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Building a New Home in the Woods An Update on Village Projects 2017 Riverwoods Village Election Summertime at Brushwood Center Focusing on a Healthy and Native Woodland Controlling Mosquitoes While Protecting Bees

Municipal Electric Aggregation

The Village of Riverwoods voters approved a referendum allowing the Village to enter into an electricity purchasing agreement for its residential and small business customers.

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Green Power Program

All residents purchasing electricity through MC Squared are receiving savings over what they would have been paying under the current ComEd rates.

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Village-To-Resident Notification System

The Village of Riverwoods utilizes Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification

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Mosquito control applications

The Southlake Mosquito Abatement District will be performing the first of two Village wide adult mosquito control application this week by truck mounted applicator this evening, August 15, 2017, of all Village streets, weather conditions permitting.

To all residents:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and myself, I would like to say thank you to the residents who attended the August 8, 2017 Town Hall meeting on the possible widening of Deerfield Rd. by the Lake County Department of Transportation (LDOT).

Approximately 92 residents attended and provided the Board of Trustees with a diverse cross section of ideas and opinions. You may be assured that we are reviewing all suggestions and comments, and incorporating many of them into our strategy for dealing with this issue. In addition, it will be helpful in our dealings with LDOT to be able to document our residents’ concerns about how widening Deerfield Rd. would impact our core values as a community.

Finally, we appreciate the way in which the residents conducted themselves. Unlike other communities, in which town meetings often degenerate into shouting matches and chaos, the residents of Riverwoods acted in a mature, reasoned fashion. This allowed everyone to have a chance to be heard. You are all to be commended.

We look forward to talking with you all again sometime this fall after the next Stakeholder Involvement Group meeting conducted by LDOT.

Free water sample analysis

As you know, the Lake County Health Department is offering a free water sample analysis to people who have had their water well impacted by the recent flooding. The free testing is intended only for these people because of the increased risk that the well may have become contaminated. When handing out the bottles and sampling instructions, please confirm with the people that they have experienced at least one of the three following conditions:

  1. The well is currently submerged under flood waters. The homeowner should wait for flood waters to recede before collecting a water sample. First flush the well and plumbing by running a hose (not to septic system) for an hour or more until clear. Then the well and plumbing should be disinfected by a licensed well contractor prior to water sample collection.
  2. If the well is not submerged but floodwaters surround the well, the homeowner should flush the well and plumbing by running a hose (not to septic system) for an hour or more until clear. Then collect a water sample.
  3. If the homeowner is unsure if the well was submerged, the homeowner should first flush the well and plumbing by running a hose (not to septic system) for an hour or more until clear. Then collect a water sample.

As a precaution, do not drink or cook with the well water until it is determined the water does not contain bacteria. It should be assumed the well water is contaminated if any one of these above conditions exist. Retail bottled water should be used for cooking and drinking needs during this time.

If the initial water sample is unsatisfactory, we will allow one free retest for total coliform.

If there are any questions, please contact the Lake County Health Department at 847-377-8020.

Lake County Health Department
Water Well Program

Sanitary sewer smoke testing

To All Residents: Sanitary sewer smoke testing will begin August 3rd or 4th. Harmless smoke could enter a residence through a drain trap which has dried out or some other plumbing defect such as an un-trapped washing machine drain, cracked pipe, garbage disposal or dishwasher not installed correctly. If a resident calls in, let them know that if smoke can enter their home then dangerous sewer gases can also. Have them locate one of the smoke testing crew members to assist in locating where the smoke entered the home.

Flooding update (7/18/2017)

The Village of Riverwoods is currently conducting an Individual Damage Assessment of residences and businesses impacted by the flood. If you sustained structural or property damage from flooding, please respond to this email or contact Riverwoods Chief of Police Bruce Dayno at 847-945-1130.

Lake County has received a State disaster proclamation due to the widespread flooding in our region, but iIt is not known at this time what Federal funding, if any, will be available for uninsured costs.

