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The ace player talks about Oak Brook Polo Club and his passions

James Drury first held the polo mallet in 1983. It has been a long journey since then. His 25 years’ old Pinecroft team has competed successfully various tournaments at the Oak Brook Polo Club. In 2016, he privatised the Oak Brook Polo Club and became president, not before captaining the same for four years.

When asked about his momentous journey, he says: “In Paul Butler’s days, the US Polo Open was held for 25 straight years, and American legends at the time, the 10-goal Cecil Smith, and Roy Barry, were playing at Oak Brook. I recall attending the match when Prince Charles, Major Ferguson, and two other high goal British players played against Oak Brook, and prevailed, on what is now known as the Prince of Wales field. It wasn’t unusual to see royalty and celebrities from around the world attending polo matches,” says Drury.

Being interested in Oak Brook’s legacy, Drury was the right person to rebuild and revitalize the Club as one of the best polo destinations in the country. And now the club is looking forward to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020.

Read on here.

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The Palatine American Legion Post 690 is collecting household items for veterans who are exiting homelessness as part of a program for Military Outreach USA from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM on October 30th through November 12th at the American Legion 122 West Palatine Road in Palatine.

The veterans who are supported in this program are moving into their first apartment or home after being homeless. Typically, these veterans will move into an empty space so they will need everything from kitchen items and cleaning supplies to linens and toiletries. The Legion will be collecting new personal hygiene items, everything for the bathroom and miscellaneous items such as smoke detectors, light bulbs as well as laundry baskets and detergent.

Military Outreach USA has a formal partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs so that they and their partners can work closely with every VA medical facility to ensure Veterans at the local level are being served. Their partners at the community level -houses of worship, businesses, civic groups, schools and individuals – utilize the resources and tools they provide to help meet the needs of Veterans at the local level.

The American Legion Family consists of the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) and Legion Auxiliary. The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary began in 1919 while the S.A.L. was created in 1932 as patriotic veterans organizations devoted to mutual helpfulness. These organizations are committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

For further information on the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, any of their sponsored events or for membership write to the American Legion, 122 West Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60067, call them at 847-359-1606, email them at clubadmin@alpost690.us or visit www.alpost690.us.


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The 2020 Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Women Leaders recipients from left, are: Darby Hills of Barrington Children’s Charities; Rebecca Darr, president/CEO of Wings Program, Inc.; the Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque of the Community Church of Barrington; and Mary Roesch, RN, BSN, chief nursing officer of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Biz Net honored four local women leaders during the third annual Outstanding Women Leaders Awards Luncheon Sept. 24 at a hybrid, livestream program at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington.

Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, the COVID-conscious event included a small, in-person luncheon and program to honor the award recipients and hear their personal stories. The awards program was also streamed live via Zoom to Outstanding Women Leaders Awards supporters and included audience reactions for the viewing audience.

The 2020 Class of Outstanding Women Leaders recipients honored at the event were: Mary Roesch, RN, BSN, chief nursing officer of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Professional Excellence; Rebecca Darr, president/CEO of Wings Program, Inc., the Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Nonprofit Leadership; Darby Hills of Barrington Children’s Charities, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Community Impact; and the Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque from Community Church of Barrington, Outstanding Women Leaders recipient for Mentorship and Education.

For more information visit www.BarringtonChamber.com.

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Prince Charming the Giant Toad is admired by the crowd.

The last bales of straw have gone and all that remain are the fall decorations dressing the village hall entryway, welcoming residents and visitors alike. A great time was had by all at the 8th Annual The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival. This year was a year of “firsts.”

The Fall Festival was held on Barrington Hills’ Village Hall grounds for the first time, which proved to adequately accommodate the scaled down fest due to social distancing guidelines. Attendance was a steady stream of people throughout the afternoon – happy to be outside doing something.

Attendees enjoyed the fall breeze; a clear, bright, sunny day; the tang of the BBQ; the sweet notes of sugary delights; and responsibly distanced entertainment.

This was the first year we had an electronic greeter, so-to-speak: The Klean Tunnel. Resident and CEO John Allegretti of Naturally Klean, sponsored The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival by bringing his innovative technology for sanitization. The Klean Tunnel automatically took entrants’ temperatures, dispensed hand sanitizer and misted folks with an FDA/EPA approved antimicrobial.

Other firsts were:

  • 2020 Census generously donated masks reminding residents to “make it count.”
  • Ivy Noemi (singer, songwriter and musician) engaged the crowd with her renditions of genre favorites, connecting with enthusiasts of all ages.
  • Stillman Nature Center brought a variety of owls, hawks and falcons to exhibit during their presentation of “Birds of Prey.”
  • The “Chairman of the Boards” Baggo Charity Tourney, in conjunction with straw bale donations, generated over $300 for the Barrington Township Food Pantry.

While some things were new at the Fest, some things remained the same – and gratefully so. Glowby the Bubbler, Scales ‘n Tales Travelling Zoo, and SOUL Harbor Ranch Animal Therapy Program enticed the crowd with their stories and activities that not only captivated the children but their parents too!

Heybeck’s Meat Market & Gourmet Catering and The SweetSpot didn’t disappoint. Attendees enjoyed the succulent grilled fare and complemented their lunch with a satisfying, tasty treat! Children left the fest with kites and bubbles in hand and a hop, skip and a jump of joy.

The Village is continually grateful to all who made this fest possible: our donors, sponsors, volunteers and most of all the visitors who joined us that afternoon, for a chance to get out, experience an afternoon of “normalcy,” and enjoy our valued open spaces. Until next time, know that the Hills ARE Alive and can still be enjoyed.


