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The Village of Barrington Hills made the following announcement yesterday.

“ROAD WORK BEGINS JUNE 4th on Otis and Brinker Roads–Expect Delays. Please proceed with caution or choose an alternate route.”

Additional information from the Cook County Department of Transportation can be found at this link BrinkerConstruction.

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The life story of Dr. John Prunskis and his wife Dr. Terri Dallas-Prunskis is the stuff of an epic novel. The only challenge is where to begin. The obvious place would be right at the beginning—John growing up in Chicago in the 1960s, the son of Lithuanian immigrants who attended Lithuanian school on Saturdays, and didn’t hear spoken English until kindergarten. His parents, both refugee physicians, spoke only Lithuanian at home to honor their homeland’s heritage (and in defiance of the Soviets who deported their parents into Siberian slavery).

“Lithuania was an abstract concept to me when I was 5 or 6 years old, but essentially the Soviets turned Lithuania into one big prison,” explains John. In addition to receiving the Knight of the Order of Merit bestowed by the President of Lithuania for his professional and philanthropic contributions to that country, Dt. Prunskis is also an award-winning Barrington Hills physician. He is co-founder and medical director of the Illinois Pain Institute with Terri—a fellow physician who he met 32 years ago during his post residency fellowship at the University of Chicago.

That romance alone is another contender for a compelling opening narrative—two brilliant young physicians working together, pushing each other intellectually, and driving forth on a mission to become healers and innovators. They were colleagues; they were friends. Then they dated for six years, and (as it sometimes happens) they were engulfed in spontaneous combustion. They fell in love for life, marrying in 1991. “I have affection for many things, but the word ‘love’ I reserve for her and my children” he says.

To read the full story in Country Magazine, click here.

The Village of Barrington issued the following Special Traffic Alert today.

“Beginning June 4, Route 14 will be completely closed at the Canadian National tracks near Lake Zurich Road for up to 10 days.

Canadian National Railway has scheduled its Route 14 crossing for maintenance repairs beginning Monday, June 4 and extending for as long as 10 days, depending on weather conditions that might impact their ability to finish the work, which they hope to have completed in less than a week.

This project will be a complete closure of Route 14 (Northwest Highway) and will necessitate a detour through downtown Barrington, beginning at Lake-Cook Road (Main Street), and turning north on Route 59 (Hough Street) back to Route 14 (see below).

Route 14 will remain open east of IL Route 59 until the rail crossing and North from Main Street to the crossing, but for local traffic only. Similarly, Route 14 will remain open west/north of Lake-Cook Road (Main Street) until the rail crossing but for local traffic only.

The repairs to the CN tracks are designed to carry the crossing from current day until its eventual replacement with a rail bridge as a part of the underpass project.

When approaching IDOT about this repair, CN was asked to expedite this work to the first week of June in order to have it done in advance of IDOT’s U.S. Route 14 scheduled maintenance work, which will occur later this summer. IDOT plans to resurface U.S. Route 14 from Cumnor Avenue on the west to Main Street on the east/south. This project will not require a full closure of Route 14 but will involve temporary lane closures and shifts. This is also temporary measure to keep the road in acceptable condition until a larger reconstruction project can be implemented.

We urge everyone, both local and through traffic, to plan accordingly for these projects and allow extra travel time.”

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Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 5.03.49 AM Barrington Hills police have narrowed down the model of the vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist late Friday on Route 59. The offending vehicle is believed to be either a black 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV or a black 2007 or later model Toyota Tundra pickup, according to information released by Barrington Hills police Tuesday afternoon. Police said the vehicle likely sustained extensive damage to the passenger side. The victim, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park, was thrown several feet from his bicycle and was unresponsive when first responders found him. Police have yet to release a description of the driver of the vehicle.

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 5.29.53 AMPolice are searching for the driver of a truck who struck and killed a bicyclist late Friday in Barrington Hills, authorities said Saturday.

The victim, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park, was thrown several feet from his bicycle and was unresponsive when first responders arrived to the crash scene after 10 p.m. on Route 59 south of Route 68, according to Barrington Hills police.

When police arrived, they observed the bicycle, badly damaged, on the shoulder of the roadway. Paramedics from the Barrington Countryside and Lake Zurich fire departments provided emergency medical assistance to the victim at the scene, according to a news release.

The man was officially pronounced dead at the scene at 10:22 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Cause of death was listed as multiple injuries after an autopsy on Saturday.

Police said the vehicle that hit the bicyclist and fled is a dark-colored Toyota Tundra pickup truck. A description of the driver was not available.

You can read the full Daily Herald article here.

Police arrested five men they say worked together to distract and rob an 87-year-old Barrington Hills woman.

On April 30, the five-person group police referred to as a “ruse burglary crew” rang the woman’s doorbell and tried to lure her outside using ploys such as seal-coating the driveway, working on construction on an adjacent property and landscaping her backyard, according to a news release from Illinois State Police.

When the woman went to the back of the home to look at the landscaping, the remaining men broke into the house and stole about $60,000, the release stated.

The woman became suspicious and asked the crew to leave when the men began to question if anyone else was home. As she called 911, she saw two men running from her bedroom and out the front door, according to the release.

As officers approached the home, they saw the offenders fleeing the front door running from the backyard, the release stated.

The full article in the Northwest Herald can be found here.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, local fire departments were called to a home located in the vicinity of Paganica & Oak Knoll Road to respond to a fire call. Trucks from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) arrived on scene to find flames already through the roof and, within minutes,  it appeared that a potential collapse was eminent. Fortunately, the homeowners and pets were not injured and escaped the residence safely.

At this early hour, it appears that there is substantial loss to the home. Several area fire departments responded with water tender and tanker trucks to assist BCFPD. With last night’s storm and significant amount of lightning associated with it, early speculation is that a lightning strike may have been the cause.

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Residents and commuters have been advised to avoid the Hart Road/Oak Knoll and Paganica area this morning as fire crews are completing their work.