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mosquitoes test positive

Health officials are warning the public after a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this year in McHenry County.

A mosquito “pool,” also known as a batch of mosquitoes, was sampled on Tuesday in Lake in the Hills and tested positive for West Nile virus.

The McHenry County Department of Public Health said this mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile virus presence in McHenry County in 2022.

Four birds were submitted for testing from McHenry County so far this year and all have been negative for the virus.

Officials in nearby Lake County recommend the public practice the “4 Ds of Defense” to protect themselves and family from mosquitoes:

  • Drain: Drain standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.
  • Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions.
  • Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin.

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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.

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Baron

Amy Baron, a recent Cary-Grove High School graduate, works in the shipping department of Jessup Manufacturing Company as an intern on Friday, June 10, 2022. The Manufacturing Pathways Consortium in McHenry County launched a new paid internship this summer that is looking to train current and recent high school students in various manufacturing skills in effort to help expand the pipeline of quality manufacturing workers in the county. (Gregory Shaver/Gregory Shaver Shaw Media )

The first week began with orientation and safety, but by the end of it, some McHenry County teenagers were already working with laser cutters.

Nearly 100 high school students and recent graduates across McHenry County are getting a taste of what it’s like to work in manufacturing as part of a new 10-week internship hosted by the area’s Manufacturing Pathways Consortium.

The vision of the program is to get students experience in the field, as well as change the perception for those entering the workforce that manufacturing isn’t seeing growth, said Jessup Manufacturing President and CEO Robert Jessup, whose McHenry-based business is hosting interns this summer.

“In a lot of ways historically, manufacturing has gotten a bad reputation,” he said. “But manufacturing in McHenry County is thriving.”

Seven of the top 20 employers in McHenry County are manufacturers, according data from the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation. These companies employ over 3,500 people.

In the last 10 years, manufacturing in McHenry County has grown between 15 and 18%, said James Sitko, a regional project manager with the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation. Of the 8,500 or so businesses in the county, between 2,400 and 2,500 do some type of manufacturing.

Recent Cary-Grove High School graduate Amy Baron, 18, said she joined the internship program to have something to get her out of the house during the summer.

“I figured this was a good opportunity to get experience in an industry I have some interest in,” she said. “I want to get a better idea of how things actually work.”

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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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Bison

The McHenry County Conservation District introduced a bison grazing area in December at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area in Woodstock. Could Horizon Farm be next?

The McHenry County Conservation Foundation has received a $36,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to help fund its ongoing restoration efforts at a newly created bison grazing area in Woodstock.

The grant will help pay for the conversion of 90 acres of cornfield into prairie land, and for other enhancements inside the bison grazing area. Late last year, the conservation district partnered with Ruhter Bison to bring six bison to Pleasant Valley Conservation Area.

The bison, which historically played a key role in the ecology of prairies and grasslands, are used as a natural land management tool to benefit breeding birds and other wildlife.

“The bison will do the work of managing the prairie in a far more natural and beneficial way for wildlife,” said Brad Woodson Manager of Natural Resources, McHenry County Conservation District, in a statement in December. “It is so important to prairie habitat to have grazers as another restoration tool in land management. Grazers like elk, deer or bison are essential to enhancing the diversity of a grassland habitat – they help keep the balance of habitat structure and species composition of the prairie. We are looking forward to seeing the result.”

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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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Speed

Two drivers, one traveling at 103 mph and the other at 101 mph, were charged with speeding on Tuesday after being stopped on Coyne Station Road in unincorporated Huntley.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to slow down after sheriff’s deputies caught two different drivers speeding over 100 mph in the same day near Huntley.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said they stopped two drivers back to back on Tuesday who were recklessly speeding.

“Reckless speeding is dangerous and puts everyone on the road in danger,” the sheriff’s office said on social media. “Moms and dads with their children drive these roads. Families drive these roads. Your friends, neighbors, and loved ones drive these roads,” the sheriff’s office said.

Court records show deputies first stopped Aaron W. Dorweiler, 18, of Lake in the Hills, around 1:45 p.m.

Dorweiler was clocked on a police LiDAR speed gun traveling 101 mph in a 55 mph zone on Coyne Station Road south of Ernesti Road in unincorporated Huntley.

45 minutes later, deputies stopped a 17-year-old boy from Lake in the Hills around 1:45 p.m., court records show.

The teenager was clocked on a police LiDAR speed gun traveling 103 mph in a 55 mph zone in the same area on Coyne Station Road south of Ernesti Road in unincorporated Huntley.

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Editorial note: Some just may view this report as a challenge

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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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Land Conservancy

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County recently acquired 300 acres of land near Bull Valley. The nonprofit organization has plans to turn the land into a nature park, while preserving its five miles of bridle trails. (Provided by Lisa Haderlein with the Land Conservancy of McHenry County)

A 300-acre farm near Bull Valley, host of various natural and wildlife, as well as several miles of bridle trails, could soon be home to a nature park.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, a nonprofit working to protect the county’s natural areas, acquired the plot of land, called the Thompson Road Farm, earlier in March. The land amounts to almost 324 total acres and sits near the intersections of Thompson Road and North Fleming Road along Route 120.

The acquisition is the biggest in the non-profit’s history, said Lisa Haderlein, group’s executive director. The land had predominantly been home to private farms and horse riding trails dating back to the mid-20th century.

“Natural resources are at the heart of Bull Valley,” Haderlein said. “Being able to preserve this, … it anchors the whole character of the community.”

The project to turn the land into a park will be a multi-year one, Haderlein said, but the aim is to have at least some access to the land ready this year. It will be opened on a “limited basis” while the initial ecological restoration takes place, the group said in a news release this month.

Before it can be opened to the public, some work will need to be done. In its history, about half of the area was originally a wetland that was drained for farming. In the coming months and years, Haderlein said the goal will be to help the wetlands reestablish themselves.

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