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Halloween Insensitivity: Enough With The Headless Decor

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Phil Gayter of Lake Bluff. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.

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Phil Gayter of Lake Bluff saw this Halloween decoration of a dangling head outside a Lake Bluff home, and it made him shudder.

“Don’t people get it?” he asked. “Do they not listen to the news and hear about the beheadings of Americans on a regular basis? Do they not know about innocent people (and children) being slaughtered like this, in Syria? Are we such a spoiled and cosseted community that we don’t know the sensitivity here? Come on neighbor, open your eyes and ears. I LOVE Halloween too, but come on …”


Is this really what Halloween is about?

Is this really what Halloween is about?

Preservation Group Plans Architectural Tour of Genesee Theatre

Submitted by the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation

Don't be caught in line - Tours of the Genesee Theatre start promptly at 4:15!

Don’t be caught in line – Tours of the Genesee Theatre start promptly at 4:15!

The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation invites everyone to a guided tour of the 1927 grand Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Sunday, November 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. You’ll view areas not seen by the public, learn the history of the glorious theatre and be treated to a glass of wine.

Members – free of charge
Non-members – $10 (may apply toward new membership).

Reservations requested. Please call 847-234-1230 or email

Free parking next to theatre.

Local Legends To Feature Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra

Submitted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society

Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis

Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis


The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society’s fifth annual Local Legends event honors Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra. Bill and Donna will take us behind the scenes of Kurtis Productions, television news broadcasting and their conservation efforts.

The event takes place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 8 at Lake Forest High School. Tickets are $75 and are available at Don’t miss this opportunity to get the scoop on their fascinating story!

About Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra:

Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra have loved working together from the day they first met in the Channel 2 Newsroom nearly 35 years ago. Bill was the anchorman and Donna, the executive news producer. Their collaboration created one of the most exciting and honored newscasts in the history of local television news.

Together in Chicago, they crafted a third place TV station into the number one evening news program, sending Bill all over the world, making in depth reporting their hallmark. Documentaries became their passion, and they formed their own company, Kurtis Productions, with the mission of turning out educational and informational programs for PBS and eventually A&E, CNBC, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. Their combined interest in conservation and land stewardship led them not only to create documentaries on the subject, but to acquire 65 acres in Mettawa, just west of Lake Forest for prairie and woodland restoration and to create formal gardens. Over a decade ago, they traded in their subscription to Home & Garden for the Cattleman Magazine when they turned overgrazed pasture land in the Flint Hills of Kansas into the Red Buffalo Ranch. This is the home of Tallgrass Beef.

Local Legends is a celebration of our community’s superstars. In previous years, our Local Legends have shared little known stories and behind the scenes anecdotes that have not been heard before. After the interview, there will be a light reception for guests and the honorees.

Tickets to the event cost $75, and proceeds benefit the Historical Society’s programs, exhibits and collections. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Historical Society at 847.234.5253 or visit

John Hughes’ Widow Donates Estate to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

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Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital announced that it has received as a donation the Lake Forest home of Nancy L. Hughes — widow of the late movie producer John Hughes — to help in the development of its new hospital building, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Hughes is contributing her 11,233-square-foot-home and surrounding two-acre property on Westminster as a charitable gift.

“John loved the beauty of Lake Forest; I love Lake Forest,” said Hughes in a press release issued by the hospital. “So when the opportunity to help advance the hospital presented itself, it was an easy decision to make.” Her husband was widely known for such 1980s blockbusters as the “Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the “Home Alone” franchise.

“We are very grateful for this generous gift from Mrs. Nancy Hughes,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Lake Forest Hospital, in the press release. “It’s because of the support of partners like Mrs. Hughes that we are able to bring health innovation, advanced medical research and quality patient care to our community and Chicago’s north region.”

Proceeds from the eventual sale of the home — whose estimated value is $4.5 million, according to— will benefit the new $378 million facility, which is the largest economic project in Lake Forest history.

Please click on the following links for information about the Lake Forest Hospital Campus Expansion Plan and the fundraising campaign.

Lake Forest, Lake Bluff Firefighters, Cop Honored For Saving A Life

From left: Lake Bluff firefighter/paramedic Matt Kluchka; Lake Bluff Police Officer Jim Reynolds; patient Bruce Stromberg;  Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Joe Stanonik; and Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Nick Savel.  The patient, Bruce Stromberg, attended the event to speak about his experience having a heart attack and being treated by this team.

