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Bridge - May 2014

May 29, 2014 - 5:16pm -- sherry
Publication Date: 
Thursday, 29 May 2014

Village of


May 2014 ISSUE #5


On May 13, 2014, the Village Board of Trustees approved An Ordinance Amending

Village Code To Permit Video Gaming On 6-Month Basis. The ordinance temporarily amends Chapter 1 Of Title 10 of the Long Grove Village Code to permit all businesses that have a local Long Grove liquor license to serve alcohol to be eligible for a local video gaming license through the end of this year, December 31, 2014. The Village Board considered the input from numerous residents and groups that were in favor and opposed to video gaming and approved this temporary amendment to provide the residents and businesses an opportunity to evaluate whether or not this use should be permanently allowed in Long Grove.

In an effort to gauge resident opinions on video gaming and many other issues facing the Village, the Village is in the process of engaging a consultant to prepare a village-wide survey of our residents. As always, residents are encouraged to provide input on this and other matters. Please direct comments directly to any of the Village Board Meetings and/or Village Manager David Lothspeich (dlothspeich@longgrove.net). All comments will be distributed to the Village Board.


February 11, 2014. The Village Board accepted the recommendation by the PCZBA and did not direct

Village Counsel to prepare the necessary approval ordinance.

February 4, 2014. The Plan Commission & Zoning Board Of Appeals (PCZBA) recommended denial of the request for a text amendment to allow video gaming within the B-1 Historic District, New Midwest Capital.

January 14, 2014. Anita Bedell, Executive Director of the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol & Addiction Problems (ICAAAP), made a presentation on Video Gambling.

December 10, 2013. At the request of property owner Jerry Forsythe and downtown businesses that have liquor licenses (Long Grove Cafe, Village Tavern, Chatterbox Of Long Grove - New, and Broken Hearth Winery - Proposed), a presentation on Video Gambling was made by Robert and Monica Breslow of Universal Gaming, LLC.

July 13, 2009 Governor Pat Quinn signed the Video Gaming Act (Public Acts 096-0034, 096-0037 and

096-0038) (the “Act”) making Licensed Video Gaming Terminals legal in Illinois. The Act allows for Licensed Video Gaming Terminals to be placed in certain liquor establishments, truck stops and fraternal/veterans clubs throughout the State. The Illinois Gaming Board (the “IGB” or “Board”) has the responsibility of implementing and regulating video gaming in Illinois. Under this Act, a municipality may pass an ordinance prohibiting video gaming within the corporate limits of the municipality. A

county board may pass an ordinance prohibiting video gaming within the unincorporated areas of the county. Video gaming is not allowed in these communities.

September 2009, the Village Board unanimously approved ordinance 2009-O-33 amending the Village Code to prohibit gambling within the Village except with respect to such activities allowed under the Charitable Games Act, PA 84-1303.

Amendment of Chapter 1, Title 10 of the Village Code. Chapter 1, entitled "General Offenses," of Title

10, entitled "Police Regulations," of the Long Grove Village Code is hereby amended by adding a new

Section 10-1-8, which new section shall hereafter be and read as follows:


Except as expressly permitted pursuant to Chapter 9 of this Title 10, there shall be no gambling of any kind allowed within the Village of Long Grove, including use of any gambling device. A "gambling device" is any clock, tape machine, slot machine or other machines or device for the reception of money or other thing of value on chance or skill or upon the action or which money or other thing of value is staked, hazarded, bet, won or lost, including but not limited to, any video gaming terminal, as defined in the Video Gaming Act, 230 ILCS 40/5; or any mechanism, furniture, fixture, equipment or other device designed primarily for use in a gambling place. A "gambling device" does not include:

(a) A coin-in-the-slot operated mechanical device played for amusement which rewards the player with the right to replay such mechanical device, which device is so constructed or devised as to make such result of the operation thereof depend in part upon the skill of the player and which returns to the player thereof no money, property or right to receive money or property.

(b) Vending machines by which full and adequate return is made for the money invested and in which there is no element of chance or hazard.


Tired of being “held hostage” by the weather? It is time to get outside. Long Grove is blessed with a large amount of open spaces and natural areas. Much of this is restored prairie and woodland, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers over the years. Seeing these beautiful areas from your car window is not satisfying enough. The Long Grove Pathways Committee has been working for years to enable residents to actually get out onto pathways to enjoy our beautiful natural areas. Exercise is
a bonus. We are pleased to announce some recent major achievements in this effort, thanks to partnerships with the Village, Park District, individual residents & the Forest Preserve.

Skycrest/Stonehaven/Willowbrook Pathway

Today, thanks to the combined efforts of the Village, the Park District, neighborhood residents, and a generous property easement from a resident, two major pathway sections have recently been completed. There is now a connected path through Skycrest Estates, Stonehaven, & Willowbrook Woods.

Schaeffer Road Path & Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve Path System

We are in the process of joining Schaeffer Road Path to the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve path system. We are partnering with the Forest Preserve to make this connection. This will be a major achievement for our own Village Pathway system.

