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Without any public comment urging action one way or another, Lake Barrington village board members Tuesday night rejected the idea of marijuana businesses opening in the town.

Recreational pot use by those 21 and older becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. Towns can’t outlaw its use, but they are allowed to prohibit businesses that sell it or restrict their location.

By a 6-0 vote, the Lake Barrington village board passed an ordinance prohibiting pot retailers in all zoning districts. Village President Kevin Richardson said not allowing marijuana businesses in town is consistent with previous rejections of an off-track betting facility and video gambling.

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Hoffman Estates officials have recommended approval of a village-initiated tax increment financing district to spur commercial growth at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

Hoffman Estates officials are poised to grant an economic incentive Jan. 6 to spur development just west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center, helping the vacant site join the commercial development going on around it.

The village’s planning, building and zoning committee voted 6-1 Monday to recommend approval of a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The proposed TIF district would include a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel along Higgins Road west of Route 59 as well as adjacent right of way for a total of 64 acres.

Potential developments for the site include a gas station and convenience store along Old Sutton, 100,000 square feet of self storage along the CN Railroad tracks, and a 150,000-square-foot retail center. (Sound familiar?)

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With the recreational use of marijuana set to be legal statewide as of Jan. 1, several Barrington-area villages have made decisions on whether or not to allow a dispensary within their borders – while others are still conflicted.

Barrington Hills trustees voted against having dispensaries in the village, director of administration Anna Paul said.

“We currently don’t have really any businesses in the community … our residential character is important to the community,” Paul said.

Paul also stated that the village could reconsider their decision down the line, but they want to see how other communities manage the legalization of marijuana before they consider changing their position.

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A bevy of late filers Monday added to the potential intrigue of the upcoming 2020 state legislative primary in March and general election in November.

None of the races are set in stone because candidate petitions can be challenged until Monday, Dec. 9. So far, the Illinois State Board of Elections is reporting no objections to any candidates who have filed for office in the General Assembly, according to its website.

Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin announced his bid for the 52nd District House seat, which has been held by Republican David McSweeney for several years. McSweeney announced his decision not to seek reelection earlier this year. No Democrat has filed, but parties can slate candidates after the primary for the general election by June 1, according to the state board.

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Local governments throughout the state collected nearly $1 billion more in property taxes in 2018 than the year before, though the population declined by more than 45,000 residents, which increases the tax burden on the remaining homeowners.

Property tax collections by local governments in Illinois increased nearly $1 billion between 2017 and 2018 even as the state lost thousands of residents over that year.

Combined, 6,042 local governments received $31.8 billion in property taxes last year, according to Illinois Department of Revenue reports. That was $944 million more than what was collected in 2017 by those agencies.

Meanwhile, the state lost 45,116 residents in 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. That increased the tax burden on the remaining population to pay for services provided by towns, schools, counties and other local governments.

Statewide, local governments combined to collect $2,496 in property taxes for every resident in 2018, up from $2,413 per person in 2017, according to a Daily Herald analysis. In Cook and the collar counties, the amount of property taxes collected per resident is even higher.

The results of the analysis highlight the number of local governments in Illinois — the most in the nation — as well as how much local governments rely on property taxes, government finance experts said. Local governments that collect property taxes also include townships, park districts and a bevy of smaller specialized agencies that oversee operations of libraries, fire protection districts and other amenities.

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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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The 220 Board of Education approved which resolutions it plans to support from the Illinois Association of School Board’s (IASB) 2019 resolution proposals. The Board will NOT support a resolution which provides local school boards the option of developing Student Safety and Protection Plans which allow voluntary district employees, in any capacity, the ability to carry a concealed firearm on district property.

Every November school boards from across the state send a delegate to the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) conference in Chicago. At this conference, the delegates vote on proposed resolutions IASB will pursue in the upcoming legislative sessions.

Click here to view the 2019 resolutions.

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