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1525 South Grove Avenue

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Topics on their agenda include:

  • Consideration to Approve 2024-25 Academic Calendar
  • Consideration and Approval of Settlement of Altria Group Portion of Vaping Litigation.
  • Consideration that the Board approve and authorize the Superintendent or designee to sign the purchase and sale agreement for real estate for purchase of 1525 S. Grove Avenue, Unit 103, Barrington, Illinois, in substantially the form presented to the Board and further authorize the Board president, secretary, Superintendent or designees, and the Board attorney to prepare and execute all documents necessary to effectuate the purchase.
  • BHS Course Offerings, and
  • Fine and Performing Arts Presentation

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live-streamed on the district YouTube channel.

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EventPhotoFull_Oct 2023 Legislative Breakfast Flyer REV

Join Barrington 220, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, and BACOG for the annual BACC Legislative Breakfast. Hear first-hand updates from local and state legislators about issues affecting our community. Confirmed speakers are: State Senator Dan McConchie (R-26); State Representative Martin McLaughlin (R-52); and State Representative Nabeela Syed (D-51).

The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 8:30am at the Barrington Park DistrictClick here to register.

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The South Barrington Park District Board of Commissioners voted at its meeting Sept. 27, 2023 to cancel the land sale it was in the middle of with Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. The meeting was held at the Park District Community Center in South Barrington. (James C. Svehla/Pioneer Press)

By Pioneer Press staff | Pioneer Press

The pending sale of land by the South Barrington Park District to a small, relatively unknown church group grew into a resident upheaval that included a lawsuit, but ended Wednesday with cancellation of the purchase, uncertainty about what’s next and the resignation of a park board commissioner.

At issue had been the sale of Park District-owned land to Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, a faith organization that, according to its website, started in England in the 19th century and currently has 50,000 members worldwide.


Pete Perisin, president of the South Barrington Park District Board of Commissioners, speaks during the park board meeting Sept. 27, 2023, at the Community Center in South Barrington. (James C. Svehla/Pioneer Press)


Shelby Elias, who had been vice president of the South Barrington Park District Board of Commissioners, resigned from the board Sept. 27, 2023, just hours before the board meeting at the Community Center in South Barrington where commissioners voted to stop a land sale to Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. (James C. Svehla/Pioneer Press)

The official purchaser, Fourth Avenue Gospel Building Inc., with an address in Schaumburg, was set to buy the approximately 34 acres of land located at Bartlett Road and Route 59/Sutton Road — also known as “Area N” — for $1.7 million. The sale had been expected to finalize last month.

But Wednesday, the park board voted 4-0 to cancel the sale.

The decision came during the board’s regular meeting. But a special meeting had been held immediately before the regular one, and it was mostly closed session. While it is unknown exactly what was discussed in that executive session — which the board is not immediately required to disclose if it is to talk about such things as pending litigation, acquisitions or personnel matters — it is believed commissioners reviewed the land sale.

“The park district will refrain from additional comments due to ongoing litigation,” read a Park District statement issued Thursday morning.

Read more here.

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A popular interior designer’s Barrington Hills home has hit the market for $5 million.

The 9,200-square-foot home with six bedrooms and over five bathrooms was listed for $4.99 million earlier this month, according to the listing from Coldwell Banker.

“The home was meticulously renovated and refined by the owner & nationally known designer, Kate Marker, and features 6 bedrooms, 5.2 bathrooms, garage space for 7 cars, a 1,000-square-foot coach house, commanding curb appeal, stunning pool plus vistas overlooking Flint Creek, nature and breathtaking sunsets throughout the seasons,” the listing states.

Marker is the principal designer and owner of Barrington-based Kate Marker Interiors.

The home includes a number of unique features, with many European-inspired to tuches, in what the listing describes as a “once in a lifetime offering” that is “finished to perfection.”

See the dozens of photos NBC Chicago posted here.


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BAL Fest

“You really autumn know about our fall fest! Enjoy storytelling and light refreshments, paint a pumpkin, play mini golf, snap some pix, and join in seasonal crafts and activities for all ages. Just drop in! All activities and refreshments available while supplies last. Free and open to all!“

10 AM – 3 PM | 505 N Northwest Hwy, Barrington

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Blazing Star

As summer winds down, late-blooming prairie wildflowers—including blazing star and goldenrod—provide a striking display throughout the Forest Preserves, marking the end of the season with vibrant golds and purples. | Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya) and Goldenrod (Solidago spp.), Photo by: Michelle Wendling

In this issue:

  • New and Improved Crabtree Nature Center Now Open
  • Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a Party for the Preserves
  • 2023 Photo Contest Winners Announced
  • Latest News: Hispanic Heritage Month Paddling Celebration, See How Chicago Botanic Garden Shines, Conservation Cup Raises Funds for Restoration and Next Generation of Environmental Leaders
  • Upcoming Events, and
  • New Volunteer Opportunities

Read more here.

