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U.S. Census Bureau workers have begun going door-to-door in the Chicago area to count people who didn’t respond to earlier communication attempts

The work is part of the census bureau’s constitutionally mandated, once-a-decade mission to count everyone living in the country.

Census workers hit the streets here and in parts of some other states and Puerto Rico starting last month, according to the bureau. Attempts will begin in the rest of the country next week.

Field data collection is scheduled to conclude by Sept. 30.

The data will be used to draw county, state and federal legislative districts, among other purposes. It’s based on people living in households as of April 1.

All census takers will have government ID badges with their photographs, U.S. Department of Commerce watermarks, and expiration dates. Census workers may also carry census bureau bags and other equipment with the bureau’s logo.

To confirm a census taker’s identity, you can call the regional census center in Chicago at (312) 579-1500.

Read more here.

Editorial note: Do yourself a favor and fill out the form. It takes less than ten minutes to complete and it’s one less person knocking on your door.

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The Barrington Hills Police Department is investigating recent reports of burglaries to motor vehicles, throughout the Village.  The offenders, are also believed to be responsible for other burglaries to motor vehicles, as well as the theft of several vehicles, in other surrounding communities.

The Department would like to remind residents to always lock their vehicles, whether parked outside or in the garage, and to never leave the keys inside the vehicle, when parked. Residents are also encouraged to always promptly report any suspicious activity to Police by dialing 9-1-1. Thank you.

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The Village of Barrington issued the following rally update via Facebook:

RALLY SITE CHANGED TO CITIZENS PARK

Yesterday we let our community know about a peaceful rally planned for Saturday, June 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In order to accommodate the rally safely, the organizers have changed the location to Citizens Park.

As we stated yesterday, the Barrington Police Department is in ongoing, positive, and constructive dialogue with the organizers, who are current and former Barrington High School graduates. They have assured us that the intent is to host a contained, peaceful rally during a closed timeframe. While we realize that there is always a chance of outside influencers infiltrating rallies such as these, we have been heartened to see in recent days that peaceful rallies have indeed occurred in other similar communities near us, including in Lake Forest and Lake Geneva last evening. We also believe that the chances of escalation are lower due to the event being held during a contained timeframe in the afternoon.

As we also indicated yesterday, it is important for our community to know that the Barrington Police Department is fully prepared for the rally and has put robust plans in place to monitor the event and to ensure that the rally remains peaceful at all times.

The plan includes significant police resources that will be on site and throughout the community, with backup resources in place that can be called upon to immediately protect the community and businesses should the event unintentionally escalate. At this point there is no reason to believe that this daytime, contained rally at Citizens Park will escalate. We will of course provide updates should the situation change.

Please also be aware that there are other rallies happening in other communities on Saturday as well.

We continue to encourage everyone to maintain a peaceful mindset at all times on Saturday and in the days leading up to the rally”.

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Peaceful Rally Planned for Memorial Park on Saturday, June 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The following release was posted to the Village of Barrington Facebook page:

“A Message from Karen Darch:

We would like to let our residents and our businesses know that we are aware of a peaceful rally planned for Memorial Park on Saturday, June 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Barrington Police Department has been in touch with the organizers, who have assured us that the intent is to host a contained, peaceful rally during a closed timeframe. There has been ongoing dialogue between the BPD and the organizers, which has been very positive and constructive.

It is important for our community to know that the Barrington Police Department is fully prepared for the rally and has put plans in place to monitor the event and to ensure that the rally remains peaceful at all times.

The plan includes significant police resources that will be on site and and throughout the community, with backup resources in place that can be called upon to immediately protect the community and businesses should the event unintentionally escalate. At this point there is no reason to believe that this daytime, contained rally will escalate. We will of course provide updates should the situation change.

It is also important to note that this rally is similar to other peaceful assemblies that were or are being held in similar communities, including Buffalo Grove, Grayslake, Addison, Lake Zurich, Elk Grove Village, and others. We encourage everyone to maintain a peaceful mindset at all times.”

Thank you,

Karen Darch
President, Village of Barrington

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Driver services facilities operated by the Illinois secretary of state’s office will begin reopening Monday, with the first two months reserved for new drivers, people with expired driver’s licenses or ID cards and vehicle transactions.