In addition to contacting the Village:

  • Fill out this form to report your damage to Lake County Emergency Management Agency. (This is in addition to reporting to the Village. FEMA may need verification on claims.)
  • If your home or personal property was damaged by the flooding, contact your insurance company to determine coverage and start the claim process.
  • Clean-up: Complete emergency clean-up activities that may include removing water damaged property (carpeting, cabinets).
  • Repairs: Consider waiting to conduct repair work, such as replacing drywall or carpeting. This is important because officials may need to inspect impacted facilities as a part of the damage assessment process. While we don't know if federal assistance will become available, doing non-emergency repair work before the damage assessment process is complete may cause the repairs to be ineligible for future FEMA financial assistance.The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has an FAQ with more information about this process.
  • Document your flood damage with pictures, and keep all receipts related to the clean-up and repair of your property.

Flooding update

We received an estimated 6 to 8 inches of rain overnight and early this morning. That resulted in significant surface flooding, most of which has receded.

We are now facing a more severe threat from river flooding. The weather service has just updated its projected crest, raising it to 18 ft from the earlier 17.5 ft., with the river now expected to crest at about noon Saturday. By way of reference, the April 2013 crest was 16.4 ft.

We have had five truck loads of sand delivered to the Village Hall. We have had people filling bags all day, starting with contracted laborers who were then supplemented by volunteers. I don't have the exact number of volunteers at this time, but I know it is over 40 and probably more.

We are advising residents in east Meadowlake and along Thornmeadow, as well as a few other locations, to consider relocating until next week. We are coordinating our efforts with the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire District.

We will try to keep you updated.

John W. Norris
Mayor, Village of Riverwoods

Des Plaines River Flooding

This is a message from Riverwoods Police Chief Bruce Dayno concerning possible flooding from the Des Plaines River. The River is expected to continue rising rapidly today and overnight, with the crest anticipated at 7am tomorrow morning.

The Village has received a shipment of sand bags and sand for residents to pick up at Village Hall, 300 Portwine Road. There is also limited labor available to fill bags. We do not have staff available to place bags for residents.

If you plan to sand bag, please remember that they are best used strategically to protect the lowest openings of your home. Stack them around doorways and window wells. They can be made more effective if you provide plastic sheeting on the water side.

For now sand and bags are available only at Village Hall. We are making arrangements to set up another station at Brentwood for residents west of the river and will send an update when we do.

Special pricing for homes of Riverwoods of Lakeshore Recycling Systems services that have been affected by flooding

$15 per yard with a 2 yard minimum – for general household material and construction debris. Material must be placed at the curb, no electronics or white goods.

Large clean outs from floods –

  • 20yd open top: $375 up to 5 tons, over 5 tons $55 per ton
  • 30yd open top: $425 up to 6 tons, over 6 tons $55 per ton

Residents can call in to customer service at 773-685-8811 option 3 to schedule an extra pick up or roll off dumpster or they can go on our website at

Mosquito Control Application

Any Village of Riverwoods resident can be added to the prior notification list to receive a call the day of an adult mosquito control application in their area by registering by one of the three following ways.

  1. Call the mosquito hotline at (800) 942-2555 and asked to be placed on the prior notification list (full name, address and telephone #) for the Southlake Mosquito Abatement District for Riverwoods.
  2. Email (full name, address and telephone #)
  3. Register at under the “Notify Me About Spraying” red tab/button on the home page. Complete the form which includes full name, address and telephone #.

Residents can also report water which has been standing for more than 3 days as a potential mosquito breeding site at #1 and #3. If it is a new site, we will send a technician out to inspect and treat the water, if it is breeding mosquitoes, at no additional fee to the Village or resident.

Riverwoods Village Hall Grand Opening

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12 noon
300 Portwine Road, Riverwoods, IL

Mayor John W. Norris and the Village of Riverwoods Board of Trustees invite you to the grand opening of our newly-completed Riverwoods Village Hall, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12 noon, 300 Portwine Road, Riverwoods, IL. Refreshments will be served.

Hazard Tree Survey

The Village Forester/Certified Arborist has completed the Hazard Tree Survey. Our final letter with locations will be mailed NOV 11, 2016. Hazardous trees must be removed by Jan 13, 2017. After that FINAL deadline, the Village will remove remaining trees and charge-back our costs plus 10% to each resident that has not complied.

