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Christmas Taxes

Happy holidays, Cook County homeowners! The second installment of your property tax bills will arrive around Thanksgiving. They won’t be due until after Christmas but before New Year’s.

Cook County residents can expect their property tax bills to arrive around Thanksgiving with an estimated return date of Dec. 31, 2022, leaving just enough time for Illinoisans to claim federal deductions, a county spokesperson said.

The second installment of property taxes will likely be mail out more than three months after the bill typically comes due Aug. 1. The delay follows a flood of new appeals and computer complications at the assessor’s office.

Cook County Board spokesman Nick Shields on Sept. 26 said the more than $16 billion in backlogged bills will be collected by “the end of 2022.”

“As each step in the process is completed, we will better understand the bill’s mail date and, subsequently, the due date,” Shields told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We remain confident that their commitment to a due date of 2022 will be realized.”

County leaders said appealing, reviewing and mailing these bills to homeowners could still take more than a month to complete as the county assessor finishes final appeals. Taxpayers will then have a minimum of 30 days to pay once their bill is received.

Issuing these property taxes in late November leaves Cook County homeowners with little more than a month to pay the taxes and claim the local deductions on their 2022 individual federal tax returns.

Second installments were paid by Aug. 1 in every year since 2011, until the onset of the pandemic. The first installment of property tax bills in 2023 is expected to be due March 1.

Illinois was home to the nation’s second-highest property taxes in 2021. Now rampant inflation is giving local taxing bodies the power to raise rates by 5%.

Property owners face another tax threat on Nov. 8: Amendment 1.

Read more here.

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CC Taxes

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Property tax bills should land in mailboxes across Cook County around the same time as holiday cards, with second installment payments expected to come due before the end of the year, county officials said.

County board President Toni Preckwinkle in July announced second-installment bills, which for nearly a decade had arrived in August, would fall months late because of delays with the assessment process and a computer system upgrade.

With little over three months left in 2022, several steps in the multiagency process of tabulating and mailing out bills are as-yet incomplete. Still, the relay race of calculating, mailing and collecting bills was on pace to be complete by “the end of 2022,” Preckwinkle spokesman Nick Shields said Monday.

For the full story, visit chicago.suntimes.com.

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Missing

By John Kass

Do you feel safe in Chicago?

The great city by the lake was once famed for its toughness and unbreakable will. But now it curls up into the fetal position as uncontrolled violent crime and legitimate concerns over the Democrat Safe-T Act–which will do away with cash bail on Jan. 1–bleed the city dry.

Democratic political leaders are on the defensive before the mid-term elections. Some like Gov. J.B. Pritzker have been reduced to babbling. Others like Mayor Lori Lightfoot go into hiding. More than a dozen city council members have resigned. They look to the chaos from the mayor’s office and begin turning away.

The bleeding continued Thursday with news that seven children had been shot in the street gang wars in separate incidents, including a 3-year-old shot at home while sleeping. Oh, and anti-violence activists were listed among the wounded at yet another Chicago mass shooting.

CWB Chicago reported that police warned about yet a third armed robbery crew working the city from the West Loop to Edgewater.

But don’t fret, Lightfoot has made sure that no repeat criminals—including violent muggers, robbers, shooters or murderers–will have to risk being hurt in a police chase.

And there had been no arrests in that infamous Sunday afternoon street mugging in the leafy Lakeview neighborhood, where a woman walking alone was attacked, pulled to the ground by thugs and robbed. The poor woman’s piercing screams were caught on a doorbell security camera. And those screams have cut deeply into Illinois politics and focused the people on the Democrat criminal justice centerpiece—the Safe-T Act signed and applauded by Gov. Pritzker.

And to all this comes Chris Kempczinski, the CEO of McDonald’s Corp. who spoke at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon and delivered a series of body blows to Mayor Lightfoot’s reelection campaign:

The issue? Crime and her inability to handle it. Crime is up almost 40 percent in Chicago, though murder numbers have dropped slightly. Kempeczinski told his audience that violent crime makes it difficult to attract employees to Chicago.

Read more here.

Related: Editorial: McDonald’s CEO is worried about Chicago. His compelling menu of changes has 3 main categories.

