Police Investigating After Fight Breaks out at Village Hall

Buffalo Grove's June 18 board meeting ended with an argument among residents.

Updated: 3:30 p.m. July 20


Updated: 9 a.m. Tuesday

are investigating a fight that broke out Monday night among a group of residents at .

The incident occurred moments after the Village Board’s regular meeting ended just before 10 p.m. As trustees headed into their closed-door session, former trustee Lisa Stone, who had addressed the board, headed to the side of the room where staff members and Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steve Balinski sit. Stone said she exchanged comments with another audience member, and then told resident Stan Zoller "you're next."

Zoller often attends the meetings and documents the activity, which often involves Stone, in his blog.

That's when, Stone said, “he did something that made me mad. I don’t know what he said, even, but it was something provocative, and I gave him the finger.”

"Then I said, 'I have two words for you,’" Zoller said. "I’ll leave it at that.”

After Stone and Zoller exchanged words, resident Bonnie George, who had also delivered public comments during the meeting, stepped in to defend Stone. That’s when an altercation occurred, catching the attention of those who remained in the room. Reporters in the room saw Zoller with his fist raised.

"The fist thing was completely reactive," Zoller told Patch Tuesday morning. "There was no intent there whatsoever."

Balinski, other officers and a resident stepped in to diffuse the situation. No one was injured, nor was anyone charged in the incident Monday night.

“There will be a police investigation,” said Balinski, who was nearby when the scene erupted. “We will consult with the Cook County State’s Attorney, too, to review the facts.”

“We’re going to look into the totality of the situation. We’re on a fact-finding mission,” he said.

Zoller on Tuesday said that he regretted "causing a disturbance."

"I shouldn't have said what I said (to Stone). It was probably out of frustration," he said. He disputed Stone's claim that he did something to provoke her. "Had I said anything to provoke her, that would be another story. Had I done something to deserve the finger, fine. But I didn't."

Stone and George headed to the police station immediately after the meeting to tell their sides of the story. Zoller talked with officers at Village Hall, then left the building.

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"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
Boris the Animal June 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Boris is NOT a bully. He has just appointed himself in charge of the entire situation as it is so out of hand. Please never question Boris
RELENTLESSCRITIC June 27, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Erica- Can't speak for anyone else, but that's not what I'm teaching my kids. I'm too busy teaching them to think critically and be able to spot phonies and poseurs no matter how much they self-promote. I'm also teaching them to make good decisions based on facts, not innuendo and baseless bluster. And finally, we're spending lots of time talking about the importance of character- including things like humility, apologizing for mistakes, not bragging, being honest and serving others. The ongoing Stone soap opera has provided us with some high quality, real-life teachable moments about what happens when people don't do some of the things mentioned above. Seems like there are some people on here whose parents didn't cover these topics with them, and now they may not be covering them with their own children. Based on many of your previous comments, I suspect your parents may have missed a few things with you. Or maybe you were distracted by shiney objects and didn't pay attention.
Sandy Klein June 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM
This from a person who claimed we were all supporters of pedophiles just because we disagree with the bad behavior of the Stones. Oh, Erica. The irony is galling.
Mark Bushey June 29, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Erica, calling people supporters of pedophiles is also hurtful and can be considered bullying. Then again, with the wussification of America, everything is considered bullying. No we are are not teaching our children to be bullies. We are teaching our children to think for themselves and not listen to a bunch of crap coming out of people's mouths. And not to look up to bull-s***ers like Mrs. Stone. It was obvious that he had no intent to strike Ms. Stone. Her and her ambulance chasing husband have the mindset of "let's make anything a crime/lawsuit." We as a nation have become so friggin' sensitive, that she could actually convince the courts that there was a crime if she tried, which is pathetic. 20 years ago, the cops would have laughed at her.


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