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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has abandoned plans to build a columbarium cemetery – to house cremated remains of veterans – in South Barrington and is seeking a location elsewhere, according to village and VA officials.

“The VA columbarium never came to fruition here and we tried to find the VA another spot in town, but we have no evidence that they were interested in exploring our suggestions,” said South Barrington mayor Paula McCombie. “We received an email from them on Sept. 10 stating that the property was no longer available and that they were concluding any further evaluation and actions for the Freeman Road site.”

Les’ A. Melnyk, a spokesman for the National Cemetery Association for the Department of Veterans Affairs, confirmed the VA will not be developing the site at 10 Freeman Road, in the northwest suburban town, since someone else purchased the property the VA had been eyeing.

In Nov. 2019, more than 100 people crowded into the South Barrington Village Hall for a town hall meeting to discuss the proposed columbarium that would have housed the cremated remains of about 5,000 veterans on a 15-acre parcel in South Barrington.

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Related:National veterans cemetery in South Barrington: How about a different spot in town, leaders say

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The pandemic that created so many hardships in 2020 is far from behind us, but with vaccines already being distributed to millions and the calendar turning to a new year, there’s reason for optimism as we begin 2021. We asked mayors and village presidents in the Northwest suburbs what they hope to see their communities accomplish in the year ahead.

Barrington Hills, Martin McLaughlin

The village is currently testing the use of cameras to create a “virtual gated community,” which if approved, will be implemented in 2021.

Barrington, Karen Darch

Next year, we are looking forward to leading the community “back to normal” after the pandemic and beginning work on our Route 14 Metra access project as well as engineering work on the Route 14 underpass.*

South Barrington, Paula McCombie

In 2021, we are looking forward to working on an increase in development and new business, as well as the completion of our serenity garden in our Village Conservancy.

The plans of Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Lake Barrington and others can be viewed here.

* We were wondering what ever happened with the,Curious Questions with Karen Darch,” podcasts?

The first (and only) podcast was in February, and we think she should reactivate it given current events (District 220, for example), since the first one was so stimulating!

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The Arboretum of South Barrington is facing a foreclosure lawsuit amid widespread economic pressure on the retail and hospitality industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the lawsuit filed in Cook County circuit court in September, UnionBank states that the owners of The Arboretum didn’t pay interest on the property’s $67.2 million mortgage and didn’t pay off the debt when it matured in April, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

The 480,000-square-foot outdoor shopping center at Higgins Road and Route 59 is listed as part of the portfolio of Starwood Retail Partners, a division of Starwood Capital Group.

Starwood Retail Partners and UnionBank didn’t return requests for comment Wednesday.

“Unfortunately we have no comment,” said a woman who answered The Arboretum’s customer service number.

South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie said she had no firsthand knowledge of the lawsuit but was informed Wednesday morning that The Arboretum has a court-appointed receiver. That person is Mike Zucker, managing partner of Peak Properties, based in Chicago.

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Willow Creek Community Church’s main campus in South Barrington will host its inaugural Winter Wonderland Walk starting Tuesday.

Willow Creek Community Church’s main South Barrington campus will be transformed into an outdoor light extravaganza for the public to enjoy — at a distance from one another — beginning Tuesday.

The church’s first Winter Wonderland Walk is a half-mile paved walking path with 80 wrapped trees, 55 lighted structures and more than 10 miles of lights. Church leaders say it’s their way to bring some Christmas cheer to the community, as a number of holiday gatherings have already been curtailed across the region.

The light spectacle is free to attend, but requires timed tickets available on the church website at willowcreek.org/wonderland. Attendees ages 2 and above will be required to wear face masks along the walk.

The decorated walkway will feature interactive elements that tell the Christmas story and give pause for reflection, organizers say. It will be open nightly, except for Mondays, starting Dec. 1. The event runs through Christmas Eve.

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Up for auction August 5th is +/- 34 acres currently owned by the South Barrington Park District. The property is located at South of the intersection of RT 59 (Sutton Rd. and Bartlett Rd., South Barrington, IL). The suggested opening bid is $500,000.

