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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America members and a former CNN correspondent called on Barrington Area Unit District 220 to oppose the idea of letting local school boards decide whether to permit armed teachers or other staff members.

District 220 board members Tuesday night set aside special public comment time on two security-related resolutions that’ll be up for discussion and a vote by the Illinois Association of School Boards during its annual convention Nov. 23 in Chicago.

School boards from across the state belong to the association. District 220 and other boards will decide in advance how the convention delegates should vote on the resolutions.

Under the controversial resolution from Mercer County School District 404 in downstate Aledo, the association would encourage state legislation allowing individual school boards to decide whether to permit armed staff members in their districts.

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Editorial note: We tuned in to the 220 meeting via YouTube video streaming last night. As you will notice in the lower left hand corner of the graphic above, once again, we were the only ones who were viewing it.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 will receive public feedback Tuesday night on proposals before the Illinois Association of School Boards, including one that would support legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and staff members.

The District 220 school board meeting will begin at 7 PM at the administration headquarters, 515 W. Main St. in Barrington, but the public comment on the proposals before the state association isn’t scheduled until 8 PM.

District 220 officials are to vote Nov. 19 on which proposals before the school board association to back at its annual convention late this month. The school board is asking that comments be limited to 90 seconds. Even if supported by the association, the state legislature and Gov. J.B. Pritzker would have to back any measures for them to become law.

Daily Herald report

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While some towns want state lawmakers to take quick action on a recommendation to combine suburban and downstate police and firefighter pension funds in an effort to boost returns and cut costs, not all municipalities are on board.

Senate President John Cullerton introduced a bill Tuesday to consolidate the 649 suburban and downstate police and fire pensions. Gov. J.B. Pritzker followed with a statement praising Cullerton’s move in the first half of a six-day fall veto session that ended Wednesday.

Barrington Hills is asking lawmakers to take their time and not pass the proposal during the veto session. The session’s second three-day leg runs Nov. 12-14.

In part, Barrington Hills’ resolution says the Pension Consolidation Feasibility Task Force’s recommendation would be a complex financial, economic and operational undertaking requiring “proper and comprehensive analysis and review by all stakeholders” and should not be pursued until the regular legislative session starts next year.

“In my opinion, they’re trying to penalize cities that are performing well and lump them into cities that are not performing well,” Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin said.

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Barrington Hills village board members have rejected the idea of allowing recreational marijuana businesses in town.

Trustees voted 6-0 Monday for an ordinance prohibiting retail sales or other kinds of marijuana businesses in the village. The vote came a week after Barrington Hills’ advisory zoning board of appeals recommended a ban on recreational pot businesses.

“As with any zoning amendment, if the village board decides to adopt this ordinance, it can always change its mind,” Village Attorney Sean Conway told the elected officials.

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Algonquin Road

Engineering will begin next year for a planned resurfacing of nearly 5 miles of Algonquin Road between Route 25 and Dundee Road in Barrington Hills. About three-quarters of the $10 million funding allocation is for bridge repair and replacement at Spring Creek.

Since 2017, the state has suggested plans to widen Algonquin Road with two lanes in each direction. If that’s the case, village officials have asked for it to be done as a scenic parkway rather than a typical four-lane state highway.

Village President Martin McLaughlin used a baseball analogy when describing the start of engineering work on the multiyear project. “In a nine-inning game, it means the pitcher is warmed up, on the field, and ready to start the process,” he said.

Barrington Road

A $19 million project calls for reconstruction of a 1.5-mile stretch of Barrington Road from south of Algonquin Road to Central Road, and adding a lane each way on a small portion north of Mundhank Road. A bike path is also planned on the west side of Barrington Road.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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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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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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