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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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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.

Toys for Tots

The Village of Riverwoods is doing its second annual Toys for Tots drive. The drop off dates start on November 15, 2016 - December 20, 2016. Please bring new, unwrapped gifts to our temporary Village Hall at 320 Portwine Rd. Any questions? Please call 847-945-3990. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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.

Woodland Animals in Winter

Animal species have two general approaches to winter: migration and adaptation.

Happy 2017!

As we start the New Year, I am pleased to report that the state of the  Village is excellent.  Our operating budget has a surplus of revenues over expenses.  The new Village Hall is well on its way to completion, on schedule and on budget. Portwine Road has been repaved using state-provided funds from the Motor Fuel Tax Fund. 

Shiny New Fire Engine

We are proud to announce the purchase and addition to our fleet of fire apparatus. This new fire engine is quite dif-ferent from the traditional fire service engine. This fire engine carries all of the equipment as its replacement along with a compliment of fire hose, ladders, heavy rescue equipment, 500 gallons of water (capable of pumping up to 1500 gallons per minute), and seats four firefighter paramedics. It also has advanced life support equipment to assist our paramedics during emergency incidents. The fire engine is smaller than our traditional fire engines, and our ambulances are a little longer in length. This shorter-sized engine allows for a tighter turning radius on smaller streets and harder to get to places, less wear/ tear on mechanical components, stress to roads, etc. within our Fire District. The cost of the engine was approximately 
$150,000 less than our traditional fire engines. The new fire engine will be located at Station 53 for a trial period, but more likely is suited for the topography of Riverwoods.

Reminder to Keep Fire Hydrants Visible and Accessible in the Snow

The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District would like to remind residents of the importance of having snow removed from around fire hydrants. With the recent snow storms many area fire hydrants have become invisible and inaccessible due to being covered in snow. We would like to ask residents to assist the Fire Department by removing the snow from the fire hydrants if they are able. In the unfortu-nate event of a house fire, the time spent trying to locate a fire hydrant buried in snow can make a critical difference in the outcome.

Village to Utilize Services of the Center for Conflict Resolution

Riverwoods Police Officers often mediate disputes between community members.  Many disputes are settled on the spot with the assistance of police officers.  Others are more complicated and involve more time and resources.  One resource successfully used in other municipalities is the  Center for Conflict Resolution.  The Riverwoods Police De-partment will be referring some of these more complicated disputes to the Center when the involved parties are open to mediation.  The following is an article from the Illinois Mu-nicipal League Newsletter with more information.

Brushwood Center at Ryerson

In 2016, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods announced a new partnership with The Field Museum. This quarterly speaker series is designed to inform northern Illinois residents on new and brilliant research underway at The Field Museum - without the long drive to Chicago. This new partnership gives The Field Museum a chance to reach their northern neighbors while allow-ing the Brushwood Center a chance to further the conversation on important environmental and cultural issues that impact our region and world.

Stevenson High School Celebrates The McCartney Years

The Stevenson High School Foundation’s Professional Performance Series welcomes the community to enjoy inspir-ing artists at Stevenson’s world-class performing arts theaters.
For more info and to purchase tickets, visit or call 847-415-4121.

Dear Plant Ladies

The snow is so deep that my plants are buried. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? – The phrase “blanket of snow” is more than a visual description – it’s accurate in terms of warmth. Snow is an excellent insulator for gardens, landscapes and hibernating animals by protecting against low temperatures, damaging winds and temperature fluc-tuations. Snow cover protects buds, foliage branches, stems and roots. Generally, temperatures beneath a layer of snow increase about 2 degrees for each inch of accumulation.

Summer Dreaming — Winter Composting

Although it’s only January, does the winter already seem to have gone on too long? Are you already dreaming about your summer garden? If so, then composting with worms is an easy winter project that will benefit not only your summer garden but the greater environment as well.

Holiday Tree Recycling

The stockings are empty.  The tree is looking sad.  Yes, Virginia, it’s the aftermath of Christmas.

Holiday Lights Recycling

Did you know that under Illinois Law small electronics are not to be put into regular garbage to go to landfills? All electronics, including holiday lights, are to be recycled and properly disposed of at one of the county recycling centers. You can find the year-round drop-off locations at the SWALCO website It’s well worth yout time to do the research and do the right thing to protect our environment. In Riverwoods, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will pick up elec-tronics at the curbside on the first pick-up day of each month.

Winter Recreation

Before heading out to a Lake County Forest Preserve for a winter hike or a twirl on the ice, check for status updates online, or call our 24-hour winter sports hotline at 847-968-3235. A recorded message conveys current trail and ice conditions for sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice skating.

Dog Parks

The Lake County Forest Preserves offer four uniquely dif-ferent outdoor areas where dogs can exercise, play, swim and so-cialize off-leash. An annual or daily permit and a dog are required for entry.