Ordinarily we don’t post real estate listings. However, given the proximity of the property to the Barrington Hills Village Hall, based on our experience we’re certain someone will have to voice their opinion on this matter.

Details on the property and auction terms can be viewed here.

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Barrington Village President Karen Darch

Officials from the Barrington Area Council of Governments have announced a new executive board leadership team for 2020-21.

Barrington Village President Karen Darch will serve as the group’s chair, with South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie as vice chair.

Barrington Township Supervisor Amy Nykaza served as board chair in 2019-20.

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To lure Sears into a Chicago suburb, officials crafted the largest tax break package ever awarded to a company in Illinois. It resulted in revenue shortfalls, disappearing jobs and unexpected tax burdens, a Daily Herald and ProPublica review showed.

On a hot Sunday afternoon in June 1989, two of the most powerful men in Illinois met to watch a ballgame at Wrigley Field — and, if all went well, to make a deal.

James R. Thompson, the state’s four-term Republican governor, and Edward Brennan, chairman of Sears, Roebuck & Co., the world’s largest retailer, had been deep in talks for months.

The stakes were high. Brennan was threatening to move Sears’ corporate headquarters, located in downtown Chicago in what was then the tallest skyscraper in the world, to another state. The move would rob Illinois of thousands of good-paying jobs, tens of millions in tax revenues and its reputation as a business-friendly state.

As the two men watched the Montreal Expos blank the Cubs 5-0, dropping the “Lovable Losers” out of first place, Thompson told Brennan he’d do whatever it took to keep Sears from leaving. The state had crafted a package of financial incentives that the legendary political deal maker believed was too good to pass up.

After the game ended, Thompson called up one of his closest associates, Jay Hedges, director of the state’s Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. In a recent interview, Hedges recalled Thompson delivering the news of his breakthrough.

“Well, Jay, Sears is staying in Illinois,” Thompson told him. “And they want to move to Hoffman Estates.”

Read much more here.

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Early morning glitches delayed the opening Tuesday of two Barrington polling places and created technical issues at four others, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Clerk’s office.

The polling location at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington still had not opened as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday while the one at Barrington Village Hall opened by 9:30 a.m. Polls had been scheduled to open at 6 a.m.

James Scalzitti, the director of communications for the Cook County Clerk, said in an email that polling places at the church and Barrington Village Hall did not open as scheduled because election judges did not arrive to open the locations.

Scalzitti said replacement workers were sent to Village Hall and the church. While the Village Hall poll opened by 9:30 a.m., he said there was no hand sanitizer at Willow Creek.

More here.

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Looking to offset the rising costs of animal feed or perhaps recent, unforeseen legal or other expenses? Then look no further!

Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie and the U.S. Census Bureau will co-host a 2020 census hiring event from 6 to 8 PM Thursday, March 5, at South Barrington’s Village Hall, 30 S. Barrington Road.

Attendees will be able to learn more about thousands of temporary positions available to assist with the 2020 count, speak directly to bureau representatives and complete applications for open positions on the spot.

“These positions are not only incredible opportunities for those looking for work or to make extra income this year; but for anyone who wants to be of service to their community,” Morrison said.

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Hoffman Estates village board members voted 6-1 Monday to approve a tax incentive to spark economic development on 64 acres along the village’s stretch of Higgins Road west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center.

A larger, 185-acre area of the same site at the northwest corner of Higgins Road and Route 59 has been the subject of the concept plan for the controversial Plum Farms mixed-use development that’s been idle for the past 2½ years since a lawsuit was filed over its residential density.

That lawsuit was originally filed by residents of the nearby Regency of the Woods of South Barrington retirement community. After Barrington Unit District 220 intervened in the suit on the side of the residents, the retirement community settled its portion.

Last month, District 220’s own lingering case was dismissed by a judge based on a legal precedent. But at its next meeting on Jan. 14, school the board intends to choose among its options to file a motion for reconsideration, file a notice of appeal or let the judge’s ruling lie, Superintendent Brian Harris said.

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