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Nearly $28 million for facility and building improvements is included in Lake County’s newly adopted $571.8 million budget.

The spending plan sets aside more than $10 million for construction inside the new courthouse tower in Waukegan, which opened last year.

It also includes $900,000 for architectural work relating to planned courthouse annex renovations, $900,000 for plans for a consolidated public safety facility in Libertyville, and $750,000 to develop designs for a proposed mental health crisis center, among other efforts.

Members from both sides of the political aisle spoke favorably about the plan, which doesn’t increase the tax levy for county property owners.

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At their Nov. 5 meeting, the 220 Board of Education heard a 30-day enrollment report for the district.

On Day 30 of the 2019-20 school year, total student enrollment was 8,611. On day 30 of the 2018-19 school year, total student enrollment was 8,640.

The district expects enrollment to fluctuate during the school year, as it has in the past.

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In her report at the Nov. 5 meeting, Board President Penny Kazmier announced the district has not received any bids for the former district office located at 310 E. James Street in Barrington. The Board is currently considering its options to continue the sale process. 

In September the Board approved a resolution that would authorize the sale of the building through a sealed bid process. The minimum sale price was set at $900,000, and bids were due yesterday..  

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, Barrington 220 moved into its new location at 515 West Main Street, right across from Barrington High School.

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In the case of Illinois’ second-largest elementary district with about 12,000 Northwest suburban students, the school with the biggest per-pupil expenditures has the most special education programs, according to the annual state report card released today.

At Barrington Area Unit District 220, Sunny Hill Elementary School in Carpentersville places first among 12 buildings at $21,108 in per-pupil expenditures, with Grove Avenue Elementary in Barrington lowest at $15,425. District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said a low-income student population, bilingual and English as a Second Language programs, and state and federal funding requirements are reasons Sunny Hill tops the list.

State education officials said the new report card listing with the school-level per-pupil spending includes ongoing educational expenses, such as staffing, supplies, transportation, security, administrative services, and a school’s proportional share of other centralized expenditures. Expenses are broken down by federal, state and local funding sources.

Read the full Daily Herald story here.

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Effective property tax rates for homes in Chicago, calculated as a percentage of their market value, continue to be among the lowest for communities in northeast Illinois, according to a report issued Monday by the nonpartisan Civic Federation.

The group said among 12 selected Cook County communities, Chicago in 2017 had the lowest average effective tax rate for homes at 1.74%. Its report found that Harvey had the highest rate, 7.08%.

On its face, the finding could be seen as cover for Mayor Lori Lightfoot as she considers a property tax increase to help her wrestle with a projected $838 million budget deficit for next year. But that’s unlikely to mean much to Chicago homeowners who have seen steady increases in their tax bills and are bracing for more.

The federation’s report, however, documents a continued pattern that favors Chicago over communities that are largely poor or with a declining tax base. With a large source of commercial and industrial property plus many expensive homes, local governments in Chicago don’t need high tax rates.

Read the full Chicago Sun-Times report, including reference to Barrington, here.

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After low turnout in April’s election that saw voters reject a $185 million bond issue for Barrington Area Unit District 220, officials are encouraging parents, students and others to register to vote ahead of March’s primary election featuring a scaled down ballot measure.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 officials are encouraging parents, students and others to register to vote as part of an effort connected to next year’s $147 million referendum to fund building projects.

“I’m not sure how many people we actually will get,” District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said, “but it’s at least worth the opportunity to engage people in their constitutional right.”

Harris said the district’s goal is to have employees qualified to perform voter registration at all 12 schools and the administration center on Main Street in Barrington, with the hope of boosting turnout within District 220’s boundaries in March. That idea was endorsed by school board President Penny Kazmier at a recent meeting.

It’s a nice kind of community service, I think,” Kazmier said.

Read more from today’s Daily Herald 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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