Lake County News Briefs

The Lake County Municipal League recently recognized the Buffalo Grove Police Department as one of the winners of the Law Enforcement Innovation Awards Program.

Lake County

FEMA program offers flood insurance help

Lake County announced that property owners residing in unincorporated Lake County may be eligible to save an average of $271 a year on their flood insurance policies. Currently, there are more than 1,000 flood insurance policies on record in unincorporated Lake County. Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program, residents within unincorporated Lake County — who meet certain requirements — are eligible for up to 20 percent savings on flood insurance premiums. This results in a potential annual total savings of nearly $275,000 overall for residents across the county. Lake County has participated in the CRS program since 2008, saving property owners thousands of dollars on their policies. Residents eligible for the program are encouraged to contact their insurance agent for coverage information, pricing and CRS flood insurance discount information. For more information, call (847) 377-2000 or visit


Park Dist. earns IAPD Arts in the Park Award

The Deerfield Park District recently earned first place in judging for the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Helen Doria Arts in the Park Award. The 2017 nominations for the award were judged by Arts Alliance Illinois. The Arts in the Park Award is named in memory of Helen Doria, who dedicated her career to creating a space for the arts in Chicago parks. The award recognizes agencies that support the arts and partner with artists and organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities. The Deerfield Park District reported that more than 1,380 people participated in its various arts programs within the last year, with another 3,300 attending shows and concerts. For more information, call (847) 945-0650 or visit


Public Works to host open house event

The village announced that Mundelein Public Works and Engineering will host its first-ever Snow and Ice Control Open House from 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Public Works Facility, 440 E. Crystal Lake Street. Attendees will tour the facility, see equipment demonstrations and get a close-up view of village trucks. In addition, Public Works and Engineering staff members will discuss snow and ice control operations in Mundelein. All ages are welcome. To register for the event, and for more information, call Kelsey Langeler at (847) 949-3269 or visit

Buffalo Grove

Police Dept. nets Municipal League award

The Lake County Municipal League recently recognized the Buffalo Grove Police Department as one of the winners of the Law Enforcement Innovation Awards Program. The Police Department’s Community Relations Unit, comprised of two Community Officers for Research and Engagement (P-CORE), was awarded second place. The annual awards program recognizes, “exceptional, innovative and extraordinary achievement in law enforcement programs,” as well as municipal initiatives that provide an overall benefit to the law enforcement profession. The purpose of P-CORE, consisting of one Crime Prevention Officer and a Police Social Worker, is to actively engage the community to improve relationships through the collection, analysis and dissemination of data and information at neighborhood meetings, community events, and through social media and a variety of other communication channels. For more information, call the Buffalo Grove Police Department at (847) 459-2560 or visit


Benefit event for Heritage Center Foundation on tap

The village announced the Grayslake Heritage Center Foundation will host a wine tasting and art auction benefit event from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 10 at Renwood Golf Club, 701 E. Shorewood Road, Round Lake. Attendees can enjoy tastings of 25 wines from Antioch Fine Wines and bid on artwork donated by members of the Grayslake Arts Alliance. Tickets are $30 per person in advance (RSVP by Nov. 8) and $35 at the door. All proceeds will help with the preservation of museum collections affected by flooding. For more information, contact Dave Oberg at (847) 543-1745 or via email at — or visit

Highland Park

Area businesses earn annual Mayor’s awards

The city recently recognized Sovereign Brands, 1300 Old Skokie Road; Michael’s Chicago Style Red Hots, 1879 Second Street; and Highland Park Hospital, 777 Park Avenue West, with the 2017 Mayor’s Beautification Award. The Mayor’s Beautification Awards are awarded annually to recognize local commercial businesses or commercial properties that have successfully integrated aesthetics that are consistent with the community brand through attractive landscaping, streetscape, signage and window displays. In addition, Mutual Ace Hardware and Rental, 1393 Half Day Road (100 years); Zengeler Cleaners, 2020 First Street (75 years); the Volunteer Pool of Highland Park, 2031 Sheridan Road (50 years); and Corvette City, 3046 Skokie Valley Road (50 years), each received the Mayor’s Business Recognition Award. The awards are presented for longevity and service. Recipients are recognized at their 50-year milestone and every 25 years thereafter. For more information, call Highland Park Business Development Manager Carolyn Hersch at (847) 926-1027 or visit


Holiday food drive to begin at Ice House Mall   

The village announced that the “Meals of Hope” Holiday Food Drive for Northern Illinois Food Bank will begin Nov. 13 and run through Dec. 27 at Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee Street. Donation boxes will be located near Santa’s Winter Wonderland and throughout the mall. The most-needed items are peanut butter, canned tuna and/or chicken, whole grain pasta and rice, pasta sauce, cereal, dried beans, canned fruits (in own juice), canned vegetables and reduced-sodium soup. Proceeds will benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, which provides food to 70,000 people each week in 13 counties in northern Illinois, and is currently providing food and resources in support of hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Texas. For more information, call (847) 381-6661 or visit


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