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The Cuba Township Highway Department will be hosting a no charge electronics recycling and document shredding event tomorrow, April 13, between the hours of 8:00 AM and noon.

The drop off location is 28070 West Cuba Road. For more information, call 847.381.7793.

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The Cook County Building and Zoning Committee has turned down a special use request from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District to construct a fire station close to two Barrington public school buildings.

The decision was made at the committee’s March 20 meeting.

In Barrington School District 220, the Early Learning Center and Barrington Middle School — Prairie Campus, both at 40 E. Dundee Road, would be impacted by siren noise and added traffic, said Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, D-15th District.

The two schools are in Morrison’s district, and Wednesday’s vote was 0-14 against the fire district’s proposal, he said.

“We have children there 3 to 6 years old and many of them have sensory issues,” Morrison told Pioneer Press.

Read more here.

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The Canadian National Railroad is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to construct a 4.27-mile-long second track adjoining the existing mainline track between Hoffman Estates and Elgin. The new rails would run between Shoe Factory and Spaulding roads and west of Poplar Creek Forest Preserve.

CN said the new and existing tracks would create a 6-mile reliever allowing an “uninterrupted flow” of northbound and southbound freight trains.

“The project will enhance the safe and efficient flow of rail traffic including the Milwaukee District West Line of Metra,” CN spokesman Alexandre Boulé said. “Commuters should also see reduced delays at Shoe Factory Road.”

Metra officials could not confirm CN’s assertions.

The Army Corps is involved because CN’s plan to mitigate impacts to Poplar Creek and its tributaries, which connect to the Fox River downstream, requires government approval under the Clean Water Act.

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The architect of Water Tower Place and many midcentury houses and churches designed this one in Barrington Hills with a vertical emphasis that complements the trees on the wooded site. 

A brick and glass modernist house in Barrington Hills designed in the mid-1960s by Ed Dart, one of Chicago’s great modernist architects, is on the market for the first time in more than 25 years.

Dart, whose best-known work is the soaring 74-story Water Tower Place, also emphasized the vertical element of this house on Brinker Road, letting it complement tall trees on the site. Both inside and out, he used Chicago common brick for an earthen connection.

The interior’s ample windows of glass and long catwalks on the second and third stories “give you sweeping views of the trees and the lake from any angle,” said Giacomo Antonini, who owns the 3,900-square-foot house on 6 acres.

“It still delights me,” 28 years after he bought the home with his now-deceased wife, he said.

Read more from Crain’s Chicago Business here.

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A five-bedroom, 20,513-square-foot mansion on 22 acres in Barrington Hills sold Monday for $4.4778 million — the highest-priced sale in the village since 2012.

Built in 1999, the three-story, lodgelike mansion on Woodhaven Lane has 6 1/2 baths, seven fireplaces, a leaded-glass front door, a great room with 30-foot domed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, a three-story, free-floating hickory spiral staircase that is enclosed by a glass turret, a two-story custom kitchen, a first-floor master suite with a spalike limestone bath, and a walkout lower level that has a pub, a wine wall with three chilling units, a home theater, a billiard room with a stained glass ceiling and an indoor gym.

Read more here.

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Come and prepare yourself for the upcoming April 2, 2019 election by attending a candidate forum for Barrington Hills and Barrington Village Trustees. Information about the School District 220 referendum will also be provided.

Presented by the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area.

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“The local police department has received several complaints during the past two months that shots have been fired through the windows of dwelling houses. In one instance a shot pierced the plate glass show window of a Main street business house. One dwelling has been fired into twice.

It is the theory of the department that the shots were fired by citizens in an attempt to kill rabbits that were destroying shrubbery. No malicious intent is attributed. The department warns all citizens, however, that this method of defense against the rodents must not be pursued.”

Read more from 365Barrington via the Barrington Review from 1930 here.

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