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The recordings have been released from last week’s Board of Trustee’s meeting (11.17.20), and the Village Attorney’s report contained the following update:

“The only thing I can report is that the ongoing litigation relative to the horse boarding text amendment we’re zeroing in on the close of discovery. We’ve been taking depositions almost every day, and discovery closes next week and thereafter I’m sure you’ll start seeing a flurry of motions. As a matter of fact, Miss Paul becomes a deponent tomorrow.”

To listen to the recording of the November 17th BOT meeting, click here.

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Illinois Facebook users have until Monday to claim their share of a $650 million class-action settlement over alleged violations of the state’s biometric privacy law.

Nearly 1.4 million people had filed a claim as of Wednesday, which would make the expected payout about $400 each, Chicago attorney Jay Edelson said.

Illinois Facebook users can file a claim through Monday at a website created for the biometric privacy class-action settlement.

Read on here.

Related:Facebook may pay Illinois users a couple of hundred dollars each in $550 million privacy settlement– January 29, 2020

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“In keeping with the Illinois Governor’s latest directives, as of Friday, November 20, 2020, the Riding Center will be operated under the following new mitigation requirements:

  • Face coverings required for all activities at all times.
  • No more than four (4) riders allowed in the modified indoor arena at one time.
  • Every other window in this arena will be open to facilitate ventilation and the end doors will be locked open.
  • Every other stall will remain open and the window in those stalls will be open.
  • The bleachers/warming area can seat a maximum of three (3) people.
  • The outdoor arena can have no more than six (6) riders at one time.”

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In this unprecedented year, Thanksgiving is going to look quite different for many. But suburban restaurants are trying to make the best of the situation by offering a variety of Thanksgiving dinner options to-go.

Here are some local offerings:

Chessie’s Restaurant

200 Applebee St., Barrington, (847) 382-5020, chessies-restaurant.com/. This Thanksgiving, there are three plated entrees to choose from, including turkey for $22.95, prime rib for $31.95 or salmon for $25.95. Each meal includes trimmings and dessert. Kids’ meals are $10.95. Order ahead for pickup between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Cooper’s Hawk

Locations in Arlington Heights, Burr Ridge, Chicago, Downers Grove, Naperville, Oak Park, South Barrington, St. Charles and Wheeling; chwinery.com/thanksgiving. Nosh on a heat-and-serve Thanksgiving meal for six featuring butternut squash soup, house salad, pretzel bread, slow-roasted turkey slices with pan gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing, Mary’s Potatoes, roasted green beans and carrots and Eli’s Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake. Order the dinner, which costs $169.99, by Thursday, Nov. 19, for pickup from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Francesca’s

Locations in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Elmhurst, Forest Park, Frankfort, Lake Forest, Naperville, Northbrook and Palos Park; miafrancesca.com/thanksgiving-pre-orders/. Dinner for four to five includes one turkey breast and two legs, mashed potatoes, string beans, sage stuffing, cranberries and gravy for $124. Dinner for two runs $65. Order by noon Tuesday, Nov. 24, for pickup between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Moretti’s

Locations in Barrington, Bartlett, Edison Park, Fox Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake in the Hills, Mount Prospect, Morton Grove, Rosemont and Schaumburg. morettisrestaurants.com/thanksgiving.php. Moretti’s is cooking up a feast this year. An individual meal includes sliced turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, harvest vegetables and housemade cranberries for $19.99. A four-pack of meals is $21.99 per person and includes a pumpkin pie. Orders are due Friday, Nov. 20, with pickup from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26.

Pinstripes

1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, (847) 480-2323; 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, (630) 575-8700; 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 844-9300; and 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago, (312) 527-3010; pinstripes.com/. Now through Sunday, Nov. 29, Pinstripes is offering a $12 turkey dinner featuring roasted turkey, housemade stuffing, peppercorn cream sauce, Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce. Add on a whole pumpkin pie for $14 or a single slice for $3. It’s available for curbside pickup or delivery. Up for a challenge? Pinstripes is offering Bowl a Turkey, Get A Turkey, meaning guests who bowl a “turkey” (three strikes in a row) win a turkey dinner for two. Available Nov. 23 to 29 only.

Port Edward

20 W. Algonquin Road, Algonquin, (847) 658-5441, portedward.com/. Available for carryout or delivery, Port Edward’s Thanksgiving meal features roasted turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, crab legs, garlic mashed potatoes and cheesecake for $54 per person. Order ahead for pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

The Daily Herald has more restaurants to chose from here.

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That brought the total cost to build and run the short-lived facility to about $81.1 million, including construction costs. The emergency facility will not reopen, state officials say.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (from left), Gov. J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, touring the $65.9 million emergency coronavirus hospital at McCormick Place on April 17 — the day Pritzker announced the first five patients had been transferred there. Only 33 more would follow, as a feared COVID-19 crush at hospitals eased.
(Tyler LaRiviere / Sun-Times)

As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raced to build a $66 million emergency COVID-19 field hospital inside McCormick Place last spring, state and city officials scrambled to find the staff, equipment and supplies to run it.

The tab for all of that was another $20.3 million, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show, though state officials say two vendors returned a total of $5.2 million of “unspent funds.”