The Goal

The goal is to continue finding path connections to most all of the Long Grove neighborhoods. Such a pathway system will enhance our home values as well as provide our residents a safe and beautiful alternative to driving to various destinations, including downtown Long Grove.


The Village of Long Grove has promoted green activities for many years. This year we have a new contract with Waste Management. Sixty-four gallon recycling carts were delivered to each residence along with a roll-out cart for our trash. The trash cart lid color determines the service requested. Black lid: limited pickup. Green lid: unlimited pickup. Almost 84% of Long Grove residents chose unlimited service.

Size of Container


Residence Count


96 gallon




96 gallon




64 gallon




35 gallon





Total locations:



Information courtesy of SWALCO

In 2013, of the waste collected by weight in Lake County, 24% was from recyclables. In the fourth quarter, the Village received $1,978.09 for the 259.59 tons of recyclables collected.
Yard waste pick up, for residents that participate in this program, began with the first scheduled Waste Management pick up after April 1. This service continues until the last regularly scheduled pickup before December 1. Yard waste must be placed in Kraft paper lawn bags with a yard waste sticker attached to each bag. Yard waste stickers can be purchased at Sunset Foods. For more information concerning our agreement with Waste Management please see the Waste Management Contract Fact Sheet. (Link to fact sheet on Village Website)
Many electronic recycling events are offered at locations near Long Grove. Please visit the Solid Waste Management of Lake County (SWALCO) website for drop off locations. http://www.swalco.org/Collections/Electronics/Pages/default.aspx#dropoff
New programs have been launched by SWALCO. Recycling of shoes and clothing/ textile is now possible. Drop off of these items can be done at: http://www.swalco.org/Collections/Clothing%20and%20Textiles/Pages/default.aspx http://www.swalco.org/Collections/Shoes/Pages/default.aspx#dropoff
Unwanted medicines, prescriptions, and supplements are accepted at all SWALCO Household Chemical Waste collection events. SAVE A STAR Drug Awareness Foundation has sponsored the installation of pill collection boxes in the following communities in Lake County. Collection boxes are located in their Police Department lobbies.
For information on environment and storm water go to our Long Grove website:


Long Grove’s annual Strawberry Festival will be held on
Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.
Strawberry Festival visitors are invited to enjoy three “berry” special days of decadent strawberry-inspired treats from local merchants and vendors - chocolate covered strawberries, fruit smoothies, ice creams, donuts, baked goods and farm-fresh berries. Plus, delight in strawberry-
themed foods, drinks and merchandise from participating restaurants and shops throughout the weekend. Berry lovers are in strawberry pie eating contests on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to all things strawberry, guests are invited to bring the whole gang and enjoy live entertainment at venues all over town, sip on refreshing beverages in the multiple beer gardens and stroll through the picturesque cobblestone streets of Downtown Long Grove. This is a family affair with plenty of children’s activities including rides, face painting and more!
The Long Grove Strawberry Festival will be open Friday, June 20 and Sunday, June
22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the festival is $5, with all proceeds benefitting the Long Grove Business and Community Partners to support yearly programming and events. For more information visit www.visitlonggrove.com.


The Long Grove Artists Guild Gallery is featuring local artist Dona Blunt in a solo show titled, "Mini But Mighty," beginning July 19 and running through Aug 10. The public is invited to an Artist's Reception at the Gallery on July 20, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to find affordable art by a local artist. Dona's pastel paintings for this show are no larger than 19" x 23", just the right size to fit in your home or office. A percentage of every art sale goes to the Long Grove Arts and Music Council, a 501c3 organization that sponsors the outstanding free summer concerts on Fountain Square.
Come to the Artist's Reception at
3 p.m. on July 20 and stay for the concert at 4 p.m.! Enjoy the Mississippi River Valley Creole music of CREOLE STOMP through the Gallery windows overlooking the square.
The Long Grove Artists Guild Gallery is on Fountain
Square in Long Grove above the Potpourri Shop. The
Gallery's summer hours are Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
or call for an appointment: 847-438-1160.


The Long Grove Park District's For the Birds weekend on May 3rd and 4th, included the

1st Annual Birdhouse competition. The contest attracted almost 50 entries in diverse and creative styles. Entries included both functional birdhouses for outdoor use as well as decorative ones for indoors. The birdhouses were sold in a silent auction, with the proceeds helping to support Reed-Turner Nature Preserve, a local
treasure house of animal and plant diversity located at 3849 Old
McHenry Rd. in Long Grove.
Grand Prize winner in the Functional Birdhouse category was Long Grove resident John Clemetson with "Chickadee Condo," a beautifully handcrafted multi-unit chickadee home. Grand prize winner in the Creative Entry category was Long Grove resident Dona Blunt for "Being Long Grove." Dona's entry was decorated with iconic scenes of Long Grove, including the covered bridge and community church.
Winners in the Adult Division include:

