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A Barrington house dating to the late 1800s is getting ready to take a ride.

Restaurateur Mark Hoffmann closed a deal last month for the former Wool Street Grill and Sports Bar, which will be converted into Moretti’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, and for the historic house and land next door. Moretti’s is expected to open this year.

Instead of razing the 118 Wool St. home for Moretti’s parking, Hoffmann said he has donated it to Barrington Hills documentary filmmaker Jeff Baustert, who plans to move it to his family’s property for use as a guesthouse. Workers preparing for the move were on the home’s property Thursday.

Under a tentative plan, the house was to take off from Wool and Station streets at 5:15 a.m. Sunday for an estimated 7½-hour, 3-mile trip west to Barrington Hills. But village officials said Thursday the house, dating to sometime in the 1870s, now is expected to be transported in July.

To read the full Daily Herald story, click  here.

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gmpixafeThe McHenry County Republican Party picked two Barrington Hills men as their choices to succeed Andrew Gasser on the County Board.

But the Democratic chairman of the County Board who has the power to advance a candidate for a formal vote said the two will be treated like every other person who has expressed interest, including filling out an extensive questionnaire.

The county GOP late Thursday announced that it was backing Ralph Sesso and David Stieper to succeed Gasser, who stepped down after winning the April election for the office of Algonquin Township highway commissioner. Gasser, of Fox River Grove, was elected to represent District 1 in 2014, and whoever is picked to replace him will serve the remaining two years of his term and have to run again in 2018.

The GOP’s announcement comes after five weeks of interviews with prospective candidates, party Chairwoman Sandra Fay Salgado said. She said the two “represent the same conservative values” as Gasser and will serve as leaders within the county GOP.

To read the Northwest Herald article in its entirety, click here.

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IMPORTANT TRAFFIC ALERT from the Village of Barrington:
This weekend from 7:00 pm on Friday, June 2 to 5:00 am on Monday, June 5, South Hough Street (Route 59) will be COMPLETELY CLOSED in both directions between Russell and Coolidge due to a necessary sanitary sewer repair related to an isolated portion of the Village Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project.

Traffic will have local access only between Hillside and Main Street. An IDOT Detour Route will be in effect, which is shown below. The detour runs east along Hillside Avenue to Route 14, then north to Main Street and east on Main back to Hough Street (Route 59) in town.

Please note that this detour route does not include altered traffic signal timings, which could result in significant delays along this route. Please consider using alternate routes to avoid this area over the weekend.

Notifications have been distributed to residents along Hough and Hillside directly affected by this closure and detour. If you have any questions please contact the Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project Hotline at 847-620-4650 or ssrp@barrington-il.gov. Any emergency notifications during this work should be reported to the Barrington Police Department.

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railroad-crossing-sign-x-w10-1 BREAKING TRAFFIC NEWS from the Village of Barrington : Please be advised that due to a train/truck accident at the CN tracks and Route 59 (Hough Street) in downtown Barrington, Route 59 is CLOSED in both directions from Main Street (Lake-Cook Road) and Route 14.

In addition, the train is blocking Route 14 at the Lake Zurich Road crossing. As such, route 14 is CLOSED in both directions between Main Street (Lake-Cook Road) and Prospect Avenue.

The public is advised to completely avoid the northern downtown Barrington area until further notice. If you must travel downtown, please enter Barrington from the south.

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A dog that recently fled its own coop in Barrington Hills ended up killing a neighbor’s 15 chickens while on the loose, police said.

Barrington Hills police said that as many as 20 additional chickens could be missing, injured or eaten in the incident that happened May 13 in the 500 block of West Cuba Road.

The dog’s owner, Timothy A. Mattson, 56, who lives in the 500 block of West Cuba Road, was cited for criminal damage to property under a local ordinance, said William Walsh, an officer with the Barrington Hills Police Department.

People commit criminal damage to property when they knowingly injure a domestic animal of another party without consent, under the ordinance, Walsh said.

To read the full Barrington Courier-Review story, click here.

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This message was just sent out by the Village’s CTY Reverse 911 System:

The Barrington Hills Police Department has been updated by the Route 59 paving contractor that the roadway is expected to be open for traffic by 7PM. Therefore, it is still suggested that this area be avoided for the evening rush hour. Thank you for your continued patience.

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