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Cool Car Show

The Cool Car Show on Saturday and Sunday is part of the annual Dundee Heritage Fest in downtown East and West Dundee. – John Starks | Staff Photographer, 2017

Goebbert’s Fall Festival: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Monday, Oct. 31, at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard, 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. Animals, mazes, wagon rides, pig races and more. Tickets are $18 on weekdays, $22 on weekends and holidays; $12 seniors; free for kids 2 and younger. goebbertspumpkinpatch.com.

Richardson Adventure Farm corn maze: 3-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 30, at Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove. The maze features 10.3 miles of trails across 28 acres. This year’s maze celebrates the history of James Bond and includes a 10-minute option (left turns only) and a 1.5-hour option. Also features a 50-foot observation tower, train rides, a carousel, wagon rides, a zip line, 150- and 100-foot slides, Zorbing, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, pedal kart tracks, live music on weekends, a kiddie play area, jumping pillows, pig races, air cannons, a paintball shooting gallery, a craft beer tent, food trucks and 13 acres of sunflowers. $18, $16 for kids 3-12, and free for kids 2 and younger. richardsonfarm.com.

Rotary Club of Palatine Oktoberfest: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 16; noon to midnight Saturday, Sept. 17; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Slade and Smith streets, Palatine. Authentic German food, beer and live entertainment. Highlights include a traditional keg-rolling ceremony to kick off Oktoberfest at 5 p.m. Friday. Family Day activities on Saturday afternoon. Music from The Polkaholics at 9 p.m. Friday, Phenix at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday. palatinerotary.com/Oktoberfest.php.

Dundee Heritage Fest: 6-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in downtown East and West Dundee. Annual festival with food and drinks, 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday; arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along the riverwalk; Cool Car Show from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along South 2nd Street; baggo tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Grafelman Park; kids’ activities; and Dundee Lions pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Sunday. Music stage downtown: The Student Body from 6-8 p.m. and Madison County from 9-11 p.m. Friday; Bishop Super Band from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Brandon Reisdorf Quartet from 3-4 p.m., The Sofa Kings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Hi Infidelity from 9-11 p.m. Saturday; and Starlites jazz combo from 8-9 a.m., Guy Meets Girl from 10-11 a.m., Doc Diamond from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Controlled Burn from 1-2:30 p.m. and The Lennys from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. wdundeeheritagefest.org.

Dundee Lions Heritage Fest 5K: 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Chip-timed 5K run and 1.6-mile walk from West Dundee south along the Fox River and returning to East Dundee. Proceeds support local charities and businesses, as well as fulfilling eyeglass needs for children in Community Unit District 300. $45 the day of. facebook.com/lionsheritagefest5k.

Heritage Fest Art & Craft Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, West Dundee. The show features approximately 90 artisans offering art in a variety of media, including jewelry, floral, apparel, stained glass, fabric sculpture, paper crafts, metal art, primitive wood, soup and dip mixes, honey products, soap, tie-dye and baby items. artoftheheartland.com/heritagefest.html.

Hooved Animal Humane Society Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Hooved Animal Humane Society, 10804 McConnell Road, Woodstock. Features Dave Dalton and friends of the Woodstock School of Music, as well as Equestrian Drill Teams Stateline Spitfires and Stateline Hotshots Rodeo Team, plus the Millers Petting Zoo and other family activities. Suggested donation: $10. hahs.org.

Fall Caboose Days: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Fox River Trolley Museum, off Route 31, South Elgin. Ride with the conductor in the Big Red Caboose or with the engineer in the locomotive. $5-$8. foxtrolley.org/special-events.

Motor Monday: 5 p.m. to dusk Monday, Sept. 19, at The Depot, 319 N. River St., East Dundee. Family-friendly cruise night with music, food and drinks. Open to cars and trucks, all makes and models. Free. eastdundee.net.

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Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach holds an American flag after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Wambach, the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer shortly after the win. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach will kick off the Fall 2022 season of Barrington’s Courageous Conversations series when she speaks Wednesday at Barrington High School.

Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist FIFA World Cup champion and New York Times bestselling author, will speak beginning at 7 p.m. in the school’s Richard Johnson Auditorium, 616 W. Main St. in Barrington.

Tickets are $25 for adults, free for students and can be purchased at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=135263.

This evening is presented by Courageous Community, which has convened more than a thousand community members over the last three years for conversations exploring how to foster greater inclusion and belonging.

This event is presented in partnership with BStrong Together, the Barrington Area Library, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation and Barrington Community Unit School District 220, and made possible thanks to generous support from Jessica and Dominic Green.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be directed to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the school district.

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Rebate

Must be election season

Called an election-year gimmick by some, tax rebate checks start going out to Illinois taxpayers Monday. Critics say permanent tax relief is needed in one of the highest taxes states in the country.

The money is being given back as part of the Illinois Relief Plan, a $1.8 billion aid package Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law in the spring.

To qualify, a person must have been an Illinois resident in 2021 with an adjusted gross income under $200,000 for individual tax filers and under $400,000 for those who filed as couples. 

Taxpayers who filed as a single person on their returns will be eligible to receive $50, and those who filed joint returns will receive $100. If you claimed dependents, you will receive an additional $100 per dependent with a maximum of $300.  

“Whether you had to pay or you got money back, it doesn’t matter,” Illinois Comptroller Susanna Mendoza said. “Everyone who filed will be getting a tax rebate.” 

Illinois residents who paid state property taxes last year on a primary residence will be getting rebates as well. Adjusted gross income must be under $250,000 for single filers and under $500,000 for those who filed as couples. The amount of this rebate depends on the amount of property taxes paid.

State officials said the distribution of the checks should take about two months. 

State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Woods, thinks the rebates are all about election year posturing.

“The plan has checks arrive just before the election and then tax reductions expire right after the election,” McConchie said.   

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Martin McLaughlin’s public comments to the District 220 Board of Education Tuesday night were followed by applause from attendees.

Speaking as a parent of five children, Martin McLaughlin voiced the following Tuesday evening during public comment at the District 220 Board of Education meeting:

“My name is Martin McLaughlin

I am here tonight as a parent. I live in Barrington Hills. I have had four children go through District 220 school system I have a current sophomore in high school. My family has a 50 year history with this school district.

We have chosen to live here because the District has been a leader in academic excellence for many years.

In the past four to six years, I have been astonished at the level of outside influence that has been allowed to infiltrate our local school district and have impact on policies and curricula, all with the blessing and tacit approval of the majority of this and prior school boards.  And the results have not been good. 

Letters and requests by local blogs and special interest groups arrive every day to each of you, pushing their narrow agendas.  And believe me I get it.  I’ve been in your position, serving as an unpaid elected official for 8 years. I can’t tell you how many special interest groups I have had to say no to.

Allowing Non-Profits out of New York and DC lobbyists and unelected social justice and cultural change agents have an impact on our children’s education and development is what we expect you to protect against, not to embrace.

As a community member, I’d like to see the old 3Rs come back— Reading Writing and Arithmetic. Today unfortunately, our children are being taught a New 3Rs – Radicalization, Revisionist history and Racial divides and IT NEEDS TO STOP.

As far as the academic performance at District 220 in mathematics and reading, the failure rate has increased over 20% since 2019 —a direct result of the policies that kept our children remote and kept them out of the classrooms.

The use of our public education system or Misuse to forward and mandate moral and sociological standards is just wrong. How about we get proficient in math, reading and writing first?

There are places for these discussions to occur, but it’s not in chemistry, math or during PE. And it certainly shouldn’t be presented to minor children, particularly those in the lower grade levels.

We all agree it is not appropriate in public schools to discuss or push religious beliefs upon others, so why should it not be as equally inappropriate to discuss political leanings and further, to discuss age-inappropriate related materials to minor children?

Finally, as it relates to public safety and the public good, in my day public school safety meant putting mulch under the monkey bars in the playground, adding padded seats on the bus and making sure that bullying and physical harm did not occur to any students. 

