A Carpentersville man was struck and killed by a car while walking his dog Saturday in Barrington Hills, authorities said Tuesday.

Barrington Hills police said Michael Buchholz, 28, was walking west with his dog on Dundee Road near Potter Lane when a he was hit by a white 2009 Chevrolet Impala also traveling west at 11:48 p.m. Saturday. East Dundee Fire Department paramedics took Buchholz to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where he later was pronounced dead, police said.

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A man in his 20s was struck by a car and killed in Barrington Hills late Saturday, officials said.

At about 11:50 p.m. Barrington Hills emergency responders were called to the intersection of Dundee Road and Potter Lane for a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.

Officers found a 28-year-old man who had been struck, according to the Barrington Hills Police Department. East Dundee Fire Department paramedics rushed the man to Sherman Hospital in Elgin where he was pronounced dead, police said. The man’s identity had not been released Sunday morning.

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We’ve heard them all before – and probably have broken quite a few. I’m talking about New Year’s resolutions.

This year, I have challenged myself and a few of our northwest suburban neighbors to think “outside of the box” and make a concrete other-oriented resolution.

Angela Wilcox, of Barrington Hills, said her children had asked her to “do more hands on volunteering with organizations supporting those less fortunate, so that is our plan for the new year.”

More specifically, she said, they are looking into volunteering at shelters in Garfield Park and also working through Breakthrough Urban Ministries.

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A candidate who filed to run for a seat on the Barrington Hills Village Board will remain on the ballot after a resident unsuccessfully challenged her nomination petition.

During a meeting Dec. 8, the Barrington Hills Electoral Board, which includes Village President Martin McLaughlin, Trustee Colleen Konicek Hannigan and Village Clerk Nikki Pano, voted to overturn two objections to Linda Cools’ candidacy made by Barrington Hills resident Arnold Cernik.  Cernik said Cools should be kicked off the April 2 ballot, alleging she included too many required signatures on her nomination petition and incorrectly filed her statement of economic interest in the wrong county.

Regarding the signatures, Cernik argued Cools violated Illinois law by exceeding the maximum number of signatures, which, he said, is guided by the total turnout of the previous village board election. He said candidates’ petition signatures cannot exceed 8 percent of the 1,066 votes that were cast in the 2017 election in Barrington Hills.

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Editorial note: We will have more to report on the two meetings of the Electoral Board, including some fact-checking, later this month.

Former state Rep. Nick Sauer has been charged with 12 felonies for allegedly posting private sexual photos of two people online without their permission, according to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.

A Lake County grand jury handed down the indictment Wednesday morning, according to a news release. Sauer’s attorney has told prosecutors that Sauer will turn himself in Thursday morning, according to the release.

The first-term Republican from Lake Barrington resigned in August as a result of the allegations made by a former girlfriend, which had been reported that day by Politico.

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In a case one attorney said shows how confusing Illinois election law can be, a Barrington Hills trustee candidate on Tuesday defeated an effort to have her removed from the spring ballot, in part over claims she had too many signatures on her nominating petitions.

Barrington Hills’ three-member electoral board rejected an objection lodged by Arnold Cernik over the paperwork submitted by trustee hopeful Linda H. Cools. Village President Martin McLaughlin, Clerk Nikki Panos and Trustee Colleen Konicek Hannigan served as the electoral board.

On the issue of the signatures, Barrington Hills Village Attorney Sean Conway advised the electoral board he believed a federal case took precedence over an Illinois Supreme Court decision that supported Cernik’s objections. The state law case favored removal of the candidate from the ballot.

“Unfortunately — and I do believe this is an unfortunate circumstance — the Illinois election code is quite possibly the most confusing of codes in Illinois,” Conway said. “And it’s unfortunate because those are the rules that candidates are relying on when they’re running for office, objectors are relying on when they’re making objections.”

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Local officials expressed general support for the redevelopment of the former AT&T campus in Hoffman Estates Monday at a public hearing on a proposed tax incentive, but Barrington Unit District 220 officials restated their desire for more details to be sure the number of students living there wouldn’t outweigh additional tax revenue.

District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris stated his appreciation for this but said other questions remain.

“Based on published concepts and comments, we can estimate by using the methodology used by the village of Hoffman Estates that the development will generate approximately 100 new students,” Harris said. “These new students will overwhelm the capacity of our nearest elementary school in the area. These new students will increase our annual operating expenses by almost $2 million to cover the cost of their education.”

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