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Petition Filing Period For April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election

Last Day to File is December 22,2014

Petitions for Village President, Village Clerk, and 3 (three) Village Trustees may be filed with the Village Clerk at 50 Raupp Boulevard beginning at 8:00 AM on December 15, 2014 through 5:00 PM on December 22, 2014.

2015 Budget Update

2015 Budget Approved at Monday‘s Meeting


At the December 1, 2014 Village Board Meeting, the Trustees approved the 2015 Village Budget. The Buffalo Grove budget year runs from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. For more on the 2015 Budget, click here.



Plan ahead for 2015!

2015 Symphonic Band Concert Schedule

The dates for the 2015 Symphonic Band Events are now Available:


* Annual Spring Concert “Powers of Two”. To be presented at Stevenson HS on Sunday May 3, 2015 at 7PM
* The 2015 Annual Small Ensemble Concert. To be presented at the Vernon Area Library on Sunday, June 21 at 2PM
* The Annual Independence Day celebration concert. To be presented at the BG Village Green on Saturday July 4, 2015 at 7PM


The Symphonic Band relies on generous financial support of “Band-Aides.” As an organization of volunteers, we need donations from individuals and businesses for our continued operation. Donations allow us to pay for essentials such as:
* Music
* Licenses
* Rehearsal venues
* Performance venues
* Musical instruments
* Supplies

To become a sponsor, mail a check made payable to the Village of Buffalo Grove to:
Evan Michel
Village of Buffalo Grove
50 Raupp Blvd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089


The Blotter is Taking a Leap into the Next Generation!

GIS Based Program to Replace Police Blotter
Beginning January 1, 2015 the Village will launch an online Geographic Information System (GIS) to replace the police blotter. Using GIS we will be able to provide you with incident information and location. As with all information that the Police Department releases, we respect victim’s rights, allow privacy for personal matters, and will not jeopardize ongoing investigations. The GIS information will provide more information than is currently available in the blotter and make it more user friendly. Users will be able to search by crime type, date, or location. You will be able to check out what’s going on in the village, a neighborhood, street or specific address.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department will be hosting an informational tutorial showcasing the GIS software and its capabilities. Please join us on December 16th at 7:00 AM at the Police Department. An additional tutorial will be held on January 14 at 7:00 PM or December 16. We encourage everyone to attend whether you have a interest in GIS, have a question about anything else or just want to get to know some of your police officers.

Toys for Tots

Police Join Marine Corps for Toys for Tots
In it’s continued partnership with Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, the Buffalo Grove Police Department will again be collecting Toys for Tots. Collection boxes are located in the front lobby of the Police Department. The Marines need to have all donations in by December 18th so please plan accordingly. We will be glad to assist with any large delivery/package unloading. As in the past if you are conducting a Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or Community collection and would like for the Police Department to forward your collections to the Marines we would be glad to facilitate the transport for you.

Toys for Tots will only accept new, unwrapped toys and books. The toys need to be unwrapped to enable coordinators and volunteers to determine that the gift is safe for distribution and to identify the appropriate age and gender for each gift. Stuffed animals are strongly discouraged, due to dust, allergies, mites and dirt.

Buffalo Grove Rotary Club Wine Tasting Gala

Try Some Fantastic Wines and Supports a Good Cause!

The holiday season is a great time to sample dozens of wines while enjoying appetizers fresh from the kitchen of Sunset Foods at the Rotary Wine Tasting Gala. This event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Sunset Foods in Long Grove, Illinois.
The evening is sponsored by Sunset Foods benefiting the Rotary Club of Buffalo GroveThe event benefits our community and beyond. Tickets are available online at www.BGRotary.org and at the Long Grove Sunset Foods customer service desk. Pre-sales are $40 and $50 on the day of the event. Your ticket automatically enters you into a raffle for a wine package valued at more than $500. You need not be present to win.

Buffalo Grove Rotary supports many local charities and community initiatives, as well as projects beyond Buffalo Grove including providing fresh water in Africa, development projects for schools in the Guatemalan jungle, and immunization efforts to eradicate polio in India and Nigeria.

Consider your role in making a difference in our community and world. Rotarians’ actions support noble causes. Your efforts can too. We meet at Lou Malnati’s at 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, go to BGRotary.org or email contact@bgrotary.org.

Candle with Care

Candle Safety for the Holidays
Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires and home fire deaths. Remember a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.
“Candle with Care”
* Blowout all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
* Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles .

I IF YOU DO BURN CANDLES, make sure that you …
* Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip
over easily.
* Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
* Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
* Don’t burn a candle all the way down – put it out
before it gets too close to the holder or container.
* Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
* Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.


Landscape Waste Collection

Landscape Waste Collections Ends December 16


Waste Management will pick up unlimited landscape waste that is collected in paper waste bags and placed on the curb until December 16, 2014. Please collected all landscape waste before that date.



Metra Poster Contest

Students show us how to “Unplug for Safety”
Metra is proud to announce its Annual Metra Safety Poster Contest and this year’s theme is “Unplug for Safety: Look, Listen and Live.” A first-, second-, and third-place winner from each grade will be selected and awarded a fantastic prize.
Not an artist? Enter the Annual Metra Safety Essay Contest by explaining in 300 words or less how you “Unplug for Safety” to promote safe behaviors near trains and railroad tracks by putting the electronic distractions aside when near trains and railroad tracks. Metra will also recognize the school who submits the most entries in the Metra Safety Poster Contest by awarding it a new computer for the school, so teachers, get your students involved today!
The deadline for both contests is January 30, 2015. For all contest rules and guidelines, visit the contest website at www.metracontest.com.
Village of Buffalo Grove | | pcahill@vbg.org |

Top Nine Reasons to Buy a Home, My personal reason as well as others.

