Village News

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. 

The Village's2021 Water Quality Report (published in 2022) contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water.

If you would like a paper copy mailed to your home, contact Village Hall by calling (847) 234-0774.

The Village is one of 11 North Shore communities that has formed a regional working group to examine leaf blower regulations. They will examine best practices; look at impacts on leaf-blowers; and consider alternative methods and new technologies used in landscape maintenance. The working group plans to submit a summary of its findings by the end of the calendar year.

For more information about the working group and its activities, click here.

For more information about the Village's current rules, click here.

Lake Bluff Downtown LogoLake Bluff adopted its Downtown Streetscape Concept Plan on December 13, 2021 as a conceptual vision to be implemented over time. The Plan was the result of a six-month effort by the Village to evaluate existing conditions, listen to community goals and consider conceptual streetscape enhancement plans for Lake Bluff’s Central Business District (CBD). 


Streetscape_FarmersMktTable.pngLake Bluff’s Downtown has long been recognized as the historical and cultural center place of the community. Given Downtown Lake Bluff’s background and a renewed focus on public places, now is the time to focus on Lake Bluff’s Downtown environment. Downtown businesses are vibrant and want more public places. Community members are finding themselves outdoors more often, walking and biking between neighborhoods, parks, the beach, and Downtown. Now is an opportune time to capitalize on Downtown vibrancy and community interests in public places.
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Downtown Lake Bluff is a welcoming gathering space and the community’s outdoor living room. The streetscape is recognized for its compact walkable scale, charming two and three story buildings, mature trees, and landscaping. In addition, Downtown maintains it’s historic mix of land uses that make for a vibrant community centerplace, including Village Hall, Police and Fire Station, Metra Station, Library and Museum, Village Green, Post Office, and a mix of attractive restaurants and retail shops. The Streetscape Concept Plan is designed to support this vibrant mix, reinforcing pedestrian entrances, clear and open sidewalk spaces, and more opportunities for public seating and gathering.
 
Highlights of the Plan recommendations include:
  • Incorporating flexible outdoor public seating and specialty lighting.
  • Adding and upgrading bicycle racks, planters, drinking fountains, and other street furniture.
  • Improving connectivity between the Metra Parking Lot and downtown.
  • Accommodate flexible street uses using a partially curbless, one-way street on the north side of the Village Green.
  • Adding casual seating nooks and amenities.
  • Maximizing on-street parking.
  • Decluttering sidewalks.
  • Protecting existing trees and infilling new trees and native entry plantings.
  • Reinforcing green transitions to neighborhoods.

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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.