door service on the shuttle, how- trips, the bus will travel as far north as explains Village Manager Mike Allison.
ever in order to ensure that everyone can Route 176, west to Route 45/83, south “We are grateful for the time, thought
be served, residents are asked to schedule to Route 22, and east to the Des and effort that went into analyzing
their trips according to a simple schedule: Plaines River. This accommodates options and making this adjustment.”
most medical offices associated with
• Mondays and Fridays – medical visits Getting scheduled on the shuttle is still
Condell as well as the Cook and
• Tuesdays and Thursdays – shopping Vernon Area Libraries. as simple as calling the Village Hall at
847-367-3700 at least 24 hours in
• Wednesdays – combination of medical “Our senior representatives worked advance. If you have questions, please
visits and shopping, as time permits. closely with us on these adjustments,” call Village Hall.
“Green” Tips for Your
No Phosphorus Fertilizer Green Spaces
• Limit your outside watering. In fact, Lake
The Village has joined other forward-thinking County guidelines state that between May 15 and
rus communities in banning lawn fertilizers that contain September 15, outside watering is restricted to the
Phos e! phosphorus (Ord 2008-065). As residents who have odd or even day corresponding to your house
already voluntarily eliminated phosphorus fertilizers number. Outside watering is prohibited between
have found, this should have no impact on your 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This includes grass/landscape
watering, car washing and filling swimming pools.
lawn – but a positive impact on our environment.
Residents with newly seeded or sodded yards are
For information, please call the Public Works Department at 847-367-3726 exempt for two weeks.
or check the Lake County Health Department’s Lakes Management Unit
website – www.lakecountyil.gov/Health/want/BeachLakeInfo.htm. • Try corn gluten meal on your lawn. This
natural by-product of corn processing is not only
nitrogen-rich (making it a great fertilizer), it also
prevents sprouting seeds from developing normal
roots (making it a great pre-emergent natural
herbicide). The meal is sold under different brand
names. While it’s becoming more popular, it is
easiest to find in specialty garden stores and
• Milky spore is a naturally occurring bacterium
that makes grubs sick. Use this eco-friendly product
a few times and your yard should be grub-free
for many years to come. While this, too, is
becoming more mainstream, your best bet is
to try a specialty garden center or search online.
• Plan ahead to recycle your household gadgets at
The Heritage Building is taking shape in the Vernon Hills Town Center the next SWALCO Electronics Collection
near the northwest corner of Route 45 and Milwaukee. The six-story planned for September 26 from 8 to 11 a.m.
building will include retail shops and 84 luxury apartments. at Public Works, 490 Greenleaf Drive.
Summer 2009 3 Vernon Hills Village Voice
National Night Out
4th of July Festivities
Tuesday, August 4
The north half of Deerpath Dr. and the entire parade route will be 4 to 9 p.m.
closed from 8:30 a.m. to about 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. Hartmann Park
on Oakwood Road
BIKE DECORATING CONTEST — 8 A.M. Girls and boys age 4 to 12
— show your creativity by decorating your bike, trike, scooter or wagon! First The Vernon Hills Police Department invites
place winners receive a one-day pass to the Park District Aquatic Center and the entire community to take part in this
everyone earns a ribbon. Kids may ride in the parade, if accompanied by an evening of FREE fun, food and info.
Visit www.vhpd.com for details.
adult. Thanks to the Lions Club for their support. Contest location: Corner of
Deerpath and Atrium Drives near Countryside Fire.
PARADE — 9 A.M. The parade winds through the Deerpath subdivision, Friday, August 7
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
stepping off at Deerpath and Atrium Drives, then moving south to Sullivan,
west to Aspen, and north to the Sullivan Center. Veterans ask that we stand, Park District Aquatic Center
remove hats, and acknowledge the opening color guard. A Note on Squirt 635 N. Aspen Drive
Guns & Garden Hoses: Please respect the wishes of participants who do not Vernon Hills residents can buy tickets at
want to get sprayed with water during the parade. (Contact Lisa Fischbach at the Sullivan Center ($1 each if purchased
847-918-3562 if you would like to take part in the parade.) by August 6; $5 on August 7; proof of
SUPPORT THE FOOD DRIVE! Please bring a non-perishable food item or Visit www.vhparkdistrict.org for details.
two with you to the parade. Cub Scouts from Pack 73 will move along the route
collecting your donations, which will help stock our local food pantries.
