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On September 26th, The League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Palatine Area, lwvpalatinearea.org, conducted a virtual non-partisan candidate forum for three candidates running for the 52nd District of the Illinois House of Representatives; Martin McLaughlinAlia Sarfraz and Marci Suelzer. The YouTube recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

We listened intently to the recording and felt we would be remiss if we did not share at least one excerpt we believe is critical for voters to hear or read. The LWV asked candidates to,

“Think of a person that is, or has served in Springfield, that’s made an impact for the better in our state.”

Marci Suelzer’s response to this simple question was,

Marci Suelzer

I’m somewhat at a disadvantage in this question in that I did not grow up in Illinois. But I do think that Governor Pritzker has made an impact in saving lives in Illinois.

I wish that I had a better base of historical knowledge to go back two decades or whatever, but I simply don’t.”

The question and her response can be heard here.

Though she admittedly lacks experience, that has not stopped significant contributions to Suelzer’s campaign which only began less than three months ago. Her campaign committee has amassed upwards of $400,000, primarily from Democratic Party of Illinois ($129k), Democratic Majority ($94k), LIUNA Chicago Laborers ($58k), Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters PAC ($58k) and Friends to Elect Kathleen Willis ($45k).

Clearly with this overabundance of political funding, Marci Suelzer does not need to worry about her lack of experience, since if she is elected, her well-financed handlers will tell her how to vote.

Martin McLaughlin has been running for the 52nd District for nearly a year with funding of about 20% of that of his opponent. What matters most when considering which candidate to vote for in an election;

  • (a) one who has been successfully leading a Village for eight years or
  • (b) one who, although inexperienced, has substantial financial backing from the current State leadership?

You decide!

Campaign finance references: Marci Suelzer Campaign Committee, Martin McLaughlin For State Representative

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The 2020 Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Women Leaders recipients from left, are: Darby Hills of Barrington Children’s Charities; Rebecca Darr, president/CEO of Wings Program, Inc.; the Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque of the Community Church of Barrington; and Mary Roesch, RN, BSN, chief nursing officer of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Biz Net honored four local women leaders during the third annual Outstanding Women Leaders Awards Luncheon Sept. 24 at a hybrid, livestream program at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington.

Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, the COVID-conscious event included a small, in-person luncheon and program to honor the award recipients and hear their personal stories. The awards program was also streamed live via Zoom to Outstanding Women Leaders Awards supporters and included audience reactions for the viewing audience.

The 2020 Class of Outstanding Women Leaders recipients honored at the event were: Mary Roesch, RN, BSN, chief nursing officer of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Professional Excellence; Rebecca Darr, president/CEO of Wings Program, Inc., the Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Nonprofit Leadership; Darby Hills of Barrington Children’s Charities, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Community Impact; and the Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque from Community Church of Barrington, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Mentorship and Education.

For more information visit www.BarringtonChamber.com.

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Without consensus on safety, liquefied natural gas needs another look

The Daily Herald and leaders of several of our suburbs were among those arguing years ago that crude oil shipments by train should be restricted to newer, stronger tank cars that are more likely to withstand a derailment or crash without rupturing, exploding and burning.

That viewpoint largely prevailed, with new requirements unveiled in 2015 that mitigate the risk.

But now the federal government is upping the ante, exposing towns along freight rail lines to potential new danger with the judgment that now that tank cars are safer, they can be used to move material that is more volatile.

The U.S. Department of Transportation over the summer authorized railroads to haul liquefied natural gas around the country, even in the face of the National Transportation Safety Board questioning whether doing so would be safe.

Natural gas is a chameleon, turning liquid at -260 degrees and taking up 1/600th of the space it requires as a gas, making it cheaper to transport. If the gas gets overheated and the tank ruptures, such as following a derailment or crash, it can explode violently into a fireball that will keep burning until the fuel is gone.

Read on here.

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A new federal rule allows liquefied natural gas to be transported by train across the U.S., sparking concerns from Barrington and other suburbs.

A new player, liquefied natural gas, has joined the list of hazardous materials cruising through Illinois by train — a move the federal government says is safe but raises fears of out-of-control fires and explosions for some suburbs.

This summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation authorized railroads to haul liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the country.

Prior to approval, more than 460 entities commented — mostly critically — on the plan, including Barrington, which is crisscrossed by the Union Pacific and Canadian National railroads.

The potential for a catastrophe “is quite acute,” village officials stated. “An uncontrolled LNG release involving fire stemming from a derailment scenario must burn itself out as there is no practical way to extinguish it.”

Federal officials are confident that upgraded DOT-113 tank cars with double shells and thick carbon steel can safely contain any spills.

New requirements, such as remote monitoring of tank car pressure, will “provide for the safe transportation of LNG by rail to more parts of the country where this energy source is needed,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao stated.

Read on here.

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Petition packets are available for two open Park Board Commissioner seats for the April 6, 2021, Consolidated Election. Those interested in running for a Barrington Hills Park District Commissioner seat must be a registered voter and have been a resident of Barrington Hills for at least one year prior to the election.