That brought the total cost of building and staffing the short-lived, makeshift coronavirus hospital to about $81.1 million.

State and city officials say they expect most of the costs for the McCormick Place hospital to be covered by the federal government.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency spent $19 million to staff and operate the hospital. City Hall put in another $1.3 million for materials and supplies.

The McCormick Place field hospital, built by Walsh Construction, one of Chicago’s most politically well-connected contractors, opened in mid-April. It was shut down only weeks later, on May 8, as the demand for hospital beds for coronavirus patients eased, and it was deemed by state and city officials to no longer be needed.

Read more of the Sun*Times Watchdog report here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 said Thursday it will continue to follow its five-metric plan for reopening schools during COVID-19, a move endorsed by its teacher union. That means the district will not return to hybrid learning next week, as some parents and school board members hoped.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 will not modify its reopening plan but instead continue will all-virtual learning for the foreseeable future, a move endorsed by its teachers union despite a push to reopen from some parents and some school board members.

Three school board members said last week they wanted to move away from the metrics and reopen schools as soon as possible. The topic was discussed at a meeting Monday that included school administrators, two school board members, the Barrington Education Association, which represents teachers, and the Barrington School District Employee Organization, which represents educational support professionals.

The school board met in closed session Wednesday evening to discuss the topic. School Board President Penny Kazmier didn’t respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Melissa Atteberry, president of the Barrington Education Association teachers union, said the vast majority of its 715 or so members don’t want to eliminate any of the five reopening metrics, particularly given the current surge of COVID-19 cases across the region.

“We understand this is difficult for parents and for students. It’s difficult for staff and the whole community,” Atteberry said earlier this week.

Charles Parkinson, president of the Barrington School District Employee Organization, declined to comment.

Read (little) more here, but expect no comments.

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District 220 issued the following release this morning:

“November 12, 2020

Dear Barrington 220 Community: 

In our COVID-19 update earlier this week, we shared that we would provide further communication today about the Hybrid status moving forward. 

We wanted to inform you that Barrington 220 will continue to follow our established five metrics. This means the district will remain in the adaptive pause until the data shows it is safe to return to the Hybrid mode.

Please understand that while we had hoped to return to Hybrid on Monday, Nov. 16, the safety of our students and staff must remain our top priority as the virus continues to spread within our community and surrounding communities.

In order to keep everyone informed, we will continue sending out weekly COVID-19 updates on Monday afternoons.”

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Long Grove’s Vintage Holidays 2020 kicks off November 12th and runs to the weekend before Christmas. Businesses in Historic downtown will be open Thursday night from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

Participating businesses include:

Participating businesses will have specials, discounts, giveaways, and more planned for those who attend. Those who register in advance or at the event will be entered to win prizes donated by our merchants throughout the night.

For more information, click here.

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Vietnam veteran Bill Mercurio of Machesney Park found solace volunteering for BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in Harvard following the death of his 28-year-old son, Andrew, in 2017. Mercurio has since become a trainer and part of BraveHearts staff as its veterans relations coordinator. (Courtesy of BraveHearts)

Vietnam War veteran Bill Mercurio joked that before he first encountered the BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in Harvard in 2015, the only riding he had done previously was on Chicago’s elevated trains.

Unlike his wife, Nancy, Mercurio had no previous experience around horses. But the Machesney Park resident was intrigued by the nonprofit BraveHearts and its mission since 2007 to offer “equine services to provide emotional, cognitive, social and physical benefits for veterans” at no cost to them.

“When you spend time with horses, you discover that they’re calming and relaxing,” said Mercurio, who started volunteering and riding regularly with BraveHearts in 2016. “Horses are in the moment, and you can lose a lot of anxiety around them.”

“Some people you always remember meeting for the first time, and Bill is one of those people,” said BraveHearts president and chief operating officer Meggan Hill-McQueeney. “He has so much kindness and wisdom and he just has a real heart to serve and he really folded in perfectly with our organization.”

The Mercurios’ time with BraveHearts was critical to their grieving process in 2017 when their 28-year-old son, Andrew, died from a fentanyl overdose. They credit their faith and spending time with the horses to help them through.

Read more here.

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The Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, will honor the more than 600 veterans buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Barrington, with a live balsam wreath on Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 19. To volunteer or donate, visit http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/ILEGCA.

The women of the Signal Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Barrington, will sponsor a modified wreath laying event this holiday season with the second celebration of Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Evergreen Cemetery, 610 South Dundee Ave., in Barrington.

Approximately 600 veterans’ graves have been identified at Evergreen dating back to the Civil War, and the goal is to honor each one with a live balsam wreath.

This Dec. 19, in compliance with pandemic guidelines for gathering, Wreaths Across America Day at Evergreen will forego a live memorial ceremony and proceed directly with the wreath placement.

Community volunteers will be assigned separate areas of the cemetery to provide distancing needed. All individuals who participate will be required to wear a mask, and staggered arrivals are encouraged.

Citizens, families and groups that are interested in sponsoring wreaths or participating in this event may visit  www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/ILEGCA.

Placement of wreaths will begin at noon on Dec. 19, rain/snow or shine, and will continue until all wreaths are laid.

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