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Board Members of the Cook County Forest Preserves Conservation & Policy Council
Front row: Terry Guen, Laurel Ross, Peter Ellis. Back row: Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Wendy Paulson, Michael DeSantiago, Sylvia Jenkins, Mark Templeton, Emily Harris, Arnold Randal, Commissioner Stanely Moore. Not pictured: Rob Castaneda.

Nature has never been more important than it is right now. People are looking to it to reduce stress, stay healthy and find solace. Many in the Chicago region are flocking to our greatest natural asset, the Forest Preserves of Cook County. We applaud President Preckwinkle, General Superintendent Arnold Randall and his team for their commitment to keep the preserves open just when they are needed most and when many other public spaces are closed. At the same time, we are troubled by reports of illegal and unacceptable behavior by a very few — crowding, going off trail, picking wildflowers, trampling sensitive vegetation, letting dogs run rampant.

We are so glad people are discovering — or rediscovering — these extraordinary landscapes and the more than 350 miles of trails they include. The ability to be active and outside with family members is a blessing. But the privilege of free access to the Forest Preserves carries a responsibility, too, especially in this time of extreme and necessary social guidelines.

That means respecting the space of other visitors, obeying preserve rules and honoring the habitats of animals and plants for whom the preserves are home. It’s an opportune time to visit a less well known preserve — maybe a place you’ve never been before — or to visit at a less crowded time. Check FPDCC.com before you go.

We invite you not only to visit, but to join us in protecting and restoring the natural habitats of the preserves. (See, for example: https://fpdcc.com/volunteer/ or https://northbranchrestoration.org). Once we emerge from this challenging time and restrictions are lifted, consider joining thousands of volunteers who give their time, energy and expertise to help make nature in our preserves even more healthy, diverse and welcoming.

Board Members of the Cook County Forest Preserves Conservation & Policy Council

Wendy Paulson, Chairman

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In regards to the closing paragraph of letter writer Gerald Aleksy on May 18: “The governor keeps saying these draconian rules are determined by the scientists and the data. If this is true, then why doesn’t he have the scientists step up to the podium and answer how science came up with these ridiculous rules.”

Donald Trump has had the leading National Institutes of Health scientist speak almost daily, at length, to the American people since the president decided Americans were at risk. This renowned man is Dr. Anthony Fauci. He explained many times how these rules have been arrived at and also how and why the rules continue to fluctuate. Our newspapers and national + local TV news have as well, for nearly four months now.

This is another reason why it is so important to not rely on only one news source for information and definitely not “partisan” news media. WGN, ABC, NBC, CBS are all nonpartisan television stations that will give you unbiased news as well as up-to-date health and pandemic information. Scientists and doctors are on these channels every news cycle. These same stations have national news coverage at 5:30 p.m. that also relays nonpartisan coronavirus coverage. Our own Daily Herald has done a fine job laying out the whys and wherefores so that the average American reader can understand just how threatening and dangerous COVID-19 is. We elect our leaders to Lead. That is exactly what J.B. is doing. Some people may not agree with following science and data in order to survive this, but the majority do and will follow the rules.

Read the complete letter to the Daily Herald from a Barrington Hills resident here.


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I am responding and trying to keep my cool while doing so, about Pritzker’s personal war with President Trump.

I would like to tell Pritzker to shut up and let President Trump do his job, because I don’t think Pritzker is doing his. However, Pritzker is doing a great job complaining and following the lead of other states.

Marcia Chester, Barrington

A number of interesting comments in response to Ms Chester’s letter to the editors of the Daily Herald can be viewed here.

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A rendering of how the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge over the Fox River will look when completed. (Kane County / HANDOUT)

The Kane County Board has added insult to injury by voting to charge drivers 95 cents to cross the Longmeadow Parkway Corridor Bridge, a contentious project from the beginning.

Although the artist’s rendering of the bridge shows a lovely structure over the Fox River, it is truly an intrusion to the Brunner Forest Preserve and to residents of several nearby subdivisions.

Approximately 8,000 Dundee Township residents — including me — voted against the bridge in a nonbinding referendum. I opposed it because it’s too close to homes.

County Board member Chris Kious said the toll represents an unfair cost to his constituents. He pointed out that the Stearns Road and Fabyan Parkway bridges constructed in recent years do not have tolls.

Read the full letter to the editors of the Elgin Courier-News here.

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The state of Illinois’ pension crisis is out of control.

Democratic politicians suggest that we hand over the reigns of local control to unelected bureaucrats.

