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The Village government along with the Tower Lakes Improvement Association jointly publish a monthly newsletter (The Tower Lakes News) which is mailed to all Village homes since 1947. The latest edition of the Tower Lakes News is available on-line at the TLIA website along with a searchable archive of back issues going back many decades.

Watch this space for other announcements of Village government news:

(Newest items at bottom) 

Agenda   The agenda for regular Village Board meetings is normally available during the latter part of the week prior to each monthly meeting. It is posted here and on the bulletin board outside the door of the Village Office for 24 hr access. For the current agenda of the Village Board, click here.


Curfew for persons under 17 years of age is generally midnight to 6AM Friday and Saturday nights, and 11PM to 6AM Sunday through Thursday nights. There are new exceptions to this curfew in 2004, which are covered in the detailed description on the Police page. The fine for violation is not less than $100.


Follow this Link to an Archive of old News items from this web page.


The Emergency Management Agency of Tower Lakes is a group of volunteers organized to assist the community in preparing for, mitigating, responding to and assisting in a disaster situation. Watch for their periodic educational campaigns and refer to the following useful emergency preparedness links: www.cdc.gov, www.ready.illinois.gov, www.iema.illinois.gov, www.ready.gov, www.arizonaredcross.org/page.aspx?id=27, www.idph.state.il.us/swine_flu.

bulletHelp! The Village of Tower Lakes and the TLIA are collecting historical information on Tower Lakes for our files and for sharing on our web sites. If you have any of the following, please consider donating or even loaning them to the Village:
bulletPhotographs from the 80's or earlier
bulletNewsletters from 1947-49 or earlier, 1952-64
bulletOld phone directories (any prior to present)
bulletRealty Ads
bulletNewspaper clippings
bulletAnything related to the Davlin/Tower Lakes School
bulletArrowheads, etc. found locally
bulletHouse medallions from the 20's/30's
bulletOld beach tags
bulletLetters, stories or any shared memories/ anecdotes of life here in past decades

Contact the Village Office or Village Historian Dave Parro.

bulletWe have historical research and clerical tasks to be done which could qualify as community service credits for any interested BHS student volunteers with a good eye for detail. Please contact Trustee Dave Parro at towerlakes@comcast.net.


bulletA revised leaf burning ordinance was passed in August 2002 after several months of public hearings and study. Burning of leaves is now permitted only from 9 am to 4 pm Oct. 1 through Dec. 15 and April 1 through May 31. Fires must be constantly attended. Other restrictions apply. Contact the Village Office or read the newsletter for more info. Please be considerate of your neighbors who may have health concerns with smoke. Do not burn wet material and do not burn during high winds. Recreational fires, as defined by Village Ordinance, are not prohibited. Please consider subscribing to the low cost yard waste service provided by our waste hauling contractor as an alternative to burning leaves.
bulletDid you know: you can download a Building Permit Application right here on-line? Just go to Village Information/ Building Information or click on this link, then click on the Building Permit image and you will get a document that you can print out and send in with your check.
bulletBuilding Inspector office hours are now Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 am at the Village Office. Please call the office during regular hours (weekday mornings) to leave a question or arrange an appointment. You can also leave a voice mail message for the Building Inspector when the office is closed.
bulletThe TLIA is requesting every resident to switch their lawn fertilizer to formulations that contain 0% phosphates, and to ask their lawn care companies to do the same. Phosphate-free fertilizer is available at most garden centers and through all major lawn care companies. This will help reduce weed and algae growth in our lakes, even if you do not live on the lake.
bulletA state law effective Jan 1, 2007 requires at least one carbon monoxide alarm in every residence.  At least one CO alarm is required within 15 feet of each room used for sleeping. Failure to install or maintain such alarms is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $1500. Enforcement inspections may be done by fire or emergency personnel if called to a residence for an emergency, or by the building inspector in the course of inspections for building permits.
bulletThe Village of Tower lakes has acquired the Connect-CTY service, a village-to-resident notification system, sometimes referred to as Reverse 911. With this service, police and village leaders can send voice or text messages to residents and businesses within minutes with information about severe storm warnings, boil orders, road closures or any other time-sensitive information. The Connect-CTY service is used to supplement other communication plans and augment public safety services. Contact the Village Office or click on the link in the left margin if you want to add your e-mail or additional phone numbers to your profile. We know your mobile and work numbers and e-mails change from time to time, so a secure on-line tool for number maintenance is shown below and on the main pages of this site. Please take a moment to sign up and remember to update your data as it changes so you will not miss important government or public safety announcements.