Never in our wildest imaginations did we believe under the guise of public safety that our parental rights and obligations would be taken away by elected or appointed officials when it comes to the best decisions on children’s behalf regarding personal health decisions, cultural or social guidance, morality, traditional curricula or age-inappropriate content.

As a parent I ask that we please begin to focus once again on what’s most important for our community. Traditional academic-based performance standards which is why we all moved here in the first place and is why we all pay incredibly high taxes to support.

Thank you for your dedicated service.”

The video of McLaughlin’s comments can be found here. You decide which Board members listened.

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Jester

The 3rd Thursdays Art Night Out series at Barrington’s White House features a local artist exhibition with works for sale, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. On Sept. 15, enjoy a curated collection from nationally acclaimed and Chicago-based artists from the Oil Painters of America, including Susan Plough, whose work is pictured here. – Courtesy of Village of Barrington

Submitted by village of Barrington

Over a year ago, Barrington’s White House and the Barrington Cultural Commission embarked upon several community “Listening Sessions” to hear more about the types of events residents would like to see at Barrington’s White House.

Its 2022–23 season reflects the input received — a wider variety of fine art and musical ensembles, as well as humanities events that will challenge attendees to learn, grow and understand.

This season also boasts free admission for patrons ages 18 and younger with a paid adult ticket. Visit barringtonswhitehouse.com/events for tickets, registration and additional information.

‘Astor Piazzolla @100’

The fall season of cultural events launches on Sunday, Sept. 11, with multi-Grammy Award nominee and world-renowned violinist Philippe Quint and accompanist Jun Cho. In “Astor Piazzolla @100,” Quint celebrates the 100th birthday of Argentinian composer and tango master Astor Piazzolla with a recital and multimedia presentation of Piazzolla’s work.

Artist exhibitions

The 3rd Thursdays Art Night Out series features a local artist exhibition with works for sale, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. The event is free and happens every 3rd Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Enjoy a curated collection from nationally acclaimed and Chicago-based artists from the Oil Painters of America on Sept. 15. Artists featured include Susan Plough, J. Russell Wells and Stuart Fullerton.

Painter Anita Maher and jewelry artist Lynn Rushing will present their joint exhibition on Oct. 20.

On Nov. 17, friends Judy Skulborstad, an impressionist artist, and Barb Rydz Ross, an abstract artist, will showcase a selection of interpretations of a similar subject/theme using their unique approaches.

Just as the artists of Paris have done for hundreds of years, local artists will paint “Plein Air” (outdoors in the open air) in Barrington from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8. Come into town to watch more than 30 artists from across the Chicago area as they paint local landmarks during the week. Then, meet the artists in person on Saturday, Oct. 8, as they receive their awards, as well as showcase and sell their newly created pieces at the reception that evening.

Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion became the first percussion group to win in a chamber music category. Come see them play live in the intimate 3rd floor ballroom on Sunday, Oct. 16. This event will be presented in-person and virtually.

Storytellers

Professional storytellers Jim May and Megan Wells will join a group of local storytellers to entertain the audience on Friday, Oct. 21, with Halloween-inspired, adult-focused tales in the style of the Moth Radio Hour.

Jim is the artistic director of the Spring Grove Storytelling festival, known for its family-friendly, hilarious shows. Megan is a nationally recognized storyteller and will assist our local storytellers in preparing their spooky tales. This event will be presented in-person and virtually.

‘Stories of Survival’

This fall, Barrington’s White House is pleased to present an extraordinary collaboration with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, made possible by partners Northern Trust and Kimberly Duchossois. “Stories of Survival” is a free, two-week exhibit and slate of events that showcases stories from the Holocaust and other genocides. This exhibit runs Oct. 25-Nov. 6.

One of the featured events in the series is an “Interview with Sam Harris,” local survivor of the Holocaust, on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Harris, one of the youngest recorded survivors of the concentration camps during the Holocaust, will sit down with Barrington resident and Courageous Conversations leader Jessica Green for an intimately personal interview that is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Harris will discuss his book, “Sammy, Child Survivor of the Holocaust.” This event will be presented in-person and virtually.