However, the working people of Illinois know that less personal freedom over our money and pension plans is not the answer.

Barrington Hills Village President Martin J. McLaughlin supports the logic of the people of Illinois.

McLaughlin is running to represent Illinois’ 52nd House District in Springfield. Not only has he been a success in the private sector, but he wants to implement his understanding to bring prosperity back to Illinois.

Read the full letter to the editors of the Northwest Herald here.

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Barrington Hills Neighbors and Library Supporters –

I have been a Library Trustee for the Barrington Public Library District was nearly 20 years. During that timeframe, I have been proud of the quality library services that we have delivered to the Barrington community in our 72-square mile library district.

Last April, I had to make a difficult decision regarding a request from the Village of Barrington to purchase a substantial portion of our library property to re-direct Lake Zurich Road through the library parking lot to our traffic light. While I have the utmost respect for our Village and understand the dilemma the train traffic on Northwest Highway has created, I could not in good conscience make a decision at that time to irreversibly sell the property and sacrifice the future financial integrity of the library.

A full explanation of my decision can be reviewed in the attached PowerPoint presentation (seen here) I made at the Board meeting in April, where three of my fellow Library Trustees agreed to cease negotiations to sell the land. Now, two challengers are running for three of the open Library Trustee seats, seeking to unseat the three incumbents – including me – with an effort to swing the vote to sell the library property.

I am asking you to vote on April 2nd for Carrie Carr, Barbara Pintozzi and me – the three incumbents, all of whom voted to not sell the library property – to Protect Our Library. The attached flyer gives more background on our candidacy. Note that Daily Herald – after a group interview of all five candidates – endorsed all three incumbents for re-election. You can read the Daily Herald’s endorsement here.

You can read more about our campaign at our website seen here.

Thank you for your consideration of our re-election, and please feel free to contact me with any thoughts you have on the library or the decision on last year’s property issue.

Carolyn Welch Clifford



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This is in response to the letter to the editor you published recently from retired public school teacher and former Barrington Hills village trustee Karen Selman.

I would like to correct the record. Ms. Selman’s inclusion of me and my family members in a letter to the editor is inappropriate, wrong and uninformed.

First, I have five incredible daughters, not two. The first four have attended TCU, Villanova, USC and yes, Northwestern due to their determination and hard work. My wife deserves all the credit, for her dedication working with our children on rigorous nightly homework routines over many years.

Interestingly, each of my children and many others in our great schools were able to succeed during a period without this proposed referendum.

I have not publicly stated a position in opposition or in favor of the District 220 referendum.

I was, however, part of the District 220 Referendum Advisory Committee, which — after more than 500 hours of volunteer community input — gave direction to the school board for the lowest amount presented, $158 million, which was quickly amended to $185 million by the school board.

I have publicly endorsed Deb Buettner, Brian Cecola and Brian Croll for Barrington Hills Village Trustee in the upcoming election. Your publication also has endorsed these three qualified volunteers. Thank you in advance for accepting my corrections.

Martin J. McLaughlin

Barrington Hills village president

The link to McLaughlin’s letter to the Daily Herald editor can be found here. The link to the former Trustee who McLaughlin refers to can be found here.


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Kosin_vestTo the Editor:

Thank you to the Northwest Herald for bringing forward a local government story that, at first read, is only about paving a road, and that occurs too often in Illinois to be news.

This paving project is different and worth the notice. It was about intergovernmental cooperation, a theme regularly championed from the statehouse to village halls.

To read the full letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald from our Village Administrator, click here.

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DogLetter to the editor: Chet and Eve Perry spent a sleepless night trying to find their lost dog, but discovered in their darkest hour they were never alone.

Read this letter of appreciation for local police assistance to the editor of the Daily Herald here.

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We are writing in opposition to the construction of Longmeadow Parkway, formerly the Bolz Road Bridge, by Kane County. This project will drain our wallets, damage our environment and replace the tranquillity of our neighborhoods with the roar of diesel trucks, while serving no purpose and providing no benefit.

Proponents of the bridge say that it will reduce current congestion on the existing Fox River bridges. However, the very detailed traffic studies done by KDOT clearly show that a bridge south of Algonquin will do nothing to reduce current congestion. The environmental consequences of the road and bridge will be severe. It will destroy large swathes of open space, imperil wildlife habitat and transform a section of pristine riverfront. It will bring noise, air pollution and damaging salt spray to our neighborhoods.

Read more of this letter to the Daily Herald editor here.

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