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The League of Women Voters has posted recordings of the two Village candidate forums they held Saturday morning.

The session for Village of Barrington Hills President candidates can viewed here, and the session for candidates running for Village Trustee seats can be viewed here.

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The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area and the Barrington Area Library are hosting two virtual forums for Village of Barrington Hills candidates seeking office in the April 6 election tomorrow.

Barrington Hills Village President candidates Brian D. Cecola and Dennis Kelly, are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cate Williams will moderate. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/6s4f1dkh.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Kim Inman will moderate a discussion with Barrington Hills Village Trustee candidates Laura S. Ekstrom, David Riff, Thomas W. Strauss, Brent Joseph Burval, Paula Jacobsen and Robert M. Zubak. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/12bj0f4g.

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The following is from the, “ACTION PAC,” website:

“Action PAC is an acronym for Advancing Change Together In Our Neighborhood. The “PAC” is a registered committee with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The PAC was created to provide support for candidates who are interested in running for local offices such as School District Boards, Library Boards, Park District Boards, Community College Boards, and many more local offices.

These offices have been traditionally low-key positions and part of the prolific list of taxing bodies that exist throughout the State of Illinois. Illinois has more taxing bodies than California and many of these taxing bodies have minimal attention focused on them but they are all listed on your tax bill and they have significant budgets and assets. Harper College’s 2019 budget was $106 Million.

The year 2020 has proven to be a catalyst for political engagement on every level and locally the actions and policies of schools, libraries, and park districts are getting much more attention. This newfound attention has resulted in record numbers of candidates for these local offices.

Action PAC exists to support like-minded people who support positive change in local government that focuses on the concerns of taxpayers, citizens, and parents.


To support and elect people to local elective offices that have been traditionally underserved.”

To learn more about these candidates, visit their website here.

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The Barrington Area Library will begin welcoming customers back into the building on Monday, March 1, 2021, for browse and borrow services.

“Browse and borrow” is our way of reorganizing the Library for:

  • quick, convenient visits,
  • a great selection of books, movies, and more,
  • efficient, friendly service,
  • all in a safe and clean environment.

What can customers expect during this phase of the Library’s reopening?

Per Illinois Executive Order 2020-32 and Library policy, all Library staff and customers over the age of two years must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while inside the Library and at outdoor events. If you aren’t able to wear a face covering, please contact us so we can find the best way to assist you.

Please note the following temporary in-person service hours:

Monday – Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 1 to 5 PM

Additional virtual hours and services: Staff will also be available for phone, chat, and email assistance from 9 AM to 9 PM on weekdays, 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 PM on Sundays. Appointments may be scheduled for virtual one-on-one assistance. Most Library programs and events will be online, throughout the week.

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Four candidates are running for two six-year terms on the Barrington Area Library board.  Johanna “Josie” Croll and Anne S. Ordway are challenging incumbents Denise Tenyer and Jennifer Lucas.

To watch the Daily Herald’s Zoom interview of the candidates, click here.

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The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area and the Barrington Area Library are hosting a series of virtual forums for candidates in several Barrington-area races in the April 6 election.

The first three are set for Saturday, March 6. Barrington Hills village president candidates Brian D. Cecola and Dennis Kelly, are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cate Williams will moderate. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/6s4f1dkh.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Kim Inman will moderate a discussion with Barrington Hills village trustee candidates Laura S. Ekstrom, David Riff, Thomas W. Strauss, Brent Joseph Burval, Paula Jacobsen and Robert M. Zubak. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/12bj0f4g.

A forum for Barrington Area Unit School District 220 candidates is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13. The field includes William Betz, Erin Chan Ding, Sandra Ficke-Bradford, Katie Karam, Lauren Berkowitz Klauer, Jonathan Matta, Malgorzata McGonigal, Thomas J. Mitoraj, Michael Shackleton, Alex Strobl, Steve Wang and Robert Windon.

To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/2kp6j4pc.

The forum will be followed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day by one for Barrington Area Library board candidates Josie Croll, Jennifer J. Lucas, Anne Ordway and Denise Tenyer. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/3ngvn4ad.

“Candidate forums are an ideal way to see and hear your community leaders and their opponents explain their views, defend their voting record, and answer questions posed by our fellow citizens,” Vicki Martin, co-president of the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area, said in an announcement of the events Tuesday.

