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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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JourneyCare’s 26th annual Duck Race and Pool Party fundraiser benefits the All About Kids pediatric care program which provides comfort and specialized care for children and families facing serious illness. In honor of the VIP pediatric patients, JourneyCare staff, community members, supporters, patients and their families will gather for a splash-tacular time.

This free family event includes open swim and splash pad, games, activities, entertainment by Bob the DJ, 50/50 drawing, six duck races and 36 prizes. Guests can adopt (purchase) ducks and cheer them on as they race down the waterslide to the finish line!

In 2018 this annual event raised $21,000, and this year the JourneyCare Foundation hopes to raise $25,000 to ensure that JourneyCare keeps its promise never to turn away anyone because of the inability to pay. The race takes place from 4 to 7 PM Saturday, Aug. 10, at Aqualusion Water Park in Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington.

To adopt a duck or for more details visit, journeycare.org/duck.

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Award-winning entertainer and Grammy nominee Ron Hawking has performed his hit show, “His Way—A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” over 1,000 times. He followed that with “Ron Hawking Celebrates—The Men & Their Music,” which honored legendary singers, songwriters and performers.

The Barrington Hills resident is bringing his latest show, “Ron Hawking: The Song is You” to the Cabaret Room at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace for three performances, Aug. 9-11.

Read the Barrington Courier-Review profile here.

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Joe Ahern

On Wednesday, May 29, Joseph J. Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago and Barrington Hills resident, was awarded the Richard J. Daley Police Medal of Honor by the Chicago Police Department, its highest honor given to a citizen.

An award presented annually by the Superintendent of Police in memory of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s outstanding service and dedication to the residents of Chicago, this award is conferred upon exempt members, state, county, or municipal officials, or residents whose accomplishments or services have brought credit to the City of Chicago and/or the Chicago Police Department.

Read the full Quintessential Barrington article here. To learn more about the 100 Club of Chicago, click here.

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The Chicago Sun-Times published an article Friday that, as the title implies, covered the moon landing fifty years ago and featured suburban stories including this one from Barrington Hills:

“Anxiety was certainly felt at the Barrington Hills home of the Trude family, where Alfred S. Trude and his four children, Jack — celebrating his 11th birthday — Mike, Sherry and Patty sat watching. Trude’s wife was in Houston with her sister, Jan Armstrong, married to the astronaut.

‘We were all pretty nervous,’ Alfred Trude said. ‘Nobody was breathing when Neil made that last step down to the moon. But then everybody relaxed, and the boys really got a kick out of all that bouncing up and down on the moon.’”

Read the full Sun-Times account of 50 years ago here.

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