Archive for the ‘Community Alerts’ Category


By Kevin Bessler | The Center Square

A consumer advocacy group’s newest dangerous toys report highlights smart devices that spy on children.

Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund’s 38th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report looks at the smart toys, like microphones, cameras, connectivity, and location trackers.

“Smart toys can be useful, fun or educational, but interacting with some of them can create frightening situations for too many families,” said Abe Scarr, director of Illinois PIRG Education Fund.

PIRG highlights an incident two months ago when a man kidnapped an 11-year-old girl he encountered while playing the popular mobile game Roblox. The child was eventually found safe about 135 miles away from her home.

Earlier this year, Amazon was accused of violating federal children’s privacy laws through its Alexa service by collecting the voices and geolocation data of children under 13 years old and using the voices and data for its own purposes.

Besides smart toys, Illinois PIRG Education Fund looks at several low-tech threats, including water beads, button batteries and recalled and counterfeit toys for sale.

Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said important advancements have been made over the years with toy safety.

“Fifteen years ago, we passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which did things like take away lead and dyes from toys that children might chew on,” Schakowsky said.

More here.

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Per the Village website:

“The Village Hall’s west-facing lobby (facing the fire station) will be closed for an estimated two weeks, beginning Thursday, November 9, due to the installation of new flooring.

If You Are in Need of Police Assistance

  • Always dial 911 for emergencies.
  • To request an officer, call QuadCom Dispatch: 847-428-8784.
  • For Records, call 847-551-3006.

To Pay an Ordinance Violation Citation:

Follow this direct link, select Payment Category Ordinance Violation, and then follow the prompts.

Please Note:

  • The Prescription Drop-Off Bin is unavailable during this period.
  • The Library Drop Box is unavailable during this period.
  • The Shoe Recycle Bin has been moved to the Village Hall north-facing lobby (facing IL 62) and is available during business hours (9 AM – 5 PM) except on holidays.”

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By Sam Borcia | Lake & McHenry County Scanner

The county clerk has issued a warning to homeowners in Lake County to be on the lookout for fake lien notice letters being sent out by scammers.

Lake County Clerk Anthony Vega said Wednesday that “official-looking” letters have recently been received by residents.

The documents may falsely, or even correctly, claim that there is a lien on a resident’s property.

The letters typically look like they originated from an official government office with names such as “Lake County Public Judgment Record.”

One of the letters that the clerk’s office obtained showed the resident being asked to send $90 for a copy of their property deed.

That copy is available for $1 from the Lake County Clerk’s Office.

“Please be aware of these letters as they can involve false information and requests for higher charges for documents and/or services than our office would charge,” Vega’s office said.

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“Due to inclement weather, the 22nd Annual Scarecrow Festival scheduled for today in Memorial Park from 11AM-2PM has been CANCELLED. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Stay warm and dry, Barrington!”

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Today is the last day to purchase well water test kits and waster analysis for $16 (CHEAP!). The Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) has made test kits available for purchase at the Village of Barrington Hills as well as BACOG member offices

Tomorrow, October 11th, from 11AM-6:30PM, BACOG will be stationed at the Barrington Area Library to collect the water samples, answer questions and provide information on other services BACOG provides our Village.

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“In coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), FEMA will conduct a national test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 1:20pm.

All major U.S. wireless providers participate in Wireless Emergency Alerts and will transmit the national test to their subscribers. The test will help to ensure that the Emergency Alert System continues to be an effective way to warn the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level (D220).”

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The Barrington Hills Police Department would like to advise you that Route 62 will be temporarily closed between Old Sutton Road and Longmeadow Parkway due to a serious traffic crash investigation. Please avoid this area until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Barrington Area Library

“ORDINANCE NO. 2023-4 ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING LEVY OF AN ADDITIONAL TAX FOR THE PURCHASE OF SITES AND BUILDINGS, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT OF BUILDINGS, FOR THE RENTAL OF BUILDINGS REQUIRED FOR LIBRARY PURPOSES AND FOR THE MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS OF THE LIBRARY BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT WHEREAS, Section 35-5 of the Illinois Public Library District Act of 1991, (75 ILCS 16/35-5), authorized the levy of an additional tax of .02% of the value of all the taxable property in the District, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, for the purchase of sites and buildings, for the construction and equipment of buildings, for the rental of buildings required for library purposes and for the maintenance, repairs and alterations of the library building and equipment: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Library Trustees of the BARRINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT, Lake, Cook, Kane and McHenry Counties, Illinois, that they hereby determine to levy an additional tax of .02% of the value of all the taxable property in the District, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, for the purchase of sites and buildings, for the construction and equipment of buildings, for the rental of buildings required for library purposes and for the maintenance, repairs and alterations of the library building and equipment.

ADOPTED this 11th day of September, 2023, pursuant to a roll call vote as follows: AYES: Carr, Cunningham, Lucas, McGrath, Miller, Ordway, Prigge NAYS: None ABSENT: None APPROVED by me this 11th day of September, 2023. ATTEST: /s/ Carrie Carr President /s/ Anne Ordway Secretary Published in Daily Herald September 15, 2023 (4605392), posted 09/15/2023

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Check your mailbox: More than 60,000 people in Illinois are in line to automatically receive checks for as much as $5,000 in unclaimed property. Are you one of them?

Illinois’ Unclaimed Property Program, or I-Cash — one of several ways Illinois residents can find unclaimed money owed to them — previously required that residents file a claim in order to collect any outstanding funds. However, new enhancements to the program allowed the state to mail a check out with no claim needed, a recent release from State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs said.

According to the release, checks worth up to $5,000 will automatically be mailed to more than 66,000 people who are owed money but have not claimed it. Prior to the changes, the automatic payment cap was $2,000.

The enhancement, part of the state’s “Money Match” program, crossmatches state data with the treasurer’s unclaimed property database, the release said.

“When a matching name and mailing address is identified and confirmed, the unclaimed property owner will receive a letter from the Treasurer’s Office that describes the amount and source of the money,” the release continued.

After an additionally security step is completed, Frerichs’ office will then issue a check to the owner, the release said.

“All they have have to do is watch for the mail,” the release added.

More here.

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9/11 Memorial in New York

Communities across the suburbs will observe the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with remembrance ceremonies.

Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates Celebrations Commission is hosting a memorial ceremony to remember and honor all those who tragically lost their lives as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn. All are welcome to attend the Patriot Day ceremony at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at the village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Visit hoffmanestates.org.


Palatine will host a memorial ceremony to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The approximately 30-minute ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at the Palatine Firefighters Memorial at North Brockway and West Slade streets in downtown Palatine.

Palatine Fire Department members and retirees will march to the memorial site from Fire Station 85 at 39 E. Colfax St.

They will be accompanied by the Palatine Fire Department honor guard.

Members of the Palatine fire and police departments will lower the flag, place a wreath at the memorial and perform a ceremonial ringing of the bell to signify a firefighter’s last call of duty.

For information, visit palatine.il.us.

Note: These are the two closest locations to our Village.  Click here for more.

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