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District 220 Superintendent Robert Hunt

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street.  A copy of the agenda, including, “Consideration to Approve a One-Time, Performance-Based Payment to Dr. Robert Hunt in the Amount of $15,000,” can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.


The Arboretum of South Barrington may soon have a dog-friendly restaurant, a new ax-throwing venue and a cigar lounge as tenants.

The restaurant would be the second Dawg Park Gourmet Grill location in the suburbs. The first opened in Glenview in 2020.

“We’ve been looking for a spot for a second location for about a year,” owner Mark Kobylinski said. A customer recommended Kobylinski look into the Arboretum, he said.

Kobylinski is eyeing the vacant spot where Noodles & Co. once operated — which just happens to be next to Kriser’s Natural Pet store.

“That was the closer for us,” Kobylinski said.

Dawg Park’s menu has a variety of inventively garnished hot dogs and hamburgers, with topping combinations such as brown gravy and grilled onions, Thai chile sauce and grilled bell peppers, and applewood bacon and Sriracha ranch sauce.

Kobylinski said he hopes to open in September or October. Dawg Park would serve alcohol, so a liquor license is needed.

More here.


Ethics reform advocates say they’re disappointed but not surprised little was done during the Illinois legislature’s spring session to curry the public’s trust, even as former House Speaker Michael Madigan’s indictment in March put public corruption back in the spotlight.

But they still hold out hope for the future.

“You would think after what we saw with former Speaker Mike Madigan, there would be a fire under legislators … especially with an election coming up,” Bryan Zarou, director of policy for the Better Government Association, said regarding the inaction on ethics reform.

The BGA plans a new push for ethics reform this summer, with a set of proposals to be considered for the 2023 legislative session.

The subject will soon be brought to the forefront of public attention again, with former state Sen. Thomas Cullerton’s sentencing scheduled for June 21 and Madigan’s next status hearing set for Aug. 2.

Cullerton, a Democrat from Villa Park, pleaded guilty March 8 to a federal embezzlement charge for receiving nearly $250,000 in pay and benefits from the Teamsters union without working for it.

Madigan, once the most powerful politician in Illinois, was indicted on charges of racketeering and bribery and accused of running a “criminal enterprise.” He has pleaded not guilty.

Read more here.

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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) Board of Trustees meets tonight at 6:30 PM at 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Election of President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Swearing-in of new Trustee Allison Murray.
  • Appointment of Attorney and Auditor.
  • Consideration and possible approval of a Resolution setting the date for the public hearing on the Combined Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for 2022-2023
  • Consideration and possible approval of a Resolution Ratifying the Second Addendum to the January 1, 2020 Agreement between the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and Paramedic Services of Illinois, Inc.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed and saved here.


By Greg Ganske

May 15, 2022

Before I retired from reconstructive surgery, I cared for toddlers who bit into electrical cords and burned their lips. Maybe that is why I feel like I am bound in a chair, gagged, arms and legs tied, watching a two-year-old chewing through a plugged-in electrical cord when I watch the nightly news.

I see one Biden disaster after another on TV and feel as if I am helplessly waiting for the next to occur. Just when it seems it can’t get worse, something even more worrisome, and in some cases more absurd, happens on the national and international stage.

It starts with the failing mental acuity of President Biden. A year ago, I wrote a column for the Des Moines Register (Opinion: Joe Biden isn’t the person I knew in Congress. He should get cognitive testing, with the result made public.), on Biden’s failing cognition. Sadly, his gibberish has gotten worse.

Recently President Biden spoke about his administration’s request to Congress for additional Ukrainian aid. The president’s inability to even read his teleprompter causes the White House to alter the official transcripts of his word mishmashes.

Biden said the plan would “enhance our underlying effort to accommodate the Russian oligarchs. . .”   Accommodate! Then a weird laugh, “We’re gonna accommodate them.” Then he couldn’t pronounce kleptocrats, “Klep–the guys who are in the kleptocracies. Ha, ha, ha,” accenting the laughs.

The White House official version substituted “hold accountable” for “accommodate.”   Correcting these gaffes is a full-time job at the White House. Last month in talking about lower gas prices, Biden said solar, or heat pumps could “save you $500 per month.” This, too, had to be cleaned up in the official transcripts as it is false.

We watch President Biden with trepidation wondering when he’s next going to bite into the electrical cord.

Read more here.

