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gmpixafeThe McHenry County Republican Party picked two Barrington Hills men as their choices to succeed Andrew Gasser on the County Board.

But the Democratic chairman of the County Board who has the power to advance a candidate for a formal vote said the two will be treated like every other person who has expressed interest, including filling out an extensive questionnaire.

The county GOP late Thursday announced that it was backing Ralph Sesso and David Stieper to succeed Gasser, who stepped down after winning the April election for the office of Algonquin Township highway commissioner. Gasser, of Fox River Grove, was elected to represent District 1 in 2014, and whoever is picked to replace him will serve the remaining two years of his term and have to run again in 2018.

The GOP’s announcement comes after five weeks of interviews with prospective candidates, party Chairwoman Sandra Fay Salgado said. She said the two “represent the same conservative values” as Gasser and will serve as leaders within the county GOP.

To read the Northwest Herald article in its entirety, click here.

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pavement-marking As construction season starts up earlier than usual throughout the Barrington area, motorists driving through downtown Barrington will have to navigate an ongoing road project to replace a 100-year-old sewer system.

The project is a major one for Barrington officials, who recently started the construction work to replace aging sanitary sewer lines. As the weather warms, officials in nearby Barrington Hills and South Barrington also are looking to start local road resurfacing projects. …

Upcoming resurfacing projects in Barrington Hills could start sometime after May 23 when the list of tentative projects are presented to the Barrington Hills Village Board, said Robert Kosin, director of administration in Barrington Hills.

The list of potential projects include Ridge Road, from County Line Road to Merry Oaks Lane, as well as the entire stretch of Old Hart Road and West Cuba Road, and also the parking lot to village hall at 112 Algonquin Road, Kosin said.

To read the full Chicago Tribune article, click here.

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PlumFarmAerial Hoffman Estates village board members Monday unanimously approved a development agreement and rezoning for 185 acres at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72 for the often controversial Plum Farms residential and commercial subdivision.

The biggest revision to the agreement before its approval was the village’s requirement of a minimum 5.5-acre school site donation.

Barrington Unit District 220 board President Brian Battle said his district and Community Unit District 300 both believe that unless that site happened to be next to a park, it likely wouldn’t be enough.

Nevertheless, he saw it as an improvement.

“For the village to dictate the minimum size is better than nothing,” Battle said. “We’d like to see that number boosted a little. … We’re still concerned about the density (of the development) and what it does to our taxpayers.”

Battle said the developers told him they would try to address the school districts’ concerns in their final plans. But he told village board members the two districts would wish to be involved in the review of those plans as early as possible.

To read the full article in the Daily Herald, click here.

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images A commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian late Friday morning at Northwest Highway and Cuba Road, near Barrington, the Lake County sheriff’s office said. Police said officers found the pedestrian dead after arriving on scene around 11:35 a.m. The Lake County sheriff’s office wasn’t immediately releasing the age, gender or identity of the person.

Metra trains on the Union-Pacific Northwest line were halted in both directions, according to a Metra spokeswoman. Extensive train delays near Barrington are expected while police remain on scene, Metra said in an alert.

Police continue to investigate the incident, authorities said. The full Chicago Tribune article can be found here.

As of 2:30 PM Friday afternoon, traffic on Northwest Highway is not impacted, but Cuba Road south of the railroad tracks is blocked, restricting access into Barrington Hills. It is not known how long the crossing will be closed.

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Announced on the Village of Barrington Hills website today:

“All 4 counties have now released certified results for the April 4, 2017 election. We can now officially announce that President Martin J. McLaughlin has been elected to another term as Village President.

Trustee Colleen Konicek Hannigan was also reelected to another term as Trustee.
The election for the remaining two Trustee positions came down to three Trustees separated by only 4 votes.

The Village congratulates our new Trustees Robert M. Zubak and Paula Jacobsen.
We hope you’ll attend the Special Board Meeting Tuesday May 2nd at 6:30 pm where the elected will take their oath of office.”

The final vote totals for Village President by county are as follows.

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The final vote totals for Village Trustee by county are as follows.

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PlumFarmAerial Hoffman Estates village board members voted unanimously Monday to recommend approval of a significantly revised annexation and development agreement for 185 acres at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72.

Though local school district officials — and Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod — still called for greater clarification of a future school site on the Plum Farms property, the agreement’s revisions quieted some earlier concerns.

One of the major ones for Barrington Unit District 220 Board President Brian Battle was a line that the development partnership can only renew its past request for a partial property tax refund through a tax increment financing (TIF) district with a letter stating that neither his district nor Community Unit District 300 objects.

The revised agreement also lowered the limit for the number of dwelling units of various types from 1,325 to 1,250. However, the current concept plan stayed the same with the still lower number of 1,035.

You can read full coverage of the meeting in the Daily Herald article by clicking here.

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unnamed Hoffman Estates trustees on Monday voted to continue their discussion of a controversial annexation and development agreement for 145 acres previously disconnected from Barrington Hills until next Monday, April 24.

Several village board members, including Mayor Bill McLeod, cited the speed at which they and affected members of the community had had to absorb a massive amount of detailed information over the weekend.

Though the vote was unanimous, Trustee Gary Pilafas said he didn’t believe the delay would benefit him.

He added that it was his duty to get through the 390 pages of documents over the holiday weekend, and that he recognized the developer’s plans as consistent with previous approvals granted to other parts of the same site at routes 59 and 72 back in 2004.

The link to the complete Daily Herald article is here.

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