Your use of the Village of Lake Bluff's website ("Website") is provided subject to the terms and conditions contained herein. Please read these terms carefully as use of this Website constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.
1. Use and Content
The Village of Lake Bluff ("Village") provides its Website as an informational resource for public use, and strives to maintain the integrity of its Website with timely and accurate information, subject to periodic updates, revisions, deletions and additions without prior notice.
Content provided on this Website is gathered from many sources, subject to change at any time, and the Village is not responsible for errors or omissions in the content, and makes no representations as to its accuracy, completeness or usefulness. User is cautioned that charts or other graphics which appear on this Website may not be subject to accurate transmission in their entirety.
Where an official printed document differs from text which may be provided on this Website, the official printed document takes precedence.
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act ("Act") provides that all messages received by the Village on this Website become public records, subject to disclosure under the Act. Users who communicate through this Website are advised that all communications are public information and cannot be held in confidence. Furthermore, in accordance with its internal policies, the Village may periodically monitor communications on this Website.
Commercial use of material contained on this Website is prohibited without prior written consent from the Village.
2. Copyright and Trademark Laws
The content and material available on this Website, including, but not limited to, graphics, logos, sounds, images, software, text and information (collectively, "Content") are protected by copyrights, trademarks, servicemarks, patents or other proprietary rights or laws and may not be modified in any way. By entering this Website, user acknowledges and agree that the Content is owned or licensed by the Village or used by the Village with permission, and may not be used by user without prior written approval. Without in any way waiving any of the foregoing rights, user may download one copy of the material on this Website for personal, noncommercial home use only, provided no copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices are changed or deleted. Content may not be copied, reproduced, modified, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted or distributed in any form without the Village's prior written consent.
Any other use of this Website without the prior written authorization of the Village is prohibited. The permission to recopy by an individual does not allow for incorporation of material or any part of it in any work or publication, whether in hard copy, electronic, or any other form. The Village and the holder of any other intellectual property rights in the Content do not grant any express or implied right to user under any copyrights, trademarks, servicemarks, patents, or trade secret information of the Village.
All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. Any unauthorized use of the Content may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties.
The Village's Website contains links to other companies and organizations that may be of interest to its users, and are maintained solely for the user's information and convenience. They are not referrals or endorsements. Once a user links to another website, users must be aware that they are subject to the policies of that new site, and Village does not control and cannot guarantee its relevance, timeliness, or accuracy.
The inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to constitute approval or endorsement of any views expressed, or products or services offered. The Village makes no representation or warranty whatsoever regarding the completeness or accuracy of any websites linked directly or indirectly to its Website.
The Village shall provide opportunities to place hyperlinks to such organizations that meet the criteria set forth below. The opportunities provided hereby shall be strictly limited to placing, as applicable, either a link or address information related to the organization, and no organization may place any editorial content on the Village's Website.
The Village places hyperlinks on its Website that are relevant to its mission and meet the following criteria:
Websites that promote industry and economic welfare within the Village.
Websites owned and operated by newspapers of general circulation.
Websites owned and operated by local, state, federal government and educational agencies.
Websites owned and operated by utilities that serve the residents of the Village.
Websites of non-profit organizations that serve the greater good of the Village and/or receive financial support from the Village.
The Village reserves the right to deny links to any website that contains obscene or objectionable material, and further reserves the right to remove hyperlinks, without notice, to websites that do not fulfill its criteria or that can be reliably accessed.
In order to avoid the appearance of the Village endorsement of political content, hyperlinks shall not be made to sites that are associated with, sponsored by or serving a candidate for elected office, any political party or organization supporting or seeking to defeat any candidate for elective office or ballot proposal.
Any communications or material submitted by electronic mail or interactive form, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions or the like ("Submission"), even if encrypted, is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary. Anything transmitted or submitted to the Village may be edited, translated and reformatted, and used by the Village or its affiliates at any time and for any purpose, including, without limitation, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, distribution, publication, broadcast and posting. Furthermore, the Village is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in any Submission for any purpose, including, without limitation, disseminating such information. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of a Submission.
By submitting, posting, uploading, inputting or providing any materials to the Village, such person warrants and represent that he, she or it owns or otherwise control the rights to such Submission, and is granting all ownership rights in such Submission to the Village, unless otherwise specified in writing.
For any Submission, such person grants the Village, its affiliates and necessary sublicensees permission to use the Submission in connection with the operation of their businesses, including, without limitation, the rights to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, reformat and publish that person's name in connection with the Submission.
The Village is under no obligation to post or use any Submission, and the Village may remove any Submission at any time in its sole discretion without notice.
5. Disclaimer - Liability
With respect to the Content, the Village, its officers, employees, agents and assigns make no warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, and assume no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information disclosed, nor does the Village make any representation that the use of said information will not infringe privately owned rights. The Village, its officers, employees, agents and assigns will not be liable for any damage or injury caused by the use of this Website, including but not limited to failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, or on-line failure. This Website may be temporarily unavailable from time to time due to maintenance or malfunction of computer equipment.
The user assumes all risks associated with the use of this Website, including those involving computer, software or data damage caused by any virus, software or other file which might be transmitted or activated via this Website or your access to it.
6. Disclaimer - Endorsement
Any Website reference to any commercial product, process, service, trade name or trademark does not constitute or imply the Village's endorsement for its use. The views and opinions of authors expressed on this Website do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Village's, and shall not be used for advertising or endorsement purposes.
The Village does not review, sponsor or endorse any other websites linked to this Website, and will only provide links with related governmental websites, educational facilities located in the Village, and Village-based organizations which promote local businesses.
7. Disclaimer - Legal Notice
Communications made through this Website shall in no way be deemed to constitute legal notice to the Village or any of its agencies, officers, employees, agents or representatives with respect to any existing or potential claim or cause of action against the Village or any of its agencies, officers, employees, agents or representatives, where notice to the Village is required by any federal, state or local law, rule or regulation.
8. Limitation of Liability
In no event shall the Village, its officers, employees or agents be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, incidental, or punitive damages, or any other damages, losses, costs, or other expenses of any kind whatsoever resulting from, caused by, or arising out of or in connection with this Website, its content or services, or any other cause whatsoever, including, without limitation, losses related to the inability to use the service, loss of data, loss of profits or any errors, omissions or defects in this Website content.
9. Legal Action and Jurisdiction
By using this Website, user agrees that any legal action brought against the Village, the Village Board, its officers, employees, agents, attorneys or other representatives shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of law provisions. User further agrees to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of Lake County, Illinois, in all disputes arising out of, or relating to, the use of this Website. Use of this Website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions contained in the above terms and conditions.