The “Stories of Survival” series is centered around an extremely powerful exhibit by the same name that features photographs and images of more than 36 personal artifacts brought to America as families fled persecution and war.

It includes moving stories of Chicago area survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, as told through their everyday, personal belongings.

The exhibit allows the viewer to walk in a survivor’s shoes and experience, through their eyes, the strength and courage that was required to survive genocidal atrocities.

Visit barringtonswhitehouse.com/storiesofsurvival for information regarding hours of operation and auxiliary events.

Halloween concert

Get into the spooky spirit of Halloween Oct. 29 with a family-friendly chamber music concert from the Elgin Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. Through the generosity of the Barrington Area Community Foundation, this concert features chamber music players telling “stories” through Halloween-themed classical music in a way that makes the music relatable for audiences of all ages.

Courageous Conversations

Over the last three years, more than 1,000 people have gathered for Courageous Conversations at Barrington’s White House (and virtually) to learn and practice how to foster greater inclusion and belonging in our communities. Join them on Nov. 1, Dec. 14 and Jan. 11 as they explore how to nourish a culture of belonging.

Holiday offerings

Barrington’s White House has yearly holiday traditions, including the Holiday Open House and Visits with Santa on Dec. 3, a holiday concert with Bella Voce Camerata on Dec. 11 (presented in-person and virtually) and the Community Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long with Nancie Tobison on Dec. 18.

Start a new holiday tradition with the Inaugural Community Holiday Tea on Sunday, Dec. 4. Join for a city-inspired, sophisticated, adults-only afternoon tea with traditional offerings such as hot tea, scones, and finger sandwiches, as well as champagne, wine and more.

There is something for everyone at Barrington’s White House. Tickets and registration for all events can be found at barringtonswhitehouse.com/events.

Barrington’s White House is at 145 W. Main St., in the heart of downtown Barrington. Cultural programming at Barrington’s White House is underwritten, in part, by generous sponsors.

For information, call (224) 512-4066 or go to barringtonswhitehouse.com.

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Protecting open space has always been a quality-of-life issue in the suburbs and the collar counties, a goal under constant pressure from the relentless spread of commercial and residential development.

So, when an opportunity appears to ensure that a large tract is preserved and managed, it is something to be seized and once seized, appreciated. This time, the gratitude goes to the Barrington-based volunteer group Citizens for Conservation.

The group and the Richard Duchossois family announced last week the purchase of the family’s 246.5-acre Hill ‘N Dale Farm South, making it the 14th preserve in Lake, Cook and McHenry counties under Citizens for Conservation’s care.

“We’re going to build a beautiful, complex web of Illinois’ native life here at this preserve,” Jim Vanderpoel, a member of the Citizens for Conservation board, says in a video the group produced on the project.

In reflecting on the family’s goals in selling the site to the conservation group, Kim Duchossois, daughter of the late Arlington Park Chairman Richard Duchossois, discussed how “important this land is to the community,” but it’s worth adding that the preservation’s impact will extend well beyond the Barrington area.

Situated just across Lake-Cook Road from the 4,000-acre Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve, the addition will expand an important wildlife corridor, providing habitat for native plant and aquatic life, grassland birds and endangered species, such as monarch butterflies and rusty-patched bumblebees.

It will protect the equivalent of three-quarters of a mile along Spring Creek, which feeds into the Fox River, and strengthen initiatives for greenways, watersheds and green infrastructure in three counties. It will be open to public access through programs to be managed by the conservation group. It will have an impact on the environment for all of northern Illinois.

Read the full Daily Herald editorial here.

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Last week the following was posted to the Village website:

Folds Of Honor 2022

“On Monday, August 29, 2022, Folds of Honor Chicago hosted its annual Barrington Patriot Golf Day at which Barrington Hills’ Trustee Colleen Konicek Hannigan and Cuba Township Supervisor Chris Karam, presented the proceeds raised from July’s 5K/10K The Land We Love Run which kicked off the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Registration proceeds, together with supporter donations, made possible a donation of $7,526.49 for Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or have been disabled while serving in the US Armed Forces.

