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Without any public comment urging action one way or another, Lake Barrington village board members Tuesday night rejected the idea of marijuana businesses opening in the town.

Recreational pot use by those 21 and older becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. Towns can’t outlaw its use, but they are allowed to prohibit businesses that sell it or restrict their location.

By a 6-0 vote, the Lake Barrington village board passed an ordinance prohibiting pot retailers in all zoning districts. Village President Kevin Richardson said not allowing marijuana businesses in town is consistent with previous rejections of an off-track betting facility and video gambling.

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Hoffman Estates officials have recommended approval of a village-initiated tax increment financing district to spur commercial growth at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

Hoffman Estates officials are poised to grant an economic incentive Jan. 6 to spur development just west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center, helping the vacant site join the commercial development going on around it.

The village’s planning, building and zoning committee voted 6-1 Monday to recommend approval of a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The proposed TIF district would include a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel along Higgins Road west of Route 59 as well as adjacent right of way for a total of 64 acres.

Potential developments for the site include a gas station and convenience store along Old Sutton, 100,000 square feet of self storage along the CN Railroad tracks, and a 150,000-square-foot retail center. (Sound familiar?)

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Last evening, the 220 Board of Education held a public hearing for the tentative 2019 tax levy, which determines how much taxpayer money the district will receive in 2019. 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80% of the district’s annual operating revenues.

The district expects to receive a 2.34% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.4% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2019 is $126,156,200.

The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy at its next meeting on December. 17th.

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These days, it’s more than just shelves of books that await students at Carpentersville’s Sunny Hill Elementary School library.

Recently, the $500,000 project to transform the space from a “book warehouse” into a 21st century learning space was completed. Students and school officials say they are thrilled with the results.

“It’s an incredible reality,” Principal Cynthia Armendariz-Maxwell said. “The possibilities that students can now tap into thanks to this learning space … a new door has been opened to our students and it will transform lives.”

The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation contributed $190,000 toward the total amount for the library’s remodel.

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At their November 19th meeting, the 220 Board of Education approved the demolition of the property located at 36 E. Dundee Road, which sits directly adjacent to BMS-Prairie and the Early Learning Center. The work will be completed no later than December 20th, but it is estimated it will only take approximately two weeks to complete the demolition.

While the district, “does not anticipate any disruption to the school day,” parents should be aware they will see construction crews and equipment around the parking lots of both buildings. The intent is to use the space to ease traffic congestion at both schools.

220 purchased the property last school year, after Cook County rejected a proposal from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District to build a fire station at the site.

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The 220 Board of Education approved which resolutions it plans to support from the Illinois Association of School Board’s (IASB) 2019 resolution proposals. The Board will NOT support a resolution which provides local school boards the option of developing Student Safety and Protection Plans which allow voluntary district employees, in any capacity, the ability to carry a concealed firearm on district property.

Every November school boards from across the state send a delegate to the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) conference in Chicago. At this conference, the delegates vote on proposed resolutions IASB will pursue in the upcoming legislative sessions.

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We were only one of two (2) individuals or groups tuning in to the YouTube live stream of the 220 Board of Education meeting last night (see lower left corner viewer count).

Last night during their November 19th meeting, the 220 Board heard a presentation about the tentative 2019 tax levy, which determines how much taxpayer money the district will receive in 2019. Barrington 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80% of the district’s annual operating revenues.

The district expects to receive a 2.34% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.4% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2019 is $126,156,200.

The next step in the tax levy approval process is a public hearing set for the December 3rd Board meeting. The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy on December 17th.

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