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“Public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals Village of Barrington Hills Text Amendment – Special Uses, Section 5-6-4(C) Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Barrington Hills at the Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, concerning an application filed by MKES Investments, LLC, 32W939 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, IL, which requests a text amendment to Section 5-6-4(C) Special Uses of the Zoning Ordinance to include, in the list of Special Uses in the B-3 zoning district, “Daycare.”

A copy of the Zoning Ordinance and the application for the text amendment is available for examination by appointment at the office of the Village Clerk at the Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road, weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The agenda, and meeting packet containing the text amendment application and copy of this notice will be posted no later than the end of the day on Friday, July 15, 2022 at www.vbhil.gov. Persons seeking additional information concerning the application are directed to email the Village Clerk at clerk@vbhil.gov By: Village Clerk Village of Barrington Hills clerk@barringtonhills-il.gov 847-551-3000.”

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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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Plastic

Workers remove unwanted items during the separation process at Groot Industries material recovery facility in Elk Grove Village. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Despite the contributions you make to the health of the environment every time you slip your plastic milk cartons and food containers into the recycling bin, there’s something you should know: More than 90% of the plastics used in Illinois ends up in landfills.

The causes are varied and complex, but the solution, environmental advocates and government authorities say, requires a blend of changing personal habits and revising public policies.

Plastic can take anywhere from hundreds to thousands of years to decompose, and it is slowly adding up in natural areas around the world. Rather than decomposing, studies show, plastic breaks down into microplastics — pieces smaller than 5 millimeters — and infiltrates our food, water and air.

As of 2015, Illinois’ plastic recycling rate is 8.1%, according to a state-commissioned waste report.

Below are specific guidelines by county.

Read the entire Daily Herald story here.

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Early Voting

Following are the nearest locations for residents to vote in the primary elections by county:

Cook: 112 Algonquin Rd, Barrington Hills.  All other Cook County locations can be found here.

Kane: 102 South Second St, West Dundee.  All other Kane County locations can be found here.

Lake: 23860 North Old Barrington Rd, Lake Barrington.  Other Lake County locations can be found here.

McHenry: 3702 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake.  For other locations, click here.

The 2022 General Primary election is Tuesday, June 28th.

Residents venturing over to Lake Barrington’s Village Hall should make a point of saying hello to Peggy Hirsch, who is arguably the finest Village Treasurer Barrington Hills has ever had. Those who follow Village matters since her departure last year recognize she’s sorely missed.

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Early Voting

Following are early primary voting information links for all Village counties:

The 2022 General Primary election is June 28th.

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Dam

The Carpentersville Dam has been a favorite site for birdwatching and fishing. 

Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners approved a budget this week that includes a property tax increase, money for government employee raises and grant funds to remove the Carpentersville Dam.

The forest district’s general fund, which accounts for the bulk of operational expenses, will increase by $800,000 for a budget of $10.65 million for the 2022-23 fiscal year. That includes a $197,000 property tax levy increase to account for new property and inflation. The levy hike is the maximum commissioners could approve without voter approval.

Those projects include the removal of the Carpentersville Dam via a $2 million grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. District staff members also are seeking grant funds to pay for a $1.3 million renovation of the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve.

Commissioners also set high budget priorities on creating a bald eagle and wild turkey habitat in the Big Forest preserve ($335,000) and a new Rusty Patch Bumblebee habitat in Hoscheit Woods ($200,000).

Read more here.

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LMP Toll

Construction resumes this coming week on the Longmeadow Parkway toll bridge over the Fox River.

A building needed to collect tolls is scheduled to be delivered Thursday, April 28, which will be followed by the installation of toll equipment, gantry and signs on April 29 and 30, according to Mike Zakosek, Kane County Division of Transportation chief of design.

“What remains (to be done after that) is the mitigation of soil and completion of the final section of roadway,” Zakosek told the Kane County Board’s Transportation Committee meeting this week.

The final portion of the road runs from Sandbloom/William Road east to Route 25. Other than that section and the bridge, about three-fourths of the 5.6-mile Longmeadow Parkway, which starts at Huntley Road in Dundee Township, west of Randall Road, crosses through Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills and ends at Route 62, is complete.

Local legislators have been trying to secure money from the state to pay for the bridge, and were able to earmark $17.5 million in the 2022-23 Illinois budget. The county will need to obtain another $17.5 million to repay the total debt and eliminate the need for a toll.