From left: Lake Bluff firefighter/paramedic Matt Kluchka; Lake Bluff Police Officer Jim Reynolds; patient Bruce Stromberg; Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Joe Stanonik; and Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Nick Savel. Photo from Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital; not shown: team member Russell Kluchka.


Last January a group of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff emergency personnel saved local resident Bruce Stromberg’s life after he went into cardiac arrest at his home. Last week, Stromberg was on hand at the hospital’s “A Cut Above” award ceremony to honor the men who provided life-saving procedures to help him regain a pulse — and consciousness — by the time they arrived at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Emergency Room on January 21, 2014. The team included Lake Forest firefighters/paramedics Nick Savel and Joe Stanonik, Lake Bluff firefighters/paramedics Russell Kluchka and Matt Kluchka and Lake Bluff Police Officer Jim Reynolds.

Here’s a press release the hospital sent out last week about the award ceremony:

Lake Forest, Ill. –Lake Forest Hospital today recognized the exemplary efforts of local first responders at its annual A Cut Above award ceremony held at the hospital’s health education center. Hospital officials were joined by members of fire and police departments from Countryside, Grayslake, Greater Round Lake, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Great Lakes Naval Station, North Chicago, and Waukegan to honor first responders for their quick response and efforts that saved lives.

“It is an honor for us to host this annual event to commend our firefighters and paramedics and recognize the team efforts that saved lives,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Lake Forest Hospital. “The first responders we honor today represent the very best of our community.”

The first responders honored include:

Libertyville Fire Department: Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Yarc; Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Roberts; Firefighter/Paramedic Patrick Schultz

Having just completed a course on Combat Application Tourniquets, Yarc, Roberts and Schultz didn’t expect that their very next EMS call would test their newest skill. Nevertheless, on May 19, 2014, they arrived at a local industrial facility for a man who lacerated his arm on a mill. The pulseless extremity with a 6” laceration continued to bleed despite a makeshift tourniquet applied by the patient’s coworkers. Yarc, Roberts and Schultz rapidly applied a Combat Application Tourniquet that controlled the bleeding and the patient was transported to the hospital.

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District: Firefighter/Paramedic Erich Castillo; Firefighter/Paramedic Todd Lucassen; Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Willen; Firefighter/Paramedic Lonnie Langel; Firefighter/Paramedic Neal Fischer; Firefighter/EMT Eric Wang

On May 7, 2014, Round Lake Crew One responded to a lift assist call where they found an overweight man lying on the floor, on the heat register, for more than 8 hours. The first crew quickly began cleaning the patient as a second crew arrived for additional assistance. Lucassen and Castillo showered the patient, while Willen, Langel, Fischer and Wang decontaminated the patient’s living space and laundered the patient’s clothing. These caring gestures by the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District crew remind us how simple and sincere acts can enhance the dignity of our patients.

Grayslake Fire Protection District: LT David Torkilsen; LT Jason Brooks; Firefighter / Paramedic James Howell; Firefighter / Paramedic Gerry O’Sullivan; Firefighter / Paramedic Jose Sanchez-Vega; Firefighter / Paramedic Eric Foerster

High quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation with defibrillation saved a man’s life on July 19, 2014. The Grayslake crew arrived on scene and found a 74-year-old unresponsive male, whose wife was performing CPR. The paramedics quickly defibrillated the patient; after two shocks the patient had a return of spontaneous circulation and was then rapidly transported to the hospital. The patient later was discharged from the hospital with a good long-term prognosis. Positive outcomes like this remind us how our care for cardiac patients has advanced. By providing the appropriate medical care for this patient, the Grayslake crew truly saved and improved the quality of this man’s life.

