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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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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their, “Annual Budget and Appropriation Hearing,” via video conferencing this evening at 6:45 PM. A copy of the agenda can be viewed herebut don’t expect to see any more than that.

You will not find a, “budget and appropriation,” because clearly, the District doesn’t feel it important for taxpayers to review such trivial information prior to the public meeting. If you MUST review them, it is assumed one can obtain a copy from the District office (but there are no guarantees).

At 7:00 PM, the District will be conducting their regular monthly meeting. A copy of their typically boilerplate agenda can be viewed here.

Once again, minutes from the prior District meeting are not available for public review. If they were, residents might have questions, and the last thing commissioners want are questions.

The person responsible for this blatant lack of transparency is Dennis Kelly, President of the Barrington Hills Park Board. Word has it he is now running for President of Barrington Hills.

Given the way Kelly treats his responsibilities at the Park District, in the unlikely event he were elected Village President, the Village would likely return to what most residents remember as “The Dark Ages” we experienced prior to 2013.

Information on how to join the Zoom meetings tonight can be found here.

Related:Barrington Hills Park Board meeting tonight

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Robert Hunt

The next superintendent for Barrington Area Unit District 220 recently was named Ohio’s Superintendent of the Year.

The District 220 board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a contract with Robert Hunt, superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools Exempted Village Schools in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Among the feedback received about Hunt is that he’s “phenomenal” and “best at what he does,” board members said.

Hunt’s contract runs from July 1 to June 30, 2024. His annual base salary will be $250,000, with 2% annual raises, plus a one-time stipend of $15,000 for moving costs and other benefits.

Hunt has served as superintendent for the Chagrin Falls district since 2012 after serving for one year as superintendent for the Streetsboro City School District in Ohio, district officials said in a news release. He was named Ohio’s Superintendent of the Year in October by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, according to cleveland.com.

Hunt started as an English middle school teacher and athletic director. He has held a variety of positions, including assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He has served since 2006 as an adjunct professor for Ursuline College in Ohio, where he taught graduate courses in school law and finance and educational administration.

Read more here.

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Twelve people have applied to run for four seats on the Barrington School District 220 Board of Education that will be up for election this spring.

The crowded field seeking four-year board terms in the April 6 election includes two incumbents, Michael Shackleton and Sandra Ficke-Bradford. Penny Kazmier, a longtime board member and current president, and first-term board member Gavin Newman have chosen not to run again.

Others seeking a run are Katie Karam, Lauren Berkowitz Klauer, William Betz, Jonathan Matta, Thomas Mitoraj, Steve Wang, and Robert Windon, all of Barrington.

Also running are Alex Strobl, of Lake Barrington, Erin Chan Ding, of South Barrington, and Malgorzata McGonigal, of North Barrington.

SD 220 enrolls about 9,000 students across one high school, two middle school campuses, eight elementary schools and one early childhood center. Towns within the district include all or parts of Barrington, Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes.

Read more from the Tribune here.

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“The Jan. 12, 2021 Board of Education meeting will be held in-person at the District Administrative Center at 515 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL. Please Note: Due to current tier 3 mitigation restrictions that limit the number of people in a meeting to 10 or less, Public Comment can be made in one of two ways:

  • In accordance with Board Policy 2.230, members of the public wishing to offer public comment in person will have the opportunity to do so, but will only be allowed in the meeting room when they are called to provide their public comment. A sign-up sheet will be available at the entrance to the building until 7:00 p.m. Community members will remain in the waiting area until called into the meeting by the Board President. While community members will not be able to remain at the meeting in-person, the Board meeting will then be available for viewing via live-stream on the District’s YouTube Channel at bit.ly/220schoolboardlive.
  • Submit your comments via email by sending them to Recording Secretary Jeanine Stark before 4:00 pm on January 12, 2021 at jstark@barrington220.org. Please use the subject line “Public Comment.” All comments received will be shared with the Board and added to the public board agenda on January 13, 2021.

Board policy 2:230 Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings and Petitions to the Board requires those speaking to identify themselves by first and last name and limit comments to three minutes.”

A copy of their agenda can be found here.