‘We are so grateful to our military and their families for all the sacrifices they make on behalf of our country. It was our privilege to be able to give back to them in some small way.

Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this effort’

Colleen Konicek Hannigan

You, too, can make a difference! Mark your calendar to participate in next year’s 5K/10K The Land We Love Run July 2023!

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Road signs on Haegers Bend Road let drivers know which way to turn when driving in Barrington Hills or Algonquin.

The August Board of Trustees meeting was brief.  It lasted less than half an hour, but that was more than enough time to cause continued disappointment with the Cecola administration.

For example, why has the phone-in system to Board of Trustee meetings not yet been fixed yet?  Is it intentional to discourage resident’s attendance or does it just reflect incompetence on the part of those responsible for getting the job done?

Next, Laura Ekstrom, Roads & Bridges Committee Chair, provided an update on resurfacing work and detours taking place on, “Lake Cook Road,” in our Village. President Cecola, former committee chair, and Bryan Croll provided their perspectives on, “Lake Cook Road,” work.  The problem is, there is no road named, “Lake Cook,” in Barrington Hills.

County Line Road, named decades before Barrington Hills was incorporated, runs from Haegers Bend Road all the way to Hart Road. Trustee Riff, who actually lives on County Line Road, joined in the road work discussion yet made no effort to correct the record.  Given the fact he wrote on his Facebook site, “I was swarm into office as a Barrington Hills, Illinois Trustee,” he may not be as bright as some had hoped.

Some will say we’re picking at nits here.  But ask the employees or residents of the Barrington Hills Country Club, Countryside Elementary School or the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House what their address is, they will all say County Line Road. Other might say, “Come on, you know what they meant,” however, one must then question what else Trustees say versus what they meant.

The best point we can make in rebuttal is if you Google, “300 W. Lake Cook Road, Barrington Hills, IL,” instead of a map leading to Barrington Hills Country Club, you’ll see a map of downtown Buffalo Grove.

We elected Trustees relying on their intelligence and experience.  Live up to those expectations.

Recordings from the August 22nd Board of Trustees meeting can be found here.

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FallShrub-1

Plant native trees and shrubs to help create bird, pollinator, and wildlife habitat. CFC’s 25th annual Fall Native Tree & Shrub Sale is here! Online ordering is available throughout September.

For details, click here.

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PHOTO CREDIT: INDOOR DRONE TOURS

[BARRINGTON, IL – August 29, 2022]  – Barrington-based Citizens for Conservation and The Duchossois Group are pleased to announce today that long-term conservation protection has been provided for the 246.5-acre Hill ‘N Dale Farm South property. CFC has acquired the parcel from The Duchossois Group; it is located in unincorporated McHenry County and surrounded by Barrington Hills, bounded on the north by Spring Creek Road, on the east by Ridge Road, on the South by Lake-Cook/County Line Road, and on the west by residents along Meadow Hill Road.

This previously privately owned land in the Spring Creek watershed corridor is considered one of the most desirable conservation-worthy properties not only in the Barrington area, but in the entire Northern Illinois region. The purchase increases CFC’s owned and protected land to 777 acres in Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties and will be the organization’s 14th and largest preserve.

The 246.5-acre site will be named Hill ‘N Dale Preserve and encompasses 4,060 linear feet of the high-quality Spring Creek, a tributary to the Fox River. The preserve honors the current name of the Duchossois property and reflects the protection of the surrounding upland bluffs (Hill) and the Spring Creek valley (Dale). The land is identified as a priority for protection and restoration in multiple local and regional plans, including the Barrington Greenway Initiative, the Spring Creek Watershed-Based Plan, and McHenry and Lake County Green Infrastructure Plans. It will provide green space connectivity to numerous other protected lands in our area, including the 4,000-acre Spring Lake (Spring Creek) Forest Preserve and the 550-acre state dedicated Spring Lake Nature Preserve.

