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“IDOT has been working on concrete patching at the intersection of Main Street and Northwest Highway as they finalize their Main Street project. Additional removals and patching work will take place early this week.

IDOT anticipates having the entire intersection reopened on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and then will return the week of November 28th to complete any remaining patching work.

In addition to this work, Public Works is coordinating concrete patching on Route 14 adjacent to 340 W. Northwest Highway (Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse) to restore a section of roadway and curb that was impacted during a water main repair earlier this year. The road will remain open in both locations, but lane closures and construction operations may impact travel times, please plan accordingly.”

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Darch curious-questions-logo

A home rule sales tax. A crime-free housing ordinance. Cost savings through multiyear contracting.

Those are some of the changes Barrington residents likely will see as a result of last week’s referendum granting the village-home rule status, said Village President Karen Darch.

One thing they will not see — property tax hikes in excess of what they would have been without the vote, Darch added. In September, the village board passed an ordinance requiring the panel keep the town’s property tax levy within the nonhome-rule tax cap.

“So as we set the levy and do the budgeting, we will abide by the cap,” Darch said.

Darch noted that home-rule neighbors South Barrington and Lake Barrington have not increased their property tax levy over the last several years, while another, Barrington Hills, has seen its property tax levy decrease over each of the past eight years.

Home rule, which is automatic for Illinois municipalities of more than 25,000 residents, gives towns greater authority to impose taxes, such as a local sales or gas tax, as well as more flexibility in drafting ordinances.

When the election results are certified, trustees will begin work on implementing changes allowed by the new home-rule status. Darch said the village attorney has recommended readopting the village code.

The next steps will include putting the 1% home-rule sales tax in place. The tax will not apply to groceries, prescription drugs or vehicle sales.

Read on here.

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Prepare to get Darched Barrington taxpayers.

Barrington home rule:

Voters in Barrington have approved a ballot measure giving the village home rule authority, with 2,488 votes in favor and 2,102 against, unofficial results showed late Tuesday.

Village officials said home rule status would give them more local control to invest further in roads, bike paths and community spaces. One proposal is the creation of Park Avenue Plaza, a community gathering space and al fresco dining area. To ease residents’ concerns about tax hikes, village trustees approved an ordinance that would prevent them from raising the property tax levy above the current cap set on non-home rule communities.

Voters rejected a similar home rule measure in 2014.

Cook County forest preserves:

Voters across the county agreed to a property tax hike that will help the forest preserve district acquire more land, restore some existing sites, fund maintenance projects, pay down pension costs and expand programming. A portion of the funds will also go to Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Botanic Garden.

With 92% of precincts reporting, unofficial results show 731,555 favored the tax hike and 350,547 opposed it.

Approval of the ballot measure — providing a $43 million boost to the district’s annual budget — will mean paying about $20 more in property taxes a year, on top of about $36 to $48 that currently goes to the district. A coalition of more than 150 organizations supported the request for additional funds for the county’s nearly 70,000 acres of forest preserves.

More here.

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Top 2022

For three years running, District 220 was named to the list of, “Top Workplaces in Chicagoland,” by the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, 220 did not make the Tribune’s list for 2022 as seen here.

Perhaps it was the BHS traffic that turned off would-be voters (seeDistrict 220’s ‘Nightmare on Main Street’ starts tomorrow”), but no public or private schools were named to this year’s list either.  The other possibility is 220 cut their marketing budget too far.

Better luck next year!     

Related:Barrington 220 (again) named “Top Workplaces 2021” by the Chicago Tribune

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In 2018, Barrington Village President Karen Darch explained a Nov. 6 referendum question seeking voter permission to enact a 1 percent local sales tax that elected officials said was needed to provide a steady income source for infrastructure improvements. (Bob Susnjara | Daily Herald Staff Photographer)

A Friday morning post crafted by Barrington Village President Karen Darch read:

“Good morning,

We are in the final days before the election on November 8, and as you know, early voting has already begun. I hope you have had a chance to attend one of our Information Sessions about the Home Rule referendum, or to view the recorded virtual session on our YouTube channel.

Yesterday you should have received a special message from me titled “Home Rule: Reality vs. Speculation.” (View the entire message here). In it I discussed some of the information we have been hearing about Home Rule in the community, and especially the idea that Home Rule will provide a “blank check” for your local officials to abuse its taxing power.

In short, no Village board members I have known over the years have wanted to pay more in taxes themselves, so they are always looking for ways to be fiscally prudent. In addition, in the past, Village boards have followed the will of the community in not approving revenue sources such as video gaming or cannabis sales. There is no reason to think these Board decisions would radically change under Home Rule.

For a better understanding of what this greater taxing authority might mean in Barrington, we have evidence right in our own backyard. Our neighbors, including Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, South Barrington, and Inverness, have decades of experience as Home Rule communities. Here are a few facts:

1) In South Barrington and Lake Barrington, the property tax levy has not been increased over the last several years.

2) Barrington Hills has had a property tax levy decrease over each of the past eight years.  

3) Lake Barrington and South Barrington have the 1% Home Rule sales tax, which allows them to collect revenue from shoppers and diners at the Arboretum, Pepper Park, and other retail establishments and restaurants. We could do the same in the Village to help pay for our roads, sidewalks, and beautification efforts.

At the end of the day, the question that Village of Barrington residents have the power to decide is: How do the very real benefits of Home Rule stack up against the disproven speculation about abusive taxation?

For more information on Home Rule, please attend an Information Session on November 3 at Grove Avenue School (7:00 p.m.) or a virtual Zoom session on November 7 at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit barrington-il.gov/homerule.