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Illinois state Rep. Martin McLaughlin, R-Barrington Hills |BlueRoomStream

Illinois has seen an exodus of residents over the past several years. Some say the outmigration is contributing to the state’s growing pension problems.

Illinois currently spends about $10 billion a year on public pensions, and the state’s five systems have an unfunded liability of at least $140 billion. Some Illinois legislators are pushing for more funding for pensions while others have raised concerns of having Tier 2 employees hired after 2011 with fewer promised benefits paying more to support those employees in Tier 1 with more generous benefits.

A recent report from the American Legislative Exchange Council found each man, woman and child in Illinois is on the hook for about $37,000 to pay off public employee pensions, the second highest amount of all states after Alaska.

U.S. Census data shows nationwide, the median household income was $74,755 in 2022, down around 1% from the year before when adjusting for inflation. Illinois is one of 17 states to see its average inflation-adjusted household income decrease in 2022.

Other data from the U.S. Census on state-to-state migration released earlier this year shows that Illinois gained 4,000 residents from nine other states. But about 150,000 left for other states. That means 146,000 Illinoisans on net left in 2021.

Illinois state Rep. Martin McLaughlin, R-Barrington Hills, said the state pension systems suffer when people leave the state.

“We are having a smaller and smaller number of employees supporting the top, and that demographic structure itself is a big problem,” McLaughlin told The Center Square. “That’s not changing because the only way to change that is to grow Illinois’ population, grow Illinois businesses, grow Illinois employees, so they can support those at the top.”

Read more here.

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CC Solar

Under Cook County’s Sun and Save program, solar panel installation is free for eligible homeowners. | Associated Press file photo

Cook County announced $3 million in funding Monday for its no-cost residential Sun and Save program, which installs free solar systems for income-qualified homeowners.

“The largest barrier residents face when choosing whether or not they can afford to install solar is the upfront costs,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a news release. “By making solar installation completely free for eligible residents, we are lowering the barriers to entry and allowing more residents to take advantage of the benefits solar energy has to offer.”

The Cook County Sun and Save program is available to households that meet the following requirements:

  • Single-family and small multi-family residences of four units or less within Cook County.
  • The homeowner must live inside the home. For small multifamily homes of four units or less, the property owner must live in one of the units and is required to be the primary applicant for the program.
  • The household income must be 80% to 120% of the area median income. That income range differs based on household size. For instance, the range for a house of four is $88,250 to $132,360. An area median income chart — as well as information on how to apply — can be found at tinyurl.com/SunAndSave.
  • If a household income is less than 80% of the area median, it does not qualify for Sun and Save. Rather, it would potentially qualify for Illinois Solar For All, which is a similar statewide program that offers free residential solar installations.

Read more here.

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As the new school year is well underway, a parent’s rights advocacy group is urging Illinois families to know what their options are concerning sex education being taught in some schools.

The vast majority of Illinois school districts are not opting into controversial sexual education curricula, according to Awake Illinois. But the districts with the largest student populations are.

In 2021, Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted a law aligning the state’s public schools with the National Sex Education Standards, saying the measure will modernize the subject with age-appropriate content for grades K-12.

Among the standards for grades K-2 are defining gender expression, different kinds of families and types of sexual abuse. Grade 3-5 goes into anatomy, gender identity and sexual orientation. Grades 6-8 will learn about different types of sex, different types of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Grade 9-10 will learn about the history of “reproductive justice.” Grades 11-12 will learn about power and privilege within sexual relationships.

“Modernizing our sex education standards will help keep our children safe and ensure important lessons like consent and internet safety are taught in classrooms,” Pritzker said in a statement announcing his signature.

The law was praised by sex education advocates.

“As a sex educator who has personally been targeted by misinformed critics for providing those necessary tools, I understand the urgent need to expand access to sex education that is medically accurate, LGBTQ+ affirming, culturally inclusive, and age-appropriate,” Justine Ang Fonte, an intersectional sex educator, said in 2021.

Opponents said the law goes too far.

Awake Illinois found through the Freedom of Information Act that of 758 school districts surveyed by the Illinois State Board of Education, 206 have opted in during the last school year. Awake Illinois founder Shannon Adcock said parent advocacy is working.

Read more here.

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VBH Entrance

Our Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 PM. Topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing the Execution of a Contract With Corrective Asphalt Materials LLC (CAM) For Pavement Rejuvenation and CRF Application on Select Village Maintained Roads Resolution 23 –
  • [Vote] Ordinance Amending the Village Code to Provide for Regulations Related to the Village’s System of Administrative Adjudication Ordinance 23 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Adopting by Reference of the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance 23 –
  • [Vote] Resolution Honoring Barbara P. Hansen for her Contribution to the Village of Barrington Hills Resolution 23 –

A copy of their agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

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