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A game-changing underpass at Route 14 and the CN tracks is within Barrington’s grasp after regional officials awarded the village $48.5 million in federal funds Thursday.

Barrington leaders have been chipping away for years at the $73.5 million project separating busy Route 14 from the Canadian National Railway tracks that host multiple freight trains. The project will rebuild Route 14 so it runs under the CN tracks.

Federal grants have already supplied about $11 million, and Darch expects the remaining $14 million to be generated through federal, state, and some local contributions along with funding from CN.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and a related group, the Metropolitan Planning Organization policy committee, approved the grant Thursday. About $10.6 million will be awarded to Barrington in 2020 and $37.9 million will come in 2023.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

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Of the 3,622 people living in Barrington Hills in 2017, 51.2 percent (1,856) were women and 48.8 percent (1,766) were men, according to U.S. Census Bureau data obtained by the Illinois Business Daily.

Females 18 and over outnumbered males in the same age group by a ratio of 1,141-to-929. In the 65 years and over age range, there were 527 females and 471 males.

An agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, the Census Bureau is responsible for compiling statistical facts about the American people, places and economy. Data for this story was compiled from the bureau’s American Community Survey. Information from the survey helps to determine how federal and state funds are distributed.

Statistical data for 2018 will be released later this year.

Barrington Hills’ population by sex

Source: US Census Bureau

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An assortment of changes go into effect Tuesday for the commuter parking at Barrington’s Metra station, including higher daily fees, a new way of paying and the launch of a premium parking program.

An assortment of changes go into effect Tuesday for commuters parking at Barrington’s Metra station.

Higher daily weekday fees, more available spaces, premium parking and a new way to pay are on tap for the station that attracts commuters from Barrington and several surrounding suburbs. Officials said the changes were prompted by increased demand and a desire to provide a more equitable distribution of spots.

Among the changes: It’ll cost $3.50 per day instead of $3 to park in the north and south commuter lots. Village officials expanded the daily parking opportunities by deciding to open the south lot to everyone and no longer reserve it just for drivers from towns belonging to the Barrington Area Council of Governments.

Those seeking a daily weekday fee price break may obtain prepaid hangtags for $200 per quarter. That’ll take the daily cost down to $3.14.

The village created 67 new spaces on the north side by buying the First Church of Christ, Scientist parking lot. Officials said the daily fee hike will help cover the $625,000 cost, along with those of installing of train platform heat lamps, continuing maintenance and a planned new commuter entrance off Northwest Highway near Barrington Animal Hospital.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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Is the Illinois Racing Board taking business lessons from the film “Goodfellas?”

In that world of organized crime chronicled so brilliantly by director Martin Scorsese, actor Ray Liotta portrays mobster Henry Hill. He explains the business mantra succinctly as follows: (I have condensed the idea to remove some choice terms.) “Business bad? … pay me. Oh, you had a fire? … pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? … pay me.”

You get the idea. They don’t care about your problems, they just want their money.

That’s an approach the Racing Board tried using with Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, leaning on them so the track would add casino gambling. The pressure from the racing board, or incentive for the track, depending on which side you’re onwas to potentially deny them any of the 68 dates for racing sought for Arlington. The board ultimately gave approval for the dates.

Read more of Randy Blaser’s column here.

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Spring Creek Road

Autumn is a great time to ride a bike. The air is fresh but not too cold yet, the suburbs have plenty of good places to ride — and there will be a lot of colorful foliage to see.

So where are the best places to ride for fall colors? Here’s the Daily Herald’s top five:

At the very top of the list of the Herald’s suggestions for, “Ride around the neighborhood or on longer, bucolic roads on the outskirts?” Spring Creek Road:

“A tree and biking-road paradise. Check out Spring Creek Road; getting there is wonderful, too, but residents ask that you stay single file, please.”

Read the full Daily Herald article here,

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Rebecca June Soderman

Family members of an 18-year-old Barrington High School student killed after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree at 93 miles per hour on March 4, 2017, tearfully described her as someone who “cared more about the feelings of others than those of herself.”

The emotional impact statements about the death of Rebecca June Soderman were made Friday before McHenry County Judge Micheal Coppedge, weeks after the driver of the vehicle, Matthew Zeek, 25, of Rolling Meadows pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.

Zeek, who was speeding in a 25 mph zone on Plum Tree Road west of Rock Ridge Road in Barrington Hills, was sentenced to 2 ½ years of probation. He was also sentenced to community service and served 30 days of a 180 day jail. Should he violate his probation the remainder of his jail sentence will be imposed, prosecutors said.

Family members of an 18-year-old Lake Barrington High School student killed after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree at 93 miles per hour on March 4, 2017, tearfully described her as someone who “cared more about the feelings of others than those of herself.”

Read more here.

Related: Rolling Meadows man sentenced to probation for fatal 2017 crash

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Celebrate under a full harvest moon at Citizens for Conservation’s Ignite the Night.

The event will feature live music, food, stargazing, flashlight walks for kids, a raffle, horse-drawn wagon rides and will be capped off by a spectacular bonfire. Ignite the Night will be held from 5 to 10 PM on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Spring Creek Forest Preserve and the Barrington Hills Park District, 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills.

The evening will include a cookout dinner; beer, wine and soft drinks and music by Beamish. Attendees will also have the chance to view the night sky, stars and planets with professional-grade telescopes.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 after Friday, Sept. 13, for adults; $25 for teens through age 20, and $12 for children 12 and younger. Online ordering is available on CFC’s website.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, call Ginger Underwood at 847.331.3568 or ttonkajo@yahoo.com

Ignite the Night aims to be a zero-waste event, and Mindful Waste will assist in making sure all packaging is compostable, recyclable or reusable. Mindful Waste volunteers will be on hand to educate and help with the sorting process. CFC’s goal is divert as much material from the landfill as possible.

All proceeds from this event will support Citizens for Conservation. Supporters of the event include the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Barrington Hills Park District.

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