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Libby Rieke, of Barrington, arrived June 10, 2022 at the Metra Lot Concert series kickoff in Barrington in an orange 1972 Volkswagen van. Rieke is pictured with Carol and Dave Nelson, of Barrington, right, and Jaquelyn Rieke. (Karie Angell Luc / Pioneer Press)

A Barrington concert series born out of the COVID-19 pandemic has become popular, the mayor says, and is returning this year to the Metra commuter train station parking lot – likely as an annual event.

The Metra Lot Concert series launched last year as an entertainment option amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s great to get people outside in Barrington using this amenity, our huge parking lot which has such great acoustics,” said Village President Karen Darch.

She called the commuter train station parking lot “a natural stage.

Approximately 120 people registered to see the June 10 series-kickoff concert, with music by band Hi-Infidelity.

Libby Rieke, of Barrington, arrived at the parking lot concert in a 1972 tangerine-colored Volkswagen van. Popping through the van’s sunroof was Jaquelyn Rieke, formerly of Barrington and a Barrington High School graduate.

“It’s the perfect concert bus to bring to the Metra concert in Barrington,” Libby Rieke said. “It’s the perfect bus!”

Read more here. To check on future concerts, click here.

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Barrington Basketball

The Barrington Summer League basketball season features 24 teams and is run entirely by teenagers. Founders, Austin Molinaro, from left, Nick Bordenet, Ryan Chang and Christian Katris act as commissioners. (Burt Constable | Staff Photographer)

Burt Constable

Remember those good old days, when bunches of boys would get together in the summer to play basketball on an outdoor court with no adults telling them what to do?

That’s happening now on the court at Countryside Elementary School in Barrington.

“It’s just for fun,” says Austin Molinaro, who founded the Barrington Summer League with Nick Bordenet, Ryan Chang and Christian Katris, all 18-year-olds who just graduated from Barrington High School. The four, who call themselves “commissioners,” started the league last summer as a way to keep playing basketball when traditional adult-run programs were canceled due to pandemic restrictions.

With 24 teams and about 180 players playing a 14-game regular season and then playoffs, the league is about more than putting a ball through a hoop.

“This year, every team has an Instagram account,” Katris says.

The league posts schedules, results and rankings on its barringtonsummerleague Instagram account. Players post photos and videos, and they also dole out compliments and some trash-talking. Teams, with seven or eight players, buy matching uniforms and give themselves names such as the Solar Bears, Cocoa Puffs or Goofy Goobers. Some team names recognize players’ backgrounds with monikers that include Black Panthers, the Wasian Mambas and the Rednecks.

Read more here.

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BHS 2022

The Barrington High School Class of 2022 included some 700 graduating senior. Commencement was held June 3, 2022 at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. (Karie Angell Luc / Pioneer Press)

More than 700 seniors from Barrington High School made up the class of 2022, with their graduation ceremony held Friday at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.

Last year, separate graduation ceremonies were held outdoors at the school’s athletic stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to accommodate the turnout. But this year, there was a return to the pre-pandemic, familiar auditorium setting.

This was the first BHS commencement for new Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Robert Hunt, who started in his new position last summer. He said the Class of 2022 was strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but overcame obstacles.

“With the perseverance and challenges these students have demonstrated, the accolades and what they have done under those circumstances is just truly amazing,” Hunt said.

Read more here.

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Hart Road will be closing in two weeks.

The Lake County Division of Transportation will be closing Hart Road to through traffic from Route 14 (Northwest Highway) to Main Street/County Line Road (Lake-Cook Road) for approximately five months, beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 2.

The closure is necessary to remove the existing culvert pipes, construct a new bridge over Flint Creek, add a bike path on the east side of the bridge, and resurface Hart Road from south of Route 14 to Main Street/County Line Road, officials said.

A detour will use Route 14 to Route 59 to Main Street. Local traffic will be allowed from Main Street/County Line Road north to Barrington High School and from Route 14 south to local businesses and the sports complex.

The road will be closed to all through traffic at Flint Creek.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed 35 bills Friday, including measures impacting education, driving and public safety retirement.

Beginning Jan. 1, certain members of law enforcement can retire at the age 55 instead of 60.

Among the bills Pritzker signed Friday are measures that reduce the number of professional development hours for an educator license and allow a school district to waive the evaluation requirement of certain educators if they were rated “excellent” or “proficient” previously.

Another measure pertaining to schools prohibits districts from withholding a student’s grades, transcripts, or diploma because of an unpaid balance on school accounts.

Starting Jan. 1, a measure requires various state agencies to establish programs to receive reports from the public about possible self-harm, criminal acts or potential harm directed at school students, employees or schools.

Effective immediately is a measure that requires grocery stores or supermarkets to display both the regular price and discounted price of an item.

