Village News

Last Updated November 17, 2020

  • As of Friday, November 20, the State of Illinois will be subject to additional COVID-19 mitigations due to "exponential spread" of COVID-19 throughout the State.
  • Indoor social gatherings cannot be held with members of other households, and many businesses will need to operate at reduced capacity.
  • The State projects that, without additional effective mitigations, hospitalizations may be as much as five times higher than their spring peak. Between 17,000 and 45,000 Illinois residents would die under this scenario.

On March 18, 2020, the Village entered a state of civil emergency. You can read the emergency proclamation here.

The proclamation does four things. It...

  • Allows emergency purchases by the Village administration.
  • Allows emergency staffing.
  • Directs the Village administration to cooperate with other agencies in addressing COVID-19.
  • Closes all physical fitness facilities and membership sports clubs effective March 19, 2020.

The Village offers a one-time partial rebate of 2019 sales tax payments for Lake Bluff businesses that have suffered at least a 25% decline in revenues due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses:

  • Report sales tax within the Village of Lake Bluff.
  • Are physically located within the Village's CBD, L-1, L-2, AP-1, or S zoning districts.
  • Have no more than four total operating locations.
  • Are not part of a franchise system, are not private clubs, and are not home occupations.
  • Have suffered at least a 25% decline in revenues.
  • Paid at least $500 in local sales tax during calendar year 2019.
  • Was in operation as of March 21, 2020. (This does not exclude businesses that lawfully could not operate due to the Governor's Stay at Home order.)

Eligible businesses may receive a one-time payment of 10% of local sales taxes (excluding home rule sales tax) paid during calendar year 2019; minimum $500, maximum $5,000.

For more information and to apply:

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We are pleased to announce that Lake Bluff is joining our neighboring communities in the North Shore Electric Aggregation Consortium (NSEAC) to provide residents with community solar subscription options through the CS2 Residential and Small Commercial Program.  The CS2 Program is a partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to provide residents an opportunity to support new renewable energy development in northern Illinois while reducing monthly utility costs.

What this means for residents:

  • In October residents will receive a postcard from the Village notifying you that they can place their names on the CS2 Program reservation list.
  • Once community solar projects are completed, residents on the reservation list will be informed that they can complete the subscription enrollment process on a first come-first served basis. There is no cost for residents to place their name on the reservation list, and residents can remove their name from the reservation list at any time.
  • Residents that choose to complete the enrollment process will begin receiving net metering credits on their monthly ComEd electric utility bills for their share of the electricity generated by the Community Solar project.
  • After net metering credits are delivered to subscribers by ComEd, MC-Squared Energy Services, LLC – the billing administrator of the CS2 Program - will bill you for 80% of the net metering credits – leaving the subscriber with 20% of all net metering credits. Your monthly bill from MC Squared Energy Services, LLC will also report how your participation impacts the environment each month.
  • Residents may terminate their Subscription at any time at no charge by simply notifying MC-Squared Energy Services.

Why did we help create the CS2 Program?

In 2019, NSEAC communities were proud to be the first local governments in Illinois to secure community solar subscriptions through the CS2 Program to support the operation of the 900 kW Rainy Solar Community Solar project located in Elgin, Illinois – the first operating community solar farm funded under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). 

Now that more community solar projects are under development in Illinois, we saw an opportunity for residents to save money, reducing the unpredictability of energy rates and support a more sustainable energy supply in Illinois.

The CS2 Program provides a safe and effective community solar option that:

  • Is available to all Residential and Small Commercial customers served by ComEd;
  • Requires no enrollment fee or investment;
  • Requires no credits checks or minimum credit score;
  • Delivers a guaranteed 20% discount on energy supply costs through net metering credits; and,
  • Allows a no-fee termination.

For all of these reasons, we are pleased to offer residents the CS2 Program.

For more details you can also check out our CS2 Program Frequently Asked Questions at lakebluff.org/CommunitySolar.

In 2017, the Village Board of Trustees unanimously adopted the Village’s 2023 Strategic Plan. The result of months of effort of community volunteers, the plan aims to unite the policy, resources, and stakeholders of the Village in service of the Village’s health and vitality. 

View a one page summary of our progress so far here. (July 2018)

Or, view the full report: