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BARRINGTON — Ambrosia Euro-American Patisserie, the 33-year old, family-owned gourmet bakery at 710 W. Northwest Hwy, Barrington, is now under new owners. Co-founder Deborah Rivera has sold the gourmet bakery destination to Ambrosia’s long-time assistant manager and its husband-and-wife chef team.

These three new owners have collectively more than 45 years of experience serving Ambrosia’s customers in Lake and McHenry counties and from all over the Chicago metro area. Ambrosia Euro-American Patisserie has tens of thousands of devoted fans, many of whom travel long distances to enjoy the patisserie’s famous bakery, pastry and specialty items such as Ambrosia Rolls, buttery sweet and savory croissants, pecan rolls, delicious and elegant wedding and celebration cakes as well as coffee and specialty beverages.

Rivera, who co-founded Ambrosia with her late husband Richard Rivera in 1989, said she is happy that the devoted leaders on her staff will continue the Rivera legacy for excellent customer service and superior gourmet products.

“It’s time to pass the baton of ownership and allow Ambrosia Euro-American Patisserie to continue to evolve under a new generation of leadership. You have likely seen and spoken to the devoted manager and chef-bakers who are your new owners. These familiar faces care passionately about the future of Ambrosia. Already, they’ve introduced many creative techniques and bakery items to you, while honoring the recipes and commitment to quality ingredients that have made Ambrosia a Chicagoland destination,” said Rivera.

The employees who assumed ownership of Ambrosia are:

  • Ben Sigler, Ambrosia’s Chef and Kitchen Manager for more than 12 years.
  • Elise Gibbons Sigler, Manager and Pastry Chef for more than 8 years.
  • Melanie Duke, who has provided high quality customer service and has served as Assistant Manager for more than 25 years.

Ambrosia Euro-American Patisserie is a highly acclaimed Barrington destination for gourmet bakery, pastry and dessert lovers. The patisserie has more than three decades of service and giving back to the community. Rivera says she is grateful to the passionate and devoted customers and employees, who helped the bakery survive during the Covid pandemic, and whose loyalty has helped Ambrosia emerge from it even stronger.

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BARRINGTON HILLS: Businessman and fiscal hawk, State Representative Martin McLaughlin, announces his candidacy for the 2022 election to the 52nd district. Mclaughlin, a Republican is halfway through his first term which ends in January 2023. McLaughlin is noted as an outspoken advocate for his constituents and for his limited government approach.

McLaughlin was Mayor of Barrington Hills from 2013 to 2021 where he was able to bring business reforms to the government and lower the tax levy 8 times. He has a 30-year career running pension businesses and helping businesses and governments close their funding gaps and taking the pressure off workers and taxpayers.

Mclaughlin who has been recognized for his direct leadership skills by both sides of the aisle is looking to forward to bringing sensible reforms and legislation addressing public safety, property taxes, and pension reforms desperately needed to fix a broken Springfield legislature. McLaughlin has provided an independent voice to the legislature reaching out to both sides of the aisle and working for solutions.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of the 52nd district and with the assistance of a great staff, we have provided solid constituent service to thousands of people in our community. Much of that service has involved navigating the myriad of government rules, regulations, and sometimes an incompetent bureaucracy. In our system of government, the people are in charge not the other way around,” said Representative Martin McLaughlin.

“Much of what I do in Springfield involves trying to bring some common sense to the legislative process by pointing out the consequences of some of the legislation that is being put forth. I am an advocate for more transparency and assessment of proposed legislation so that we don’t have to spend the next legislative session cleaning up poorly-written bills that have had unintended consequences on our constituents,” said McLaughlin.

Martin McLaughlin is married to his wife Kathleen for 30 years and they have five daughters ages 28 to 15.  He has participated in many philanthropic and social organizations including the Lions Club, Barrington Area Council of Governments, MCOG LCML League as well as coached youth sports in Cary, Elgin, and Barrington.  For more information about his campaign please contact him at Martyforillinois.com.”

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Signal Hill, NSDAR

U.S. 6th District Congressman Sean Casten addresses those gathered at Evergreen Cemetery for Wreaths Across America Day, sponsored locally by Signal Hill, NSDAR, of Barrington.

Submitted by Jacqueline Marcus

On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Barrington community and members of the Signal Hill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored the more than 730 veterans at rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington.

Following brief remarks from several dignitaries, including U.S. Congressman Sean Casten, representatives from former VFW and American Legion posts, Veterans of Lake Barrington Shores, a representative of Children of the American Revolution, and members of NSDAR, the speakers joined the attending community to place wreaths on previously identified graves throughout the cemetery.

The Signal Hill Chapter members worked at underwriting the purchase of wreaths for this year’s event by raising donations from private individuals, chapter members, and other sources so that members of the Barrington area could participate in this national event.