Dona Blunt with her birdhouse creation: Being Long Grove

 Timmie Clemetson (Long Grove) in the Folk Art category for his birdhouse, "The
Red House."
 Steve Keibler (Dundee) in the Predator Proof category for his birdhouse, "Bluebird House with Predator Guard"
 Mike Lawler (Vernon Hills) in the Imitation of a Tree category for his birdhouse, "Chickadee Tube"
 Ann Lesciotto (Skokie) in the Midwest Style category for her birdhouse, "Horizontal"
 Tori Trauscht (Mundelein) in the Foliage Decoration category for her birdhouse,
Winners in the Youth Division include:
“Bright Bird” by Chloe Riffer (Wauconda)
“Feather the House” by Kaylee Riffer (Wauconda)
Winners in the Team Division include:
“Reed-Turner Cabin” by Jim Southwell (Long Grove), Joyce Streff (Chicago), Jeremy Manley (Round Lake), and Mike Pfeiffer (Arlington Heights) of Packaging Corporation of America
Other events of the weekend included live birds of prey, guided bird walks, and Q&A sessions with bird experts on bird watching and attracting birds to your back yard. Watch for announcements of next year’s event in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, why not visit Reed-Turner Nature Preserve - trails are open dawn to dusk?



Garden Walk - June 27

The Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club will hold its Annual Garden Walk on Friday, June 27, starting at 9:00 a.m. The Walk begins at Reed-Turner Nature Center (3849 Old McHenry Road,

Long Grove), followed by a luncheon at The Grove Country Club. Several notable gardens will

be open for viewing for the driving tour, rain or shine. Maps and directions will be provided. Local vendors and artists will be present to showcase their products and services, and provide door prizes. The cost of the event is $35.

The garden walk benefits local student internships at the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature


Reservations are required by June 14. For further information or to make your reservation, contact Stacy at stacyjslogan@gmail.com.


The Long Grove Farmers' Market will open on June 8 and run every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 12. As in past years, there will be a wide array of locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, heirloom sweet corn, fresh cut flowers, gourmet coffee, and free- range, non-GMO fed, no antibiotic large brown eggs. New this year is Simply Wicked Art offering original artwork in various mediums and a monthly car show. Stop by to see the bountiful selection.


Summer Concerts

The Long Grove Arts & Music Council will be hosting the summer concerts again this year at the

Sunset Grove Pavilion located in the Historic Business District. There will be a total of eight concerts beginning Sunday, June 29. Favorite performers Corky Siegel and Howard Levy will kick off the season. The last concert of the season will be Sunday, August 24.

Concerts start at 4 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and perhaps a picnic basket, or purchase food at the concert.

To view the entire concert schedule go to www.lgamc.org/schedule.html. For more

information call 847-722-8989.



"Mommy I'm bored." How many parents have heard those words spoken by their children during their summer vacation? Why not consider signing them up for a class through the Long Grove Park District? Soccer, flag football, golf, track & field, basketball, and iceless hockey are among the sports classes open to children of various ages. For more information visit the Park District website at www.longgroveparkdistrict.com or call 847-438-4743.



The Long Grove Artists Guild is hosting an Invitational art show, "Oh Say Can You See…," on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14at the Artists Guild Gallery. Artists of all ages are invited to participate. For an entry form, visit www.longgroveartistsguild.org.

Also on June 14 at the Artists Guild Gallery, Long Grove artisan Marie Roth will be presenting a program entitled "Old Glory In Barnwood" from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Long Grove Historical Society, in conjunction with the Long Grove Artists Guild, will be holding Historic Long Grove Walking Tours and tours of the antique Farmhouse on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14. The Walking Tours will begin at 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., to be followed by a Farmhouse Tour immediately after. The Walking Tour (easy walking) will take approximately

20 minutes, as will the Farmhouse Tour. Price for both tours together is $5.00. The Walking Tour will commence at the Fountain Square. The Farmhouse is on the Stemple Parking Lot. No reservations are required. The tours will take place following the Flag Day presentation at the Artists Guild. For questions, call (847) 634-6155.


Long Grove Park District

June 2 7 pm Reed-Turner Woodland

Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals

June 3 7 pm Village Hall

1st Aid Class

June 3 6 pm—10 pm Long Grove Fire Dept. For information, call Katie at 847-634-3143

$15 In-District Residents $30 Out-of-District Residents

Conservancy/Scenic Corridor Committee

June 4 7 pm Village Hall


June 5 6 pm—10 pm Long Grove Fire Dept. For information, call Katie at 847-634-3143

$15 In-District Residents $30 Out-of-District Residents


June 8 9 am - 1 pm Historic Business District


June 8 10 am - 3 pm Historic Business District

Board of Trustees

June 10 7 pm Village Hall


June 15 9 am - 1 pm Historic Business District

Architectural Commission

June 16 7 pm Village Hall

Board of Trustees

June 24 7 pm Village Hall


June 20, 21, 22 10 am - 6 pm Historic Business District

Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club

Annual Garden Walk & Lunch

June 27 9:00 am Reed-Turner Woodland

Reservations Required


June 29 9 am - 1 pm Historic Business District

LGAMC SUMMER CONCERT Corky Siegel & Howard Levy

June 29 4 p.m.–6 p.m. Sunset Grove Pavilion

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