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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.

xxx

Jack Ivansek
House Republican Staff
JIvansek@hrs.ilga.gov

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For Immediate Release

SPRINGFIELD… State Representative Martin McLaughlin (R-Barrington Hills) enters his first term today as State Representative for the 52nd House District commencing the 102nd Illinois General Assembly. Rep. McLaughlin released the following statement:

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be sworn in today as your State Representative. Thank you for the opportunity to serve our great community in Springfield.

Today marks a new era with long time Speaker, Mike Madigan, out of the picture. I decided to run for this position because Illinois is broken and a complete fiscal disaster. I have dedicated my career to solving pension and fiscal problems, and I hope to represent all of you in the 52nd District with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

We have so much work to do in the 102nd General Assembly and I truly hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are actually ready for positive change in Springfield. Americans have suffered immensely this past year, business owners need relief, and Illinoisans need government responsibility now more than ever. I am ready to get to work! Thank you for the opportunity to be the fiscal watchdog we need.”

Jack Ivansek
House Republican Staff

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This is the Tribune Editorial Board’s second installment of endorsements for contested Illinois House races in the Nov. 3 general election.

52nd District

Think it’s tough trying to get things done in Springfield? Try Barrington Hills.

When Republican Marty McLaughlin became mayor in 2013, the Village Board split on issues was 5-2 and McLaughlin was one of the two minority votes. Still, he got his initiatives through, including a consolidation of 911 services that saved taxpayers millions of dollars. As an investment manager, he knows money.

And he knows that because of the pandemic, revenue from state taxes will be a sliver of what they were before. Other states, he says, have decided to slash spending to brace for less money coming in. That’s the course Illinois should take as well, McLaughlin says.

McLaughlin says. His opponent, Island Lake Democrat Marci Suelzer, is a business executive and a licensed mental health counselor. Her skill set is extensive, but McLaughlin is endorsed.

Read the rest of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board’s endorsements here.

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“The Village has received multiple requests, concerns and comments regarding InZone and the property occupied by Terrance Wallace.  The Village is in the process of investigating the proposed use and is gathering additional information regarding any such use.  

The Village has retained special counsel, Ancel Glink, to assist with the InZone inquiry as well as pending zoning applications for approval of non-residential uses.  The Village’s counsel has been in contact with Mr. Wallace and is attempting to schedule a meeting to discuss InZone’s proposed uses.  An initial meeting was scheduled with Mr. Wallace to review his proposed use of the property.  However, Mr. Wallace requested that the meeting be cancelled

The Village’s counsel will continue its efforts to meet with Mr. Wallace to obtain additional information to evaluate the proposed use of the property under the applicable local ordinances including but not limited to the building codes, safety codes, and zoning codes.  All properties in the Village must adhere to the Village Code.”

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December 2019, Barrington, IL –– Barrington Dance Ensemble (BDE) performed its 25th annual production of The Nutcracker at the Richard C. Johnson Auditorium in the Barrington High School. Staged by Gregory Merriman and directed by BDE’s Founder and Artistic Director Mary Brennan, over 2,000 ballet enthusiasts viewed the beloved holiday tradition during the four-show run from Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24.

The hallmark of BDE’s Nutcracker each year is the stunning dancing by young performers, BDE company members, and world-class professional guest artists. The production’s iconic score and festive holiday scenes captivated audience members young and old. Audience members were welcomed by a visit from the North Pole as Santa Claus was present on opening night. Adding to the festive atmosphere, guests had the opportunity to shop for the holidays at the festive Nutcracker Shop filled with handcrafted gifts and unique treats.

Set to the Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s score, the audience was lost in the story of Clara’s magical gift, an exciting battle between soldiers and mice and the dreamy Land of Sweets. Acclaimed guest artists from National and Chicago regional dance companies performed lead soloist roles. Meghan Loman and Martin Justo, principal company members with Carolina Ballet Theater, returned to the BDE stage as the Sugar Plum Fairy & Cavalier, and wowed the crowd with their spectacular performances. Also taking the stage were 90 student dancers from BDE, the Barrington Dance Academy and other local dance studios in the Northwest Chicago suburbs.

