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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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vote McHenry County officials failed to include tens of thousands of ballots in Election Day results that were posted Tuesday, officials have disclosed.

The discovery has affected the outcome in one County Board race, where a Democratic challenger has now pulled ahead of a Republican incumbent.

The revised totals also mean that Democratic U.S. Rep.-elect Lauren Underwoodwon McHenry County after all, by a tiny margin of 169 votes, in still-unofficial results. On election night it appeared that McHenry was the only county in the 14th Congressional District that went to Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren.

The updated totals extend the margin of Underwood’s stunning defeat of Hultgren, a four-term incumbent, in an area that has traditionally gone Republican.

And a state representative from the area is asking the Illinois State Board of Elections to look into what happened.

A news release from McHenry County officials Thursday said it took until Wednesday evening for officials to notice what the release called an “anomaly” in the posted results in which a number of races had a “significant undervote.”

On Thursday afternoon, County Clerk Mary McClellan discovered that the website where the vote totals were displayed “had not updated with early voting numbers,” the release said.

County Board Chairman Jack Franks aid it appeared that about 24,000 votes were affected by the undercount.

…State Rep. David McSweeney, a Republican from Barrington Hills, said he called the Illinois State Board of Elections on Thursday to request an investigation into how the error occurred.

McSweeney referenced widespread problems that occurred in McHenry County in the 2016 primary election, when a court ordered polling places to remain open an extra 90 minutes because of issues with a new computerized registration system and other problems. Those led McClellan to issue an apology at the time.

“The state of play right now, at least it (the updated count) looks statistically reasonable, but I have no idea whether these are correct based on the history here,” McSweeney said.

The lawmaker noted that with McClellan not seeking re-election this year, “she’s no longer going to be the clerk after this election, which I think is good news.”

The full Chicago Tribune article can be found here.

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The Village has announced that an MCImetro/Verizon project installing underground fiberoptic cable has begun on Plum Tree Road. The project includes sections of Plum Tree, Algonquin and Haeger’s Bend Rds.

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Screen Shot 2018-08-09 at 3.17.59 PMNo one was injured and three Porsche cars were largely spared Wednesday night when a fire caused about $200,000 damage at a Barrington Hills home, officials say.

Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters responded about 7:15 p.m. to a fire at a home along Ridgecroft Lane, just south of Spring Creek Road, officials said. Firefighters found a garage fully engulfed in flames and called for backup crews

Firefighters shuttled in water from surrounding departments because there aren’t fire hydrants in the area. Officials said it took 20 minutes for firefighters to control the blaze which had spread through the attic of the garage and house.

It appears the fire might have started in a golf cart parked outside the home, officials said, though the investigation continues.

The homeowners were not displaced.

More than 20 fire departments assisted in response to the blaze.

The full Daily Herald article can be found here.

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Illinois’ General Assembly, which had finally approved a budget but failed to act on an amendment regarding property tax freezes, should take a harder look at itself, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin said during a recent interview.

“What is ridiculous is the General Assembly that hasn’t had the ability to deliver a balanced budget in years and refuses to address the public pension debacle that is a large contributor to the tax burden are the ones pointing to other entities as the problem,” McLaughlin told the Lake County Gazette.

Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin

McLaughlin said he has some experience doing what lawmakers in the Illinois General Assembly need to be doing. “As a village president that has reduced our Barrington Hills levy four out of my five years in office I am all for a freeze,” he said.

“However I would prefer a 15 percent reduction from all taxing bodies that make up our property tax bills – school districts, townships, community colleges, library districts, fire districts, abatement districts and others,” he said. ” Elected and appointed officials need to understand that Illinois taxpayers are in serious trouble. We are declining in population as people give up and move out of our state.”

To read the full article in the Lake County Gazette, click here.

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