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Of the 3,622 people living in Barrington Hills in 2017, 51.2 percent (1,856) were women and 48.8 percent (1,766) were men, according to U.S. Census Bureau data obtained by the Illinois Business Daily.

Females 18 and over outnumbered males in the same age group by a ratio of 1,141-to-929. In the 65 years and over age range, there were 527 females and 471 males.

An agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, the Census Bureau is responsible for compiling statistical facts about the American people, places and economy. Data for this story was compiled from the bureau’s American Community Survey. Information from the survey helps to determine how federal and state funds are distributed.

Statistical data for 2018 will be released later this year.

Barrington Hills’ population by sex

Source: US Census Bureau

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An assortment of changes go into effect Tuesday for the commuter parking at Barrington’s Metra station, including higher daily fees, a new way of paying and the launch of a premium parking program.

An assortment of changes go into effect Tuesday for commuters parking at Barrington’s Metra station.

Higher daily weekday fees, more available spaces, premium parking and a new way to pay are on tap for the station that attracts commuters from Barrington and several surrounding suburbs. Officials said the changes were prompted by increased demand and a desire to provide a more equitable distribution of spots.

Among the changes: It’ll cost $3.50 per day instead of $3 to park in the north and south commuter lots. Village officials expanded the daily parking opportunities by deciding to open the south lot to everyone and no longer reserve it just for drivers from towns belonging to the Barrington Area Council of Governments.

Those seeking a daily weekday fee price break may obtain prepaid hangtags for $200 per quarter. That’ll take the daily cost down to $3.14.

The village created 67 new spaces on the north side by buying the First Church of Christ, Scientist parking lot. Officials said the daily fee hike will help cover the $625,000 cost, along with those of installing of train platform heat lamps, continuing maintenance and a planned new commuter entrance off Northwest Highway near Barrington Animal Hospital.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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Some already looking at bans: ‘It’s just not for us’

Barrington area municipalities are starting to discuss whether to allow recreational cannabis-related businesses within village limits and if so, what regulations to impose ahead of the law allowing the sale and cultivation of marijuana in Illinois taking effect Jan. 

Lake Barrington officials are looking to adopt village legislation banning recreation marijuana-related businesses. Barrington is also leaning against having them, while both Barrington Hills and South Barrington are starting discussions.

Barrington village trustees and Village President Karen Darch are expected to start discussing in September what Barrington will do, officials said. Village spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said municipal leaders are leaning against allowing any kind of marijuana-related business.

Read more from the Barrington Courier-Review 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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Hoffman Estates officials have scheduled a pair of meetings for local governments and the public to weigh in on a proposed tax incentive to encourage development on the north corners of the intersection of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The village is proposing the tax increment financing district for 24 acres at the northeast corner and 16 acres at the northwest corner, independent of any existing development plan — including the Plums Farms concept that’s been stalled for two years.

Including adjacent right of way, the proposed TIF district would cover 64 acres. Initial revenue from the TIF would pay for public utilities on the land.

A Joint Review Board made up of the local governments that would see their tax revenues affected by the TIF district is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

Read more here.

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Tucked on the outer edges of southern Cook County, suburban Park Forest was built to help answer a housing shortage in the 1940s as GIs flooded home from World War II. Before long, it became a model of suburban living, featuring enviable public schools and an attractive downtown shopping center anchored by a Marshall Field’s.

Today, the legacy department store is long gone. The high school, Rich East, is facing such low enrollment that it is being considered for closure. And, as of 2017, financially strapped homeowners were stuck with the second-highest property-tax rate in Cook County.

Among them is Ryan Dupée, who is being billed more than $3,800 in property taxes for a modest, ranch-style home he and his wife bought under foreclosure four years ago for just $25,000.

“It’s a shocker and it’s disappointing because your money could go to other things,” Dupée said, adding that while they aren’t paying a mortgage the property taxes are difficult for them to handle, especially since he’s between full-time jobs as a quality assurance auditor.

Read the full Better Government Association investigation here and realize what we already knew – it’s not just Barrington Hills. 

This story was co-published with Crain’s Chicago Business, as part of a Crain’s Forum project on affordable housing.


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The effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois was a hot and, at times, divisive topic for months, with opposition from law enforcement and ultimately bipartisan support from the state legislature.

Now, it’s the suburbs’ turn.

Elected officials in towns big and small are starting to decide if they want to open the doors to marijuana sales in their towns — and, so far, more are saying “no,” or leaning that way.

In Lake Barrington, Village Administrator Karen Daulton Lange said the board wants to preserve the village as a quiet community.

“Our residents have made it very clear that their desire is to maintain a peaceful atmosphere,” she said. “I don’t think our residents see marijuana sales as consistent with that atmosphere.”

Read the complete Daily Herald story here.


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