Emma Richmond & Corinne Garrels (of Barrington and Barrington Hills, respectively) shared the role of Clara, the story’s heroine. Other featured BDE company members included Meghan Doran (Barrington) & BDE graduating senior Sasha Rice (Lake Barrington) who shared the role of the Columbine Doll. Elizabeth Yen (Deer Park) performed as the sparkling Snow Queen, partnered by professional guest artist Arionel Vargas (freelance artist, formerly with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and English National Ballet).

BDE graduating senior Maggie Pechan (Barrington) performed the role of the elegant Fairy Angel who welcomes Clara to the Land of Sweets. Graduating seniors Emma Landenberger (Barrington Hills) & Jessica Eggers (Kildeer) performed as Arabian Coffee along with professional artist Devin Buchanan. Ava Thome (Barrington) danced the spunky lead Chinese role, joined by Rose Abrahamson (Lake Barrington) and Hannah White (Deer Park). The Reed Flute variation was exquisitely performed by Mikayla Patten (North Barrington), Sasha Rice, Lucy Shannon (Barrington), and Elizabeth Yen. Kate Howell (Barrington) elegantly portrayed the role of the graceful Dew Drop fairy.

“The professional, company and student dancers outdid themselves this year rising to a praiseworthy level with their artistry and aptitude. Our dedicated staff, talented designers and wonderful volunteers played a significant role in making the shows seamless. It’s awe inspiring to witness the enthusiasm from our audience every holiday and is especially memorable for me this 25th anniversary year,” stated Mary Brennan, Founder and Artistic Director of BDE.

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Citizens for Conservation, one of the oldest and most successful volunteer conservation groups in Illinois, recently announced that it has acquired two parcels of land that are significant additions toward achieving the group’s 25-year strategic goal of linked ecosystems in the Barrington area.

One parcel was acquired from Arthur Rice III and Lynn Rice and is across Hart Road to the west of Citizens for Conservation’s Craftsbury Preserve, which is currently being restored. Citizens for Conservation plans to consolidate the preserve with the new, 31-acre parcel, creating a single preserve The new preserve will be 53 acres and will be Citizens for Conservation’s second-largest preserve after Flint Creek Savanna.

The other parcel of nearly five acres on West Oak Knoll Road in Barrington Hills was donated to Citizens for Conservation by the Joan Y. Mullins Trust. The land is near Citizens for Conservation’s Grigsby Prairie Preserve and is adjacent to the open space of Barrington Hills Country Club.

Citizens for Conservation will be developing land management plans for the property in the future.

The acquisitions are important to Citizens for Conservation for a number of reasons, said Kevin Scheiwiller, Citizens for Conservation’s restoration manager.

“The new Craftsbury tract of land offers rolling topography and wetland depressions left over as the last glaciers receded from this area,” he said.

Read more here.

 

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The Third Annual Public Town Hall Forum, featuring updates from local taxing bodies, will be held on at 8 a.m. April 24 at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Way., Barrington.

The event, hosted by The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, will provide updates on local public services in the Barrington area, as well as a Q&A session with forum speakers.

Invited speakers include representatives from the Barrington Area Library, Barrington Community School District 220, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, Barrington Hills Park District, Barrington Park District, Barrington Township, Cuba Township, Harper College and South Barrington Park District.

The cost to attend the event is $35 per person, which includes a buffet breakfast. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. To register call (847) 381-2525 or visit the BACC website at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

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Screen Shot 2018-11-21 at 2.37.10 PMFrom the Village of Barrington:

ROUTE 14 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE –  November 20, 2018

“As you begin your Thanksgiving travels, keep in mind that construction and paving still continues on Route 14 through Barrington.

We just received an update from IDOT, which still has two full days of paving left to do. Cold temperatures stopped work for today, but they are anticipating working tomorrow and then early next week in order to complete the paving portion of the project. Final striping of the road will follow.

The Village thanks you for your patience; as this is an IDOT project we have not had control over the timing and completion.

Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!”

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