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The Lake County Health Department announced Tuesday that they have identified the first human case of West Nile virus in Lake County in 2022.

Lake County Health Department spokeswoman Emily Young said the case was found in a Lake County man, who is in his 60s.The man became ill in early September.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on August 30 that the first human case and death of West Nile virus in Illinois for the year was a Cook County resident in their 70s who became ill at the beginning of August.

West Nile virus was a contributing factor in the Cook County resident’s death and laboratory testing at the CDC confirmed the diagnosis.

“Take precautions to protect yourself from mosquito bites and West Nile virus,” said Mark Pfister, the Lake County Health Department’s Executive Director. “Even as the weather gets cooler, mosquitoes will remain active until the first hard frost,” Pfister said.

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July 25 Delay Notice

A portion of Route 59 in Barrington will be down to a single lane, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

A project to repair two storm sewers on Route 59 (Hough Street/Barrington Road), between Hillside Avenue and Main Street/County Line Road will require lane closures, down to a single lane with flaggers, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Access to local businesses and residences will be maintained.

Find more information about traffic and road conditions at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

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mosquitoes test positive

Health officials are warning the public after a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this year in McHenry County.

A mosquito “pool,” also known as a batch of mosquitoes, was sampled on Tuesday in Lake in the Hills and tested positive for West Nile virus.

The McHenry County Department of Public Health said this mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile virus presence in McHenry County in 2022.

Four birds were submitted for testing from McHenry County so far this year and all have been negative for the virus.

Officials in nearby Lake County recommend the public practice the “4 Ds of Defense” to protect themselves and family from mosquitoes:

  • Drain: Drain standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.
  • Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions.
  • Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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