Nearly 200 individuals registered to attend the ceremony, and a good percentage of that number came to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military members.

Wreaths Across America Day is a national event, with more than 3,000 participating cemeteries throughout the country. Many civic, religious and philanthropic groups gather volunteers and financial support to participate. This was the third year that Signal Hill, NSDAR, sponsored and organized the event.

For information about the Signal Hill, NSDAR, visit signalhilldar.com. For information about Wreaths Across America, visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

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Press Release:

SPRINGFIELD – Today, the unions representing teachers and support staff in 52 school districts across Illinois will file a motion to intervene in a Sangamon County lawsuit in an effort to protect the safety of the workplaces and the health and lives of students and employees by keeping the governor’s student mask mandate in place.

In October, attorney Tom DeVore filed a lawsuit against 145 school districts across the state on behalf of parents and their children at a price of $5,000 per district, plus filing fees. Those cases have all been consolidated into one in Sangamon County in front of Circuit Judge Raylene Grischow.

The suit asks that the students not be required to wear a mask or be excluded from campus, and that students not be excluded from campus if they were “close contacts” with a COVID positive person, without the local health department weighing in on each individual case.

The court filings today were made on behalf of 75 IEA-affiliated locals, which represent more than 29,000 members of the Illinois Education Association who serve more than 214,000 students. Each of those locals made the independent decision to intervene in the lawsuit.

“Almost all of our members are vaccinated or complying with the vaccinate-or-test order. We are all wearing masks. We want students to wear their masks and stay home if they were close contacts of someone with COVID. We believe in keeping staff, students, all of the families of our staff and students and all of our communities safe,” said Andrew Frey, president of the Triad Education Association. “Things were looking good for a while, but here we are again. This is a worldwide pandemic. We are not immune in Illinois just because we want to turn our heads. So, we won’t. And, we’ll work to keep our schools safe.”

A status hearing is set in the case for next week. Should the judge grant the IEA locals’ motion, they would be able to take part in that hearing and in court proceedings going forward.

“We have been saying all along that it is our goal to keep students and staff in buildings as long as it is safe,” said Kathi Griffin, president of the IEA. “Our locals are respectfully asking the court to respect the educators’ wishes who have asked their local to intervene on their behalf, to ensure that we can continue in-person instruction in a safe and healthy environment. We believe the governor has worked hard to provide a safe educational environment for students and that districts have been following his executive orders because they are guided by science and are focused on keeping our students and staff safe. That’s the best we can ask under these circumstances.”

As of Dec. 9, nearly 1.9 million Illinoisans have tested positive for COVID-19, of which nearly 400,000 are under the age of 20. There have been 30,000 confirmed or probable COVID deaths. At least four Illinois public school employees died of COVID during the 2019-20 school year, at least eight in the 2020-21 school and at least one this school year. Currently, there are 163 active “youth outbreaks” in the state. Between June and August of this year, the Delta variant resulted in a five-fold increase of child hospitalizations, and between July 3 and Oct. 30, the case rate for those under age 20 increase from 17 per 100,000 to 142 per 100,000.

As of Dec. 9, all 102 counties in Illinois are coded red for high transmission on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Community Transmission Map – the most critical rating.


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BARRINGTON HILLS… State Representative Martin McLaughlin (R-Barrington Hills) released the following statement in response to Governor Pritzker issuing a statewide mask mandate in Illinois schools: 

“The Governor’s mandate is overreach on parents’ rights. 

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the greatest documents ever written for the recognition of the rights of individuals.  These rights are never to be diminished or taken away in order to protect the people from their Government.  

The latest overreach from the Governor’s office, based upon his politics, is disappointing. It is obvious Governor Pritzker believes he has power and authority to blow past the co-equal branches of government and issue executive mandates on the people. This executive overreach is an injustice to Illinoisans, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. 

Where is the safety for business owners or the safety for our children who have struggled in isolated environments and have had psychological and sociological development issues? We need to open up our schools, state, and country again.  Mask mandates, vaccination mandates, and shutdowns are not the answer. We can walk and chew gum at the same time safely in the State of Illinois. 

At some point, we should trust parents to make the best decisions for their children. Individual liberty is a cornerstone of this country that should be valued and balanced against the desire of some in government to control the population by decree. It is time to stop this big government charade that is attacking the fabric of common sense in America.”

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CCCook County – Property owners for the first time can find out what portion of local government debt falls on them, thanks to a new, groundbreaking online tool created by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.

“Most reports identify government debt as an amount per person,” Pappas said. “My latest study takes a more targeted approach by showing debt in relation to each property in Cook County.”

The new, unique tool reveals that Willis Tower carries local government debt of nearly $289 million, equal to 41.5% of the iconic skyscraper’s $697 million value. A Riverdale house carries $31,800 in local debt, equal to 48% of its $67,000 value. And the debt on a house on Hodgkins has $127,400 in debt, equal to 25.7% of its $496,000 value.

