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Barrington School District 220 officials reviewed graduation options for seniors and discussed plans related to millions of dollars in planned construction and renovations, among other topics, during a recent virtual board meeting.

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced April 17 that, statewide, public and private school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the year in Illinois. Because of this, SD220 administrators are working on planning a safe way for students and staff to return to the buildings to pick up personal belongings.

The last school day is still scheduled for May 28, Superintendent Brian Harris said. Classes will continue online, and administrators plan to send out a survey in the coming weeks for feedback on how remote learning is going throughout the district.

Barrington High School planned to hold its class of 2020 commencement May 29 at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. But that is not an option anymore, according to Harris. 

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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District is planning to build a third fire station at 1004 South Hough Street

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) is once again trying to acquire a property to build a third Fire/EMS station in a location that makes no sense whatsoever.

A little over a year ago, BCFPD tried to locate a Fire/EMS Station between the Barrington Middle School, Prairie Campus and the Barrington Early Learning Center on Dundee Road (Rt. 68) just east of Barrington Road. Thankfully that location was rejected after Barrington School District 220 and many residential neighbors spent considerable time and expense convincing Cook County Zoning that the location was completely inappropriate.

Now having been rejected at the Dundee Road location, the BCFPD is trying yet again to locate a Fire/EMS Station in an inappropriate location – 1004 South Hough Street (a map of the location can be viewed here). The property they have under contract is in unincorporated Cook County, zoned R-3, single family residential. The property is completely surrounded by single family homes. What BCFPD is attempting to do is not permitted under the property’s current zoning; in order to build in this residential neighborhood, the BCFPD must obtain a zoning variation from Cook County.

Zoning laws exist to protect all of us from changes like these. Like you, I live in this community because of its respect for peace and quiet, through our zoning laws and our shared respect for those laws.

Along with ALL of my neighbors, I am opposed to locating a fire station directly next to our homes. The 24 hour operations with increased noise, emergency vehicle traffic and 24 hour lighting is absolutely out of place for a residential area.

As taxpayers, we should question the need for adding a third station. Spending taxpayer funds does not seem to be an issue for the BCFPD Trustees. BCFPD says they respond to approximately five calls per day which they currently handle from two locations. That’s between two and three calls a day per station. And they need a third station?

I respect and honor our dedicated first responders, so if they truly need another station, let’s take them at their word. However, in their application to the Cook County Zoning Board, they reference the need for this third station location primarily to enable them to provide coverage for Inverness, South Barrington and Willow Creek Church, plus certain unincorporated areas of Cook County within their coverage area. There are eight Fire Stations within a five mile radius of this proposed location.

There are acres upon acres of vacant land without homes immediately adjacent much closer to BCFPD’s stated primary coverage areas along Barrington Road between Dundee Road and the I-94 tollway. Why would BCFPD choose yet another inappropriate location when there are many, many possible locations south along Barrington road, if needed? Locations that could easily work and would not be disruptive to families who purchased their homes in a residentially zoned area with the expectation they would be able to enjoy a peaceful, residential setting to live and raise their families.


Tom McGrath

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McHenry County Board Chair Jack Franks

In an emergency meeting on Tuesday evening, McHenry County Board Members voted unanimously to approve an ordinance waiving late fees and interest accruement for the first installment of this year’s property taxes for a period of 90 days.

The ordinance was proposed by County Board Chairman Jack Franks as a way to provide economic relief to local businesses and homeowners amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Franks said in a statement at the beginning of the meeting.

With the passing of this bill, county residents may now pay property taxes anytime before Sept. 15, 90 days after the original deadline of June 15, without penalty.

However, the ordinance only applies to businesses and homeowners who pay their property taxes directly to the county, the resolution stated.

About 67 percent of county residents use an escrow account to pay property taxes monthly along with their mortgage payment, according to McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller. These residents will not be effected by the new ordinance.

Read more from the Northwest Herald here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 is proceeding with an effort to hire an architect and construction manager for $147 million in building projects approved by voters last month.

District 220 board members Tuesday night gave a thumbs-up to administrators to continue working toward finalizing agreements with Chicago-based architecture firm DLR Group and Pepper Construction (of course) in Barrington.

Superintendent Brian Harris said he and Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David Bein have met with Dennis Bane, national business development leader for K-12 education at DLR, and Lance Tritsch, a Pepper vice president whose specialties include school projects,

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J.B. Pritzker listens intently in the background as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot dictates policy in Springfield.

Dr. Brian Harris, Superintendent of 220 schools, issued the following update Friday shortly after J.B. Pritzker announced Illinois public and private schools would closed for the remainder of the school year: 

“Dear Barrington 220 Community,

This afternoon Governor Pritzker canceled in person classes at all Illinois schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

Given the current public health crisis and the need to put everyone’s health and safety above all else, I’m sure this news does not come as a surprise. However, I share your disappointment, as I know many of you, including myself, were holding out hope that somehow our students and staff would be able return to our school buildings before the end of the year.

I know this announcement brings forth many questions about how to pick up items left in our school buildings, summer school, BHS graduation and other big end of the year events, just to name a few. Please know the district has been working on a plan for all situations. More information will be coming from your school principal on these topics and many others over the next few weeks.”

What we cannot begin to comprehend is why Pritzker chose Friday afternoon to devastate the moral of thousands of students, teachers and parents. 

He makes his daily update addresses each afternoon, so what harm would have come from announcing the news today instead Friday? The answer is none, and that’s inexcusable. 

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Retired Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher offers Mettawa estate as $9,000 rental. The north suburban Mettawa seven-bedroom former home of retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who is offering the estate as a rental for $9,000 a month.

When it comes to finding an occupant for his seven-bedroom estate in north suburban Mettawa, retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is taking a new tactic — and it’s aimed at urban dwellers fearful of the coronavirus.

Urlacher now is offering the 6,829-square-foot mansion, situated on 9.4 acres, as a rental for $9,000 per month. The estate, located 36 miles from the Loop, remains for sale at just under $1.8 million — well below the $3 million he sought when he first listed the property in March 2017.

“We’re offering it either for a long-term rental or for a sale,” said listing agent Alex Wolking of Keller Williams Chicago. “The main reason is, I have had a number of inquiries over the past two weeks from people in the city looking for a summer rental in the country to escape the city and all of the pandemic chaos.”

Editorial note: “Is this marketing or mongering?”

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 intends to spend about $2.6 million on summer building projects. Some of the scheduled work will be new gymnasium flooring for $77,207 at North Barrington Elementary School.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 is expected to spend about $2.6 million this summer on building projects across the system, with the list including construction of a playground, new roofing and parking lot repaving.

Some of the work includes:

  • Roofing repairs for a combined $575,639 at Roslyn Road Elementary School in Barrington, Countryside Elementary School in Barrington and Lines Elementary.
  • Parking lot paving for a combined $638,575 at buildings across District 220.
  • New gymnasium flooring for $77,207 at North Barrington Elementary School.
  • Electrical panel and conduit repairs for $38,720 at Barrington Middle School-Station Campus that became necessary after damage from a water leak.

Read more here.

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