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Members of Barrington Area Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America wore their red shirts at a recent Barrington Area Unit District 220 meeting asking that elected officials reject a resolution that supports arming teachers or other school employees on campus.

Groups including the League of Women Voters and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America are urging suburban school leaders to oppose a proposal before the Illinois Association of School Boards that would support legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and staff members.

The measure is expected to be up for a discussion and vote when the association holds its annual convention next month in Chicago. Under the resolution, the association would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed staff members in their districts.

Similar opposition is surfacing to a proposal that the school board association lobby lawmakers to create and fund a statewide school safety grant program that would help districts hire school resource officers or other armed security.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

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Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore abruptly retired Tuesday amid a federal investigation into the company’s lobbying activities at the Capitol.

The announcement of Pramaggiore’s retirement came less than a week after Exelon and ComEd acknowledged they had received a second subpoena in the probe. Authorities were looking for “communications” between the companies and state Sen. Martin Sandoval, a Chicago Democrat whose home and offices were raided by FBI agents last month.

The lengthy list of things authorities were looking for included “items related to ComEd, Exelon, any employee, officer or representative of any of those businesses, Exelon Official A, Exelon Official B, Exelon Official C, Exelon Official D, and/or any issue supported by any of those businesses or individuals, including, but not limited to, rate increases.”

In last week’s filing with regulatory authorities, the companies said they have “cooperated fully” with prosecutors’ requests. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, Exelon has formed a special oversight committee “comprising solely independent directors and advised by independent outside legal counsel” to handle the matter, the statement said.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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Capital punishment will be a “deterrent to violent crime,” he says

A Republican lawmaker has filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois, calling it an “effective tool” to dissuade violent crime.

Barrington Hills Rep. David McSweeney announced his intention to introduce the bill in August after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killed 31 people.

The Capital Crimes Litigation Act of 2019, filed Thursday, would restore state death penalty law to what it was eight years ago, before former Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law eliminating the measure. Its purpose, according to the measure, is to “have the death penalty serve as a deterrent to violent crime with the specific goal of reducing mass shootings, serial killings, and gun violence.”

At the time Quinn abolished capital punishment in Illinois, making it the 16th state to do so, he said the state should not have a system in place that might result in the killing of wrongfully convicted citizens. McSweeney said DNA technology has advanced “tremendously,” and added the state needs “to take special care” to ensure wrongful convictions do not result in executions.

Read more from the Rockford Register Star here.

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Barrington’s advisory plan commission this week rejected the idea of recreational marijuana sales in the village. Casual pot use becomes legal in Illinois Jan. 1.

Towns can’t outlaw its use, but can decide to prohibit businesses that sell it or restrict their location. The plan commission at a meeting Tuesday evening recommended amending a Barrington ordinance to prohibit the use of recreational marijuana businesses.

Related: ZBA to take up “Cannabis Business Enterprises” at their October 21st meeting

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A game-changing underpass at Route 14 and the CN tracks is within Barrington’s grasp after regional officials awarded the village $48.5 million in federal funds Thursday.

Barrington leaders have been chipping away for years at the $73.5 million project separating busy Route 14 from the Canadian National Railway tracks that host multiple freight trains. The project will rebuild Route 14 so it runs under the CN tracks.

Federal grants have already supplied about $11 million, and Darch expects the remaining $14 million to be generated through federal, state, and some local contributions along with funding from CN.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and a related group, the Metropolitan Planning Organization policy committee, approved the grant Thursday. About $10.6 million will be awarded to Barrington in 2020 and $37.9 million will come in 2023.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will receive help from a former state lawmaker’s consulting firm in an effort to spread the word about a referendum next year seeking voter approval to borrow $147 million for building projects.

“We’re a school district,” Superintendent Brian Harris said. “We focus on teaching and learning, right, and not necessarily on how do to community informational campaigns on major projects.”

Libertyville-based EO Sullivan Consulting will assist District 220 under a monthly billing arrangement for a price not to exceed a total of $35,000, Harris said Wednesday. Operated by former state Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr., who left the legislature in 2017, the firm’s duties will include assisting in the creation of factual referendum messages and running community engagement sessions after Jan. 1.

Although state law prohibits school districts and other governments from using public money on promoting a “yes” vote for a referendum, spending on factual information is permitted.

Read more here.

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“PUBLIC HEARING Before the Zoning Board of Appeals Village of Barrington Hills Re: Cannabis Business Enterprises Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Barrington Hills at the Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, IL, concerning the Zoning Board of Appeal’s proposed text amendment to the Village’s Zoning Ordinance, Title 5 of the Village Code; specifically an amendment to provide that cannabis business enterprises are prohibited uses in the Village.

A copy of the Zoning Ordinance and the proposed amendment is available for examination at the office of the Village Clerk at the Village Hall, weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. All interested parties are invited to attend the Public Hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written comments on the application for text amendment to be made part of the record of this proceeding will be accepted in the office of the Village Clerk through 5 PM, October 18, 2019.”

Editorial note: The way some residents have “interpreted” the Village Home Occupation Ordinance over the years, this topic will prove to be very interesting in the coming months and years to come.

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