Hawthorn Woods was ranked as the #2 safest city in Illinois for 2018 by HomeSnacks. Using the FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Report, HomeSnacks looked at cities in Illinois with a population of more than 5,000 people and created a safety index for each place by averaging violent crimes per capita and property crimes per capita. Hawthorn Woods is proud to be one of the safest places to live in the entire state of Illinois. We thank our residents, along with our exceptional Police Department, as we work in unison to keep Hawthorn Woods one of the safest and most desirable places to live.
Now hiring! The Village of Hawthorn Woods is currently accepting applications from individuals 16 years of age and older to be part of our team this summer. Work outdoors, build professional skills, and enjoy your summer working in a team environment. We are proud to hire dedicated and hardworking individuals. Open positions include: camp counselor, lifeguard, concessions staff, office staff, and public works staff. Apply today to become part of our great team! View open positions and application instructions at www.vhw.org/jobs.
The Village of Hawthorn Woods has received the prestigious SolSmart Community Award, a nationwide program led by the national nonprofit group, The Solar Foundation, and funded by the United States Department of Energy. SolSmart uses objective criteria to award communities points based on the actions they take to reduce barriers to solar energy development. Communities that qualify are designated gold, silver, or bronze. Hawthorn Woods met the qualifications to receive the Sol...Smart silver status by meeting several standards that promote and encourage the use of solar energy in the Village. The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, an organization of 275 municipalities in the Chicago region, acted as an advisor to lead the State of Illinois in this effort. Hawthorn Woods, along with fourteen other communities in Illinois, received the SolSmart proclamation from Governor Rauner. Hawthorn Woods now joins an elite group of municipal leaders in the state of Illinois to earn the award. Read more: http://www.vhw.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=356
Yesterday, Dr. Kaine Osburn, Superintendent of School District 95, spoke to our senior group at our monthly gathering.
Join us at our next gathering being held on Wednesday, March 14th at noon in the Village Barn. A representative from Lake County Forest Preserves will be our guest speaker.
The National Weather Service (Chicago) has provided the following information regarding the upcoming snow storm:
• There is a winter storm warning beginning at 6pm today and lasting at least 24 hours, perhaps longer.
• Hawthorn Woods is right on the edge of a 10-14” snowfall for the first snow event.
• Snow will fall up to 2” per hour, the heaviest falling between 2-8am with low visibility and hazardous travel.
• The Friday morning and afternoon commutes will be significa...ntly impacted.
• All non-essential travel should be avoided during the storm. Very hazardous travel is expected Friday morning.
Due to the dangerous weather conditions, the Village Hall will be closed on Friday, February 9, 2018. Public Works snow plow drivers and the Police Department will be working for the duration of the snow event.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. For Public Works non-emergency calls, please contact Public Works at (847) 540-5227 and leave a message. You can also visit our website at www.vhw.org and select Report a Concern on the left menu.
Keep in mind, the Village of Hawthorn Woods prohibits overnight parking on all Village streets. This greatly assists snow removal operations.
Also, Waste Management has informed us that they will not be running their trucks tomorrow, so the Friday garbage service will be moved to Saturday.
Snow is expected tonight and through tomorrow. Our snow plows are ready. Remember to drive with caution. Roadway surfaces do not provide as much traction as would otherwise exist.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for this evening through Friday for counties along and north of I-80. Please see a separate graphic detailing this event. S...now continues into the day Saturday but favors areas southeast of a Mendota to Chicago line. Snow finally exits the area later in the day Sunday with high pressure building overhead on Monday.
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County is hosting a household chemical drop-off event Saturday, February 10th at their facility located at 1311 N. Estes Street in Gurnee.
Appointments are required for drop-off events located at the Gurnee Facility to ensure safety & efficiency. Collections are for residential waste only. No business waste will be accepted. All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE for Illinois residents ONLY. Visit the SWALCO website to schedule your appointment.
Items you can bring to a collection include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescription, over-the-counter medicines and supplements (people and pet), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints (NO LATEX) and varnishes, as well as other household chemicals. For a more detailed list, visit SWALCO's HCW website.
The Village would like to thank residents for taking the time to participate in the Infrastructure Improvement Plan survey. Your input is critical in developing a cost-effective, long-term solution to adequately fund our highest priority infrastructure needs and protect property values village-wide. We appreciate your feedback, and received a survey return response rate greater than 20%.
The data gathered from the survey was analyzed. We have prepared a summary letter which should be arriving to your mailbox shortly. To view the letter, along with answers to your top 20 questions, please visit www.vhw.org/InfrastructureImprovementPlan.
At the January 22nd Village Board meeting, the Board of Trustees recognized Officer Alexander Miller for leading the police department in the number of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests in 2017. Officer Miller accounted for 27.5% of the total DUI arrests in 2017. His achievement will be recognized by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) with a Certificate of Achievement.
Every year, thousands of vehicle crashes occur as a result of people driving under the influence causing unnecessary death, injury and property damage. We are proud of our team of officers who work diligently every day to ensure a safe community.
Village Hall will be open today, January 27th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon to process your vehicle sticker and dog tag applications which are due January 31, 2018.
As always, we are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also mail your application and payment to 2 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047, or you can utilize our drop box which is located at the main entrance to Village Hall. Mailed applications must be postmarked January 31, 2018 or earlier. Late fees will be assessed on Thursday, February 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please call Amy Belmonte at (847) 847-3537 or Karen Baker at (847) 847-3586.