“There will be some time to really understand how to facilitate these funds,” county Deputy Director of Transportation Tom Rickert told the committee this week. “We’re working toward that $35 million so that we can fully get rid of the toll.”

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LMP

State lawmakers are giving Kane County $17.5 million to help fund the ongoing construction of the Longmeadow Parkway, but that’s not enough to eliminate planned tolls. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Long-sought state funding for Kane County’s Longmeadow Parkway will help push the 5.6-mile corridor to completion. But it won’t eliminate the toll — yet.

State lawmakers included $17.5 million for the project in a marathon state budget session last weekend. After the bipartisan Longmeadow funding passed, some state lawmakers, such as state Rep. Suzanne Ness, issued statements saying the money “eliminated” the need for a toll on the parkway.

But the money in the state’s 2023 budget is only about half of what county officials sought to eliminate the toll.

The toll became a necessary to help fund the Longmeadow Parkway bridge over the Fox River when, unlike the Stearns Road bridge, not enough federal and state money came through to pay for the project at the northern border of Kane County. County officials sold bonds to pay for the construction and ongoing maintenance.

County board members decided a toll would be the best way to repay the money borrowed through the bonds because, they argued, non-county residents in McHenry and Cook counties using the parkway would pay a fair amount of those tolls. That, and discounted toll rates for Kane County residents, would relieve some of the financial burdens of the toll and repaying the bonds.

But the toll is also the least popular portion of the plan. County board members on the northern end of the county, in particular Chris Kious, have lamented the need to pay a toll to travel from one side of the Fox River to the other — unlike other bridge projects in the area like Stearns Road or the Red Gate in St. Charles.

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Kane County Board Chairwoman Corinne Pierog issued a statement Friday (April 1, 2022) praising a bipartisan effort to help Kane County taxpayers with the future financial responsibility of the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor.

Pierog issued the statement during a visit to the State Capitol in Springfield.

The 5.6-mile-long corridor at the north end of Kane County is projected to be completed and opened in 2024 and is expected to create tens of thousands of new jobs and to improve traffic safety. In order to finance the bonds to pay for the new corridor, the Kane County Boards had approved the use of a toll.

“Our legislative leaders and local lawmakers are eagerly working to find innovative solutions in the state budget that will ease the impact of a scheduled toll motorists using the bridge will have to pay starting in 2024,” Pierog said.

In her statement, Pierog thanked Illinois House Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch, state Senate President Don Harmon, state Reps. Anna Moeller and Suzanne Ness; and state Sens. Cristina Castro and Linda Holmes for trying to find a funding solution before the end of the Spring Session on April 8.

“Since the current County Board inherited the significant debt of the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor, our representatives in Springfield have unified behind an effort to find financial help that will protect Kane County taxpayers,” Pierog said.

With the support of local legislators, Pierog said funding will be made available in the state capital bill for fiscal year 2023 that will “help Kane County retire the bonds and reduce or eliminate the planned toll.”

Read more here.

Click here for a 2021 update of the Longmeadow Parkway financial plan posted by the Kane County Division of Transportation.

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LP

Cars travel east on Bolz Road near the Longmeadow Parkway’s new bridge that’s not done yet east of the Fox River. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Standing at the dead end of a private road just west of the new Longmeadow Parkway bridge over Route 31 is the convergence of all the love and hate for the decadeslong effort to create a new Fox River crossing in northern Kane County.

The private road ends with a panoramic view of some of the key improvements the 5.6-mile Longmeadow project brings. There will be less rush-hour traffic congestion, new business development, and access to the Cook, Kane and McHenry counties’ borders, all within minutes once construction ends.

But while overlooking that progress from the private road with a group of people wearing neon green Kane County Division of Transportation construction vests, there is the distinct feeling of being watched by some of the neighbors who long opposed the project.

“You have to kind of keep an eye out,” said county board member Drew Frasz. “Some of these people are not our biggest fans.”

That’s nothing new for Frasz. As chairman of the county board’s transportation committee, he’s spent the entire construction process defending the project and answering criticism, including from some of his fellow board members. To him, when the project is finished, it will be the culmination of the plans and desires of all the communities affected by it.

Driving the parkway, Frasz points to land set aside by community leaders in Algonquin and Carpentersville who envisioned a Longmeadow that fuels a new heyday for their communities.

Read more here.

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