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Chappel Road

The Board will be discussing the repair of damage possibly caused by burrowing rodents on Chapel Road among other things tonight.

Our Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 PM. Tonight’s 685-page agenda includes:

  • [Vote] Conduct Village Banking with Barrington Bank and Trust – A Wintrust Community Bank
  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing the Acceptance of Quotes for Repair of a Section of Chapel Road in the Village of Barrington Hills Resolution 23 –
  • Notice of Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance Amendments – July
  • [Vote] Resolution Adopting the 2022 Lake County All Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan by the Village of Barrington Hills Resolution 23 –
  • The Hills Are Alive Fall Heritage Fest – Sunday, September 17th

A copy of their agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Celebrating its 94th year, the Lake County Fair returns to the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Grayslake Wednesday to Sunday, July 26-30.

Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; gates open at 8 a.m. for livestock events.

Rides and games open at 1 p.m. Wednesday and noon Thursday through Sunday. Expo Hall hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Livestock barn hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The event features carnival rides and games, a petting zoo, food vendors, live entertainment, livestock auctions and competitions, the Lake County Fair Queen Pageants and a talent contest.

Live musical performances include the Dixon Bandits on Wednesday; Blooze Brothers and Chapel Hill Band on Thursday; Brass on Fire and Six Speed Tranny on Friday; Zydeco Voodoo and Judson Brown Band on Saturday; Brass From The Past and Tropixplosion on Sunday; and many more.

Arena events include motocross on Wednesday and Thursday, Monster Truck Throwdown on Thursday and Friday, pro bull riding on Saturday, and a demolition derby on Sunday.

Read more here.

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Lake County FPD

The Lake County Forest Preserve system could ask voters for about $155 million to fund an array of projects and needs, according to an initial recommendation.

The suggested amount is preliminary and may change as forest preserve district officials determine how much to seek through a November 2024 referendum.

As recommended, nearly $90 million of the total would be directed to habitat restoration and dozens of projects with $65 million targeted for land preservation and acquisition.

It will be the forest district’s first referendum since 2008, when two-thirds of voters agreed the district should borrow $185 million. That money has been spent or is spoken for, and in six years, expenses will exceed revenue, Executive Director Ty Kovach told commissioners this week.

About 80% of the 2008 proceeds were used to acquire land as the district stocked up in a buyers’ market triggered by the Great Recession. But some of the acquisitions haven’t been opened for public use.

The emphasis this time will be on projects and initiatives to reduce operating costs and to complete projects such as the Millennium Trail and Greenway. Taking care of existing facilities, improving ecosystems and distributing resources equitably across Lake County are other goals.

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Ride Lake County, a countywide service for those over 60 and people with disabilities, is celebrating a year of service.

In the past year, 27,000 rides for nearly 1,000 people were completed, according to operators.

The reservation-based service was launched as an affordable option for greater and easier access for trips to work, shopping and medical appointments. Covering Lake County as well as Barrington Hills and Wheeling in Cook County, the service was created as a cohesive paratransit system by communities, townships and other partners.

Trips can be scheduled 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. any day of the week and can be reserved as far as seven days in advance by calling (800) 201-6446. Visit lakecountyil.gov.RLC for more information.

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Lake County FPD

Lake County Forest Preserve District officials are planning to place a referendum question for more funds on the November 2024 ballot.

How much will be sought, how the money would be used and whether or to what extent individual tax bills would be affected are yet to be determined.

It would be the district’s first referendum since 2008. The process to get a question on the ballot officially is underway with the board’s unanimous approval of its annual budget policy and strategic action plan Wednesday.

“Right now, we are absolutely out of capital dollars,” said Rebekah Snyder, director of community engagement and partnerships for the Preservation Foundation, the district’s charitable arm. “We’ll put together what staff thinks is the best approach.”

More detailed information will be presented to commissioners July 12 at an informal meeting.

More here.

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In Lake County, “C” grades were given to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

A newly released report with safety grade ratings for hospitals in the country scored three out of five reviewed Lake County hospitals with a “C” grade.

The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization, released its spring 2023 hospital safety grade results earlier this month.