Several measures deal with driving. One measure starting Jan. 1, 2023, prohibits “street sideshows on any street or highway of the state.” A separate measure permits people with a suspended driver’s license due to failure to pay child support to obtain a school bus driver permit “under a new set of circumstances.”

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A sign on Hart Road warns of headaches ahead.

Patching and resurfacing will require intermittent daytime lane closures in the Barrington, Lake Zurich and Deer Park areas beginning Monday, May 9th, weather permitting.

Work is scheduled for Lake-Cook Road/County Line Road/Main Street from Hart Road in Barrington to Rue Touraine in Lake Zurich, passing through Deer Park.

The $4.2 million improvements consist of resurfacing the 4.6-mile stretch of Lake-Cook Road/County Line Road/Main Street and constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. Work is expected to be completed in October. Access to residences and businesses within the work zone will be maintained throughout construction.

Visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com for traffic and road conditions.

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U.S. News and World Report released its 2022 Best High School rankings this week, and five Chicago schools were ranked in the top 100.

The publication ranked nearly 18,000 public high schools by assessing six factors based on their state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

Eleven Illinois high schools ranked in the top 300. They are:

  • Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago is ranked number one in Illinois and number five nationally
  • Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago is ranked number two in Illinois and number 31 nationally
  • Jones College Prep High School in Chicago is ranked number three in Illinois and number 51 nationally
  • Young Magnet High School in Chicago is ranked number four in Illinois and number 67 nationally
  • Lane Technical High School in Chicago is ranked number five in Illinois and number 84 nationally
  • Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park is ranked number six in Illinois and number 161 nationally
  • Adlai E Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire is ranked number seven in Illinois and number 167 nationally
  • Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills is ranked number eight in Illinois and number 238 nationally
  • Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale is ranked number nine in Illinois and number 277 nationally
  • New Trier Township High School Winnetka is ranked number 10 in Illinois and number 285 nationally
  • Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest is ranked number 11 in Illinois and number 292 nationally

Barrington High School ranked number 25 in Illinois and 610 nationally. Dundee-Crown High School ranked number 192 in Illinois and 5,612 nationally. The complete ranking is here.

Watch the FOX 32 Chicago report here.

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Cesna BHS

Barrington High School Aviation Club member Ella Braun prepares to take off in a Cessna 172 April 21, 2022 at DuPage Airport in West Chicago. (Mike Mantucca / Pioneer Press)

Members of the Aviation Club at Barrington High School were flying high, wrapping the student group’s inaugural year with flights over Barrington and parts of Lake County in a Cessna airplane.

Officials at Barrington School District 220, which the high school is part of, said in a news release that the school’s Aviation Club, which started this school year, partnered with the Illinois Aviation Academy at DuPage Airport in West Chicago to take the April 21 flights.

The goal, in part, was to “provide the next steps of flight and ground training to the prospective aviators,” the release states.

Participating students gathered at the airport, where they took off that Thursday afternoon for the introductory experience in a Cessna 172 aircraft with a flight instructor.

According to the release, Frank Kerous, an SD220 parent and captain for Southwest Airlines, pitched school administrators the idea for starting the club. He billed it as an opportunity for students to “take advantage of the current global pilot shortage,” the release states.

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The first round of stakeholder feedback on the performance of Barrington School District 220 that officials say will help frame the district’s strategic plan offered a mix of praise and compliments, along with suggestions for improvements, consultants explained.

The educational consulting firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates gave a presentation to the school board at its April 5 meeting, discussing Phase 1 of the district’s “Framework 220.” The consultants reported on feedback collected from a combination of focus groups and community questionnaires from over 4,000 stakeholders.

According to the HYA presentation, the consultants conducted a mix of interviews and an online survey of 22 administrators, six school board members, 51 classified staff, 224 teachers and certified staff, 284 community members, 1,378 parents of students attending the school and 1,786 students.

Consultants said respondents wanted the district to consider a focus beyond college preparation and shared a concern about students in the “middle.” Some respondents also questioned whether the district was meeting the social and emotional needs of students, improving technology and communication as well as refining academic programs, according to the presentation.

Those queried were also asked about their support for a referendum to build a new fine arts center. Although 38% said they were undecided, another 24% of respondents said they would “likely support” a referendum while 20% reported they would strongly support such a referendum.

According to the report, respondents want the district to “focus on ‘well-rounded’ students, social emotional skills and a variety of student experiences in order to prepare for a variety of choices after high school.

Read more here.

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220 Admin

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Some of the topics on their agenda are:

  • Consideration to Approve BMS – Prairie Campus Parking Lot Bid
  • Consideration to Approve Food Service Renewal
  • Consideration to Approve Barrington High School Bids (?), and
  • Consideration to Approve Project Work Order #8 to the Pepper Construction Company Master Agreement for BHS Addition & Renovation in the amount of $34,409,093

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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