Barrington Village President Karen Darch is stressing the need for residents to practice appropriate social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, even when outside.

“We continue to receive reports of inappropriate gatherings,” Darch said in a statement Wednesday, “and while our police department is vigilant about issuing warnings, they cannot be in all places at all times. It’s going to take all of us working together to ‘self-police’ and gently remind our family, friends and neighbors that it is best if we all simply stay home.”

She added that everyone has had “to take a pause and reconnect to what is important to us, and that will give us a wonderful opportunity to build a ‘new normal’ that, I hope, will be reflective of the best we can be as Barringtonians and as Americans.”

“Barringtonians?”  The Daily Herald report can be seen here


Rafal Ryndak, 28, of Schiller Park, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle through Barrington Hills in May 2018. After a lengthy investigation, police made an arrest in the case Wednesday. (Courtesy of Marcin Ryndak)

A 42-year-old Deer Park man surrendered to Barrington Hills police Wednesday to face a charge stemming from a May 2018 hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist.

Tommy G. Walker III, of the 23000 block of Long Grove Road, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in connection with the deadly crash along Route 59 south of Route 68.

Authorities believe Walker was behind the wheel of a Toyota pickup truck or SUV that struck a bicycle ridden by 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park at about 10 p.m. May 11, 2018. Ryndak was thrown from his bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Read more here.

The April 8th Barrington Hills Park Board Meeting will be held via video conferencing at 7:00 PM. A phone number and access code will be made available to the public 48 hours before the meeting for anyone wanting to observe or comment during the meeting.

The Park District will also take public comments by email or written submission and will read those comments at the public meeting.

Submit by email to: office@bhillsparkd.org

Mail to: BHPD, 364 Bateman Road, Barrington, IL 60010


I am responding and trying to keep my cool while doing so, about Pritzker’s personal war with President Trump.

I would like to tell Pritzker to shut up and let President Trump do his job, because I don’t think Pritzker is doing his. However, Pritzker is doing a great job complaining and following the lead of other states.

Marcia Chester, Barrington

A number of interesting comments in response to Ms Chester’s letter to the editors of the Daily Herald can be viewed here.

Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris, third from right, was among officials to stand with Gov. J.B. Pritzke March 13, 2020 at the Thompson Center in Chicago when the governor announced that all K-12 schools statewide will be closed for a period of time in an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“This afternoon Governor Pritzker extended the “stay at home” order for all Illinois residents until April 30. 

This means all Barrington 220 school buildings will remain closed to students through at least Thursday, April 30. 

However, school is “open” in the virtual format. During the entire month of April we will continue implementing our Distance Learning Plan (click to see FAQs) on weekdays. The state has deemed these “Remote Learning Days”, which will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

As we recently communicated, under the Remote Learning Day declaration, students will be held accountable for their assignments. Teachers will grade student work and while students can not fail a class during this time period, if they do not engage, they will receive an incomplete on their report cards. If you have questions, please follow up with your child’s principal. 

During the month of April, Barrington 220 will continue to provide meals to students in need. Meals will be dropped off at students’ homes on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 5pm. Each Tuesday, two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided per child. Each Thursday, three breakfasts and three lunches will be provided per child. On Thursdays, additional food will also be provided generously from Barrington Children’s Charities. If you wish to add or discontinue drop-off meal service, or have any questions, please contact Yazmin Aceves via email yaceves@barrington220.orgor call (847) 842-3534.

While we miss our students at our schools, we know this is what we have to do to keep everyone safe during this uncertain time. Over the past couple of weeks, the Barrington 220 community has come together in remarkable ways. Whether it’s delivering meals to families in need, or teachers driving through our students’ neighborhoods to spread some cheer, we will continue to work together and navigate this challenge.”

The 6th Congressional District, held by Democrat Sean Casten


We don’t put editorials on the front page often.

But time is running out on representative government in Illinois.

May 3 is the magic deadline for both houses of the Illinois General Assembly to agree to put the Fair Maps Amendment on the November referendum ballot.

Here are the main reasons that probably won’t happen:

1. House Speaker Madigan doesn’t want it to, and truth be told, most other Democratic Party leaders don’t want it to either.

2. Gov. Pritzker doesn’t want any competition that might undermine his progressive income tax proposal, which already has been placed on that November ballot.

3. With the novel coronavirus necessarily occupying everyone’s attention, it will be virtually impossible to rally the kind of public uproar necessary to force the issue.

Read the complete Daily Herald editorial here.

Crews wrapped up their work earlier than advertised today, but they seem to have left themselves enough traffic barriers for single lane closures.  Nonetheless, the “Barrington Bypass” is once again open.

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