The Village of Tower Lakes is pleased to announce the launch of the Connect-CTY service, our new village-to-resident notification system. With this service, village leaders can send personalized voice messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information about time-sensitive or common-interest issues such as emergencies and local community matters.  The Connect-CTY service will be used to supplement our current communication plans and augment public safety/first responder services.

Please accept our invitation to participate in this great service. We know that your personal information is important, and rest assured that we will not share it with anyone. If you have NOT already received a test phone call from us, or you would like to provide additional contact information, click the Connect-CTY image to sign up.


bulletDon't miss the two outstanding articles about our town, Barrington's Best Kept Secret, Jan/Feb 2008 issue of Quintessential Barrington magazine on pages 42-43, and Tower Lakes: Fun with Future Stewards, May/June 2009 issue on page 64, both written by Village President Kathleen Leitner.
bulletThe new garbage collection contract has been signed and has the enhanced option of larger 70 gallon wheeled recycle tote bins, which are available for rent for $1.75/ month from Waste Management. To obtain one, please contact Waste Management directly at 1-800-796-9696.
bulletThe Tower Lakes Police Department is now able to offer residents bike helmets at the very affordable cost of $3.75 each, available in a variety of sizes and colors. Contact Chief Sinacore to place an order. 
bulletThe latest (2009) Tower Lakes Village street map has been published and can be viewed or downloaded on our Maps page.
bulletIMPORTANT: The Tower Lakes Police Dept. is encouraging disabled or special needs residents to participate in the Illinois Premise Alert Program (PAP). Disabled or special needs residents can give their personal information to the Tower Lakes Police Dept, who will then share the information with their 911 emergency dispatch center. The confidential information will be stored in a computer database so first responders such as police and fire personnel will have immediate access to it in the event of an emergency situation. This program is also available to parents, family members, guardians and caregivers on behalf of a disabled or special needs resident. The Premise Alert Program form can be downloaded from this link and is also available at the Tower Lakes Police Dept. The forms can be mailed or dropped off at the TL Police Dept. at 400 N. IL Rt. 59, Tower Lakes, IL 60010.
bulletTower Lakes Police Dept is now on Twitter. You can follow this link and also find the link on the Police Page.  This is one more way to enhance communications during emergency or other situations.
bulletThe 2012 resurfacing of Indian Trail Rd has been completed well under budget. The expected savings will be used to expand the 2013 list of resurfacing projects.
bulletA consortium of governments, non-profit conservation organizations and private citizens has combined forces to agree to purchase and preserve the 14.63 acre undeveloped Barclay's Woods subdivision in Tower Lakes. The wooded preserve will become a public park jointly owned, 50% each, by the Village of Tower Lakes and Cuba Township, under the terms of an intergovernmental agreement. A Conservation Easement, held jointly by the two governments and the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT), will protect the entire property in perpetuity as a natural area. The agreements call for a nature trail to be developed through the property so that the public can enjoy the oak forest and other features. Among the many benefits will be the enhanced protection of one of the 2 streams feeding Tower Lake. Direct financial contributions totaling $650,000 were made by Cuba Township ($275,000), Village of Tower Lakes ($100,000), BACT ($100,000), Citizens for Conservation ($50,000), Tower Lakes Community Foundation ($12,500), and the remaining $112,500 from four local families. The transaction closed October 30, 2012. The property had once been valued at several million dollars, making this leveraged acquisition a spectacular value for the taxpayers who will enjoy the benefits of this open space. The park has not yet been named. Plans are underway for the walking path.
bulletThe Illinois EPA has approved the Village's application for a subsidized low interest loan from the State of Illinois to complete water system capital improvements. The project will include replacement of the oldest mains in the system, including all remaining 2 and 2.5" mains, with 8" mains, which was identified as the top priority improvement in earlier studies. The cost is expected to be slightly over $1,000,000, and the loan proceeds will be repaid over 21 years with existing water revenues. Construction began in November 2012. A map of the project area is posted at the Village Hall door.
bulletWith regret, President Leitner has accepted the resignation of Trustee Rich Baggett in October 2012. Trustee Baggett cited the recently increased time and travel commitments of his job. The Village Board would like to thank Rich for his outstanding nine years of service on the Board, especially as long time Chairman of the Police Committee.
bulletPresident Leitner sought and received the advice and unanimous consent of the Village Board on her proposal to appoint Joe Skurla to replace Trustee Rich Baggett on the Village Board. Joe was sworn in November 19, 2012, to serve until the next municipal election in April 2013. The remaining 2 years of the unexpired term will then be up for election. 
bulletIn the below picture on Nov 2, 2012, officials from the Village of Tower Lakes, Tower Lakes Community Foundation, Cuba Township, Barrington Area Conservation Trust and Citizens For Conservation pose in Barclay's Woods after closing on the purchase of it's almost 15 acres, to be preserved as a park and nature preserve.