Compost Pickup

Lakeshore Waste does have compost pickup for a nominal fee. For more info call 773-685-8811

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out an interactive tax bill to help you better understand what is included on your bill. Also, below are some of the most frequently asked questions the Treasurer's Office has received. View more on the Treasurer's Office website.

Question: I never received my tax bill. What should I do?
Answer: Call the Treasurer’s office at 847-377-2323 or print a bill on the Treasurer's Office website. Duplicate Tax Bill page.

Question: What if I have my bill, but I lost my payment stubs?
Answer: Be sure to write the parcel number on your check. You can also download a copy of your tax bill with a payment stub at the Payment Status screen.

Question: I did not live here in 2015. Why did I receive a 2015 tax bill?
Answer: The tax remains with the property regardless of ownership. To determine your liability for paying the tax, check your closing statement to see if the seller gave you credit, or contact your attorney.

Property Tax Payment Options

U.S. Mail - Mail your payment using the envelopes provided with your bill. It must be postmarked on or before the due date in order to avoid penalty. To mail in your payment, send it to the Treasurer's Office P.O. Box located in Bedford Park, IL.

Other property tax payment options include: drop box, in person at most Lake County banks, and at the Lake County Treasurer's Office, online, or by phone.

Visit the treasurer's website at for more information, including billing history, property tax exemptions, and more.

Riverwoods Celebrates a Grand New Home in the Woods

The formal Ribbon Cutting on Friday June 23rd and the village-wide Open House the following day, both went extremely well.  Approximately 90 guests, including a number of several representatives from neighboring communities, attended the formal ribbon cutting, hosted by Mayor Norris and the Board of Trustees.  Over 100 residents visited the Open House on Saturday, talking with staff and the mayor, enjoying homemade cookies, and getting a tour of the new Village Hall.  

Mayor's Letter

I had planned to talk about the Ribbon Cutting at the opening of the new Village Hall and about Deerfield Road.  Mother Nature changed my plans.

Riverwoods Police Partners with OfferUp on MeetUp Spots

The Riverwoods Police Department is participating in OfferUp’s MeetUp Spots program. The program will help eliminate the need for two strangers to exchange items at a home or residence. Having a designated public space to conduct a transaction can help deter criminal intent and activity.

Deerfield Road Corridor Project

What is this and why may it be needed?

Deerfield Road Study Update from Lake County Division of Transportation

Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is the lead agency for a Phase I Engineering Study of Deerfield Road from the Milwaukee Avenue intersection to the Saunders/Riverwoods Road intersection. This project is following the federal project development process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and is overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As part of the federal project requirements, an Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared for this project, which is a concise public document that evaluates the significance of impacts for a transportation project. An EA is organized into four main sections: the purpose and need for the proposed action, alternatives, environmental impacts, and project coordination.

Book Club Returns to Village Hall

On Thursday, September 14, the Riverwoods Book Club will meet for the first time at the new and improved Village Hall.  

Brentwood Dinner Held in Appreciation of Local Physicians

Brentwood North recently hosted a dinner in appreciation of our physicians and their 43 combined years of service to the Brentwood community.  In attendance were Dr. Bornstein, Dr. Zwierzycki, Dr. Podolski, Dr. Shah, Dr. Schott, Dr. Lavie, and Lawrence Cabatu, NP.  They were hosted by Jack Kropp, Administrator, Leida Masikat, Director of Nursing,  and facility staff.  Also in attendance was our Chairman, Mr. Sidney Glenner, our CEO, Mr. Daniel Glenner, and our CNO, Dr. Michelle Stuercke.  We are very grateful for all they do for our community and our patients and would like to take this opportunity to once again recognize them for their contribution to the Riverwoods community.

Forbs, Friends, and Keeping Our Woodlands Healthy

Our Plant Sale Committee took a big gamble this year and for the first time ever, all ordering was done completely on-line, and the plants offered were 100% native species. Both aspects contributed to a successful plant sale which by the way, took place back at 300 Portwine, our new Village Hall. 

Riverwoods 2017 Easter photos