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Lake Bluff, IL — The Lake Bluff Police Department today announced it has been awarded a Federal Fiscal Year 2024 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement efforts. The STEP program focuses on high-visibility enforcement and strategies aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing traffic crashes.  

“We’re pleased to receive this grant to step up our road safety efforts with the goal of saving lives,” said Chief of Police Matthew Smizinski. “Our mission is to make travel safer through directed, proactive patrols and to stop, cite and arrest those who choose to violate traffic laws.”

During the STEP grant year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2023, through Sept. 30, 2024, the Lake Bluff Police Department will conduct additional enforcement efforts to supplement mandatory and optional campaign enforcement dates scheduled during some of the deadliest times of the year.

The additional efforts will focus on the leading contributory causes of crashes: speeding, impaired driving, electronic device use, failure to yield and disobeying traffic control signals, as well as occupant restraint violations.

The STEP grant is funded by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


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Lake Bluff, IL – The Lake Bluff Police Department conducted a traffic safety campaign July 6-31 reminding motorists to slow down to save lives. The speed enforcement effort was conducted by Lake Bluff Police and other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway fatalities.

During the campaign, the Lake Bluff Police Department issued:

  • 39 speeding citations
  • DUI arrests
  • 8 suspended/revoked licenses
  • 9 uninsured motorists

“We continue to urge residents and others traveling through our community to slow down and obey speed limits,” said Police Chief Matthew J. Smizinski. “The choices you make behind the wheel could help save lives.”

The speed enforcement effort was made possible by 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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In 2021, the Village received a $10,000 grant from Openlands and ComEd  to implement the Village’s Landscape Playbook on the north side of Route 176 (Rockland Road) between the right-of-way and the Lake Bluff Golf Course. The purpose of the project was to rehabilitate 10 acres of high-profile hardwood savanna and wetland habitat along an important Village corridor consistent with the Village's Thematic Landscape Identity Gateway and Corridor Plan (which was developed in community partnership), in order to transform and beautify a buckthorn thicket into a high-quality habitat for pollinators.

The funding supported two phases: invasive removal and installation of new plantings. The Village retained Pizzo and Associates, Ltd. to perform the initial clearance as well as the treatment of any resprouting invasive species in 2023 and 2024. The grant also included the donation of native trees by Rotary as well as the purchase of about $10,000 in grasses, forbs, shrubs, seeds, etc., which were planted by Lake Bluff Open Lands (LBOLA) volunteers.

Special thanks to:

  • ComEd and Openlands for their financial support in this endeavor;
  • Rotary for their native tree donations; and
  • LBOLA volunteers for all their hard work in completing this project.



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The Village Board has approved a May 15 - September 30 seasonal ban on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. This action follows the Village's participation in a Regional Leaf Blower Working Group formed in late 2021 to study the impacts of gas-powered leaf blowers, alternative technologies and how communities could mitigate the impacts of this equipment.

To ensure a balanced and thoughtful report, the Working Group was comprised of elected officials, appointed officials (i.e. Sustainability Commission members), professional municipal staff (municipalities and park districts), and representatives of the landscape industry.

You can view the working group's final report released in December 2022 by clicking here. If you don't perform your own lawn maintenance, talk to your contractor about this new regulation.



Following more than two years of study and public engagement, the Village Board of Trustees has created a Stormwater Utility to provide an equitable, efficient, certain and neutral revenue stream for the construction, maintenance, operation and improvement of the Village's stormwater system.


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In order to promote environmental stewardship and the health of the Village’s tree canopy, the Village has retained Lucas Landscaping and Design to prune the Village’s street trees on a four-year cycle. Lucas started pruning in areas north of the ravine and east of Glen and Moffett Avenues the first week of January 2023 (see map at right).

Trimming map for 2022-2023 SeasonUnder the supervision of trained and qualified arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Lucas will implement a maintenance program consistent with national standards and best practices published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The program uses a “natural” cutting method to improve tree architecture and structure; create vertical and horizontal clearance between trees and roads, buildings, and signs; promote tree health; and reduce the risk of tree hazards to the public.

  • Signs will be posted on the specific streets scheduled to be pruned between 24 hours and 7 days in advance.
  • While road width may be reduced for worker safety, road closures generally will not be required.
  • Lucas is maintaining the Village’s public trees and will not prune private trees.
  • Lucas will work between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • Lucas’ work schedule is dependent on weather. Their contract allows work to occur through April 30, 2023.

If you have any questions regarding the Village’s tree maintenance program, you may contact Jake Terlap, Public Works Superintendent.