EVENING ENTERTAINMENT — 6:30 TO 9:30 P.M. Free concert
June 18........Ac Rock (A cappella rock,
by JP and the Cats at Century Park, two blocks north of Route 60 at Lakeview from doo-wop to Queen)
Parkway. Remember that no alcohol is permitted in the park.
June 25 .......Jammin’ Daddies
FIREWORKS — 9:30 P.M. The closest view is from Century Park. (Our local supergroup.
Get up and dance!)
July 2...........Highland Park Pops
Big Band (Count Basie,
Arbortheater 2009 Stan Kenton and more from
this “tight” ensemble)
All events held on Thursdays
July 9...........Switch Play (Three different
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. looks and sounds – British
The movie begins at dusk (8:15 p.m.) Invasion, Funk & Classic Rock)
Rain or shine, make Thursday nights your music July 23.........Jose Valdes & the Mambo
All-Stars (Dance to authentic
nights, thanks to our free, family-friendly Arbortheater
Latin swing, salsa, meringue &
outdoor concerts. Events are held at the Veterans cumbia. The best!)
Memorial Arbortheater, 50 N. Fairway Drive, just
July 30.........Bopology (Old and new
past the intersection of Lakeview and Fairway Drive.
swing, from Sinatra to Cherry
In case of inclement weather, concerts will move to the Poppin’ Daddies)
Park District Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive.
August 6......Tin Horse (Country rock with
Picnic baskets and blankets are encouraged!
a sassy-girl attitude. They’ve
been wowing crowds as the
opening act for Toby Keith,
Gretchen Wilson and more.)
August 13....215 West (Classic rock hits
from the ‘50s to today)
August 20....Movie: Madagascar,
Escape 2 Africa
(Shown on a giant screen; PG)
Jose Valdes & the Mambo All-Stars Summer 2009 Vernon Hills Village Voice 4
Thank You, Partners
At Cuneo Museum… 2010 Census Opportunities
Thanks to the support of our The Cuneo Museum hosts Concerts on The US Census Bureau is seeking self-
Cultural Partners, Vernon Hills is able the Lawn, including The Renditions (July motivated, enthusiastic people for the
to continue providing a variety of 8), and John Truncali (August 5). Cost is Chicago office. For information, visit
family-friendly events to our residents. $12 per car. Gates open at 5:30; concerts www.census.gov/rochi/www/emply.html.
Thank you to all of the organizations run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Cuneo
and individuals who make our summer Classic Car Show is set for September County Property Taxes Due
events possible: 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is Lake County reminds us that the second
$10 per car. This fall, Kirk Players will installment on county property taxes is due
American Hotel Register
present “Sherlock’s Last Case” in the September 3. (The first was due June 3.)
CDW Great Hall. Call 847-362-3042 or visit For information about payments, call the
HSBC Bank USA
www.cuneomuseum.org. Lake County Treasurer at 847-377-2323. If
you have questions about your assessment,
Bradford Real Estate Services
Mosquito Control Underway contact the County Assessor at 847-377-
Hollister Inc Clarke Mosquito Control continues to 2050 or visit www.co.lake.il.us.
Bridegview Bank monitor infestation levels, check for West
Nile virus, and treat catch basins in an Extended Hours at Evergreen
effort to manage the mosquito population. The Evergreen Library in the lower level
If needed, Clarke will mist with a low
Garage Sale Central of Village Hall has extended its hours:
dose of quick-dispersing adulticide. Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Having a garage sale? Take advantage of Spraying schedules will be announced on Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Garage Sale Central’s free advertising. To get the Village website and in emails. For Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
listed, call Lisa at 847-918-3562 or visit information, contact Clarke’s Mosquito After Labor Day, the library will also
www.vernonhills.org and check “Community Hotline at 800-942-2555 or visit be open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Information.” www.clarkemosquito.com. Don’t forget to For information, call the library at
rid your property of standing water. Even
Be Good with Your Garbage 847-362-2330.
a stagnant bird bath can spell trouble.