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Air Traffic

A proposed overnight runway rotation plan for O’Hare International Airport was approved by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission in August. Next stop is the FAA.

The vast majority of O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission members recently approved an overnight runway rotation intended to evenly distribute the shriek of jets around the region, but there were headwinds.

Seven out of 62 commission members — Itasca, Norridge, South Barrington, Norridge School District 80 and Chicago’s Wards 40, 41 and 45 — opposed the plan at an Aug. 17 meeting.

No one disputed that the commission’s Fly Quiet Committee, which prepared the 12-week runway schedule, gave it enough thought.

“Ultimately, this was a plan developed through seven years of hard work by the Fly Quiet Committee and the full ONCC, and I was pleased with the amount of support that the Fly Quiet Committee’s recommendation received,” commission Vice Chair Karyn Robles said last week.

South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie said she dissented “because of the concentration of noise we’re going to have for a solid week at a time.

“What we have right now is a dispersion of the planes going over different areas (of South Barrington) at night.” The rotation “is going to affect us more than it would if it was occasional planes coming over our town. If you have a constant stream of airplanes going over your town, it’s going to be a lot more noisier at night” for that period, McCombie said.

“My heart is with protecting the residents. And, we keep our windows open out here,” McCombie added, noting South Barrington doesn’t qualify for sound insulation funding.

The rotation proposal, which still needs federal approval, uses four of O’Hare’s longest parallel east/west runways and two diagonal ones.

Read more here.

Editorial note: Hoffman Estates and South Barrington are O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission members. District 220 and Barrington Hills are not.  We wonder why not?

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County Line Road 1

Road signs on Haegers Bend Road let drivers know which way to turn when driving in Barrington Hills or Algonquin.

The August Board of Trustees meeting was brief.  It lasted less than half an hour, but that was more than enough time to cause continued disappointment with the Cecola administration.

For example, why has the phone-in system to Board of Trustee meetings not yet been fixed yet?  Is it intentional to discourage resident’s attendance or does it just reflect incompetence on the part of those responsible for getting the job done?

Next, Laura Ekstrom, Roads & Bridges Committee Chair, provided an update on resurfacing work and detours taking place on, “Lake Cook Road,” in our Village. President Cecola, former committee chair, and Bryan Croll provided their perspectives on, “Lake Cook Road,” work.  The problem is, there is no road named, “Lake Cook,” in Barrington Hills.

County Line Road, named decades before Barrington Hills was incorporated, runs from Haegers Bend Road all the way to Hart Road. Trustee Riff, who actually lives on County Line Road, joined in the road work discussion yet made no effort to correct the record.  Given the fact he wrote on his Facebook site, “I was swarm into office as a Barrington Hills, Illinois Trustee,” he may not be as bright as some had hoped.

Some will say we’re picking at nits here.  But ask the employees or residents of the Barrington Hills Country Club, Countryside Elementary School or the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House what their address is, they will all say County Line Road. Other might say, “Come on, you know what they meant,” however, one must then question what else Trustees say versus what they meant.

The best point we can make in rebuttal is if you Google, “300 W. Lake Cook Road, Barrington Hills, IL,” instead of a map leading to Barrington Hills Country Club, you’ll see a map of downtown Buffalo Grove.

We elected Trustees relying on their intelligence and experience.  Live up to those expectations.

Recordings from the August 22nd Board of Trustees meeting can be found here.

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Barrington Road Rage

Sheriff’s deputies say they found these weapons in a pickup truck driven by road rage suspect Farid Sagidov in Barrington Township. (Courtesy of Cook County sheriff’s office)

By Jonah Nink
Daily Herald correspondent

A Texas man who punched a motorcyclist Tuesday in a Barrington Township road rage case also faces a weapons charge, the Cook County sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

A sheriff’s deputy saw Farid Sagidov, 40, of Quitman, Texas, punch a 49-year-old man about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday on 1200 block of South Northwest Highway, according to a news release. Authorities said the assault happened after Sagidov refused to allow the victim to merge in front of his pickup truck.

The deputy arrested Sagidov and recovered a loaded gun, two additional magazines and two knives from his truck, the news release said. Sagidov did not have a FOID card or concealed carry license, police said.

