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Nearly $28 million for facility and building improvements is included in Lake County’s newly adopted $571.8 million budget.

The spending plan sets aside more than $10 million for construction inside the new courthouse tower in Waukegan, which opened last year.

It also includes $900,000 for architectural work relating to planned courthouse annex renovations, $900,000 for plans for a consolidated public safety facility in Libertyville, and $750,000 to develop designs for a proposed mental health crisis center, among other efforts.

Members from both sides of the political aisle spoke favorably about the plan, which doesn’t increase the tax levy for county property owners.

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The Union Pacific Railroad has announced it will need to close Route 59 through downtown Barrington at the Metra tracks from Monday, November 18 at 9:00 AM through Wednesday, November 20 at 5:00 PM in order to conduct emergency railroad repairs on the tracks. 

Officials from a federal agency say property on the southwest corner of Freeman and Mundhank roads in South Barrington remains the best choice for a new national veterans cemetery after concerns such as noise and traffic were taken into consideration.
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An updated federal report states that a South Barrington site unveiled last year remains the best choice for a national veterans columbarium cemetery after concerns such as noise, traffic and whether the land is appropriate were taken into consideration.

That recently released U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs document served as the backdrop for a town hall meeting Thursday night hosted by South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie. About 200 people who packed village hall heard McCombie, suburban military veterans and others urge the VA to find another site in South Barrington.

“South Barrington is a patriotic community,” said retired Army Major Gen. James H. Mukoyama Jr., who attends Willow Creek Community Church in the village. “But there’s certain things in this proposal that doesn’t pass my common-sense test.”

Under what’s called an urban initiative, the VA wants to acquire 15 acres on the southwest corner of Mundhank and Freeman roads for the cemetery to serve the Chicago area. It would be an extension of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, about 57 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

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Members of the Barrington Plan Commissioners said residents were not vocal during the Oct. 8, 2019 public hearing on the issue of cannabis dispensaries in the village.
But Village President Karen Darch said she has heard from residents, who favor not allowing the businesses in Barrington.

The Barrington Plan Commission recommended that the village not allow cannabis dispensaries in town when recreational use becomes legal Jan. 1, but commissioners point out that residents have not publicly weighed in much on the issue – one way or another.

Plan Commission Chair Anna Bush said that when Barrington trustees referred the recreational cannabis issue to the commission to conduct a public hearing and make a recommendation on whether to allow dispensaries and other businesses as a special use, the elected leaders made their view clear.

“We got a very clear direction from the Village Board. There was little question there,” Bush said.

Village President Karen Darch said she has received a few calls and emails from people letting her know they oppose the idea of a dispensary in Barrington.

“People seem prepared to be leaning toward opting out,” Darch said. “I’ve received a few calls. It seems people would rather not see (a dispensary) here.”

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At their Nov. 5 meeting, the 220 Board of Education heard a 30-day enrollment report for the district.

On Day 30 of the 2019-20 school year, total student enrollment was 8,611. On day 30 of the 2018-19 school year, total student enrollment was 8,640.

The district expects enrollment to fluctuate during the school year, as it has in the past.

In her report at the Nov. 5 meeting, Board President Penny Kazmier announced the district has not received any bids for the former district office located at 310 E. James Street in Barrington. The Board is currently considering its options to continue the sale process. 

In September the Board approved a resolution that would authorize the sale of the building through a sealed bid process. The minimum sale price was set at $900,000, and bids were due yesterday..  

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, Barrington 220 moved into its new location at 515 West Main Street, right across from Barrington High School.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America members and a former CNN correspondent called on Barrington Area Unit District 220 to oppose the idea of letting local school boards decide whether to permit armed teachers or other staff members.

District 220 board members Tuesday night set aside special public comment time on two security-related resolutions that’ll be up for discussion and a vote by the Illinois Association of School Boards during its annual convention Nov. 23 in Chicago.

School boards from across the state belong to the association. District 220 and other boards will decide in advance how the convention delegates should vote on the resolutions.

Under the controversial resolution from Mercer County School District 404 in downstate Aledo, the association would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed staff members in their districts.

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Editorial note: We tuned in to the 220 meeting via YouTube video streaming last night. As you will notice in the lower left hand corner of the graphic above, once again, we were the only ones who were viewing it.

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