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With more and more students signing up for Harper College’s Promise Scholarship, the program that guarantees free tuition for good grades, attendance and community service is slowly becoming financially unsustainable, college officials say.

It’s a reality that has led them to consider tweaks to the program now, and perhaps an overhaul later.

In the short term, the college’s board next month will vote on an advisory committee’s recommendation to include Advanced Placement and dual credit courses taken in high school in the amount of credit hours the college will pay for. The change would apply to high schoolers at three Harper sender districts beginning with the graduating classes of 2025 — current eighth-graders whom Harper officials already plan to start recruiting in January.

It wouldn’t mean students need to arrive at Harper’s Palatine campus with college credits, nor would there be any changes to the existing list of requirements to get the tuition-free scholarship.

Established in 2015 under then-President Ken Ender, the program awards two years of tuition to students from Northwest Suburban High School District 214, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 and Barrington Area Unit District 220 who maintain solid grades, have good attendance, don’t repeat classes, graduate on time and provide service in their communities.

The proposed credit hour change, plus a one-time board contribution of $1.4 million, would make the Promise program whole for the next decade, officials said. There’s about $20 million in the fund now, and it costs at least $1 million in tuition for each year’s class — a number that’s expected to grow with the increase in demand.

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Determined to keep their students, faculty and staff safe from the COVID-19 virus, officials at Harper College have announced that classes for the fall 2020 semester will be offered “primarily online.”

In a statement recently posted on the Palatine-based community college’s website, officials said the decision to keep the campus “mostly” closed was made “to protect our students, faculty and staff,” with most courses to be taught online for fall, and some featuring live class meetings.

“Some classes will require students to attend live, online class meetings at a set time,” officials said. “These courses will be fully online but will require you to be online and connected by webcam and microphone at set times.”

Administrators at other area colleges and universities have said they’re anticipating a combination of in-person and online classes in the fall, though many schools are still sorting out those details.

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BACC-HiRes-cropSeveral officials representing schools, libraries, park districts and other local governments in the Barrington area will address the issues facing their constituents during an upcoming public forum.

Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, the second annual “Public Town Hall Forum” lets Barrington area residents hear from their local officials directly and under one roof, said Suzanne Corr, president and CEO of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.

“This public town hall forum offers residents and business leaders in the Barrington area a chance to hear firsthand vital information about how their tax dollars are being used in our communities,” Corr said in a news release.

Attendees also can submit questions to the speakers during the event, which starts at 8 a.m. April 25 at Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Highway, Barrington.

To register for the event, interested residents can call 847-381-2525 or visit the chamber’s web site at www.barringtonchamber.com.

The speakers for this year’s forum include Jesse Henning, the new executive director of the Barrington Area Library; Brian Harris, superintendent of Barrington School District 220; Jim Kreher, fire chief of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District; Dennis Kelly, treasurer of the Barrington Hills Park District; Teresa Jennings, executive director of the Barrington Park District; Jay Morgan, executive director of the South Barrington Park District; and Kenneth Ender, president of Harper College, the chamber said.

To read the full article in the Chicago Tribune, click here.

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 PlumFarmAerialThe public hearing scheduled for Monday, April 3, on a controversial tax-increment financing (TIF) district for a proposed 184-acre development at routes 59 and 72 in western Hoffman Estates will be continued at that time to the village board meeting of Monday, May 1.

The next meeting of the joint review board of the taxing bodies potentially affected by such a TIF district is already scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

A public hearing on the village’s potential annexation of the land is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, but also may be continued to a later date.

To read the report in the Daily Herald, click here.

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The vast majority of taxing bodies potentially affected by a proposed $21 million tax refund for a development in western Hoffman Estates dislike the idea so much they rejected it twice Tuesday.  Members of the joint review board for the tax increment financing district requested by the developer for a 184-acre site at routes 59 and 72 first voted 7-1 against approving the eligibility for such an incentive, then voted 7-1 to actively reject its eligibility.

But even with two such votes against it, the proposal legally receives a 30-day period for the developer to adapt the request before the joint review board meets again at 1:30 p.m. April 18 at Hoffman Estates village hall.  And if the ultimate vote is still against the TIF district, the Hoffman Estates village board can still approve it with a supermajority.

The full text of the Daily Herald can be read here.

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Beaubien Harper

Dee Beaubien stood in the sunlit rotunda room, a part of a $44.8 million building renovation at Harper College, to highlight how the project will benefit students during a dedication Thursday in Palatine.

Used as a common area for students, the two-story, round and gleaming structure is named after Beaubien, a recognition of her $100,000 gift to fund the new rotunda at the community college.

Beaubien said her late husband, Mark Beaubien, a Republican state representative from Barrington Hills for the northwest suburban 52nd District before he died in 2011, was always interested in helping immigrants. Under the renovation, one of the departments Building D now houses is the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and linguistics, she noted.

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