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Early voting begins Monday, March 18th, and continues through Monday, April 1st. Click on the name of the county below for polling locations and times:

Please be aware that some of the early voting locations have charged, so it’s wise to check first.

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Four of five candidates vying for three seats on our Board of Trustees along with at least two-dozen residents attended the recent League of Women Voters (LWV) candidate forum held at the Barrington Area Library. The LWV has released a video of the hour-long forum that can be viewed here.

The LWV has also released a video of Barrington District 220 pitch for the $185 million referendum to be voted on by residents on the April 2 ballot. A recording of that video can be viewed here.

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A five-bedroom, 20,513-square-foot mansion on 22 acres in Barrington Hills sold Monday for $4.4778 million — the highest-priced sale in the village since 2012.

Built in 1999, the three-story, lodgelike mansion on Woodhaven Lane has 6 1/2 baths, seven fireplaces, a leaded-glass front door, a great room with 30-foot domed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, a three-story, free-floating hickory spiral staircase that is enclosed by a glass turret, a two-story custom kitchen, a first-floor master suite with a spalike limestone bath, and a walkout lower level that has a pub, a wine wall with three chilling units, a home theater, a billiard room with a stained glass ceiling and an indoor gym.

Read more here.

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Come and prepare yourself for the upcoming April 2, 2019 election by attending a candidate forum for Barrington Hills and Barrington Village Trustees. Information about the School District 220 referendum will also be provided.

Presented by the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area.

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The Barrington Hills elections are just three weeks away from tomorrow, but there is still time to request applications to vote by mail (formerly known as absentee voting or balloting) for those who are away at school, spend their winters elsewhere or cannot take advantage of early voting. 

Those wishing to request a ballot can click on the name of any of the four counties listed below and be linked directly to the steps for voting by mail:

Early voting begins Monday, March 18th.  We’ll publish information on where to vote early shortly before that date as a reminder.

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Barrington Hills resident Angela Wilcox

The focus in Barrington Unit District 220 leading up to the April 2 election is on the district’s ambitious referendum asking for $185 million for renovations and building projects throughout the school system.

School board President Brian Battle of Barrington is stepping down after 16 years on the board and Joseph Ruffolo of South Barrington is leaving after eight. That’s a lot of experience to give up, especially since the new board will be grappling either with how to proceed with all of the district’s building projects or how to retrench if those projects fail to gain voter approval.

Five candidates are on the ballot, and all appear to be capable. We were impressed all-around by the level of constructive conversation during the group’s interview with a representative of our Editorial Board. Each candidate clearly is focused on the welfare of the students in the school system.

All the candidates are supporting the referendum, although some would have preferred, for practical reasons, a lower price tag.

Read the full Daily Herald endorsements here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 board members Wednesday night hosted a final information session for residents on a ballot measure seeking permission to raise property taxes for $185 million in building projects.

Some in the crowd raised questions about whether too much money is being spent on high-level administrators and whether the district should have designed the ballot measure to seek money for a third middle school.

Officials said debt from the district’s last round of building projects will be off the books in 2021. For an owner of a house with a $500,000 median value, the construction debt payments have been about $750 annually and are on schedule to vanish, but they would be replaced by the new round of borrowing if the $185 million request were approved.

Harris said work would take 3½ to four years to complete. If the request is rejected, officials said, District 220 could not return to the ballot until March 2020.

Read more here.

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Wheeling Elementary District 21 Superintendent Michael Connolly knows payroll for his district is higher than average, but he doesn’t expect that to change any time soon. 

The district’s pay level helps retain employees in a state experiencing a growing teacher shortage, Connolly believes.

“We do have teachers that when they come to us they stay with us,” he said. “We have become a destination district and that’s a very good thing for us.”

A recent report issued by Advance Illinois, a public education policy and research group, showed more than 1,000 teaching vacancies throughout the state. Only one of those unfilled positions was in District 21.

Nearly 60 percent of District 21’s 530 educators were paid more than $90,000 last year, according to the district’s 2018 Annual Statement of Affairs report submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education.

A Daily Herald analysis of 95 suburban school districts showed more than 35 percent of educators in those districts received “gross compensation” of $90,000 or more last year. Those figures include salaries for full-time certified teachers and administrators as well as any coaching or teaching stipends that count as pensionable earnings with the Teachers’ Retirement System. ISBE requires districts to identify how many educators fall within certain compensation ranges. The $90,000-plus category is the highest tracked in the reports.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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Barrington Community Unit School District 220 held the first in a series of public information sessions Saturday, aimed at giving stakeholders more information and answering questions about the $185 million the district is asking for on a referendum put on the ballot in the upcoming election.

Making all 12 school buildings in SD220 safe and secure is the foremost goal of the money, according to Superintendent Brian Harris. The money would come through issuing bonds.

School officials have said the bond issuance would be used to cover a number of improvements, including $87.5 million in proposed work at Barrington High School, $61.2 million for the district’s elementary schools and $36.5 million at its two middle schools..

Harris and three school board members told more than 100 people during an information session Saturday Feb. 23 at Barrington High School about the projects the money will fund and the impact the levy increase will have on their property tax bills.

Read more from the Barrington Courier-Review here.

Editorial note: The Observer will have more to report on the District 220 Referendum as well as our opinions on the matter before early voting begins on March 18.

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Seven referendums will appear on Lake County ballots for this spring’s consolidated local election.   The proposals include funding requests for school construction, water system improvements and fire department vehicles.

Election Day is April 2. Voting by mail begins March 8.  Early voting begins March 18.  Here are the issues:

Barrington schools

Barrington Unit District 220 voters will decide whether the school board should borrow $185 million for a variety of facility improvements.

All District 220 schools would receive security boosts and basic improvements, such as bathroom repairs and heating and air conditioning system upgrades.

The plan also calls for a new fine arts center at Barrington High School and a library renovation there, among other projects.

If approved, the owner of a house valued at $500,000 would pay about $97 more in property taxes to the district the first year.

Read more here:

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