One of the topics on the agenda is, “8:00 PUBLIC HEARING concerning the intent of the Board of Education to sell $4,600,000 Working Cash Fund Bonds for the purpose of increasing the District’s Working Cash Fund.

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A Cook County assessor’s report on 2019 property reassessments in the North and Northwest suburbs says efforts to improve taxpayer equity and fairness have been undone to some degree by Board of Review rulings on commercial property owners’ appeals.

Those properties have been underassessed by an average of 40% in past years, shifting more of the tax burden on to homeowners, the assessor’s office argues.

“A minority of people in Cook County use the appeals process, and this minority tends to have the most wealth, knowledge of the system’s quirks and weaknesses, and resources to navigate avenues to appeal,” Assessor Fritz Kaegi writes in his introduction to the report. “The aggregate effect of appeals from this minority is to reduce its share of the base, thus shifting more of the responsibility for property taxes to everyone else.”

But Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi said Kaegi’s pursuit of a preconceived outcome — that the tax burden should be shifted away from residential properties — is a fundamental flaw of his argument.

While it’s the role of the assessor’s office to establish criteria at the macro level, the Board of Review decides appeals based on specific properties and specific circumstances, he added.

“If he’s saying people don’t have the right to appeal, that’s something we’re going to disagree on,” Cabonargi said. “It’s a healthy but natural conflict that we’re going to review his work.”

Read more here.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation posted an update last month on the progress of the proposed widening of the IL 25 to 68 corridor of Route 62 in Barrington Hills. A copy of their report can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Recordings have been released from last month’s Board of Trustee’s meeting (12.17.2020), and the Village Attorney’s report contained the following update:

“Just really quickly, the Drury litigation versus the Village discovery is now closed. It’s moving in to motion practice, so we’ll hopefully get some kind of ruling in February, March-ish.”

To listen to the recording of the December 17th BOT meeting, click here.

Related:Things may get very interesting after Thanksgiving…

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Here is what you need to know about the coronavirus in Illinois, what you can do to stop it from spreading, and what steps state and local governments have or have not taken in response.

Entire state hits Tier 3 lockdown, masks mandated until June 3

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Jan. 3 continued his mask mandate and social distancing requirements for another 150 days. Masks must be worn indoors as well as outdoors if a six-foot distance cannot be maintained. The orders are possible because he issued 11 disaster declarations as a result of COVID-19.

Illinoisans were all being urged to work from home and limit unnecessary travel starting Nov. 20. Tier 3 mitigations were imposed statewide, including a statewide ban on indoor dining and bars, ban on indoor group recreation and other restrictions on retail, fitness centers, offices and other indoor facilities.

Read an enlightening article from Illinois Policy here.

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January 6, 2021

Dear Barrington 220 Community: 

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a relaxing and safe winter break. 

As a reminder, this Thursday and Friday (Jan. 7 and Jan. 8) will be Distance Learning days for ALL students. On Monday, Jan. 11 the district will welcome back small groups of special education and at-risk students, while all other students will continue with Distance Learning for the week. 

As we prepare to implement the Hybrid 2.0 plan on Tuesday, Jan. 19 we wanted to remind everyone of some additional key dates: 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13: Elementary Hybrid 2.0 teacher assignments announced
  • Friday, Jan. 15: NO SCHOOL for all students, as staff prepare for transition from Distance Learning to Hybrid 2.0
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19: Hybrid 2.0 begins for all students

COVID-19 Symptom Screening App

In an effort to promote a safe and healthy environment for students and staff entering our buildings, all schools will continue using the COVID-19 Symptom Screening app. The web app allows families and staff to quickly and easily report current COVID-19 symptoms. A web app is a website that functions like an app, but does not require a download from an App Store. All staff, visitors and students entering school buildings should use this web app each day before arriving at school. To access our COVID-19 Symptom Screening web app, visit health.barrington220.org on any device. To learn more about the web app, please watch the short video by clicking here.

We look forward to welcoming back the students who will be in our buildings for in-person instruction for Hybrid 2.0, as well as continuing to provide the Distance Learning opportunity for those families who have chosen to continue on that path.”

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