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202205 NSWRD MuralThe North Shore Water Reclamation District (“NSWRD”) needs to build a subterranean overflow basin so that they can maintain their existing infrastructure and prevent sewage from overflowing into Lake Michigan. As part of their work, the NSWRD will be making other aesthetic and public improvements to their existing facilities, including:

  • Arborvitae hedges, raised foundation plantings, and curbed planting beds to hold native species.
  • The replacement of the asphalt parking lot with a more durable concrete plaza including decorative elements.
  • Milling and resurfacing of the service road that extends from the top bluff edge to Sunrise Beach.
  • The construction of two public bathrooms, one accessible for persons with disabilities. The restrooms will replace the portable toilets.
  • The replacement of one existing beach shower with two new overhead beach showers.

All necessary zoning reviews and approvals for this project have been issued by the Village. Construction has begun and will continue through May 2024.

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The Village of Lake Bluff is committed to providing timely, sustainable, and cost-effective waste removal by offering services like weekly landfill waste pick-up, recycling, composting, garden and e-waste removal for Village residences.

Our newest contract renewal with Groot continues to improve the ease of use of the Village’s curbside composting program. You can now include more types of food waste with your curbside compost and use more types of containers. This program is at no additional charge and no signup is necessary.

Over 40% of all edible food in the U.S. is thrown out and food waste is the single largest category of waste deposited in our landfills. Some of this waste can be reduced through good planning, but the next best thing you can do is to compost it.

When you curbside compost, your food scraps are mixed with landscape waste to form nutritious compost for plants. Curbside compost extends the life of our landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps support gardening and landscaping in our community.

You can start curbside composting today through your weekly landscape waste service provided by Groot. Curbside compost service is year-round and does not stop during the winter.

Try these tips to make your home curbside composting easier:

  • Use a 1-2 gallon kitchen pail to collect food scraps inside your home. Empty it outside periodically when you take out other recycling and landfill waste.
  • Consider lining your pickup container with a Kraft paper bag to reduce mess.
  • Place shredded egg cartons at the bottom of the pickup container to help catch any fluids.
  • Rinse your pickup container when necessary. Use soap when rinsing if needed.
  • Store your container in a cool, shaded area with the lid securely closed.

The Consolidated Election will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2023. At the Consolidated Election, the Village of Lake Bluff will have eight Village Board offices on the ballot:

  • Village Trustee (4 year term)
  • Village Trustee (4 year term)
  • Village Trustee (4 year term)
  • Village Trustee (2 year term, being the remaining balance of a resigned Trustee's term)
  • Village Clerk (2 year term)
  • Library Trustee (4 year term)
  • Library Trustee (4 year term)
  • Library Trustee (4 year term)

Petitions for candidacy for these offices may be filed in the office of the Village Clerk at Lake Bluff Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, starting at 8:00 a.m. on December 12, 2022, and ending at 5:00 p.m. on December 19, 2022. The hours for filing petitions for candidacy with the Village Clerk are as follows:

Date Hours
Monday, December 12, 2022 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 15, 2022 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, December 16, 2022 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 19, 2022 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lake County records show that the number of ballots cast in the April 6, 2021 Consolidated General Election within the Village of Lake Bluff was 1,482. Based on the number of ballots cast, the Village understands that a petition should show at least the following minimum number of signatures:

Office Minimum Signatures
Village Trustee At least 75 signatures
Village Clerk At least 75 signatures
Library Board Trustee At least 25 signatures

The Illinois State Board of Elections has prepared the 2023 Candidate’s Guide as well as other information and suggested forms for candidates seeking public office. The Candidate's Guide provides information on the proper completion and filing of nomination papers and lists the qualifications required for candidates seeking specific offices.

The information on this page is provided for information only and may not be accurate or complete. The Illinois Election Code is complex and the Village cannot advise prospective candidates on how to satisfy its requirements. Failure to meet the requirements of the Election Code may result in a candidate's removal from the ballot. The Village recommends that all prospective candidates consult with competent legal counsel when preparing their nomination papers.

Lake County Health Department now offers mobile crisis care as an alternative to calling 911 when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. You can contact the crisis line confidentially by calling (847) 377-8088 or, starting on July 16, by calling 988.

A specialized two-person team, including a licensed clinician, is available to respond in-person Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis anywhere in Lake County. These specialized services help reduce the strain on police and emergency medical services. Crisis care is offered regardless of ability to pay or insurance status and users will not be billed for services.