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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.

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Cook County intends to keep most of its forest preserves open during the state’s stay-at-home order, but that could change quickly if visitors don’t abide by safe distancing and other public health guidelines, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Sunday.

The majority of the county’s 70,000 acres of preserves remain accessible, though all public buildings, restrooms, visitor centers and campgrounds are closed. All programming and permitted events have been canceled through May 11, and the forest preserve district’s five nature centers have been temporarily shuttered, officials said.

Preckwinkle said forest preserve staff and police are keeping a close eye on the preserves to make sure people aren’t gathering in groups.

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This morning workmen with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County were busy locking gates and placing signs such as the one pictured above at Crabtree Nature Center. The signs read:

“To follow public health guidelines for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the nature center bulding & grounds are closed until further notice. “

What’s ironic is the signs read, “feel free,” at the bottom.  Though no signs were present, all entrances to Horizon Farms were closed as well.

Kevin B. Morrison is our Commissioner in Cook County, and his contact information can be viewed here.  “Feel free” to contact him.

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On second thought, Illinois’ golf courses are closed

The opening of Chicago area golf courses was short-lived.

“No recreational sports businesses, including golf courses, are considered essential businesses under the executive order.”

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Related:Illinois golf courses are allowed to open ­­– with restrictions

How recreational weed went from illegal to essential in 3 months

Throngs of high-minded shoppers started flooding pot dispensaries when sales of recreational weed kicked off in Illinois at the start of the year.

Less than three months later, that type of mass clamoring is strictly forbidden as social distancing measures have been put in place to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus. In the uncertain age of COVID-19, when news and information travels almost as fast as the virus itself, Jan. 1 likely seems like a lifetime ago to many cannabis users.

Unlike thousands of businesses, however, pot stores have been able to keep their doors open under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s statewide stay-at-home order, which labeled all dispensaries and cultivation centers “essential businesses.” The decision to allow the high times to keep rolling amid the rising public health crisis is an acknowledgment that, for many Illinoisans, buying weed is as vital as doing laundry or grocery shopping.

“People all over the nation are running to cannabis right now,” said Margo Vesely, executive of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the country’s oldest weed advocacy group.

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Sean Patton Jr., 28, was shot and killed March 7, 2020 at a party held at a rental home in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road in Barrington Hills. – Original Credit: Family of Seah Patton Jr.(Family of Sean Patton Jr. / HANDOUT)

When Litita Herrod’s daughter woke her up in the early morning hours of March 7, she said she just knew something bad had happened.

But soon she learned her worst fear had come true. Her son, Sean Patton Jr., 28, had been shot and killed hours earlier at what authorities called a “large party” held at a big, ranch-style rental home in Barrington Hills.

According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Patton’s death was determined to be a homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Barrington Hills Police Department spokesman William Walsh said Wednesday no arrests have been made. He said investigators are following leads but have not publicly identified any suspects.

Walsh also said that multiple people were shot during the incident. He said authorities are working to identify the others who were shot.

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“Dear Barrington 220 Community,

First and foremost, I want to say thank you. On Tuesday, March 17 registered voters in the Barrington 220 community overwhelmingly passed a $147 million bond referendum, which will greatly impact the future of our schools.

According to preliminary results, the question was approved by voters with 63% yes votes and 37% no votes.

Especially at a time like this, when our nation and our community are facing unprecedented challenges, it is amazing to see the Barrington area stand behind our schools. Together we will get through this pandemic challenge and our community will be stronger than ever before.

This vote is the culmination of a three year community engagement process, which involved collaboration and feedback from parents, students, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, community members, and architects, about the future of our schools. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, along with your community support at the polls, Barrington 220 will be able to:

  • Significantly enhance safety and security at every school
  • Better prepare our students for a successful future
  • Protect the community’s investment in our school buildings by repairing things like roofs, windows, electrical systems, plumbing systems, heating and air conditioning

We will soon begin working with our architects and engineers to develop detailed project plans and drawings. Construction will likely begin in Spring 2021 and will happen in phases over several years.

Thank you again for your support in making sure Barrington 220 remains a destination school district in the years to come.”

The 220 email can be viewed here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 received approval for its request to borrow $147 million for building projects, including safety and security upgrades at all its schools.

Unofficial results with nearly all votes counted from Tuesday’s election show 6,045 were in favor and 3,781 were opposed in Cook, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties.

Officials said the $147 million will pay for basic projects, including upgrades to school safety and security, plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said the next move will be to hire a construction manager, architect and bond counsel to assisting in financing the work.

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