Village News

A downtown beautification project will begin the week of June 10 and conclude at the end of June.  As the plans below show, the turf beds will be planted with a variety of native perennials and shrubs in accordance with the Lake Bluff Downtown Streetscape Concept Plan. Additionally, new street furniture and planter pots will be installed at the corners located at the intersection of East Scranton and East Center Avenue in the coming weeks. During the project, parking stalls may be temporarily blocked but all businesses will have continuous access.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Click here for the Central Business District Landscape Planting Project plans.

Lake Bluff, IL – Summer is just around the corner, and while travel plans may vary, one thing remains constant: the need to wear your seat belt. With this in mind, the Lake Bluff Police Department today announced that now through Memorial Day weekend it is stepping up enforcement efforts to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.”

“Whether you’re driving around the corner or across the nation, remember to buckle up every time,” said Police Chief Matthew Smizinski. “The ‘Click It or Ticket’ effort is about preserving lives. We want seat belt use to be second nature for all drivers and passengers.”

The consequences of not wearing or improperly wearing a seat belt are clear. In 2022, Illinois had 300 fatalities involving unrestrained passengers. Seat belts only save lives when they are used. Unfortunately, some still don’t like to buckle up.

Nationally, it is estimated that 91.9% of people use seat belts, while Illinois boasts a 93% seat belt compliance rate. The simple click of a seat belt can limit injury or save your life during a crash.

Remember to “Click It or Ticket” day and night, every trip every time.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is funded with federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

For information, contact: Deputy Chief Erik Gehrke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-283-8680.

 

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Lake Bluff, IL – In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Lake Bluff Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies to step up enforcement efforts across the state. Throughout April, motorists can expect increased patrols looking for texting and driving and other traffic violations.

‘Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes on our roads today,’ said Police Chief Matthew Smizinski. ‘During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, law enforcement will boost enforcement efforts, stopping anyone texting and driving. Remember, pay attention or pay the price.’

Between 2012 and 2021, approximately 32,000 lives were lost in crashes involving distracted drivers. Everyone has the potential for distracted driving crashes, but those between the ages of 16 and 24 are especially at risk. If you need to text, pull over to a safe location, or if you have a passenger, consider appointing a “designated texter.” Whatever the solution, don’t text and drive.

In Illinois, using your phone in anything other than hands-free mode is dangerous and illegal. Pay attention or pay the price.

The Illinois distracted driving campaign is funded with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

For information, contact: Deputy Chief Erik Gehrke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-283-8680.

 

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Lake Bluff, IL – St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and many Illinoisans will be celebrating with parades and parties featuring green beer and cocktails. To remind motorists of the dangers of drunk driving and to help keep our streets safe, the Lake Bluff Police Department is teaming up with the Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation for a stepped-up traffic safety campaign.

“Because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, we anticipate that alcohol consumption will increase both that day and throughout the weekend,” said Police Chief Matthew J. Smizinski. “We ask everyone to celebrate responsibly, starting with a plan for a sober ride home before you leave the house.”

St. Patrick’s Day can be a dangerous one on America’s roads due to increased alcohol consumption and drunk driving. There were 272 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday between 2017 and 2021.

In addition to looking for alcohol- and cannabis-impaired drivers, the Lake Bluff Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest. Speeding, distracted driving and all traffic laws will be strictly enforced.

Whether you’re attending a party, hosting friends or going out to a bar, keep safety at the forefront of your day and night. When it’s time to leave, make sure your designated driver is sober. Remember that walking impaired can also be dangerous, so designate a sober friend to walk home with you. Designated drivers: Be alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs.

Other important tips:

  • Drunk or high, it doesn’t matter. It is never okay to drive impaired. Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • Use a sober ride program.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement.
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take the keys away and plan to get your friend home safely.
  • Always buckle up!

The St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by IDOT.

For information, contact: Deputy Chief Erik Gehrke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-283-8680.

 

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Cradles to Crayons Chicago is seeking gently used clothing, shoes, and winter coats as well as new socks, underwear, and pajamas for new arrivals. The nearest drop-off locations are at the Belvidere Recreation Center in Waukegan, the Xfinity store in Vernon Hills, or the Highwood Public Library. Click here for a list of other organizations accepting donations for migrants.