The purchase will permanently protect the land as open space and improve and protect this sensitive watershed area, which is highly significant to area aquifer recharge. In addition, this acquisition will provide for a critical wildlife corridor connecting to the 4,000-acre Spring Creek Forest Preserve. Restoration of the landscape’s natural ecosystem will provide important habitat for native plant and aquatic communities, grassland birds (such as Bobolink, Bittern, and Henslow’s sparrows), and wildlife that originally occupied this land, including endangered species such as monarch butterflies and rusty-patched bumblebees.

Citizens for Conservation (CFC), a volunteer-based organization with a 50-year history in the Barrington area, stepped forward to save this land as part of their strategic focus on protection and restoration of impactful watershed and greenway areas. CFC has been a leader on these initiatives, which are vital for the ecological health of the region. Nationally, this acquisition also aligns with the federal “America the Beautiful 30 by 30 Plan,” which is the federal government’s goal to conserve at least 30 percent of U.S. lands and freshwater and 30 percent of U.S. ocean areas by 2030. This initiative seeks to reverse the negative impacts of biodiversity decline and climate change by protecting more natural areas, and to increase access to nature for communities that lack it. The Hill ‘N Dale Preserve will locally contribute significantly to this national effort, as well as to the recently announced Land Trust Alliance Gaining Ground initiative. Both these efforts were envisioned when Citizens for Conservation rolled out the Barrington Greenway Initiative.

“This property’s high conservation value, coupled with CFC’s strong history of delivering quality restoration results, will have far-reaching impacts for the entire Barrington-area community, as well as the entire Northern Illinois region,” said Kathleen Leitner, CFC’s Board President. “We could not be more pleased to have partnered with The Duchossois Group and Kim Duchossois to facilitate this acquisition of the south part of their family’s iconic farm near Barrington Hills. We believe that our local communities and regional partners will be ecstatic to hear that CFC has been able to permanently protect this vital open space.”

Kim Duchossois agreed. “My family and I could not be more thrilled to have worked so closely with Citizens for Conservation over the past year to facilitate their purchase of the south part of Hill ‘N Dale Farm. We know how important this land is to the community, and it was absolutely critical for our entire family to make certain that the property would be protected and maintained as open space. The key to our decision to sell to CFC was the organization’s long history in the area and its promise not only to preserve the property, but also to restore it over time and return it to its natural splendor. I’m also very pleased that the Barrington-area members of our family will be contributing a significant portion of their proceeds of the sale back to the CFC campaign to protect this land in perpetuity.”

Initial funding for the purchase came in the form of a $4.9 million grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, the largest such grant awarded for a single parcel purchase. This substantial award demonstrates the significant conservation value of this important property. CFC is seeking an additional $5 million in funding to supplement the purchase of the land, conduct ecological restoration, and manage the site for public enjoyment in the future.

Initial site evaluation (partially funded by an ICECF Advancing Wetland Conservation grant) is now being conducted to create multi-year ecological management plans for the property. The open space restoration will bring back native communities and species; provide new opportunities for school children and volunteers to engage with nature; provide increased surface water infiltration; enhance the quality of local groundwater; and increase wetlands, all while protecting one of the most pristine streams in Northern Illinois (Spring Creek).

Future public access to the preserve will be provided through CFC-sponsored activities. No horses remain on the property, but the possibility of horse trails will be evaluated during the preserve planning process. CFC has pledged to maintain the iconic white exterior fences that currently exist on the land.

Kathleen Leitner said, “This incredibly important acquisition is fulfilling CFC’s mission of ‘Saving Living Space for Living Things’ through protection, restoration and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources, and education. Our organization’s history of dedicated supporters, volunteers, and community support has made this acquisition possible, and we intend to steward this land in perpetuity for the future of our entire community. We thank all who have been involved for their efforts.”

Video Highlights of New Preserve

Restoration Concept Map

Q&A Information

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