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Daily Herald’s holiday lights contest returns.

“If passengers on flights approaching O’Hare can see your holiday lights, then this contest is for you.

Entries in the Daily Herald’s annual holiday lights contest will be accepted through Dec. 6. Visit events.dailyherald.com to upload a photo.

Online voting will run Dec. 8-12. The top vote-getter will receive a $250 gift certificate redeemable at Ala Carte Entertainment restaurants throughout the area. Previous grand prize recipients are not eligible to win again.

The winners of Editor’s Choice awards for DuPage County, the Fox Valley, Lake County and the Northwest suburbs each will receive a $50 Ala Carte Entertainment gift card.

The winners will be featured in the Dec. 22 edition of the Daily Herald.”

-Daily Herald report

Editorial note:  A link to the Village “Exterior Lighting Regulations” can be found here.

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It’s been just over a year since four people were indicted in the ComEd bribery scheme to influence former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, but the matter is far from over and lawmakers have since passed limited reforms to curb corruption at the statehouse.

ComEd admitted the bribery scheme in the Summer of 2020. The company subsequently agreed to pay a $200 million fine and to cooperate with federal investigators.

Around a week before Thanksgiving last year, three former ComEd officials and a close Madigan confidant were indicted.

Madigan has not been charged with a crime, but he was labeled as “Public Official A” in the ComEd deferred prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors. Madian was also the subject of a special House investigation. That committee released ComEd emails the day before Thanksgiving last year that referenced “our friend,” which was widely seen as a reference to Madigan. The House committee never subpoenaed Madigan to testify before concluding without any action. Madigan has denied wrongdoing. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said Madigan needs to answer questions about his actions.

In January, Madigan wasn’t reelected as Speaker, a seat he held for all but two years since 1983. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, a Democrat from Hillside, was elected Speaker. Madigan later stepped down from the office of state Representative before the end of his term and helped select his successor.

His former chief of staff and House clerk Tim Mapes was indicted in May.

The Chicago Tribune reported in August federal investigators continue to investigate, but offered no hints on new charges.

Read more here.

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ACROSS ILLINOIS — ‘Tis the season to make memories with friends and family, to feel gratitude for all things great and small, to share joy and spread love. We at Illinois Patch are thankful for our readers, so we asked them to share photos and stories of what makes them grateful.

We’re thankful to see these heartfelt dedications and hope you are too.

“She brings us hope and a new start.”

Patti Fahey

Patti Fahey

Patti and Marty Fahey, of Barrington Hills, writes, “My husband and I are ever so grateful for our granddaughter Savannah. She brings us such joy and fun and helps fill our hearts with gratitude. We have suffered several losses over the past few years, but she brings us hope and a new start. We love you Savannah! Gram and Grandad”

Read more here.

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The Christmas centerpiece and classic ballet, The Nutcracker comes back to the Barrington community and stage this year. The Nutcracker tells the timeless tale of Clara’s magical journey into the Land of Sweets.

The show will feature professional guest artists, BDE company members, and over 100 local performers. Children and adults will be captivated by the choreography, costumes, set, score and holiday flair.

Barrington High School, 616 W Main St

Friday, November 26 at 7 PM
Saturday, November 27 at 2 & 7 PM
Sunday, November 28 at 2 PM   (Sold Out)

Tickets are $25-32 and will go on sale on Wednesday, October 20. To purchase, visit www.barringtondance.org or call 847-382-6333.

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David Lyons

David Lyons supplies left over vegetables to the Barrington Township Food Pantry. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

As a Depression baby, David Lyons developed strong feelings about letting anything go to waste.

On the other hand, he has a big garden. A really big garden. And it’s packed with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Luckily for the Barrington Township Food Pantry, Lyons has become a sort of benefactor to them.

“It seems like this year we’ve been feeding ourselves, half a dozen neighbors and we still have some left over for the food pantry,” he said.

In fact, the Barrington Hills man delivers fresh food to the pantry on almost a weekly basis. This summer, he’s already up around the 100-pound mark.

That’s nothing compared to three years ago. “We were closer to 600 to 700 pounds,” Lyons said.

Surprisingly, it’s not the drought that’s affected his garden’s yield. “There’s more neighbors involved this year,” he said, chuckling.

That’s OK, he’s got plenty to share. This year alone, Lyons grew onions, kohlrabi, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbages, peppers, Brussels sprouts, okra, beets, beans, asparagus, raspberries and multiple varieties of squash.

Read more here.

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On Sunday, Nov. 14, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) returns to the stage of the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College for in-person performances, after a season of livestream only concerts.

EYSO opens its 46th season with “Negative Spaces,” the first of three concerts in the FLIPPED Concert Series that examines how a shift in perspective can make a world of difference in music and life. EYSO, with members from approximately 70 communities, is one of the Chicago areas oldest and most respected youth orchestras.

The following students in EYSO are from Barrington or the surrounding area: Maggie Card, Reiker Cho, Kavya Gundlapalli, Lauren Johnson, Swara Maruvada, Quinn McCoy, Ethan Park, Kayden Petrik, Abhishek Ramakrishnan, Damian Sulikowski, Natalia Sulikowski, Tyler Thymian and Kenny Yeun.

“We invite you to join our wonderful musicians on Nov. 14, as they harness the power of both sound and silence in a stunning range of repertoire, from Debussy’s evocative ‘Clair de Lune’and the iconic film score of ‘The Dark Knight’ to Shostakovich’s mighty Fifth Symphony,” said Matthew Sheppard, EYSO artistic director.