Buying a house is like having a baby: there’s no absolute perfect time to do either. The down payment-interest rate-economic factors-qualification quadrangle can be so confusing. Rising rates, loosening requirements, down payment options, buyer’s markets, seller’s markets – what does it all mean to you if you want to buy a home? The truth is that while the banks might have a magical formula to determine your mortgage-worthiness, determining if the time is right really comes down to three main questions:

1.Do you want to buy a home?

2.Are you financially prepared?

3.Is your credit where it needs to be?

If yes, then go for it. Here are nine reasons to do it now.

  1. Prices are good. According to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller report, home prices are still gaining, but have slowed. “The 10-City Composite gained 5.5% year-over-year and the 20-City 5.6%, both down from the 6.7% reported for July,” they said. “The National Index gained 5.1% annually in August compared to 5.6% in July.” This is good news if you were afraid that big price gains would put homeownership out of reach and also bodes well for your long-term equity once you purchase.
  2. Rates are low. “Imagine paying over 18% interest on a 30-year fixed mortgage. It’s almost unthinkable. But that was the reality for home buyers in October 1981 – a year when the average rate was almost 17%,” said Yahoo Finance. “The average rate has been 5.18% since the start of this country’s history,” making today’s rates, which hover around historic lows at 4%, sound even better.
  3. Loan requirements are softening. They’re not approaching the look-the-other-way-and-stamp-it-approved levels that led to the market crash, but the overly tough restrictions that followed have loosened. “Major lenders are making adjustments,” said The Street. “Wells Fargo has lowered the minimum FICO score for borrowers applying for loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration to 600 from 640.” They also count JPMorgan Chase’s lowered loan-to-value “standards in certain markets for both jumbos and conforming mortgages.” For buyers that can mean an easier road to loan approval, even without a ton of money upfront and perfect credit.
  4. FHA loans make it even easier for first-time buyers. If your credit is less than stellar and you don’t have a large down payment, an FHA loan can get you in the door. Credit scores can be as low as 620 to qualify and only 3.5% down is required. Whether you’ve never bought before or have been out of the market for a few years, an FHA loan can be your answer.
  5. Fewer buyers around the holidays means less competition for you and more negotiating power. “Sellers who are actively looking to sell their homes during the holiday months — namely, October through December — are serious about shedding the weight of their residences,” said US News. “This often works in favor of savvy buyers looking to get a deal on discounted homes. Having less competition on the buyer’s side can mean lower prices on homes, in addition to fewer counter-offers to compete against.”
  6. Rates are predicted to rise. “The Mortgage Bankers Association expects the average rate on a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage to rise slowly to 5.1 percent by the end of 2015,” said the Washington Post. If you want to take advantage of low rates, now is the time.
  7. Pent-up demand could zap affordability. “The housing market is about to get even more competitive,” said Yahoo. “The pent-up demand of younger professionals, who moved back in with their parents during the recession, is about to explode. This eager subset of buyers will create some steep competition for homes, especially if they have been saving up to make larger down payments or high ticket offers. If the current homes on the market have more potential buyers, bidding wars develop, and the purchase prices are driven up.
  8. “Buying is cheaper than renting in most markets,” said Housingwire. With a little knowledge of loan options and low down payment programs, you can easily flip the switch from renter to homeowner.
  9. Because you want to buy a home. There really is no more compelling reason than that. You want it. So make it happen.



Village Hall Closings


Village Hall Closed For Thanksgiving Holiday

Village Hall will be closed on Thursday November 27 and Friday November 28. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!



Village Hires New Community Development Director


Chris Stilling Named Community Development Director

We are pleased pleased to announce the selection of a Community Development Director – Mr. Chris Stilling.


Mr. Stilling is currently the Community Development Director for the Village of Cary. Mr. Stilling previously worked in the private sector as well as for the Villages of Lombard and Palatine.  Mr. Stilling’s first day will be December 15th. For more information, click here.


Budget Presentation


2015 Budget was Presented on Monday
The 2015 Budget was presented to the Village Board at the Monday, November 17 Village Board Meeting. The Board will consider the budget for approval at the December 1, 2014 meeting. You can view the full presentation, here


Landscape Waste Collection


Landscape Waste Collections Ends December 16 

Waste Management will pick up your landscape waste that is collected in the waste bags and placed on the curb until December 16, 2014. Please collected all landscape waste before that date.




Thanksgiving Safety


Staying Safe on Thanksgiving
Safety in the Kitchen during the holidays is important, especially on Thanksgiving when there is a lot going on around you. Here are some tips on how to stay safe during Thanksgiving:
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking y our turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffeecould cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys,pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off thecounter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children – up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.


Channel 6 Update


Channel 6 Down Due to Power Outage
Due to a power outage that damaged Village Equipment, Channel 6 will be down until the beginning of next week.


Scam Alert!!


IRS Telephone Scam
The Buffalo Grove Police Department continues to receive numerous reports where residents are receiving telephone calls from persons claiming they are from the IRS advising them that they owe taxes.  Please read the attached news release from the IRS explaining their procedures and what you should do if you receive one of these phone calls. Never give out your personal information to anyone over the telephone, and if someone asks for any form of payment, hang up immediately.


Blood Drive


Village to Sponsor Blood Drive
The Village is sponsoring a blood drive on Saturday December 6 from 8 am to 1 pm at the Alcott Center (530 Bernard Drive).
1 out of 3 people will need blood a blood transfusion in their lifetime. The demand for blood is constant. The supply is not. Please attend and help out people in need of blood transfusions.