The organization assigns a letter grade to nearly 3,000 U.S. general hospitals based on over 30 measures of patient safety, like how well patients are protected from preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

The average risk of three healthcare-associated infections, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), spiked to a five-year high in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains high, according to the organization.

The safety grades also showed a continued decline in patient experience measures, which are reported by patients and correlated with patient outcomes, the organization said in a statement.

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Illinois is home to 13 of the nation’s 50 housing markets that are most at-risk of a downturn. That’s according to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, a company that provides comprehensive data on property values and taxes across the nation.

The Chicagoland area is, collectively, among the most “vulnerable to decline” property markets in the nation. Property in Kane County is the 6th most at-risk of a decline. Will County is 8th. McHenry is 13th and Cook County is the nation’s 20th most at-risk.

A look at a county-by-county graphic shows that no counties in Illinois’ neighboring states made the top-50 list. On the contrary, Wisconsin had six of the least at-risk counties in the nation (Brown County, Dane County, Eau Claire County, La Crosse County, Washington County and Winnebago County).

Other very at-risk U.S. locations include inland California, New Jersey, Delaware and New York City.

ATTOMs’ analysis was based on a variety of metrics, including an area’s general property costs, amount of underwater loans and foreclosures, and its unemployment rate.

More here.

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2023 Candidates

Top from left, Barry Altshuler, Katey Baldassano, Diana L. Clopton and Leah Collister Lazzari and, bottom from left, Nelda Munoz, Leonard Munson and Matt Sheriff

Football season is behind us, but instant replay can be one of the more agonizing and frustrating moments during games. During that period of time, referees must watch plays in super slow motion to review every millisecond of movement to get the call correct. The announcers always state that the officials need “irrefutable video evidence” to overturn the original ruling.

After review of Tuesday’s unofficial District 220 Board of Education (BOE) election results, we find ourselves in replay mode looking at myriad data points to assess the political science.

This year’s BOE election included two incumbents, Barry Altschuler and Leah Collister-Lazzari, as well as five first time candidates: Katey Baldassano, Leonard Munson, Matt Sheriff (collectively running on the Action PAC slate), Nelda Munoz and Diana Clopton.

Early voting was available from March 20th – April 3rd with election day voting taking place on Tuesday, April 4th. The unofficial Lake County election night results showed a striking disparity between those who chose to vote in person (either through early voting or on election day) compared to those who voted by mail.

The Action PAC candidates and Nelda Munoz all performed far better with those who voted in person while the two incumbents and Diana Clopton performed remarkably better with mail in ballots. The top three vote getters amongst those who voted in person in Lake County were the three Action PAC candidates. The top 3 vote by mail getters, as a percentage of their overall total number of votes, were the two incumbents and Diana Clopton. The data breakdown is seen here:

2023 Numbers

So what does this mean? Clearly, a considerable effort was made by Clopton, Altshuler and Lazzari to execute on mail in ballots. We also know that both Lake County and Cook County offer the option for voters to permanently vote by mail (since the 2020 general election).

We also know that Governor Pritzker promised to allocate $500,000 and other Democratic Party resources to school board races during this election cycle. We also know that Clopton, Altshuler and Lazzari claimed they were not part of a slate and instead self-identified as “independent” candidates.

Is it just coincidence that Clopton, Altshuler and Lazzari had nearly identical percentages of their vote tally to come from mail in ballots? Is it possible the Democratic Party of Illinois harvested the necessary number of ballots supporting Clopton, Altshuler and Lazzari to overtake the Action PAC candidates despite their claim of independence? Should the mail in ballots themselves be subject to a legal challenge flag?

The answer is we do not know and do not have irrefutable evidence to say otherwise. What we can unequivocally state is that we are an evenly ideologically divided town when it comes to overseeing our schools.

The so called “independent” candidates – and let’s be honest, they are the left leaning candidates – gathered 6,507 (50.35%) votes in Lake County as of election night and the center/right leaning candidates collected 6,415 (49.64%) votes. We don’t see a mandate in those numbers, and it would behoove the new BOE to recognize this chasm and respect the wide range of community perspectives. After all, the next football season is just a few months away.

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Early voting will be available to voter starting tomorrow. For locations and times, visit your county’s information at:

To obtain expanded information, visit Cook County, Kane County, Lake County or McHenry County early voting sites.

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