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“Please note: the air conditioning is currently out of service at the Library. Technicians are on site and working on a solution.

The Library will remain closed today until the system is working again. Please check our website or social media channels for details on our opening time. Thank you for your understanding.”

Editorial note:  The Barrington Area Library spends an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars on over-maintaining the library facility and grounds.  This is inexcusable.

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Hart Road Closure

Limits: Between County Line Rd and US14 (Northwest Hwy) in the village of Barrington

Description: Replace aging triple culverts with a bridge, adding bike path on the east side of the bridge which will be extended by the Village of Barrington. Includes resurfacing of Hart Rd from County Line Rd to south of US14. A 155-day closure and detour will be necessary for bridge construction.

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Illinois residents can now start using backyard bird feeders and birdbaths again starting today.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources had advised residents against putting them out because of an earlier outbreak of the avian flu.

The EA HFN1 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) impacted wild and domestic bird species in Illinois, according to the IDNR.

HPAI was first detected in wild Canada geese in Illinois in March. While it had not been detected in songbirds, the IDNR recommended residents take down their bird feeders and baths through the end of May, or until HPAI infections subside in the Midwest.

With the spring migration of birds mostly complete, the risk of deadly bird flu spread has now dropped.

ABC7 Chicago

Related: “Illinois residents asked to take down bird feeders, baths to slow spread of avian flu,” “Hundreds of birds found dead, likely from avian flu, at Baker’s Lake near Barrington: ‘I’ve never seen anything like this.’

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The FDA said they are aware of reports of THC products, similar to the above image, packaged to look like popular brand items.

The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition has issued an alert warning about edible THC products that look like commonly consumed foods and could have adverse effects if ingested by children.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that some manufacturers are packaging and labeling edible products containing THC to look like popular brands of commonly consumed foods, such as breakfast cereal, candy and cookies.

The products appeal to children and may be easily mistaken for popular, well-recognized foods.

The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition issued an alert on Friday after reviewing data from the McHenry County Department of Health showing possible poisoning cases involving the products.

The coalition said the community should be aware that the copycat-type items may not be legally for sale in Illinois but all cannabis items should be safely stored out of the reach of children.

More here.

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Election 2020 Illinois

May 19 was the start of voting for the June 28 primary for early in-person voting and for those who’ve requested mail-in ballots.

Illinois citizens who want their voices heard in the community can take the first step by voting early in the June 28 primary election.

Polls opened May 19 for in-person early voting and for mail-in voting for the primary. Primaries are key to rooting out corruption by creating the competition that holds incumbents accountable by ensuring voters have choices.

What is early voting?

Registered voters can go to their election authority or early voting site and vote early for any reason from May 19 until June 27, the day before the primary election. A list of local election authorities can be found at the Illinois State Board of Elections website. Early votes are not counted until after polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, June 28.

What is vote by mail?

Registered voters can apply to vote by mail, but must do so no later than five days before the election: June 23. No reason is needed. The system replaced Illinois’ absentee ballot system in 2016. May 19 was the first day to submit completed mail-in ballots. 

Read more here.

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The benefits of internet privacy laws can sometimes be hard to grasp: With the right regulations, users can sometimes have a vague reassurance that advertisers or the government can’t snoop as easily on their personal information.

But this week, residents of Illinois have been getting a more tangible benefit: $397.

The money has been arriving by check and direct deposit from a settlement fund set up last year after Facebook agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the social media company had violated the rights of  Illinois residents by collecting and storing digital scans of their faces without permission.

The money is headed only to Illinois  because of the state’s pioneering Biometric Information Privacy Act, an unusual law passed in 2008 that allows consumers in the state to sue companies for privacy violations involving fingerprints, retina scans, facial geometry and similar data. The state has generally been regarded as among the most aggressive places in the world in terms of regulations on tech.

For some people in Illinois, it’s the clearest example they’ve seen of a privacy law working.

“It says something interesting about the law that we have here in Illinois, that it actually has some teeth in it, and that they were able to really get Facebook to own up to having done something wrong,” said Eric Allix Rogers, 36, who lives in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood and runs events and communications for a nonprofit organization.

Read more here.

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“The Barrington Hills Police Department would like you to be aware of a 5K run occurring tomorrow morning on Brinker Road between County Line and Otis and on Otis Road between Brinker and Old Sutton. These roadway sections will be closed to through traffic between approximately 8:30 and 11:00 AM.

Residents residing in these specific areas will not be restricted from ingress or egress; however, it is advisable to avoid travel during the event, if possible. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated. Thank you.”

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From the Village website:

“Bring your unwanted digital cameras with other unwanted electronics to be recycled behind the Public Works Building on Village Hall grounds. Vision-IT will help unload your unwanted electronics–literally! Pack your car, your trunk, your trailer…however you bring it over and Zack and his team will help!

Worried about hard drive security? Upon your preference, HDs are either physically SHREDDED with a report and Certificate of Destruction provided or ERASED securely through a NIST-800 or Document of Destruction standard with reporting provided.”

Electronic items being accepted include:

Digital Cameras, TVs ($10 fee; cash only), Printers ($10 fee; cash only), Desktop PC/Tower, Servers, Cell Phones, Tablets, VOIP Phones, Gaming Systems, Household Batteries, Audio/Video Equipment, Cable Boxes, LCD Monitors, Circuit Boards, Cabling, Networking Switches/Hubs/Modems/Routers and Batteries for Cars, Lawn Mowers or Motorcycles

Note: Lightbulbs are not accepted

Drop-off location is illustrated above at 112 Algonquin Road.

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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Barrington Cop

The Antioch and Barrington police departments, along with several other northern Illinois law enforcement agencies, will participate in a regional traffic safety initiative on Route 59 on Monday.

The Naperville Police Department announced on Thursday that several police departments in northern Illinois, including two Lake County departments, will conduct a traffic safety initiative on Route 59 on Monday.

The initiative aims to use education and traffic enforcement to increase the safety of motorists on Route 59.“We call this regional campaign Route 59 on 5/9,” Naperville Police Sergeant Rick Krakow said.

Illinois Route 59 spans approximately 70 miles, starting in Antioch and running all the way to I-55 in SThe Antioch and Barrington police departments will participate in the initiative.

Each police department participating in the campaign will implement its own enforcement actions based on the needs of their individual communities, the Naperville Police Department said.

Read on here.

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