North Chicago Fire Department: Commander Joshua Rickabaugh; Firefighter / Paramedic Joseph Knesley; Firefighter / Paramedic Kyle Martinelli; Firefighter / Paramedic Tim Kluchka; Firefighter / Paramedic Sterling Ricketts

On May 17, 2014, the North Chicago Fire Department responded to a call for a 78-year-old female with uncontrollable bleeding due to a dog bite wound to the neck. On arrival to the scene, the unruly dog was being restrained by a bystander who informed the crew that he was losing his grip. The dog became loose and ran toward the North Chicago crew. Kluchka pinned the dog to the ground by grabbing the dog’s neck and rear legs to prevent injury to others. In the meantime, Ricketts performed a rapid trauma assessment on the patient. Rickabaugh, Knesley, and Martinelli then moved the patient into the ambulance to ensure safety, while Kuchka successfully secured the dog while he avoided being bitten. Direct pressure to the patient’s bite wound with multiple trauma dressings controlled the bleeding and the patient was safely transported to the hospital.

Waukegan Fire Department: Captain Tom Christensen

Captain Tom Christensen is being honored for his commitment and loyalty to his profession, department and community. Throughout 27 years of service, Christensen has fulfilled many roles within the Waukegan community. He has served as an Airport Rescue Firefighter, a certified public diver for the Dive Rescue Operations, Director of the Hazardous Devices Technician program, Director of Personal Protective Gear program, Co-Director of Department Organized Community Emergency Response Team and Fire Investigator. Among his accolades, he has been honored as the 2012 National Firefighter of the Year and is a recipient of the Medal of Valor in 2011. His dedication to public service is truly “A Cut Above” and we are honored to recognize him today.

Countryside Fire Protection District: Firefighter / Paramedic Dan Lainio; Firefighter / Paramedic Mark Skala
On the morning of July 12, 2014, Skala and Lainio were training on the “pit crew” CPR method. They later found themselves responding to a call for a 92-year-old female with chest pain. Upon arrival the patient went into ventricular fibrillation, so the crew defibrillated the patient, helping her regain spontaneous circulation and consciousness.

Naval Base Great Lakes Fire Department: Assistant Chief Gregory DeVries; Captain Chad Miller; Firefighter Shane Ratcliff; Firefighter Mike Vetta; Firefighter Dave Chizek; Firefighter Mark Dodge; Firefighter Matthew Webb

On February 23, 2014 the Great Lakes crew was faced with the challenge of managing the care for an unresponsive 2-year-old. They found the child in ventricular fibrillation and administered advanced life support. Numerous medications were administered with changes in the patient’s rhythm before they reached the hospital. Caring for pediatric patients is a time when emotions run high and expertise and professionalism is most needed. Their peers recognized the strong teamwork and outstanding care displayed by these men. A rare case like this truly requires efficient use of one’s training and the ability to maintain composure during an emotionally charged setting.

Lake Bluff Fire Department: Firefighter / Paramedic Matt Kluchka; Firefighter / Paramedic Russell Kluchka; Lake Bluff Police Department: Police Officer Jim Reynolds; Lake Forest Fire Department: Firefighter / Paramedic Nick Savel; Firefighter / Paramedic Joe Stanonik

On January 21, 2014, Firefighter / Paramedic Savel, Stanonik, Kluchka, and Kluchka and Police Officer Jim Reynolds provided the appropriate life-saving procedures to help regain the patient’s pulse. Upon their arrival to the emergency department, the patient began to regain consciousness. Their rapid response and quality medical interventions resulted in a positive outcome for this patient, who is now a cardiac survivor able to share his “A Cut Above” experience with us.

The annual A Cut Above awards are presented in memory of Anthony M. Gallo, Jr. of the Schaumburg Fire Department. Firefighter Gallo was fatally injured in the line of duty on December 16, 1977.

To learn more about Lake Forest Hospital, visit

Music & Shopping For A Cause

Submitted by Lake Forest Symphony

From left, Mathilda Williams with Nancy Smith

From left, Mathilda Williams with Nancy Smith

The Lake Forest Symphony participated in the Lake Forest Shop’s annual “Shop Your Cause” charity event on October 8 at The Lake Forest Shop in Lake Forest. The symphony took this opportunity to honor Mathilda Williams for her exemplary service on the Ladies Guild, a volunteer organization that has supported the Lake Forest Symphony for many years.

Other participating organizations in Shop Your Cause included Bernie’s Book Bank, Citadel Theatre, Deer Path Art League, Eco Myths Alliance, Lake County Community Foundation, Lake Forest Open Lands, Lake Forest Preservation Foundation, Ragdale and Stirling Hall.

