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Nearly $28 million for facility and building improvements is included in Lake County’s newly adopted $571.8 million budget.

The spending plan sets aside more than $10 million for construction inside the new courthouse tower in Waukegan, which opened last year.

It also includes $900,000 for architectural work relating to planned courthouse annex renovations, $900,000 for plans for a consolidated public safety facility in Libertyville, and $750,000 to develop designs for a proposed mental health crisis center, among other efforts.

Members from both sides of the political aisle spoke favorably about the plan, which doesn’t increase the tax levy for county property owners.

Read more here.

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A game-changing underpass at Route 14 and the CN tracks is within Barrington’s grasp after regional officials awarded the village $48.5 million in federal funds Thursday.

Barrington leaders have been chipping away for years at the $73.5 million project separating busy Route 14 from the Canadian National Railway tracks that host multiple freight trains. The project will rebuild Route 14 so it runs under the CN tracks.

Federal grants have already supplied about $11 million, and Darch expects the remaining $14 million to be generated through federal, state, and some local contributions along with funding from CN.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and a related group, the Metropolitan Planning Organization policy committee, approved the grant Thursday. About $10.6 million will be awarded to Barrington in 2020 and $37.9 million will come in 2023.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

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Fred Fest is returning to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington from 12–6 PM on Saturday, Aug. 17. The event features a diverse lineup of local bands, food and drinks for purchase, and family-friendly activities. There is no rain date.

Fred Fest is a fundraiser for the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves, the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves. The festive event raises funds for the restoration and management of Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington. Efforts include restoring nearly 100 acres along the Fox River to its pre-settlement condition by removing invasive species and planting native species. This year’s fundraiser features performances by these local favorites:

  • 12 PM – Sons of Bildor, an acoustic rock duo comprised of Barrington brothers Rob and Charlie Knapik. 
  • 1 PM – Pat McKillen performing renditions of folk, pop and rock.
  • 2:15 PM – Wichita Jacks will perform songs by the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker to John Mellencamp and the Grateful Dead.
  • 3:30 PM – The Gritland Band, a mix of genres — classical with bluegrass, country with rhythm and blues, and classic rock with serious fiddle.
  • 4:45 PM – Expo ’76 and the Total Pro Horns, cover band to play songs you haven’t heard in years and new favorites you’ll hear for the first time.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, or $25 for families. Parking is free. Purchase tickets at the event or online at LCFPD.org/FredFest. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase from Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Co. of Wauconda and Highland Park, and Kookers of Lake Zurich. Desserts are available from My Flavorite Place.

The family-friendly event includes kids activities from 12–4 PM, including face painting, a bubble show and hands-on projects such as insect netting. Limited, first-come, first-served seating is available under the pavilion. Arrive early to secure a spot. Lawn space is also available. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the main event space for your use and enjoyment.

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Responding to public demands, Barrington officials have worked to add 67 more parking spaces at the Metra commuter station in the village’s downtown area.

Barrington owns the commuter lots at 201 S. Spring St., where there are currently 905 parking spaces.

An advisory referendum question on the November 2018 ballot asked if the village should “provide a preference to village residents at specific locations in the village’s commuter parking lots which are used by residents of other communities?”

About 75% of voters responded “yes” to the referendum question, according to results from the Lake and Cook county clerks’ offices. Barrington is divided between the two counties.

Barrington officials said spaces are needed as more people are finding jobs and require transportation in the Chicago area.

To read the Barrington Courier-Review coverage of the Metra commuter parking story, click here.

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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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