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Members of Barrington Area Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America wore their red shirts at a recent Barrington Area Unit District 220 meeting asking that elected officials reject a resolution that supports arming teachers or other school employees on campus.

Groups including the League of Women Voters and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America are urging suburban school leaders to oppose a proposal before the Illinois Association of School Boards that would support legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and staff members.

The measure is expected to be up for a discussion and vote when the association holds its annual convention next month in Chicago. Under the resolution, the association would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed staff members in their districts.

Similar opposition is surfacing to a proposal that the school board association lobby lawmakers to create and fund a statewide school safety grant program that would help districts hire school resource officers or other armed security.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin next week will formally honor the winner of a local honey tasting at his town’s recent fall festival.

An estimated 750 patrons attended the The Hills Are Alive bash that featured bees, barbecue and music. The seventh fest was under cover on a rainy day at the village park district’s riding center Sept. 29.

The event every year highlights a specific aspect of living in Barrington Hills, and this year beekeeping was in the spotlight. Four local beekeepers submitted honey harvested from their hives in Barrington Hills and surrounding areas. The competitors were Saturdays Are for the Bees, Back 40 Bees, Mike Shackleton and Honey Lake Bee Company.

Read more here.

At their meeting last night, the Board of Education approved a Distance Learning Plan for Barrington 220, which would allow students to complete the school day from home on an inclement weather day.

This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year. The Barrington 220 administration worked in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on the Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad).

Please note, there may be circumstances when Barrington 220 does not implement the Distance Learning Plan during inclement weather and instead decides to make up the day at the end of the school year. To learn more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore abruptly retired Tuesday amid a federal investigation into the company’s lobbying activities at the Capitol.

The announcement of Pramaggiore’s retirement came less than a week after Exelon and ComEd acknowledged they had received a second subpoena in the probe. Authorities were looking for “communications” between the companies and state Sen. Martin Sandoval, a Chicago Democrat whose home and offices were raided by FBI agents last month.

The lengthy list of things authorities were looking for included “items related to ComEd, Exelon, any employee, officer or representative of any of those businesses, Exelon Official A, Exelon Official B, Exelon Official C, Exelon Official D, and/or any issue supported by any of those businesses or individuals, including, but not limited to, rate increases.”

In last week’s filing with regulatory authorities, the companies said they have “cooperated fully” with prosecutors’ requests. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, Exelon has formed a special oversight committee “comprising solely independent directors and advised by independent outside legal counsel” to handle the matter, the statement said.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

The Friends of the Fox River Valley Public Library District will hold its fall book sale on Oct. 17-19.

Sale hours will be 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Thursday, Oct. 17, 9 AM to 4 PM Friday, Oct. 18, and 9 AM to 2 PM Saturday, Oct. 19.

The Friends will be selling newly donated materials, including hard covers, paperbacks, romance novels, and children’s books.

The sale is held in the lower level meeting room of the Dundee Library, 555 Barrington Ave. (Route 68) in East Dundee.

The prices are: hard covers, $2; paperbacks, $1; romance paperbacks, three for $1; and children’s books, 25 cents. They will accept cash or check only.

For information, visit www.frvpld.info/friends-library-fall-book-sale-8 or call (847) 428-3661.

Capital punishment will be a “deterrent to violent crime,” he says

A Republican lawmaker has filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois, calling it an “effective tool” to dissuade violent crime.

Barrington Hills Rep. David McSweeney announced his intention to introduce the bill in August after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killed 31 people.

The Capital Crimes Litigation Act of 2019, filed Thursday, would restore state death penalty law to what it was eight years ago, before former Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law eliminating the measure. Its purpose, according to the measure, is to “have the death penalty serve as a deterrent to violent crime with the specific goal of reducing mass shootings, serial killings, and gun violence.”

At the time Quinn abolished capital punishment in Illinois, making it the 16th state to do so, he said the state should not have a system in place that might result in the killing of wrongfully convicted citizens. McSweeney said DNA technology has advanced “tremendously,” and added the state needs “to take special care” to ensure wrongful convictions do not result in executions.

Read more from the Rockford Register Star here.

Barrington’s advisory plan commission this week rejected the idea of recreational marijuana sales in the village. Casual pot use becomes legal in Illinois Jan. 1.

Towns can’t outlaw its use, but can decide to prohibit businesses that sell it or restrict their location. The plan commission at a meeting Tuesday evening recommended amending a Barrington ordinance to prohibit the use of recreational marijuana businesses.

Related: ZBA to take up “Cannabis Business Enterprises” at their October 21st meeting

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