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Ron Hawking will deliver a special 104th birthday tribute to Frank Sinatra at Barrington’s White House at 3 and 7:30 PM December 7th and 8th.

Hawking, a Barrington Hills resident, is a winner of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals Windy City Award. At the White House, he’ll sing selections from his hit musical productions of “His Way — A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” and his Grammy Award-nominated album, “The Song Is You.”

For information and tickets, visit barringtonswhitehouse.com/events.

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Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin next week will formally honor the winner of a local honey tasting at his town’s recent fall festival.

An estimated 750 patrons attended the The Hills Are Alive bash that featured bees, barbecue and music. The seventh fest was under cover on a rainy day at the village park district’s riding center Sept. 29.

The event every year highlights a specific aspect of living in Barrington Hills, and this year beekeeping was in the spotlight. Four local beekeepers submitted honey harvested from their hives in Barrington Hills and surrounding areas. The competitors were Saturdays Are for the Bees, Back 40 Bees, Mike Shackleton and Honey Lake Bee Company.

Read more here.

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Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore abruptly retired Tuesday amid a federal investigation into the company’s lobbying activities at the Capitol.

The announcement of Pramaggiore’s retirement came less than a week after Exelon and ComEd acknowledged they had received a second subpoena in the probe. Authorities were looking for “communications” between the companies and state Sen. Martin Sandoval, a Chicago Democrat whose home and offices were raided by FBI agents last month.

The lengthy list of things authorities were looking for included “items related to ComEd, Exelon, any employee, officer or representative of any of those businesses, Exelon Official A, Exelon Official B, Exelon Official C, Exelon Official D, and/or any issue supported by any of those businesses or individuals, including, but not limited to, rate increases.”

In last week’s filing with regulatory authorities, the companies said they have “cooperated fully” with prosecutors’ requests. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, Exelon has formed a special oversight committee “comprising solely independent directors and advised by independent outside legal counsel” to handle the matter, the statement said.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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This Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 5PM, Art in the Barn will celebrate 45 years of bringing fine art to our community. Held on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, this art show features more than 175 selected artists exhibiting works in every medium.

Situated in the barns and tents throughout the property, this beautiful fall festival draws thousands of people from the extended community for a weekend of art, entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. A wonderful way to welcome the fall season!

For complete information, click here.

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Dick Duchossois

Did the death knell grow louder for Arlington Park on Wednesday?

Or was it instead some high-stakes chin music served up by management of Churchill Downs Inc. toward Illinois state legislators about the future of the teetering local oval?

CDI stated an intent to conduct live racing at (Arlington Park) only through the 2020 and 2021 seasons, citing a burden of purse contributions at an unacceptable “tax rate” as the primary reason for its decision to not apply for table and video gambling with the Illinois Gaming Board.

But Dick Duchossois, the chairman emeritus who, by his own admission, is watching the unfolding theatrics from a deck chair, noted wiggle room in Carstanjen’s ominous words.

“Churchill Downs Incorporated will not close Arlington Park,” the 97-year-old industrialist said. “The Illinois state legislature will close Arlington Park. Only its members can change things.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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At least two suburban school systems have debuted inclusive playgrounds for the new academic season that are meant to be fun and accessible for children regardless of their physical abilities.

Countryside Elementary School in Barrington Hills this week unveiled its revamped playground geared for children ages 5 to 12. It includes a wheelchair-accessible swaying AeroGlider designed to encourage teamwork by kids of all ages and abilities.

At Countryside, children couldn’t get to the accessible playground fast enough after Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Along with the AeroGlider, it has a handicapped-accessible merry-go-round, low zip line, sensory slides, a shaded picnic table and music area.

Read more here.

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“Fifty-seven years ago, Emily McHugh left the traditions and southern style of Nashville, Tennessee for the Midwestern equestrian mecca of Barrington Hills.  

It was still customary in those days to extend letters of invitation to prospective guests. When George Van Hagen and his wife, Barbara, visited Nashville in 1961 for the Steeplechase Races, they met a dedicated young horsewoman named Emily Frazer Cullom, and suggested that she might enjoy a visit to their equestrian community in Barrington, Illinois. She could stay with them. Then-prevailing courtesies required that Emily’s mother receive a formal invitation for her daughter from the Van Hagens. Graciously offered to Mrs. Cullom, the letter was the signal for her daughter to step into a new environment, one with an equestrian history then barely 40 years old.”

Read the full Quintessential Barrington article here.


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