Sagidov is charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct, bodily harm and battery.

Sagidov’s bond was set at $5,000 Wednesday in Rolling Meadows.

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Foxx

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

In Chicago, homicides and shootings are surging while carjackings and shoplifting are rampant. The town is becoming more like the Wild West – no law and no order. And much of the blame falls on its chief law enforcement officer, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

Foxx’s record is blotted by botched cases and improprieties (e.g., Jussie Smollett) and public tension with her law enforcement and city partners (i.e., Chicago Police, the City Council and Mayor Lori Lightfoot) who have all bemoaned her conduct and public safety policies. Even Foxx’s longtime chief investigator has had enough and resigned last month to keep his “integrity, morals, and ethics intact.”

While the State’s Attorney has a lot of adversaries, she has one very well-heeled friend: George Soros. Based on campaign donations, the billionaire loves Foxx – lavishing cash on her with $2.7 million poured into her two campaigns to be chief prosecutor.

That money came in the form of two PACs funded almost exclusively by Soros. In 2016, Illinois Safety and Justice PAC spent $708,000 on Foxx with $408,000 coming direct from Soros and the rest via another PAC that Soros finances, Civic Participation Action Fund. In 2020, Foxx got another $2 million from Soros before her heated Democratic primary.

As crime soared and cases crumbled, Foxx has spent weeks away from Cook County on junkets across the country with fellow Soros-backed district attorneys including Los Angeles’ George Gascon, Philadelphia’ Larry Krasner, and the now-former DA for San Francisco Chesa Boudin.

Our study – examining campaign finance reports across the country – identified over $40 million in campaign spending by Soros to elect progressive prosecutors including Foxx. At least 75 Soros-linked prosecutors hold office today – stretching from Orlando to Seattle, Los Angeles to the Washington, DC suburbs. Those district attorneys preside over 40% of homicides and represent jurisdictions covering one in five (72 million) Americans.

Read more here.

Related: “George Soros and his Soft-On Crime Prosecutors: the Johnny Appleseeds of Urban Anarchy,” “Time To Recall Kim Foxx, For Jussie Smollett, And More

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mosquitoes test positive

Health officials are warning the public after a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this year in McHenry County.

A mosquito “pool,” also known as a batch of mosquitoes, was sampled on Tuesday in Lake in the Hills and tested positive for West Nile virus.

The McHenry County Department of Public Health said this mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile virus presence in McHenry County in 2022.

Four birds were submitted for testing from McHenry County so far this year and all have been negative for the virus.

Officials in nearby Lake County recommend the public practice the “4 Ds of Defense” to protect themselves and family from mosquitoes:

  • Drain: Drain standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.
  • Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions.
  • Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin.

Read more here.

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Beetle

Dogbane beetle (Chrysochus auratus), Photo by: Maria Sacha

In this issue:

  • Training Programs Prepare Group Leaders for Nature Adventures
  • Learn About Self-Love, Resiliency During Summer Wellness Series
  • Thanks to the Data Bike, Targeted Trail Improvements Begin This Summer
  • Latest News: Experience Camping in the Forest Preserves, Crabtree Nature Center Building Closed July 1 Through Spring 2023, Forest Preserve Foundation Awards $130,000 in Grants, Share Feedback for the Des Plaines River Trail Central Study
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities

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Vote

Tuesday is primary Election Day, when voters have a final chance to choose who will face off for governor, seats in Congress and the Illinois legislature and county boards.

Decisions made by voters ultimately will set up suburban campaigns for the Nov. 8 general election, including some that could be among the most-watched in the country.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. After the polls close, check back at dailyherald.com for results.

What’s on your ballot?

Check online to find whether you are registered, your polling place on Election Day and a sample ballot.

Can I register?

You can register and cast a ballot at the same time if you’re a U.S. citizen and present two forms of identification, one of which must have your address on it. Examples include a passport or military I.D., driver’s license, college or work ID, vehicle registration, lease, insurance card, bank statement or utility bill.

If you already are registered you do not routinely need identification to vote. However, an election judge can ask for identification in certain circumstances, such as if a previously mailed-in registration form is incomplete.

For more information, click here.

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