BUFFALO GROVE, IL — A story nearly a year in the making now has a happy ending. The owners of a wedding band that was found on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022, at the Willow Grove Learning Center in Buffalo Grove have come forward. Idee and Ben Grill picked up their missing ring Thursday at the Lake County Clerk’s Office. The LCCO had been unsuccessful in finding the owners over the course of the last year.
Juan Lopez, technical director of the LCCO, is crediting local media, including Patch and WBBM Radio, for helping to track down the owners. The band has the names Idee and Ben, along with a wedding date inscribed on the ring. Lopez had previously told Patch that his office had tried the voter registration database and marriage license information in the search.
“I talked to Ben’s wife, Idee, about a half hour ago,” Lopez told Patch Wednesday. “WBBM Radio saw your article [Patch] and interviewed me about the ring this morning. Idee’s cousin heard the story on the radio, called Idee and gave her my number.”
Lopez said the couple picked up the ring Thursday, which is good timing as their 52nd wedding anniversary is next week.
“She [Idee] didn’t let him [Ben] wear it and put it in her purse,” Lopez tells Patch. “She said that they were going straight to the jewelry store to get it sized so he doesn’t lose it again.”