Due to current events, more than 700,000 expired driver’s licenses or ID cards and 1.9 million expired vehicle registrations in Illinois according to Secretary of State Jesse White.

Once the offices reopen, people will have 90 days to renew expired driver’s licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations. People now have until Oct. 1, 2021, to get REAL ID driver’s licenses.

For more information, visit cyberdriveillinois.com.

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From District 220

“Based on the rapidly evolving situation of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, Barrington 220 is closing all school buildings to students the week of March 16. In addition, all activities and events at the buildings are canceled through spring break.

However, students will be “in school” virtually and we will implement our Distance Learning Plan (click here to see FAQs) on Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19. This means students will be learning from home next week and these days will not have to be made up at the end of the school year. As you are aware, Friday, March 20 was a previously scheduled day off for students.

Spring Break will run as scheduled March 20-March 29. As a precautionary measure, next week Barrington 220 will request in a separate communication that families and staff voluntarily complete an online form, if you have plans for international travel over spring break, or during the month of April. Students and staff will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they leave an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

We will make sure students bring home all their devices, chargers and any materials they would need to complete assignments TODAY. All K-12 students, including kindergarten students, will use their devices for Distance Learning next week. In the event a student forgets learning materials/devices at school, please contact the school next week.

As required by Board Policy 4:180 Pandemic Preparedness, Barrington 220 has created this Pandemic Preparedness Plan. This document is subject to change, as the situation develops. In addition, I encourage you to visit our Coronavirus web page for the latest information: www.barrington220.org/coronavirus

Thank you in advance for your support as we implement what is best for our students and staff during this unprecedented time. We understand this may cause challenges for some families, however we believe this is in the best interest for our school community at this time. We will consult with our local health officials over spring break to evaluate when it is safe for our students and staff to return to our facilities. If necessary, Barrington 220 is prepared to continue the Distance Learning Plan after spring break. We will continue sending out regular updates as needed.”

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Chief James Kreher

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials say some businesses have been tricked into paying for inspection services by someone improperly claiming to be with the department.

In issuing a community advisory Friday, officials at the Lake Barrington-based department said they first learned about the fire inspector scam after being contacted by unidentified business owners Wednesday. An investigation continues, officials said.

“The (department) conducts annual fire inspections at no charge to businesses, and our inspectors will always be in uniform and carry proper identification,” Fire Chief James Kreher said in a statement. “Local business professionals are welcome to contact us any time to verify scheduled fire inspections or confirm visits by on-duty personnel.”

Impersonating a firefighter is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Kreher said any suspicious activity should be reported to 911.

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The Union Pacific Railroad has announced it will need to close Route 59 through downtown Barrington at the Metra tracks from Monday, November 18 at 9:00 AM through Wednesday, November 20 at 5:00 PM in order to conduct emergency railroad repairs on the tracks. 

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Woods Creek Lake in Lake in the Hills was closed for several days in June due to the presence of potentially toxic blue-green algae.

Following recent reports of illnesses and dog deaths in other parts of the country, Illinois health officials are warning of the danger from potentially toxic blue-green algae to people and pets.

Water conditions in the summer months are ideal for algae blooms, which are microscopic organisms that occur naturally in lakes, streams, rivers and ponds, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Public Health. Though most blue-green algae are harmless, some can produce toxic chemicals that cause sickness in people and animals.

Residents are encouraged to exercise caution while swimming or participating in recreational activities on Illinois waterways, officials said. Pets should not be allowed to drink from water that contains blue-green algae, nor allowed to lick their fur after swimming in it.

Any person or animal who comes in contact with a possible algae bloom should immediately be rinsed off with clean, fresh water.

Read more of the Daily Herald article here. or visit the IEPA algae website here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 board members intend to vote Tuesday, Aug. 13, on whether to place a question on the ballot early next year seeking voter permission to borrow money to fund building projects.

The meeting begins a half hour early at 6:30 PM at District 220’s administrative center, 515 W. Main St. in Barrington.

Board members will need to decide a dollar amount and projects for the planned March 17 referendum. It would be the second time in about a year the district went to voters for funds.

Voters in April defeated a measure seeking to raise property taxes to pay for $185 million in building projects. If the board can’t decide the issue Tuesday, the elected officials would return for a special meeting at the administrative center 7:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 15.

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