EYSO will hold concerts at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m., with each concert featuring performances by different ensembles. For concert details and to purchase in-person and livestream tickets, visit www.eyso.org/concert

EYSO also invites you to an afternoon of livestream music, free, by the EYSO Chamber Music Institute on Sunday, Nov. 7. If you’re new to classical music, these short, engaging chamber music performances at 12:45, 2 and 4:30 p.m. are a perfect introduction. Typically, about one-third of EYSO members are enrolled in the Chamber Music Institute, taking part in an ensemble experience that sharpens vital listening skills and provides further invaluable musicianship training.

More here.

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Veterans return from a trail ride Thursday at the Barrington Hills Riding Center. The Veterans Day ride was sponsored by the Barrington Hills Park District and the nonprofit BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center. (John Starks | Staff Photographer)

After 13 surgeries on her left knee, and possibly having to face a 14th, Navy veteran Michelle Arnier has endured some extremely difficult times over the last several years.

But in the last five months, she’s found something that has helped her immensely in tackling the challenge: the horse-riding program for veterans offered by the therapeutic riding center BraveHearts.

Connecting with other veterans who understand one another effortlessly and spending time with horses has been incredibly healing for Arnier.

“Literally, it has changed my whole perspective,” the Crystal Lake resident said. “Riding, it’s beautiful. It’s so peaceful when you get on a horse, it seems like everything goes away.”

Arnier was among nearly 50 veterans who participated Thursday in BraveHearts’ special riding event hosted by the Barrington Hills Park District at its riding center on Bateman Road.

The day included a horseback ride through the adjacent trails within the Forest Preserves of Cook County, followed by lunch and socializing.

Barrington Hills Park District Board President Dennis Kelly was hard at work all day, cooking burgers on the grill. The meal’s sides were provided by BraveHearts volunteers Mike and Anne Harrington of Barrington Hills.

Read more here.

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MJM Chambers

State Rep. Martin McLaughlin (R-Lake Barrington) readily admits that his first year in Springfield left him wanting more.

“It was kind of strange based on the fact that we were separated,” McLaughlin told SoundCloud.com. “The ability to get together with state reps and senators live, or the fact that we couldn’t do that, I think, impacted communications that should have taken place between both sides. It really hampered collegial, cooperative collaborative discussion and boy do we need that here. So I think it was harmful in that regard.”

McLaughlin worries the will of the people will only further be neglected based on what he sees as Democrats’ faulty handling of the latest map redistricting.

“The official 2020 decennial counts released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week confirm that the Democrats’ redistricting plan violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, as well as comparable provisions of the Illinois Constitution,” McLaughlin posted on Facebook.

McLaughlin also recently warned taxpayers not to be fooled by the long cash-strapped state’s first credit rating upgrade in nearly two decades.

“Illinois politicians claiming our credit rating trend is a sign we are being fiscally responsible is sad and pathetic,” McLaughlin posted on Facebook. “The federal bailout of Illinois enhanced our ability to temporarily pay obligations with our own money sent to Washington, borrowed from the Chinese, and charged on a credit card to our children and grandchildren. Without structural changes to our spending habits and addressing of our long term unsustainable liabilities, we will be right back where we were, hanging by our fingernails just above insolvency for our once-great state.”

Read more from the Kane County Reporter here.

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Join other community members in honoring Veterans interred at Evergreen Cemetery on December 18, 2021 at noon.

Members of the Signal Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Barrington, IL will sponsor a wreath laying event this Holiday Season with the third celebration of Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery, 610 South Dundee Avenue in Barrington.

Nearly 700 veterans’ graves have been identified at Evergreen dating back to the Civil War, and the goal is to honor each one with a live balsam wreath. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember Veterans’ service by placing wreaths on their graves, Honor their sacrifice, and Teach children the value and cost of service to our country. This year’s theme is “Live Up To Their Legacy,” reminding all of us that the actions of service men and women provide benefits to us all.

This event will be held under the guidance of prevailing Covid 19 precautions. Beginning at noon, the event plans include a live memorial ceremony, and then to proceed directly with the wreath placement on identified graves. Community volunteers will be provided wreaths and will be directed to specific areas of the cemetery to make certain all Veterans’ graves are provided a wreath. The memorial nature and timing of the event encourages family and community participation.

Wreaths are obtained through contributions, which can be grave specific at Evergreen, or placed randomly on identified Veterans’ graves. As Veterans continue to age, the need for wreaths will continue to rise; any funding remaining from this year’s drive will be held in reserve for the 2022 December event. Citizens, families and groups that are interested in sponsoring wreaths or participating in this event may visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/ILEGCA, or contact the Signal Hill project coordinator at Signalhillnsdar@gmail.com.

Placement of wreaths will begin at noon on December 18, 2021, rain/snow or shine, and will continue until all wreaths are laid.

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EventPhotoFull_Legislative Breakfast Flyer - Confirmed 2021

“Join us for the Barrington Area State Legislators Virtual Town Hall Forum on Wednesday Nov. 10 at 8:30 am. Confirmed Speakers: Senator Dan McConchie, 26th District State Representative Chris Bos, 51st. District State Representative Martin McLaughlin, 52nd District State Representative Tom Morrison, 54th District.

Other invited speakers include: Senator Cristina Castro, 22nd District Senator Ann Gillespie, 27th District, and State Representative Anna Moeller, 43rd District.

This is a FREE event open to the public. Click the registration button on this page to receive your zoom link.”


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