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Members of the Lake County sheriff’s marine unit will not issue tickets to families boating together on Lake County waterways they patrol, Sheriff John D. Idleburg announced Wednesday. The sheriff’s announcement was prompted by questions about how many people can be in a boat at once under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s latest order regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said no more than two people can be in a boat together. Idleburg’s office sought more instruction from state officials and determined local law enforcement agencies have discretion when it comes to enforcing the boating rule, he said. Idleburg cautioned people against inviting friends or anyone else who isn’t a family member aboard a boat.

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Hart Road at Route 14 in Barrington will be closed starting at 6 AM Monday, May 18, for three months.

The closure is necessary as part of railroad crossing improvements, along with the reconstruction and widening of the intersection of Hart Road and Route 14, according to the Lake County Division of Transportation. The road is scheduled to reopen Monday, Aug. 17.

On the south side of Hart Road, local traffic will have access to businesses, residences and Barrington High School from Lake-Cook Road.

For more information, visit hartandus14.com.

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JB Pritzker’s ten-page plan of, “A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State,” can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Officials with the Fox Waterway Agency are seeking clarification after Gov. JB Pritzker restricted the number of passengers allowed on board when boating season opens Friday.

In a statement issued Monday, FWA Executive Director Joseph Keller said his agency already had proactive measures in place when the governor announced the restriction at a news briefing Saturday.

The FWA took proactive measures at its Wednesday night board meeting, when members agreed boaters could not tie together boats and other recreational equipment, and ruled that boats must stay a minimum 10 feet apart.

Boating is a popular summer activity for residents with access to the water of the Chain o’ Lakes State Park area. The park borders Grass, Marie and Nippersink Lakes, and the Fox River, which connects seven additional lakes: Bluff, Fox, Pistakee, Channel, Petite, Catherine and Redhead.

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Editorial note: It will be interesting to see if Pritzker changes his stance on boating limits, or if ego will not allow him to admit to an error in judgment.

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Construction has started on an improvement project at Route 14/Northwest Highway and Hart Road in Barrington.

The project will upgrade safety operations of the at-grade railroad crossing on Hart Road and improve the intersection. Lake County Division of Transportation officials say other work will include turn lanes on north- and southbound Hart Road, sidewalk improvements, a multi use path and traffic signal upgrades.

According to the latest project timelines, lane closures are to begin in the area this week.


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Editorial note: According to the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 28 people in all of zip code 60010 (population 46,350 in 2017) have tested positive.

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Slightly more than 4% of the residents of suburban Cook County and the five collar counties who tested positive for the coronavirus have died.

Of the 11,745 people who contracted the disease in suburban Cook County and in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, 473 have died as of Tuesday. That’s more than half the deaths statewide, according to the most recent data from health departments in each of those counties and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The suburban death rate from the virus is slightly higher than the state rate of 3.7%. However, less than 1% of the state’s population has been tested, and only about 20% of those tested are confirmed cases, according to IDPH figures.

Read the full Daily Herald story here.

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As social distancing concerns grow with the rising temperatures this spring, suburban forest preserve officials say they continue to monitor the size of crowds at their facilities but intend to keep most open to the public.

That could change quickly depending on public behavior.

Despite social media initiatives, ample signage and rangers walking the grounds, there have been cases where crowds needed to be dispersed at preserves. In some instances — such as with Rocky Glen Waterfall near Lemont and the Swallow Cliff Stairs near Palos Hills — sites were closed because of overcrowding.

“We may close more sites,” said Carl Vogel, director of communications for the Cook County Forest Preserve. “That’s absolutely a possibility. But we want people to follow the guidelines and help us keep the forest preserves open.”

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Rafal Ryndak, 28, of Schiller Park, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle through Barrington Hills in May 2018. After a lengthy investigation, police made an arrest in the case Wednesday. (Courtesy of Marcin Ryndak)

A 42-year-old Deer Park man surrendered to Barrington Hills police Wednesday to face a charge stemming from a May 2018 hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist.

Tommy G. Walker III, of the 23000 block of Long Grove Road, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in connection with the deadly crash along Route 59 south of Route 68.

Authorities believe Walker was behind the wheel of a Toyota pickup truck or SUV that struck a bicycle ridden by 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park at about 10 p.m. May 11, 2018. Ryndak was thrown from his bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Crews wrapped up their work earlier than advertised today, but they seem to have left themselves enough traffic barriers for single lane closures.  Nonetheless, the “Barrington Bypass” is once again open.

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Park districts and forest preserves are facing a coronavirus quandary: They’ve touted the outdoors as a mental boost and antidote to cabin fever, but crowds are still failing to heed public health warnings to practice social distancing.

Those failures have brought more restrictions to outdoor gathering spaces, a crackdown gaining traction after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot closed the city’s lakefront, 606 trail and Riverwalk.

The Lake County Forest Preserve District is installing more signs with a plea to adhere to social distancing so its properties can stay open.

“Right now, it seems to be OK, but we’re watching it very closely,” Executive Director Ty Kovach said.

Read more here.

Related: Cook County closes Crabtree Nature Center, Horizon Farms

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