From left, Lu Peterson of the Lake Forest Shop  with Marsha Temple, Guild co-president

From left, Lu Peterson of the Lake Forest Shop with Marsha Temple, Guild co-president


From left, Susan Lape, Mathilda Williams and Suzanne Laundry at The Lake Forest Shop

From left, Susan Lape, Mathilda Williams and Suzanne Laundry at The Lake Forest Shop

From left, Roberta Miller and Betty Benton, Guild co-president

From left, Roberta Miller and Betty Benton, Guild co-president

Update: Where Can You Buy Medical Marijuana On The North Shore?

By Sam Eichner

Updated October 27th: According to the Chicago Tribune, The Glenview Village Board of Trustees has rejected GreenLeaf Organic’s application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the village.  The decision went against the village plan commission’s unanimous recommendation in favor of the dispensary; opponents cited the potential impact on children, property values, and the overall character of the community as reasons to vote down the proposal.  Legally, however, they argued that the location was inapt because it fell within 1,000 feet of Taniel Varoujan Armenian School. Though GreenLeaf suggested that the school does not qualify under the state’s definition of elementary and secondary schools, the state has not yet offered its opinion on the case. According to the article, the attorney for the dispensary said they will consider legal option’s to appeal the board’s decision. 

Updated October 8th: According to the Pioneer Press, Chicagoan Brad Zerman has applied for a license from the state to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Highland Park.  The application’s viability will depend on whether or not Highland Park adopts any local zoning ordinances, and, if they do, how restrictive they will be towards dispensaries. Highland Park’s city council met to discuss the issue yesterday. Stay tuned for more updates as this story develops.

As Glenview plan commissioners vote to push forward a proposal for the area’s only state-allotted medical marijuana dispensary, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, and other municipalities along the North Shore have yet to receive even a single application.

Illinois’ four-year medical marijuana pilot program, adopted in August 2013 and effective since January 1 of this year, included stipulations for the construction of 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries, to be geographically distributed across the state based on the population of each county and/or township. The deadline for dispensary and cultivation center applications was Monday, September 22.

Though it’s ultimately up to the state to approve licensing for prospective cultivation centers and dispensaries, applicants must first satisfy the individual zoning ordinances of the municipality in which they want to operate. Local governments may institute any number of “reasonable” zoning provisions and regulations—such as requirements for special-use permits, stricter signage restrictions, or increased security precautions—so long as they don’t “unreasonably prohibit” medical marijuana facilities within their jurisdiction.

“There’s no science to it. There’s no bright line,” Lake County Planning, Building and Development Director Eric Waggoner said, in reference to one of the statute’s more interpretive clauses. “It’s something that would have to be litigated if an applicant felt a local government was being too restrictive.”

In Glenview’s case, dispensaries were limited to industrial districts within the village. Evidently the regulation did not deter the area’s first proposed medical marijuana dispensary, Greenleaf Organics; according to TribLocal, Glenview plan commissioners have already voted unanimously in favor of recommending the proposal to the village.  If Glenview’s Board of Trustees, and eventually the state, were to approve, Greenleaf Organics would become the first and only medical marijuana dispensary licensed to operate in New Trier and Northfield townships.

Other municipalities in the area have not been as welcoming, namely Northbrook.  According to the Pioneer Press, the village has expressly stated its intention to curb the development of medical marijuana establishments within its jurisdiction. As of the deadline, Northbrook trustees had yet to ratify an ordinance that would give applicants an idea of where they could open.

Though perhaps not as aggressive, Lake County has taken a calculated approach to the pilot program. In January, the county, under Waggoner’s leadership, created a “Medical Cannabis Zoning Task Force” to provide a standardized set of guidelines to its local governmental constituents.

“Based on best practices research and case studies on dispensaries and how they’re conducted in other states,” Waggoner said, “we identified a series of different rules that were incorporated into a model that each community could decide whether to pick up or not.”

As GazeboNews reported in January, these guidelines included stricter signage restrictions and more in-depth security specifications than the state’s statute, as well as a recommendation that dispensaries and/or cultivation centers only be permitted at single-use properties.  The provisions also included room for local municipalities to impose their own buffers—the requisite distance between a medical marijuana facility and “protected use” zones, such as a public park or school.

“We took into account some of those additional public health and safety factors that were not incorporated into state law, but that we as task members thought were appropriate,” Waggoner said.

