Lake County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

The Lake Villa Craft Beer Festival will be held from 2-6 p.m. July 15 at Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave. The event (for ages 21 and up) includes more than 30 beer vendors offering at least 65 types of craft beer, and wine, and live music.

Buffalo Grove

Former village trustee Trilling honored for service

The village recently honored Steven Trilling, who resigned from the Village Board after 15 years of service due to moving out of Buffalo Grove. In 1993, Trilling was appointed to the Appearance Commission, and he joined the Planning Commission in 1995. He was elected as a village trustee in 2002. As a Village Board member, Trilling served as a liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and also served on the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, the Buffalo Grove Days and Farmers Market committees, and the Commission for Residents with Disabilities. During his tenure, the village was awarded a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investor Services and a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, and was named No. 23 on the list of the top 100 safest cities in the United States by NeighborhoodScout. Trilling’s resignation became effective July 1.



Community Assoc. names Donavan Citizen of the Year

The village reported that the Lincolnshire Community Association (LCA) recently recognized Leslie Donavan as the 2017 Citizen of the Year for her continual volunteerism and significant contributions to Lincolnshire over a span of 28 years. Donavan was responsible for publishing the village’s 4th of July brochure for 10 years, and she also ran the annual December Luminaria Fundraiser, assisted with the Halloween Boo Fest and helped organize recruitment efforts for the LCA. She also served as a member of the Lincolnshire Plan Commission for 10 years, and was one of the early volunteer board members of the School District 103 Learning Fund. In addition, Donavan continues to support not-for-profit Lincolnshire organizations by generously donating personalized, painted items to auctions and benefit events, and also donates time to various local organizations addressing violence against women.


 Lake Villa

 Lake Villa Craft Beer Festival on tap

The Lake Villa Craft Beer Festival will be held from 2-6 p.m. July 15 at Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave. The event (for ages 21 and up) includes more than 30 beer vendors offering at least 65 types of craft beer, and wine, and live music. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from Bauer’s Catering. Admission is $40 (in advance) and includes a commemorative tasting glass and three-ounce samples from the various breweries. Designated driver admission is $10 and includes complimentary water and soda. To register online, visit For more information, call (847) 356-6100 or visit


Highland Park

Neukrich earns Outstanding Manager Award

The city announced that Highland Park City Manager Ghida Neukrich was recently recognized with an Outstanding Manager Award by the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants for her extensive contributions to Highland Park and the municipal management profession. Accomplishments during Neukrich’s tenure as City Manager include maintaining the city’s Aaa bond rating, completing a municipal consolidation of fire and EMS to provide services to the City of Highwood, and the completion of multiple public works projects, including ravine stabilization and reconstruction of parking facilities using sustainable construction materials. In addition, Neukrich’s extensive outreach through various community organizations resulted in the creation of the Career Exploration Program for Highland Park High School students and annual training programs for city staff. Neukrich also volunteers as a guest lecturer for master’s degree programs at various universities. For more information, call (847) 432-0800 or visit



Library to host Craftapalooza event

The Indian Trails Public Library District Main Library, 355 Schoenbeck Road, will host Craftapalooza from 1-3 p.m. July 15. The event (for ages 14 and up) includes six different craft stations for participants, including making mobiles with Barb Ottolino of The Cultivated Choice, felt soap with Shari Pontillo of Twisted Fiber Studio, greeting cards with Anne Warman of Stampin’ Up, paper flowers with Karina Guico and more. Registration is required. To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 459-4100, Ext. 312, send an email to or visit



 Village offers 50/50 rain barrel, compost bin program

The village, in cooperation with the Environmental Commission, is offering a 50/50 rain barrel and compost bin reimbursement program. The program will allow residents to become more sustainable by reducing water consumption as well as improving soil and plant life. Participating residents will be reimbursed 50 percent of the cost of up to three rain barrels or a compost bin up to $75, excluding sales tax, delivery and accessories. Program dollars will be disbursed by the village to participating homeowners after proof of purchase is demonstrated with a paid receipt and residency is verified. Households may participate once during the village’s fiscal year (May 1 to April 30). Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To access a reimbursement program form, visit For more information, contact Village Hall at (847) 356-8252 or via email at


Lake Forest

Lifelong resident Saran nets distinguished public service award

The city announced that lifelong Lake Forest resident Deborah Stride Saran was recently presented with this year’s Lawrence R. Temple Award for distinguished public service. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate leadership, responsiveness to the public and city staff, and a long duration and scope of service. Saran is a past president of the Women’s Board of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, a current member of the hospital’s Board of Directors and the current co-chair of the hospital’s “Our Legacy. Our Future” campaign. She has also worked with the Infant Welfare Society, both Lake Forest school districts, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, and other local non-profit organizations, and has volunteered for numerous community events and celebrations through the years.

–Lake County News Briefs–