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Editorial note: September 25th we reported, “220’s Harris announces target start date for return to in-person Hybrid moved up to Oct. 19.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 students will return to some in-person learning Oct. 19 — a week earlier than initially planned — school officials said Tuesday.

Students in Barrington Area Unit District 220 can go back to school Oct. 19 — a week earlier than anticipated — with a hybrid model of in-person and distance learning, if all proceeds well, district officials said.

About 68% of families in the district said they plan to send kids back to school with hybrid learning — a blend of in-person and remote learning — while 31% are opting to continue with only remote learning, which the district will provide for whoever wants it. About 1% remain undecided.

However, the breakdown varies a lot by school, Superintendent Brian Harris told the district’s board of education Tuesday night.

Barrington High School and the two middle schools largely mirror the district average. But at Hough Elementary School, as many as 89% of families are choosing hybrid learning, while at Sunny Hill Elementary, only 30% are doing so.

A total of 44 certified staff members asked for a leave of absence after the district announced its hybrid plan, Harris said. Fifteen of those positions were filled and nine are being filled, but 20 staff members that teach in “highly specialized areas” are hard to replace, Harris said.

The district will continue looking for replacements, but meanwhile the plan is to reassign or hire staff members to supervise students in classrooms while their teachers continue virtual instruction, he said.

Nine people, mostly parents, spoke at the board meeting Tuesday to advocate reopening immediately for full in-person learning. They cited hardship for families and the negative effects of virtual learning on students’ performance and mental health.

Our district is spiraling downward. Our children are regressing and losing knowledge,” parent Heather Ewalt said. Ewalt, also a substitute teacher in the district, said teachers say in private they have the same concerns.

Read on here.

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A balloon arrangement reading “RLD 99” spells out the occasion Wednesday during a surprise parade to mark the 99th birthday of Arlington Park Chairman Emeritus Richard Duchossois outside his Barrington Hills home.

Arlington Park Chairman Emeritus Richard Duchossois didn’t have to go anywhere Wednesday to celebrate his 99th birthday — the celebration came to him.

Dozens of police, fire and other municipal vehicles joined others outside Duchossois’ Barrington Hills home for a surprise parade to mark the occasion.

Duchossois was seen watching the festivities from a window, while an honor guard marched past the World War II veteran’s home, where an arrangement of balloons reading “RLD 99” spelled out the occasion.


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Dick Duchossois, Arlington Park Chairman Emeritus, holds a flag that flew over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during Military Appreciation Day in 2019 at the track. (Daily Herald File Photo)

There oughta be some kind of medal for living to the age of 99.

Thing is, Dick Duchossois doesn’t need artificial hardware. He’s got the real thing, as in two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

You get such items when you command a World War II tank battalion for George Patton through five major European campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge and a sweeping Third Army drive across France.

Duchossois was badly injured and almost didn’t survive, yet he fled the hospital to fight again, because that’s what the Greatest Generation did for one another.

The Chairman Emeritus of Arlington Park once told me he never thought he’d live through a war that ended in 1945, so the last 75 years have pretty much been gravy, battles with cancer and heart disease simply postholes in a John Ford, Hollywood-style journey.

The big family and big businesses, billions earned, invested and donated, and of course his pride and joy, Arlington Park.

It would only be fitting if the Local Oval — which in a surprise will have racing next summer in its 94th year — makes it to the end of the 2021 meet on Sept. 25, and hosts one heck of a 100th birthday party 12 days ahead of the big one.

Duchossois turns 99 Wednesday and social distancing being the order of the day, there will be a surprise for him this time as 99 personal, police, fire and public works vehicles from local municipalities will parade past his Barrington Hills home in tribute.

Read more here. Happy Birthday!

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This is the Tribune Editorial Board’s second installment of endorsements for contested Illinois House races in the Nov. 3 general election.

52nd District

Think it’s tough trying to get things done in Springfield? Try Barrington Hills.

When Republican Marty McLaughlin became mayor in 2013, the Village Board split on issues was 5-2 and McLaughlin was one of the two minority votes. Still, he got his initiatives through, including a consolidation of 911 services that saved taxpayers millions of dollars. As an investment manager, he knows money.

And he knows that because of the pandemic, revenue from state taxes will be a sliver of what they were before. Other states, he says, have decided to slash spending to brace for less money coming in. That’s the course Illinois should take as well, McLaughlin says.

McLaughlin says. His opponent, Island Lake Democrat Marci Suelzer, is a business executive and a licensed mental health counselor. Her skill set is extensive, but McLaughlin is endorsed.

Read the rest of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board’s endorsements here.

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The Barrington CUSD 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at 515 West Main StA copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

This will be the last scheduled meeting of the Board prior to some students returning to classrooms on October 19th (see220’s Harris announces target start date for return to in-person Hybrid moved up to Oct. 19”). Those wishing to watch the meeting remotely can do so by clicking here.

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Martin McLaughlin, the village president of Barrington Hills since 2013, is an advocate for reducing spending and cutting taxes.

He is running in the state’s 52nd House District against Marci Suelzer, a Democrat from Island Lake, and Alia Sarfraz, a Green Party candidate from South Barrington.

The three are seeking to replace longtime state Rep. David McSweeney, who isn’t seeking reelection.

McLaughlin criticized the state for passing a budget this past spring that included a projected $6 billion deficit.

He said that in Barrington Hills, village officials started having conversations in the spring about what the pandemic’s economic impact would look like and what that would mean for village revenues.

“I just want the state to recognize the revenue will not be there and to be proactive about that, whatever that takes as far as reductions in spending or cuts or an overall look,” he said in a group interview with the editorial boards of the Northwest Herald and the Daily Herald.

Read the full Northwest Herald endorsement here.

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