Some municipalities in Lake County, such as Deerfield, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff, have made good use of the guidelines; with a few exceptions, all three villages’ individual zoning provisions are in keeping with the task force’s model.  Highland Park’s plan commission will consider their own medical marijuana zoning ordinance on October 7.

Lake Bluff’s Assistant to the Village Administrator Brandon Stanick wrote in an e-mail that, though the village has received quite a few inquiries, only one was property-specific, and Lake Bluff has yet to receive an actual application. Highland Park’s Director of Community Development Joel Fontane confirmed that they had not received any applications, either.

“At this point,” Waggoner said, “we’re not aware of any applications that have been submitted to governments in Lake County for zoning approval.”

Under the pilot program, Lake County can house up to three dispensaries, and, at most, one cultivation center.  However, the state reserves the right to accept less than the allotted 60 dispensaries, and it’s not like the state can force prospective owners to apply to locations within certain districts.

“There are some communities [on the North Shore] that, even by state statutes, couldn’t have dispensaries,” Lake County’s Principal Planner Tom Chefalo said, citing the North Shore’s wide variety of land uses.

Lake Forest, for example, is not amenable to dispensaries, simply by nature of its city plan; with its density of residential zones, public parks, and schools, it would be an unlikely candidate for a prospective applicant, the Pioneer Press reports.

With no apparent plan to extend the deadline or open the process up to a second round of applicants, how will the state react to a potential dearth of applications?

“If you have a very narrow field of applicants statewide, it might force the state to revisit its administrative rule scheme for licensing, and maybe allow for a less restrictive process,” Waggoner speculated. “We don’t know how many might apply if this gets opened up again.  It’s new territory, so we’re just keeping our eyes and ears open for whatever comes next.”

Photography Exhibit Reveals Lifestyle at Ryerson Home, Both Indoors & Out …

A celebration for friends at the Ryerson house in 1960

A celebration for friends at the Ryerson house in 1960

By Sam Eichner

The path to Brushwood, off of Riverwoods Road, winds its way through a chute of tall trees, with sinuous limbs that appear to reach out for each other to form a hooded canopy.

Beyond sits the house: a country-style, red-brick affair, large but not ostentatiously so, choosing instead to bow to the picturesque woods that serve as its backdrop.

Decades earlier, this home belonged to Edward L. Ryerson, a Chicago businessman and civic leader who, between 1942 and 1972, used the property as his family’s summer home before donating the house and the 279 acres of eponymous woodland that came with it to the Lake County Forest Preserve. Today, it is the welcome center for those interested in exploring Ryerson Woods, as well as a locus for discourse on nature and culture; until Thursday, Oct. 30, it will also host a new photography exhibit from Ryerson’s grandson, Edward Ranney.

“It’s really a show to open up how one family used a specific special place,” Ranney says, “and to give people who don’t know any of us the human context that the place was built on.”

For the exhibit, Ranney, a well-known photographer, juxtaposed a select group of photos he took of Brushwood in 1972 with 30 or so photos his grandfather took in the three decades previous.

“The intent,” Ranney notes, “is not only to show the feeling and style of the place but also the enjoyment and fun of the people who used those rooms and were a family there.”

Edward Ranney

Edward Ranney

At one end of the home, Ryerson’s photos portray various members of the family, at rest but just as often at play. When a subject of the photos himself, Ryerson is often pictured in mirth, entertaining his grandkids as a magician with a top hat and what is obviously a fake mustache.

His grandson’s photos, taken a year after his grandparents’ deaths, are much more subdued. In one, a bold, curvilinear tree stands in the foreground before a dwindling army of its stark companions, stripped bare by a change of seasons. In others, ornately furnished rooms are vividly captured, yet it is this same quality that works to pronounce their hollow, polished emptiness. A particularly striking photograph shows a chair slightly misaligned with its desk, left ajar like a door, as if someone had only just evacuated the room.

It is an altogether strange sensation to experience photos of a place while you are standing inside the same such place, years later, though perhaps this is the point: to bridge the Brushwood of the past with the Brushwood that stands before us today.

“It really was a family place and, of course, it’s outstanding for its beauty and seclusion and privacy,” Ranney says. “But my grandparents made it a point of opening it up to people. So you have this interesting combination of it being a family house and now, with their dedication, it being totally a public house.”

