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It’s going to cost Kane County and Algonquin residents (among others) to use the Longmeadow Parkway toll bridge when it opens in 2022. It just won’t cost as much as it will for other people — unless you’re a truck driver.

The Kane County Board’s transportation committee gave preliminary approval to place a toll of 95 cents for most vehicles crossing the bridge over the Fox River. KDOT officials also unveiled a plan for the residents of Kane County and Algonquin that will give them unlimited access to the toll bridge for $200 a year.

The discount is in recognition of an overall goal to pay off the $28 million borrowed to help build the bridge with money from outside the county.

KDOT officials said the $200 cost pays for itself for any resident who uses the toll bridge round-trip twice a week for the year. Commuters who use the bridge five days per week for work would see that $200 cost average out to about 38 cents per crossing, officials said.

If you live outside Kane County or Algonquin and plan to be a regular user of the toll bridge, KDOT will offer a $300 annual pass. All discounts will require an I-PASS.

Read more here.

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Huntley School District 158 is expecting to flip the switch on a series of solar panels estimated to save the district $4.2 million in energy costs over the next 20 years by the end of March.

Last year, the district partnered with ForeFront Power, which agreed to design, permit, finance, install and maintain the solar energy project across all three of the district’s campuses. The renewable energy company had estimated that the installation of solar panels would offset 12.3 million pounds of carbon emissions in the first year.

Read more from the Northwest Herald here.

Editorial note: We applaud District 158’s forward thinking initiative and hope Barrington District 220 taxpayers take note before approving the March 17 referendum.

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Authorities say two people have been charged with animal cruelty after two horses were found dead and five others severely malnourished at a farm in Marengo. Courtesy of Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society)

Authorities say two people have been charged with animal cruelty after two horses were found dead and five others severely malnourished at a farm in Marengo.

McHenry County Animal Control officers were verifying vaccine records at a dog breeding operation when they discovered the horses. The Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society in Barrington Hills was contacted and found two dead miniature horses that appeared to have starved, it said.

Five malnourished horses were also found Friday. They’ve been taken to the society’s facility for treatment and are expected to recover.

Among the malnourished were four miniature and one full-sized horse, said Ronda Ewing, the president of the Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society.

Read more here.

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Spring Creek Road

Autumn is a great time to ride a bike. The air is fresh but not too cold yet, the suburbs have plenty of good places to ride — and there will be a lot of colorful foliage to see.

So where are the best places to ride for fall colors? Here’s the Daily Herald’s top five:

At the very top of the list of the Herald’s suggestions for, “Ride around the neighborhood or on longer, bucolic roads on the outskirts?” Spring Creek Road:

“A tree and biking-road paradise. Check out Spring Creek Road; getting there is wonderful, too, but residents ask that you stay single file, please.”

Read the full Daily Herald article here,

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Rebecca June Soderman

Family members of an 18-year-old Barrington High School student killed after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree at 93 miles per hour on March 4, 2017, tearfully described her as someone who “cared more about the feelings of others than those of herself.”

The emotional impact statements about the death of Rebecca June Soderman were made Friday before McHenry County Judge Micheal Coppedge, weeks after the driver of the vehicle, Matthew Zeek, 25, of Rolling Meadows pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.

Zeek, who was speeding in a 25 mph zone on Plum Tree Road west of Rock Ridge Road in Barrington Hills, was sentenced to 2 ½ years of probation. He was also sentenced to community service and served 30 days of a 180 day jail. Should he violate his probation the remainder of his jail sentence will be imposed, prosecutors said.

Family members of an 18-year-old Lake Barrington High School student killed after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a tree at 93 miles per hour on March 4, 2017, tearfully described her as someone who “cared more about the feelings of others than those of herself.”

Read more here.

Related: Rolling Meadows man sentenced to probation for fatal 2017 crash

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A Rolling Meadows man was sentenced to probation Thursday in connection with a single-vehicle crash that killed a Lake Barrington High School student.

More than two years after Matthew Zeek lost control of his vehicle while speeding in a 25-mph zone, the 25-year-old accepted an offer from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.

McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Zeek to 2½ years of probation in connection with the March 3, 2017, crash that killed 18-year-old Rebecca Soderman and injured a 16-year-old passenger.

Zeek, of the 2400 block of Sigwalt Street, was driving 93 mph in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu that was traveling west on Plum Tree Road in Barrington Hills when the crash occurred.

Read the full Northwest Herald story here

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State Rep. David McSweeney

Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, sponsored a bill signed Friday by Gov. JB Pritzker that gives the voters of McHenry County the power to dissolve the 17 townships that currently comprise the county.

The synopsis as introduced in House Bill 348 reads as follows:

“Amends the Township Code. Provides that the board of trustees of any township located in McHenry County may submit a proposition to dissolve the township to the township electors or township electors may petition for a referendum to dissolve a township. Provides for the transfer of real and personal property, and any other assets, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, and liabilities of the dissolving township to McHenry County.

Provides that all road districts wholly within the boundaries of the dissolving township are dissolved on the date of dissolution of the dissolving township and the powers and responsibilities of the road district are transferred to McHenry County, and provides that municipalities within the dissolving township may elect to assume the duties and responsibilities of the road district or road districts.

Limits extensions of specified property tax levies to 90% of the original property tax levy and within the boundaries of the dissolved township. Amends the Election Code and Counties Code making conforming changes.

Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that any township in Lake County or McHenry County shall abolish a road district of that township if the roads of the road district are less than 15 miles in length.

Provides that the road district is abolished on the expiration of the term of office of the highway commissioner of the road district facing abolition following the determination by the county engineer or county superintendent of highways. Provides that the township board of trustees may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads added to its jurisdiction.”

House Bill 348 took effect immediately upon signing and can be viewed here.

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