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One of the largest pieces of open land available in Cook County, a 400-acre horse farm in Barrington Hills, is expected to become a forest preserve again, after a court ruling granting foreclosure of the property.

That is, unless a plan to grow cannabis on the site interferes with the process.

Horizon Farm, consisting mostly of rolling pasture along Algonquin Road west of Illinois Route 59, has been in litigation since shortly after a private sale in 2006. Richard Cannon and his wife, Meryl Squires Cannon, borrowed $14.5 million from Amcore Bank to buy the land.

After the property fell into foreclosure once before, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County bought the farm for $14 million in 2013, and briefly opened it as a preserve, but the Cannons fought in court to keep the land.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation will be conducting a second public meeting tomorrow, June 25th, regarding their, “Illinois Route 62 Phase 1 Study.” The meeting is scheduled from 4PM – 7PM at the Barrington Park District located at 235 Lions Drive, Barrington.

IDOT’s first public meeting on the topic was held November 9th, 2017, so clearly they are taking their time. For those wishing to review what was covered at that first meeting, click here.

Those wishing to explore IDOT’s website covering further information on their progress (or lack thereof), on plans to widen Algonquin Road to four lanes in Barrington Hills, click here.      

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Old Sutton Road will be closed to through traffic from 9:00 AM, June 24th, through the 28th between Penny and Higgins (Route 72) Roads for grade crossing improvements to the Canadian National Railway (EJ&E) line.

 

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The injured relationship between Kane County Board Democrats and the board’s chairman, Republican Chris Lauzen, entered the week as a light sprain but left on crutches after Lauzen described recent Democratic lobbying efforts as “pathetic.”

The confrontation occurred during a meeting of the board’s legislative committee, which is co-chaired by Democrats Jarett Sanchez and Matt Hanson. The committee’s focus during the state budget process was securing about $45 million for the Longmeadow Parkway to avoid the need to for a toll bridge to complete the project.

There are still pools of money in the state budget not yet attached to specific projects, but no money has been earmarked for Longmeadow so far.

Read more here.

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Since the first episodes of the hit Fox series in 2014, the Barrington Hills giant has been a set for the show while also lingering on the for-sale market. With the TV show’s last season coming, the seller “is allowing us to leverage that,” the listing agent said.

The for-sale listing for a 17,000-square-foot mansion in Barrington Hills, which has played the role of of Lucious Lyon’s baronial mansion on the Fox series “Empire” since 2014, at last makes reference to the TV show.

The house, on 8.5 acres on Lakeview Lane in the northwest suburb, has been on the market much of the time since June 2013, when it listed for $15.9 million, and separately has become familiar to fans of the television series. But until Monday, the real estate listing never mentioned “Empire.”

“The seller was hesitant, but now he’s allowing us to leverage that,” said Michael LaFido, the @properties agent who is representing the house. The new listing appeared Monday afternoon, after the home had been officially off the market but still offered on private agent networks since April 2018. Along with the new mention of “Empire,” the listing brought a $3 million price cut. The asking price is now $9.5 million, down from $12.5 million.

Read more from Crain’s Chicago Business here.

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Concerns about traffic, noise and the suitability of a South Barrington site proposed as home to a new national veterans cemetery are being taken into consideration as studies on the idea continue, according to the federal agency driving the effort.

But in the meantime, South Barrington leaders who see the proposed location as incompatible for a cemetery are instead suggesting other potential sites in town.

Under what’s called an urban initiative, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants to acquire 15 acres on the southwest corner of Mundhank and Freeman roads for a columbarium cemetery to serve the Chicago area. It would be an extension of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, about 57 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie stresses she and other village officials welcome the proposed veterans cemetery, but they say the VA’s location is not the best possible spot.

“Let’s find another location in town,” McCombie said. “Let’s look a little bit instead of just sticking people back over in a corner there.”

Read the full story from the Daily Herald here.

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Responding to public demands, Barrington officials have worked to add 67 more parking spaces at the Metra commuter station in the village’s downtown area.

Barrington owns the commuter lots at 201 S. Spring St., where there are currently 905 parking spaces.

An advisory referendum question on the November 2018 ballot asked if the village should “provide a preference to village residents at specific locations in the village’s commuter parking lots which are used by residents of other communities?”

About 75% of voters responded “yes” to the referendum question, according to results from the Lake and Cook county clerks’ offices. Barrington is divided between the two counties.

Barrington officials said spaces are needed as more people are finding jobs and require transportation in the Chicago area.

To read the Barrington Courier-Review coverage of the Metra commuter parking story, click here.

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