By contrast, the debt on properties in more affluent, lower-tax areas, like Barrington Hills and Winnetka, falls below 10% of the value of the properties in those locations.

These new calculations are available at cookcountytreasurer.com, where property owners can click the purple box on the homepage and search their address to see their local debt burden compared to the value of their home in both dollar and percentage amounts.

The new methodology also allowed Pappas to better compare the overall debt burdens borne by residents of any Cook County city or village. That exercise revealed the burden of local government debt varies greatly throughout the county, with generally heavier burdens in less-affluent suburbs where the populations are more than 50% Black or Latino. The taxes tend to be much higher in many of those minority areas, an indication that more debt leads to higher property taxes.

“Property purchases in Cook County come with a hidden credit card balance, in the form of local government debt,” Pappas said. “Property owners end up paying down that debt, on top of also covering their mortgage, utility and maintenance costs.”

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One Barrington Hills candidates Tom Strauss, Brian Cecola, Laura Ekstrom and David Riff

Four candidates are running for seats on our Village Board of Trustees under a familiar campaign banner, “One Barrington Hills.”

Second term Trustee Brian Cecola is running for Village President. Cecola is hoping to succeed the current Village President, Martin McLaughlin, who’s eight years in village office comes to a close in April.

Former Village Communications Committee member, Laura Ekstrom, along with David Riff and Tom Strauss have joined Brian on the campaign trail vying for Village Trustee seats.

To learn more, visit the One Barrington Hills website by clicking here.

Early voting begins March 25th, and the election is Tuesday, April 6th.

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Speakers at the 2020 Economic Summit update business leaders and the community. The 2021 Economic Summit, “State of the Greater Barrington Area,” will be held virtually from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host a 2021 Virtual Economic Summit, “State of the Greater Barrington Area,” from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Village officials from 11 surrounding communities will update local business leaders and the community on current economic conditions and what lies ahead for the Greater Barrington Area in 2021.

The public is invited to attend this virtual event. Cost to attend is $10. Register at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

“We are offering our Economic Summit virtually this year so that our village leaders can speak to the effects of 2020, where we are now, and what lies ahead for our region,” said BACC President/CEO Suzanne Corr. “We will hear firsthand updates on what impacts local business, residents, and the prosperity of our communities.”

Confirmed speakers to date include: Karen Darch of Barrington; Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills; Greg Rusteberg of Deer Park; Nandia Black of Kildeer; Kevin Richardson of Lake Barrington; Bill Jacob of Long Grove; Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of North Barrington; Shannon Yeaton of Port Barrington; and Robert Palmer of South Barrington.

Speakers will discuss the 2020 year in review, economic development accomplishments, and goals for 2020. The BACC Economic Summit is open to the public; registration for the online event is required to receive a link.

Submitted by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

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Barrington Hills… State Representative Martin McLaughlin (R-Barrington Hills) released the following statement:

“After just two weeks in office, I am embarrassed.  I am embarrassed to call myself a member of this Illinois State Legislature.  I am ready and eager to help our state turn things around.  I spent 15 months running a campaign to change the dismal course that Illinois has been on for decades. I did it because we need to address the real problems facing every hardworking Illinoisan. The General Assembly must work collaboratively to find real solutions.  We need to reform pensions and the property tax system, and we need to come up with a major initiative to provide assistance to small businesses.  This can only happen if we are allowed to go to work!

Instead, the new Speaker has cancelled the scheduled February session days for all but one constitutionally required day to accept the House rules.  I am incredulous that we cannot meet to do our jobs. This is after 10 months of executive orders with only two packed session weeks, where we saw extensive mandates and transformative bill packages rammed through in the middle of the night with limited time for review.

Nevertheless, the new Speaker has deemed our work “unsafe”. Come on!  It is no more unsafe for legislators than it is for the checkout cashier at the Jewel, the Speedway gas station attendant, the delivery driver, the toll worker, the TSA agent, the Costco employee or the Dunkin Donut order taker.  These folks do their jobs EVERYDAY.  I could go on and on with this list, but it comes back to the sheer audacity of the majority party and their satisfaction with the status quo. 

Why are we, members of the General Assembly, so special that we cannot go do our jobs? Governor Pritzker says we should not be vaccinated early, which makes sense to him, because the longer we are away from Springfield, he has more excuses to continue to run our state into the ground by issuing illegal executive fiat after fiat. 

The people elected us to be in Springfield working on the massive problems that existed long before Covid-19 and to address the serious fallout from the many failures from the Pritzker Administration. We need to be able to work together and collaboratively. We will continue to fail our constituents if we do not get back and open the books Madigan has held closed for decades. I will continue to do my best to call out the corruption and bad behavior when I can. As always, I will continue to work tirelessly for all of us in the 52nd District.


Jack Ivansek
House Republican Staff

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