Blood Moon

The exact times to see the “Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse on May 15-16, 2022 from anywhere under Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

We’re in for a dark, brooding and distinctly orangey “Blood Moon” tonight! On the evening of Sunday, May 15 and into the early hours of Monday, May 16, 2022 our natural satellite in space will pass through Earth’s shadow.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth gets precisely between the Sun and a full Moon, preventing direct sunlight from shining on to the lunar surface. The only light that gets through to the Moon is first filtered by Earth’s atmosphere.

In effect all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets are projected onto the lunar surface at once. For a whopping 1 hour 24 minutes the Moon will be draped in the same reddish, orangey light that you can see just before sunset here on Earth.

Total lunar eclipses are spectacular events to behold with the naked eye—or through binoculars or a telescope—but they’re not all the same.

They all look different because they all pass through Earth’s shadow in space in a slightly different way.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when a full Moon passes through Earth’s 870,000 miles/1.4 million km long shadow in space. That happens just occasionally, and it can take anywhere from 105 minutes (like in 2018) to just five minutes (like in 2015).

More here.

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“As Barrington 220 moves forward in its strategic planning process Framework 220, the district is seeking more of your feedback to develop its mission, vision, strategic priorities and learner profile.

Barrington 220 will be holding eight “Framework 220 Coffee & Conversations”. At these meetings, community members will be able to learn more about the work that has been done so far in the process and provide feedback. All community members are welcome to attend.

  • Monday, May 16: 6pm-7pm in the Black Box Theater at BHS
  • Thursday, May 19: 8am-9am at Pepper Park Coffee
  • Thursday, May 19: 9:30am-10:30am at Panera Bread
  • Friday, May 20: 9am-10am at Pepper Park Coffee
  • Monday, May 23: 8am-9am at Calibre Coffee
  • Monday, May 23: 1pm-2pm at Southern Belle’s
  • Tuesday, May 24:10am-11am at Starbucks on Main
  • Wednesday, May 25: 8am-9am at Sunny Hill Elementary

If you plan on attending, please fill out this RSVP form. To view the Framework 220 presentation from the May 3 Board of Education meeting, please click here.”

Click here to visit the Framework 220 website. That is all.


“The Barrington Hills Police Department would like you to be aware of a 5K run occurring tomorrow morning on Brinker Road between County Line and Otis and on Otis Road between Brinker and Old Sutton. These roadway sections will be closed to through traffic between approximately 8:30 and 11:00 AM.

Residents residing in these specific areas will not be restricted from ingress or egress; however, it is advisable to avoid travel during the event, if possible. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated. Thank you.”

Big Red 6

The Barrington Hills Chronicle (a Riding Club of Barrington Hills splinter group), posted what follows on Wednesday:

“The Riding Club of Barrington Hills is inviting all volunteers this Saturday, May 14th, to a roadside clean-up campaign on Route 62 (Algonquin Road). A meeting at the the Riding Center on Bateman Road will start at 8:30am (this Saturday, May 14th), or feel free to join whenever it is convenient for you. Every Saturday in May is the clean-up plan.”

In addition, three additional events are taking place tomorrow:

These activities are occurring at the same time tomorrow morning, primarily along Bateman, Algonquin, Brinker, and County Line Roads.

Readers are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when driving in these areas. On any given day, the Village has two patrol people covering the entire Village, and even with additional resources allocated, they hopefully will not be overwhelmed.


From the Village website:

“Bring your unwanted digital cameras with other unwanted electronics to be recycled behind the Public Works Building on Village Hall grounds. Vision-IT will help unload your unwanted electronics–literally! Pack your car, your trunk, your trailer…however you bring it over and Zack and his team will help!

Worried about hard drive security? Upon your preference, HDs are either physically SHREDDED with a report and Certificate of Destruction provided or ERASED securely through a NIST-800 or Document of Destruction standard with reporting provided.”

Electronic items being accepted include:

Digital Cameras, TVs ($10 fee; cash only), Printers ($10 fee; cash only), Desktop PC/Tower, Servers, Cell Phones, Tablets, VOIP Phones, Gaming Systems, Household Batteries, Audio/Video Equipment, Cable Boxes, LCD Monitors, Circuit Boards, Cabling, Networking Switches/Hubs/Modems/Routers and Batteries for Cars, Lawn Mowers or Motorcycles

Note: Lightbulbs are not accepted

Drop-off location is illustrated above at 112 Algonquin Road.

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