All candidate forums are run by trained, nonpartisan moderators. Equal time is given to all candidates to answer each question. The candidates will have two minutes to present an opening statement, in turn, by number drawn.

Questions solicited from community members and nonpartisan groups will be vetted in advance by the league for appropriateness and relevance. Candidates who are unable to participate will be allowed to submit a three-minute statement that will be read by the moderator.

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“With winter weather on the way, and the Library building closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re pleased to introduce our new Borrow By Mail service.

Why Borrow By Mail? This new, free service is a great complement to the Library’s Parking Lot Pick-Uppick-up lockers and Homebound Services. It also allows customers to access almost all of the Library’s circulating collections while remaining safe and socially distant.

How does Borrow By Mail work?

  1. Log into your BALibrary account through our website.
  2. Search the online catalog. When you find a book or movie you’d like to borrow, click “Place Request.”
  3. When asked to choose a Pick-Up Location, click the “Send to me via Borrow By Mail” checkbox instead.
  4. Watch your mailbox for your delivery! You will receive an email, including tracking information, when your item has shipped.
  5. When you’ve finished enjoying your item, simply return it to any of our drop boxes – there are currently nine community drop boxes available for returns.

More important details:

  • This free service is available to our District resident cardholders, non-residents with a Barrington Area Library District card, and business/government cardholders.
  • Up to five items per day may be mailed to a specific cardholder. Additional requested items will be held until the next mailing day.
  • Items may take up to three days to arrive once they have shipped. An extra three days will be added to your checkout time.
  • Items can only be mailed to addresses within the Barrington Area Library district and surrounding communities.
  • If you are not able to return the items to a drop box, please inquire about our Homebound Services.
  • A few item types cannot be delivered via Borrow By Mail, due to size restrictions: backpacks, oversized books, and any type of equipment, including laptops and tablets.”

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Courtesy of Barrington United Methodist Church The Rev. Chris Winkler, left, senior pastor at Barrington United Methodist Church, and Sam Oliver, a local church historian, hold the church’s sesquicentennial house of worship recognition from the Illinois State Historical Society.

The Illinois State Historical Society has recognized Barrington United Methodist Church as a sesquicentennial house of worship.

Churches that have served their congregations continuously for at least 150 years are eligible for the recognition. That means the Barrington church’s history will be recorded by the state historical society and the Illinois State Library.

The church is on 24 acres at Route 59 and Algonquin Road in Barrington Hills.

The church was founded in 1840, with the congregation first meeting in homes and then in a stone building at the corner of Bateman and Algonquin Roads, according to the Barrington Area Library.

The first church building was built in 1853 in Barrington Hills. As the congregation grew over the years, subsequently larger buildings were needed.

The fourth church building at 310 Hough St. in Barrington was dedicated in 1931. That building was destroyed by a fire in 1998.

The congregation worshipped in the Salem United Methodist Church of Barrington and in the auditorium of Barrington Area Unit District 220 until the current church building was built and dedicated in 2003.

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The Barrington Area Library will temporarily close starting Monday until further notice due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Cook and Lake counties, officials said.

Library cardholders will continue to have access to parking lot pickup, borrow by mail, and delivery to remote locker locations (if the locations remain open).

Online programs will continue. Cardholders also have 24/7 access to digital collections of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and newspapers; streaming movies, TV shows and music; and downloadable music.

People can apply for or renew a library card online. For more information call (847) 382-1300 or visit balibrary.org.

Read more here.

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The Barrington Area Library recently issued the following release:

“Our phased reopening plan specifies Monday, July 27, as our official reopening date. For the first phase of reopening, expect to find:

  1. full browsing access to books and movies for adults, teens, and children – technology equipment will also be available for checkout;
  2. Parking Lot Pick-Up and indoor hold pick-up;
  3. friendly, professional assistance and expertise from our staff, keeping social distancing standards in mind;
  4. all staff and visitors wearing face coverings, in accordance with Governor Pritzker’s mandate and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines;
  5. a clean and welcoming environment, sanitized to industry standards.

Full details coming soon, so watch our website, our social media channels, and our e-mail newsletters for information.”

Editorial note: It’s yet to be announced if property taxpayers will be credited for the over four months the facility has been closed.

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