Thank you,

Karen Darch
Village President” 

Indeed, Barrington Hills has been a Home Rule Community for decades.  However, the property tax levy decreases enjoyed by residents has been the result of sound fiscal management by our Board of Trustees, our Commissions and Committee as well as our Village Staff over the last nine years.

In 2018, Karen Darch (et al) floated a referendum question on the November ballot seeking a local 1 percent sales tax, “…to provide a steady income source for infrastructure improvements.”  It failed to pass.

Now, a recent Chicago Tribune article states:

“The question on the ballot next month asks: “Shall the Village of Barrington, Illinois, become a home rule unit pursuant to Article VII, Section 6, of the Illinois Constitution?” Voters will be able to respond “yes” or “no.” According to the village information on home rule, establishing the status would provide a “stronger local voice in decision-making” as well as creating “more diverse revenue streams that allow more of the revenue burden to be placed on nonresidents.”

That revenue could come in the form of a home rule sales tax or amusement tax that could be used for road maintenance and other village improvements. Other villages, such as Arlington Heights, have generated thousands of dollars in home rule sales tax imposed on visitors to its Arlington Alfresco, a downtown outdoor dining venue.”

A case of potato, potahto in four years?  That’s up to the voters to decide, but we thought we’d share this with our Barrington neighbors since their leader chose to cite our fine Village in her Home Rule spin.

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

In a world of sleek movie multiplexes, Barrington’s Catlow Theater was something special.

Younger visitors might not have appreciated its charm. After all, the seats weren’t the cushy recliners you find in newer theaters. The bathrooms were cramped. Hot new films took longer to get there.

But film buffs didn’t flock to the Catlow to see superhero flicks on their opening weekend or catch the latest rom-com in comfort. They were there to soak up the place’s unique character, to enjoy a sense of community and to embrace the history of a movie house that dates back to the dawn of the talkies.

Last week, Tim O’Connor announced he had sold the Catlow, a theater he had owned for 41 years. Taking over is Brian Long, a Barrington resident and owner of Long & Co. Jewelers on Main Street. That he has strong ties to the community — and has been a champion of the Catlow — is reassuring.

“My main concern with selling the theater was that somebody would keep it as the Catlow,” O’Connor told reporter Steve Zalusky last week. “We had planned on maybe putting live music in there and maybe showing movies at the same time. He seems to be on board with it. This is going to keep going for generations.”

We hope he’s right.

The Daily Herald editorial continues here.

Editorial note: We wholeheartedly agree with the spirit of this and prior Daily Herald commentaries. But, the cold hard reality is parking is so severely limited to potential movie patrons by the Village of Barrington, Jewel and other retailers that it’s doubtful the Catlow will open again as a movie theater.

In fact, the Village of Barrington is considering closing Park Avenue (seeBarrington Village Unveils Plans for Proposed Park Avenue Plaza with Outdoor Dining, Gathering, Green Space”) a block an a half away from the Catlow, and eliminating parking for retail businesses.

Nonetheless, we wish the new owners of the Catlow the best of luck, and this publication will do everything possible to help them succeed.

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Catlow inter

Barrington’s historic Catlow Theater, with roots that reach back to the dawn of the talkies, could find new life under new ownership.

Tim O’Connor, who owned the Catlow for 41 years, said Thursday that he sold the iconic venue to Barrington store owner Brian Long, a Barrington resident and owner of Long & Co. Jewelers on Main Street.

“I had asked him if he would be interested in becoming an investor to help me pay back taxes, because we haven’t been doing any business the last two years,” O’Connor said. “He said, ‘Better than that. I’d like to buy it.'”

Long, who was unavailable for comment, has been a big supporter of the theater, O’Connor said. He said the future of the theater could involve movies or music.

“My main concern with selling the theater was that somebody would keep it as the Catlow,” he said. “We had planned on maybe putting live music in there and maybe showing movies at the same time. He seems to be on board with it. This is going to keep going for generations.”

The theater first opened under the ownership of Wright Catlow on May 28, 1927, in the waning days of silent films and the dawn of the sound era. The theater originally had both movies and vaudeville.

Read more here.

Related:Daily Herald opines, ‘Barrington’s Catlow Theater a suburban treasure well worth preserving’” “Owner of Catlow Theater in Barrington looking to sell historic venue

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Editorial note: In a clear effort to further “DARCH” already struggling retailers, the Village of Barrington is considering eliminating parking on Park Avenue.

Park Avenue

“Today the Village of Barrington unveiled proposed concept plans for Park Avenue Plaza, a community gathering space and al fresco dining opportunity they hope to create in downtown Barrington. To do so, they’d permanently close a stretch of Park Avenue east of Cook Street, creating community space for outdoor dining and gathering with overhead string lights, Adirondack chairs, benches, open lawn, planters, landscaping, water fountains and additional pedestrian walkways.

Park Avenue Plaza would only impact parking directly outside McGonigal’s Pub, not the existing parking adjacent to the Metra train tracks where the Barrington Farmers Market used to be.

Village President, Karen Darch, says this would be a priority project they’d bring to life in the next couple of years should Village of Barrington voters approve the Home Rule Referendum on the ballot in the November 8th election. Early voting is already underway.

Village trustees, along with Karen Darch, say approval of Home Rule means the Village of Barrington could benefit from a projected $1-million+ increase in annual revenue from a 1% Home Rule Sales Tax that would NOT impact groceries, prescription drugs or auto sales. Instead, it would be paid, in part, by non-Village residents who patronize local restaurants and businesses. They’d use those funds to invest in roads, sidewalks, bike paths and beautification for the Village of Barrington, among other projects.

The proposed Park Avenue Plaza is one of many local improvements Village leaders hope to advance if voters approve the referendum which only about 43% of voters approved when it was last on the ballot back in 2014.”

More here.

Related:Father and son teaming up to open new Barrington bistro

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