To download the petition packet, please click here. If you wish to have the petition packet mailed to your home or schedule an appointment for pick-up, please contact Kim Keper, Administrator, at 847-783-6772 or Kim@bhillsparkd.org.

Circulation Period / September 22, 2020 – December 21, 2020

The circulation period for the Consolidated Election on April 6, 2021, will be open until December 21, 2020.

Filing Period for Petition Packets / December 14 – December 21, 2020

The filing period for petition packets is December 14 – December 21, 2020. Petition packets must be hand-delivered to the Administrator at the Park District Administrative Office, 364 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  No petitioner packets will be accepted before or after the stated dates and times. The Barrington Hills Park District staff cannot provide any election or legal advice for any petitioners. Petitioners are encouraged to contact their County Clerk’s Office.

Source

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The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area, lwvpalatinearea.org, has scheduled a virtual, nonpartisan Candidate Forums September 26 from 11 AM to noon to help inform and educate voters prior to the Nov. 3 General Election. Candidates running for the Illinois House of Representatives 52nd District are Martin McLaughlin, Alia Sarfraz and Marci Suelzer.

Register for virtual forum at: https://balibrary.librarycalendar.com/events/illinois-52nd-candidate-forum.

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Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis will be featured in a virtual discussion Oct. 4 from Barrington’s White House.

Barrington’s White House will provide an all-virtual slate of events for this fall’s 2020 season.

While the White House had hoped to be able to offer in-person events as well, the reality of being able to adequately social distance and still provide a quality experience led the venue to the determination that holding virtual events this fall would be the safest option.

As such, all events in fall 2020 will be virtual. The season opener Sunday, Sept. 13, features the return of the Lincoln Trio, which will present the world premiere of “Dash” by composer Jennifer Higdon.

On Sept. 20, Barrington’s own Patty Dowd Schmitz and friends present “Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Connection to Illinois.” On Sept. 26, Robert McGinley and Judy Freeman lead a panel of experts from the Fox River Valley Heritage Foundation on “The Environment and COVID-19.”

October kicks off with internationally acclaimed Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis on Oct. 4, who will showcase his previous work and discuss the 2020 election. On Oct. 25, the Family Fun Players present a children’s musical adaptation of “Cinderella,” and Nov. 8 brings “Lost in Silence” from the Spoon River Anthology by the Midwest Dance Collective.

To view further events, visit the Barrington White House website here.

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Accomplished and highly educated yet surprisingly shy, Megan West found her voice on the journey to becoming a first-class amateur polo player.

Megan West says people are surprised to see her shy and humble demeanor melt away on the polo field where a bold, competitive spirit takes over. The sport does attract people with a competitive nature, but for West, playing polo is where she finds personal strength. “On the field someone’s got to take charge. I’ve learned that skill in a safe environment with people who are my friends. It’s a place where I’ve learned and practiced leadership skills,” she said.

When not on the field or in a barn, West leverages her doctorate in agricultural food chemistry for Mars Wrigley where she works on long-term research projects. “It’s basically a lab-based job,” she says of pre-COVID-19 times. A chemist by training, West works on projects such as product ingredient sourcing with consideration to sustainability.

Growing up in Glencoe, Illinois, West says hers was not a “horse family”. The earliest chance to ride was at summer camp in Minocqua, Wisconsin. “My first year at Red Pine Camp, I was eight years old and just one of those kids who wanted to take riding lessons,” West said. “I love the outdoors and the appeal of horses. I just gravitated towards them.” Riding at camp was a source of fun for West and her “barn rat” friends who helped take care of the horses there.

Read the full Quintessential Barrington feature story here.

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The 8th annual Hills Are Alive Fall Festival is three weeks from today

The Village mailed their Summer newsletter to residents earlier this month. Some of the topics covered included:

  • The upcoming Hills are Alive Fall Festival
  • Voting information and critical dates
  • BACOG’s annual well water testing event
  • Updates from the Police Department
  • Village roads speed limit enforcement
  • Words of prevention on theft or burglary, and
  • A pop Village knowledge quiz

If you did not receive your copy of the newsletter, you can find it here.

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Autumn will be here soon, and that means it’s a good time to think about adding trees or shrubs to your yard.

“Planting them in early fall gives their roots several weeks to get established before the first frost,” said Julie Janoski, Plant Clinic manager at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. In September and early October, the air will cool off, but the soil will still be warm enough for roots to grow. “Growing roots is the most important task for a new plant,” Janoski said.

You can plant any species of tree or shrub in early fall as long as it was grown in a container. Most plants sold in garden centers are container-grown. Fall planting may be more risky for trees or shrubs that are sold with their roots wrapped in burlap, as they were grown in a field and dug up for sale.

“Those plants lost the majority of their root system when they were dug out of the ground,” Janoski said. “They will have a better chance to recover if they’re planted in spring and have the entire season to grow.”

This is especially important for some kinds of trees, such as many oaks, maples, hawthorns and magnolias. Consult the Plant Clinic for advice before planting a balled-and-burlapped tree in autumn.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

Pre-ordering of Citizens for Conservation native tree and shrub plants runs through September 1. Plant pick up will be by appointment September 19 – 20.

Visit CFC’s website here for more information.

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