Please be a good neighbor – don’t place any
refuse at the curb until 5 p.m. the night before
your collection. If you have questions or
requests regarding refuse collection, please Village Voice
call Veolia Environmental Services at 847-
623-3870 or visit veoliaes.com.
Free CareCoach Visits
The Lake Forest Hospital CareCoach will In an effort to reduce expenses and “go
visit the Village Hall parking lot from 2 to 4 green” with this newsletter, the Village plans to shift to an all-
p.m. on these Tuesdays: July 14, August electronic delivery for two of each year’s four newsletter issues,
11, September 15 and October 13. No beginning with the Fall edition. We anticipate relying more heavily on email or the
appointments are needed for this free well- Village website (www.vernonhills.org) to provide you with information. If you have
ness service. For details, call Village Hall questions or comments, please email to email@example.com or call 847-918-3572.
(847-367-3700) or visit www.lfh.org and As we begin this transition, we anticipate producing a limited number of paper copies.
search on “CareCoach.” If you would like to continue to receive a paper copy of the newsletter,
please let us know by returning this form to Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive,
Dial 811 Before You Dig Vernon Hills, IL 60061, or by calling the Village Hall at 847-918-3572 and leaving
As you work in your yard, remember to have your name, address and phone number.
your utilities located before you dig. Call
❑ Yes, I would like to continue to receive a paper newsletter.
JULIE at 8-1-1 to handle line locates for all
of your underground services. It’s required, Name:____________________________________________________
it’s free, and it’s surprisingly fast!
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• Summer Celebration!
• IDOT Projects
• VH Road Rehabilitation
• No Sparklers Allowed
Resident or Business Customer
• New Businesses Vernon Hills, IL 60061
• Senior Shuttle Changes
• Phosphorous Fertilizer Ban
Mark Your Calendar for
• 4th of July Schedule Oktoberfest
• Arbortheater Line Up Saturday, October 3
at the Vernon Hills Metra Station
• National Night Out
• Newsletter Goes Paperless
Vernon Hills Village Voice Summer 2009
Please send comments to the Editor:
Mike Allison, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: 847-367-3700 • Fax: 847-367-0880
Congratulations to Our Queens
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to our
new Vernon Hills
President Roger Byrne
Trustees Cindy Hebda, Thom Koch, Michael Marquardt, Queens – Miss Vernon
James Schultz, Jeanne Schwartz and Barbara Williams Hills Danielle Rizzo,
Contact Information Little Miss Brianna
Fire 911 (Non-emergency – 367-5511)
Police 911 (Non-emergency – 362-4449)
Bolotin and Jr. Miss Bri
Mark Fleischhauer, Police Chief: 847-247-4880 Amidei (photo at upper
Village Hall 847-367-3700 right). Thank you to all
Michael Allison, Village Manager: 847-918-3540
of the participants
Linda Pelletier, Village Clerk: 847-918-3572
Karen Brooks, Human Resources: 847-918-3542 (lower right) and volun-
Public Works 847-367-3726 teers for making this
Edward Laudenslager, Director: 847-680-2260
such a fun and success-
Community Dev. 847-367-3700
John Kalmar, Assist. Village Manager: 847-918-3550 ful pageant. Special
Building Div. 847-367-3704 thanks to
Michael Atkinson, Building coordinators
Engineering Div. 847-918-3562
David Brown, Village Engineer: Horvath and
Cable Studio: 847-918-3560 TDD: 847-918-3597
Main Fax: 847-367-0880 Web: www.vernonhills.org
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the basis of disability in access to governmental services and programs. For
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