When the exhibit ends, Ranney says the photographs will remain at Brushwood, where they will become a permanent collection of images for generations to come.

Nora Ryerson, foreground, and Nancy Ranney, June 1960; Photo by Edward L. Ryerson

Nora Ryerson, foreground, and Nancy Ranney, June 1960; Photo by Edward L. Ryerson

Brushwood Farm, 1972; photo by Edward Ranney

Brushwood Farm, 1972; photo by Edward Ranney

Lake Forest True Value Hardware Store Has New Look, New Products

Submitted by Richard Chapman for Morgan’s Lake Forest True Value Hardware

The Morgans; Katie, Chris, Mary Jane, Ben, Audra

The Morgans; Katie, Chris, Mary Jane, Ben, Audra

Morgan’s Lake Forest True Value Hardware has reopened with a brand new look and more than 6,000 new items — many of which you won’t find in a traditional hardware store.

The store has always offered an eclectic mix of products and now that mix is even broader. Where else can you get traditional hardware fare like picture hanging hooks, lawn and garden supplies, snow blowers, power tools, Benjamin Moore paints, and jewelry, books, toys, baby gifts, picture frames, holiday decor and Le Creuset cookery — just to name a few of the things you’ll find there?

Keith and Mary Jane Morgan opened the store at 825 S. Waukegan Road in 1991 and were truly the mom and mop of this local family business. After Keith died unexpectedly from a heart attack in July 2013, son Chris stepped in to manage the store with his mom.

On October 24-26 the Morgans celebrated the Grand Reopening of the store’s completely remodeled and restocked store. During the event, they supported  Boy Scout pack 148 popcorn sale and donated two large boxes of toys to the Marines Toys For Tots toy drive. The store will have a box available through December 15th for additional donations.

Here are more photos from the celebration:

Trisha and Nathan Anderson man the popcorn table

Trisha and Nathan Anderson man the popcorn table

At right, Mike Meikle, Regional Manager True Value addresses the Morgan family.

At right, Mike Meikle, Regional Manager True Value addresses the Morgan family.

The Morgans; Katie, Chris, Mary Jane, Ben, Audra

The Morgans; Katie, Chris, Mary Jane, Ben, Audra

Remodeled store

Remodeled store

Opinion: Put The Daily Grind Rumors To Rest

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by By John des Rosiers, Chef/Proprietor of three Lake Bluff businesses –Inovasi, Wisma and The Other Door. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.

GazeboNews Reader Forum

By John des Rosiers

Good afternoon to all of our fellow Lake Bluff residents and valued customers. I want to take a few minutes share some of my thoughts regarding the rumors swirling around about The Daily Grind.

Now for those of you who don’t live in our area this probably won’t have much meaning.

Since Inovasi has anchored downtown Lake Bluff, we have seen our community grow, expand, and thrive into a retail downtown that has enjoyed 100% capacity for the past four years. I love this town, the style of it, what it represents, and its strong community feeling. More importantly, I am so happy we have made this our home, and I am proud to be a businessman and employer here.

I chose to write this to clear the air regarding some of the comments brought to my attention that we have something to do with the apparent disagreement between the landlord and The Daily Grind’s owner. First, as a small business owner, I want to assure you that I never want to see another business leave the central district.

Secondly, I have no plans or current interest in the space for any operations involving Wisma, Inovasi, or The Other Door. Furthermore, I am in no position to offer judgment on what is best for the landlord or The Daily Grind. From my perspective as a citizen this is an issue between the two parties, and the issues they share we in the public are never truly privy to.

As always, we are completely committed to our local communities. We continue to strive to have a positive impact in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, we have grown our businesses along with our town’s natural growth. Currently, we employ over 70 people from the surrounding area, and we help contribute to the growing tax base in our small town.

I want everyone to know that our entire staff cares for our customers and their satisfaction, and we value our presence in the community very much.

Therefore my hope is that all of our local citizens will continue to support our businesses, and also the amazing list of local retailers we have that make this town such a wonderful place to live, work and play.

I appreciate that you have taken the time to consider my thoughts, and I hope to see all of you in downtown Lake Bluff soon.

John des Rosiers
the other door