Village Board considers ban on assault weapons
The village reported that the Deerfield Village Board recently presented a report concerning the implementation of a ban on assault weapons, as previously undertaken by officials in Highland Park. Following a legal challenge, the Highland Park ordinance was upheld by federal courts. Deerfield adopted an ordinance in July 2013, providing definitions of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, and requiring the safe storage and safe transportation of assault weapons in the village. In the opinion of the village attorney, the adoption of the ordinance met the time window requirement included in the State of Illinois’ Firearm Concealed Carry Act. As a result, the village preserved the right to amend the ordinance in the future. The proposed amendment to the ordinance — based on the Highland Park ordinance — would ban the possession, sale and manufacture of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in Deerfield, and provides for an effective date 60 days after the ordinance goes into effect. For more information, call 847-945-5000 or visit www.deerfield.il.us.
Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner to aid police department
The Wheeling Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association (WCPAAA) All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner will be held from 1-4 p.m. March 18 at Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza, 208 McHenry Road. WCPAAA is a non-profit organization that raises funds to purchase necessary equipment for the Wheeling Police Department that is not available through the village. The event includes an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner (with meat or homemade sauce), salad and garlic bread. Drinks will be sold separately. A 50/50 raffle is scheduled as well. Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and free for children ages 5 and under. For more information, call 847-459-2600 or visit www.wheelingil.gov.
Village earns high marks for long-term bond rating
The village reported that Moody’s Investor Services recently confirmed Buffalo Grove’s AAA long-term bond rating, citing the community’s “favorable location and its affluent demographic profile,” in addition to strong management and a low debt burden. Moody’s stated that the village closed each of the last five fiscal years with positive operations, increasing the operating fund balance to $24.9 million. Other factors given were budgetary flexibility and strong liquidity with available cash balances compared to total government fund expenditures, in addition to the low debt burden. Financial management was rated “strong,” as well as the village’s financial policies and the use of long-range planning documents. Buffalo Grove is one of only a handful of communities in Illinois to hold the highest bond rating available from Moody’s, representing less than 1 percent of the 1,299 municipalities statewide. For more information, call 847-459-2500 or visit www.vbg.org.
Library to host special program on climate change
The River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., will host “Climate Change: The Earth Calls to Us,” a special program sponsored by River Forest Township and the River Forest Sustainability Commission, from 2-4 p.m. March 18. Richard Treptow, PhD, a retired Chicago State University professor, will review the causes, consequences and cures for climate change. Eric Simon of the River Forest Sustainability Commission will then provide information on how to participate in local initiatives to help support the fight against climate change. In addition, representatives from ComEd will be on hand to sign residents up for free energy evaluations. For more information, call 708-366-5205 or visit www.riverforestlibrary.org.
Williams graduates from prestigious police program
The village reported that Sgt. Keith Sullivan of the Tinley Park Police Department recently graduated from the prestigious School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. Sullivan successfully completed the 10-week program, hosted by the Central Illinois Police Training Center, in Peoria, on Jan. 19. The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of 27 core blocks, and additional optional blocks, during each session. Major topics of study include Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting and Resource Allocation. The SPSC program is designed, in part, to provide graduates with opportunities to pursue leadership positions within their respective agencies. For more information, call 708-444-5000 or visit www.tinleypark.org.
Triton College to host Triton Troupers Circus
Triton College will host the Triton Troupers Circus at 7 p.m. March 22 and 23, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 24 in the Robert M. Collins Gymnasium (R Building), 2000 Fifth Ave. The Triton Troupers — comprised of nearly 100 members from Cook, DuPage, Kane and Boone counties — perform a variety of acts, including tightrope walking, stunts, cycling, juggling, the gymwheel, teeterboard, stilt walking and more. Tickets are $6 (no debit or credit cards accepted) and will be available at the door. Doors open an hour before showtime. A clown pre-show is included. In addition, the 1 p.m. show on March 24 will be interpreted for the hearing impaired by the Triton College Center for Access and Accommodation Services. For more information, call 708-456-0300 or visit www.triton.edu.
Schaumburg High student nets community service award
The village announced that Schaumburg High School sophomore Matthew Williams has been named an Illinois Distinguished Finalist in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, which recognizes impressive youth community service activities throughout the nation. Since June 2016, Williams has been responsible for expanding and maintaining the parent resource library at a local Easter Seals facility, stretching limited resources to ensure that parents of children with disabilities have the necessary information to help their kids gain independence. Williams is one of eight high school students in the state to earn District Finalist honors. For more information, call 847-755-4600 or visit www.shs.d211.org.
–Cook County News Briefs–