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Kane County Board members opposed to the Longmeadow Parkway project may not be able to stop construction of a toll bridge over the Fox River, but they may be able to make the tolls cheaper for local residents.

Board member Mo Iqbal on Tuesday called for Chicago-based Stantec Consulting to research the ability to identify local residents as they cross the bridge and charge them a cheaper rate than people who do not live in Kane County. Iqbal pointed out it’s not uncommon to charge different rates for vehicles of varying sizes, or even those paying by cash instead of with a transponder.

“There should be another category of resident versus nonresident,” he said.

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Over the years, we’ve seen the worst of townships, as when the separately elected township supervisors or assessors or road commissioners or clerks or boards do battle, duplicating costs and getting less work done for the public.

Recall, for example, the assessor in Antioch Township in Lake County moving her staff out of the township building and renting new offices after fighting with the supervisor. Or Algonquin Township in McHenry County almost running out of road salt after highway commissioner Andrew Gasser ordered a supply and the township board refused to pay for it.

We’ve also seen the best of townships, as when well-run food pantries or senior transit or general assistance programs provide safety nets for suburban residents who’ve run out of options.

With that in mind, we’re not fully in the growing “throw them out” camp that seeks to abolish townships as rural throwbacks not needed in the suburbs.

Read the full Daily Herald editorial here.

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Early voting begins Monday, March 18th, and continues through Monday, April 1st. Click on the name of the county below for polling locations and times:

Please be aware that some of the early voting locations have charged, so it’s wise to check first.

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The Barrington Hills elections are just three weeks away from tomorrow, but there is still time to request applications to vote by mail (formerly known as absentee voting or balloting) for those who are away at school, spend their winters elsewhere or cannot take advantage of early voting. 

Those wishing to request a ballot can click on the name of any of the four counties listed below and be linked directly to the steps for voting by mail:

Early voting begins Monday, March 18th.  We’ll publish information on where to vote early shortly before that date as a reminder.

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Starting the week of April 9, 2018, weather permitting, intermittent temporary daily lane closures along IL 62 between Regan Boulevard and north Autumn Trail will occur to allow crews adequate room to safely unload supplies and equipment needed to begin storm sewer installation along IL 62. These closures will take place during non-peak travel times.

You can read the entire KDOT press release here.

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Illinois Tollway Regional Mobility Survey

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 8.37.26 AMThe Illinois Tollway is offering I-PASS customers in the Kane County region an opportunity to provide input on a Kane County project to improve regional mobility through the development of the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor improvement. The Longmeadow Parkway project is designed to alleviate traffic congestion in northern Kane County and relieve pressure on the existing bridges crossing the Fox River. While the Illinois Tollway is not directly involved in the development of the improvement, we are hoping that our I-PASS customers can provide valuable feedback regarding their travel habits and preferences.

The Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor improvement is 5.6 miles in length and includes a new four-lane Fox River Bridge crossing and four-lane roadway with a median that passes through portions of the Villages of Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills, as well as unincorporated areas of Kane County.

For completing the survey, Kane County’s consultant is offering entry into a drawing to win a $500 check card.

Take the survey here.

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From a Kane County Department of Transportation press release:

longmeadow-pkwy-2016-tree-removal-e-of-il-25-to-il-62-loc-mapThe next stage of right-of-way work for the Longmeadow Parkway Corridor will take place in Barrington Hills, starting next week.

On Jan. 22, 2018, weather permitting, right-of-way preparation and tree removal will begin along the Longmeadow Parkway Corridor from east of IL Route 25 to IL Route 62 and along IL Route 62 in the village of Barrington Hills.

During the work, there may be temporary single-lane closures with flaggers directing traffic. Construction work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The work is anticipated to take two weeks to complete.

Right-of-way preparation is being done in advance of the roadway improvements that will start in spring 2018.

The above-mentioned roads will remain open during treatment, but may be reduced to one lane of travel using temporary daily lane closures.

Motorists need to be prepared to reduce their speed, exercise caution and be extra alert. Watch for and obey flaggers and other traffic control devices within the work zone.

Drivers should expect delays while traveling through the work areas. You may want to add additional time to your commute and consider the use of alternate routes while this work is being completed.

KDOT officials remind drivers that it is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving through a highway construction work zone.

Questions and concerns may be directed to Patrick VerHalen at 630-208-3138. For all Kane County traffic advisories, see the KDOT Traffic Alerts page on the KDOT website.

SOURCE: KDOT news release

The entire press release can be read on the Kane County website here.

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