Through the joint efforts of the Tower Lakes Community Foundation, the TLIA and the Village government, the old Tower Lakes Schoolhouse was freshened up and decorated to serve as a venue for several community holiday activities Dec 6-9, 2012. Well attended events included a book club meeting, a children's gift shopping & wrapping event, a fundraising reception, a pop-up shop selling holiday crafts to benefit TLCF, and the annual community Visit with Santa on Dec 9. The TLCF and TLIA Youth Committee hope to build on this success and have plans for increasing and improving next year's events.



In the April 9, 2013 local election, Trustees deVries, Bolger and Rolfs were re-elected unopposed and Trustee Skurla was elected to complete the remaining 2 years of the term he was recently appointed to fill for former Trustee Baggett.



President Leitner has appointed Julie Losinski as Village Clerk, replacing Marilyn Parro. The Village thanks Marilyn for 5 years of excellent service. Julie was sworn in on May 20, 2013.



The Plan Commission has been reviewing a proposal from a communications company to install a cell tower behind the main water tank on Paddock Lane. It would be used by AT&T, and possibly other carriers. Some specifics of the proposal, including height, diameter and photos showing how it would look from various locations have been provided to the PC and are available for review at the Village Office. The Plan Commission recommended to the Village Board in April that they proceed with measures to enable the project's further analysis, mentioning that they thought better service in the area, including 4G, is in line with the technology objectives of the Comprehensive Plan and that control over the structure's appearance and revenue would be lost if it were built on nearby land outside the Village. Currently the proposed property is not zoned to allow cell towers. The first step would be rezoning, which requires a Public Hearing before a zoning change ordinance can proceed. The PC conducted the Public Hearing on June 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Lake Barrington Village Hall on Old Barrington Rd (to accommodate a large audience). A continuation of the Public Hearing is scheduled for July 10 at the same location. Please attend to get the facts and provide your input. If the rezoning ordinance is passed by the Village Board, then the project would still require a special use variance, which will first require a recommendation from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The ZBA meeting on a potential special use variance, if required, will be scheduled at a later date.



A house fire occurred May 24, 2013 at 233 West Lake Shore Drive. As many as eighteen emergency vehicles responded, led by the Wauconda Fire Department. All occupants of the three-story home exited safely before firefighters arrived. Crews brought the fire under control within 30 minutes, saving the structure. Fire equipment and personnel responded to the alarm from the following departments: Lake Zurich, Cary, Nunda Rural, Fox River Grove, McHenry, Barrington Countryside, Barrington, Libertyville, Grayslake, Long Grove, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, and Lake Villa. No firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire, believed to be of electrical origin, is under investigation.


13 year old 8th grader Pranav Sivakumar of Barsumian Drive in Tower Lakes took 2nd at the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in National Harbor, MD on May 30, 2013. The event was nationally televised by ESPN. Congratulations to our young celebrity.


Construction has wrapped up on the million dollar water main upgrading project, with road patching, landscape restoration and tie-ins completed the first week of June 2013.


The Barrington High School softball team, led this year by three girls from Tower Lakes, capped off a 36-2 season with a 3rd place finish in the 2013 4A State championship. Congratulations to these outstanding athletes!


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1977 illustration by former TL resident Vern McKissack


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