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“The members of the Barrington Area Council of Governments appreciate the efforts that have gone into developing the Restore Illinois plan. Our municipal and township governments have been compliant with the Executive Orders to keep residents safe during this COVID-19 public health situation. The Executive Board and membership have concerns, however, about provisions within the Restore Illinois plan and sent the following letter to Governor Pritzker for consideration.”

A copy of the BACOG members May 15th letter to Governor JB Pritzker can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Driver services facilities operated by the Illinois secretary of state’s office will begin reopening Monday, with the first two months reserved for new drivers, people with expired driver’s licenses or ID cards and vehicle transactions.

Due to current events, more than 700,000 expired driver’s licenses or ID cards and 1.9 million expired vehicle registrations in Illinois according to Secretary of State Jesse White.

Once the offices reopen, people will have 90 days to renew expired driver’s licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations. People now have until Oct. 1, 2021, to get REAL ID driver’s licenses.

For more information, visit cyberdriveillinois.com.

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Memorial Day – May, 30 1933 (Click on image to enlarge)

Today is Memorial Day. Yet none of the familiar ceremonies scheduled in or around our Village will take place today. Instead, most celebrations of this annual event have been cancelled due to “current events.”

So, we’d like to pass along what might have been read or observed at the Civil War Monument at the Barrington Center cemetery today since it seems so few take to stop by:

Miller’s Grove M. E. Church

Barrington Center

A recruiting station during the Civil War and the center of war time activities in the period of 1861 to 1865.

In commemoration of that event this memorial is erected and dedicated to the memory of those patriotic citizens of Barrington Township who served this nation in the preservation of the Union.

This memorial tablet erected by Barrington Post Number 158, The American Legion, through the aid of friends and the descendants of the above named Veterans.

Memorial Day – May 30, 1933

The names of 91 Veterans appear on the monument, some of which are recognizable for those familiar with Barrington Hills history.  Click on the image above for better viewing. 

Happy Memorial Day.  

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One of four Lake County coyote pups who survived last week’s storms is recovering and in the care of Barrington’s Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. (Courtesy of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation)

Four coyote pups caught in a deluge that nearly drowned them in their own den owe their lives to compassionate wildlife lovers with sharp ears and ties to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington.

In the wake of last week’s thunderstorms, a Waukegan Township employee heard animal cries near a building on township property and went to investigate, said Flint Creek founder and director Dawn Keller. Discovering two coyote pups, he recalled another employee mentioning that an adult coyote had been struck and killed by a car several days earlier, Keller said.

The employee rescued two pups and called Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources, which referred him to Flint Creek, an all-volunteer rehabilitation center. A Flint Creek volunteer then rescued a third pup from the collapsed den. He returned with the pup to the center, but Keller says they both had lingering concerns.

“I called (him) and said, ‘do you think there were more?'” she said to which he responded, “‘I know there were more.'”

Read more here.

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A monument at the entrance to Horizon Farms

For over ten years we have covering the ups and downs, and the ins and outs of the Horizon Farms legal sagas in Barrington Hills. Along the way, many newspaper articles have been published, and invariable they’ve included pictures of the property signs or the majestic main entrance to Horizon Farms with two horse statues greeting visitors as they enter (one of which is pictured above).

These photos became so familiar over the years that some readers gave the statues nicknames. There was Bob and Fritz, Patty and Karen; you name it, there was some name based invariable on local politics that people identified with those statues. Well, call them what you will today, they’ve disappeared.

As the photo below shows, old spotlights mark where the statues shone at night, but there are no horses, and that leads to the quandary of where they went. So if readers know the whereabouts of our Bob or Fritz (or both), please let us know!

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Chicago restaurants won’t be ready to open on pace with rest of Illinois, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday that city restaurants won’t be ready to reopen to outdoor dining by May 29, but she hopes they will be ready in June.

Chicago also is looking at the possibility of closing streets to help expand restaurants’ outdoor dining, Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot made the comments after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker opened the door to potentially lift the restriction on sit-down dining next week. While “heartened” by Pritzker’s comments, Lightfoot said she wants a more robust plan to make sure restaurants can reopen safely.

Asked about the reopening the city’s lakefront, Lightfoot said she is looking at plans for reopening but isn’t there yet.

Read more here.

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Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter facets of the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help businesses. “As I said, nobody’s looking to go rogue here,” Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer, Feburary 2020)

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help businesses.

“As I said, nobody’s looking to go rogue here,” Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said. “This is not something we’re looking to do. … There is not one bit of interest in turning this into a political deal. We’re abiding by the governor’s orders. We’ve abided from the very beginning. That’s not going to change.”

However, in Wheeling, where the village board discussed the Restore Illinois plan but did not put a resolution up for a vote Monday night, Trustee Joseph Vito accused Pritzker of overstepping his authority and suggested suing the state — a move his colleagues did not support.

Vito also questioned Pritzker’s plan for not allowing for gatherings of more than 50 people until Phase 5, assuming a vaccine or viable treatment for COVID-19.

Read more here, but also ask yourself where has Karen Darch been recently?

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