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WaterDropletBarrington Area Council of Governments will be offering residents an easy and affordable way to test water from their private wells, officials said.

Eligible to participate are residents in Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes and the unincorporated areas of Barrington and Cuba Townships. From Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6, residents can visit the government offices to buy a basic testing kit for a $16 reduced rate during typical business hours.

Water samples will be collected from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane in Barrington As part of the Oct. 11 effort, there will be presentations and question-and-answer sessions at 1 and 5 p.m. on topics including water quality, iron and bacteria treatment and softening technology.

For more information, contact the Barrington Area Council of Governments at (847) 381-7871.

To read this story in the Daily Herald, click here. 

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21432900_10155465893416501_3286158876692399951_n A sunny day and a house parading by on a truck drew a Main Street crowd that came equipped with snacks and even champagne to watch the slow show Sunday in Barrington.

A 19th-century building made the move from 118 Wool Street through the heart of town to Barrington Hills resident Jeff Baustert’s property. On hand for the move was Mel Schroeder, 94, who grew up in the house and lived there until 1946, when he got married.

 To read the full Daily Herald feature, click here.

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 “NO TRESPASSING” signs have been posted at the entrances to the largest new forest preserve in Cook County.

“Forest Preserve of Cook County does not have possession & has no right to enter this property or permit others to do so,” the warning reads on a locked gate at Horizon Farm, a rolling, 400-acre horse farm in Barrington Hills.

The notice was posted by Rich and Meryl Squires Cannon, who assert they are the true owners of the land after they won an Illinois Appellate Court decision in a long-standing legal battle over the prized property.

The court ruled that there is a legitimate question as to whether the Cannons were fraudulently pressured into the mortgage that led to foreclosure of their property. As a result, a lower court must reconsider whether the Forest Preserve District can foreclose on the property.

The shutdown is the latest development in a yearslong feud between the couple and the district. It could be years more before the dispute and the fate of the land is resolved.

To read the full article in the Chicago Tribune, click here.

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10417449_769532546411634_1435493151060102459_nKaneCountyConnects.com recently published an article summarizing tax levy information for all municipalities within the county.

According to the website, the total Kane County levy went up less than 1 percent — about .85 percent, to be precise — according to information provided in the county’s annual Property Tax FAQ document.  As a possibly not-so-fun fact, this is the first increase in Kane County’s extended levy since 2010.

So, how did your individual city or village government do year over year? As you can see by the chart below, some went up quite a bit, some actually went down.

Leading in percentage increase this year is Sleepy Hollow, whose levy went up from $537,188 to $772,502. Obviously, that’s not a lot of dollars in comparison to big cities like Aurora, but the percentage increase of 43.99 percent is tops in Kane County this year.

Barrington Hills’ levy actually went down — from $6,197,303 to $5,32,440, a decrease of $14.12 percent. Others that were lower year-over-year include the villages of Algonquin and East Dundee. Four Kane County communities — Big Rock, Campton Hills, Kaneville and Lily Lake — don’t levy any taxes at all, so their percentage change gets the highly touted “not applicable” designation.”

To see all the Kane County tax levy information and the full article, click here.

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Explore the contrast between vintage firefighting equipment from prior generations and today’s state-of-the-art fire service operations Saturday, September 9th, when the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District welcomes community members to a combined Antique Fire Truck Show and Open House at Fire Station #1 (22222 North Pepper Road, Lake Barrington).

The open house will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with the antique truck display available until 1 p.m. Admission is free for family members of all ages.

This year’s event will feature:

  • Antique fire truck displays
  • Fire station tours
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Firefighter ‘meet & greet’
  • Emergency dispatch services overview
  • Local business booths

To read the full feature story in Living60010.com, click here.

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 barrington220Barrington Area Unit District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris says students aren’t the only ones who will be affected by new start times that are backed by research from leading health organizations and expected to lead to improved academic performance.

There are the small businesses that may have to alter scheduling because they employ Barrington High School students, who will begin their days 70 minutes later when classes resume Monday. There also are the morning commuters who may find traveling a little easier because many school buses and student drivers won’t be on the road at peak commuting time.

And then there are parents who may need to lean on neighbors, tap into after-school programs or make other arrangements because their elementary-age children will be dismissed earlier than last year.

“You’re not even talking school start times here,” Harris said. “You’re talking community culture. This whole thing has had a significant impact on our community.”

To read the full feature in the Daily Herald, click here.

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The following message was sent out this afternoon by the Village’s CTY reverse-911 System:

The Barrington Hills Police Department would like to inform you that Plum Tree Road at the railroad crossing will be intermittently closed for approximately the next two hours while this area is repaved. Residents are encouraged to utilize the Cuba Road rail crossing during this time, as traffic delays can be expected in this area. Your cooperation and patience is appreciated.

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