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The Forest Preserve District of Cook County cannot evict the former owners of Horizon Farm in Barrington Hills, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday, citing an appeals court order from August that essentially sent the sale of the 400-acre equestrian estate back to the legal drawing board.

The land, which features four miles of trails for hikers, bicyclists and horse riders, has occasionally been open to the public since 2015.

The August order voided the sale of the property, which leaves the district with no right to evict the former owners, the court ruled Tuesday.

Richard Kirk Cannon and Meryl Squires Cannon argue the county unlawfully acquired the property through a $14.5 million foreclosure sale with BMO Harris Bank back in 2013.

The court’s latest opinion reverses a previous circuit court decision to award the district possession of the property and puts the eviction issue on hold pending resolution of the foreclosure case.

“We hold that the reversal of the foreclosure judgment voids the sale of the property to the FPD,” the opinion says. “If the circuit court, following trial, again awards a foreclosure judgment in favor of FPD, the court will need to hold a new foreclosure sale, and the purchaser at that sale will acquire the property owner’s rights and duties under the lease with Royalty Farms (if Royalty Farms has a valid lease).”

The full text of the Daily Herald article can be accessed here.

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IDOT IL 62 Study As state transportation officials brainstorm ways to address a bottleneck along Route 62 in Barrington Hills, they’re inviting area residents to learn more about the issue during an upcoming open house.

The event comes as officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation begin a four-year study examining possible upgrades and widening options to Route 62, between routes 25 and 68 in Barrington Hills.

Currently, the four-mile stretch, also named Algonquin Road, narrows to one-lane in each direction, but the roadway expands to two lanes in both directions before and after routes 25 and 68, said Kimberly Murphy, who heads the consultant studies unit for IDOT.

Traffic along that stretch of Route 62 also is over capacity, she said.

“There’s a lack of continuity between 25 and 68,” Murphy said. “It’s sort of a bottleneck.”

The upcoming open house for residents lasts from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington.

During the event, IDOT officials said representatives will introduce tentative roadwork plans, listen to public feedback and answer residents’ questions. IDOT also is taking applications for a new community advisory committee on the project that would feature Barrington-area residents, motorists and stakeholders, Murphy said.

To read the full Barrington Courier-Review article, including comments by Barrington Hills Village Administrator Robert Kosin, click here.

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IDOT IL 62 Study“BARRINGTON, IL – A public meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 to discuss road improvements proposed on Illinois Route 62 in Barrington Hills. The Illinois Department of Transportation will accept public comments at the meeting and written comments that are mailed or submitted online until Dec. 1.

IDOT didn’t specify what improvements are planned on the main Barrington Hills thoroughfare except that they are planned between Illinois 25 and Illinois 68, a stretch that covers most of the village. Preliminary engineering and environmental studies have already begun.

The hearing, planned from 4-7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive in Barrington, will introduce the project, obtain public input and inform those in attendance about additional public involvement opportunities.

Exhibits will be on display and an audio-visual presentation will be shown during the open-house format meeting.

The official public meeting record will include comments heard in person, mailed and ones that will be submitted online here.”

The original press release in the Barrington Patch can be seen here.

In addition, IDOT has set up a website for the project which does not include any further details, but we will continue to monitor it for any updates.  We did note that the logo (above) for the project contains a horse, trees and a bicycle.

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VBH__LogoThe Village Board will meet on Monday August 28th at 6:30 PM. The agenda can be viewed here and the e-Packet can be found here.

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pavement-markingThe Roads & Bridges Committee meets on Thursday August 24th at 4:00 PM.  The link for the Agenda and Meeting e-Packet can be found here.  The agenda includes an update on Longmeadow Parkway construction, and continued review of engineering firms.

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family-biking-at-millbrook Jane Healy, a high school science teacher, said motorists sometimes shout insults or give her the “hairy eyeball” when she bikes in the southern suburbs.

“People shout nasty things and I just smile and wave, ” said Healy, 53, a Blue Island resident who bike-commutes to her job at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in the same town. She said the suburbs need better infrastructure to encourage both cycling and walking as well as more education for drivers to encourage them to share the road.

While Bicycling magazine in 2016 named Chicago the most bike-friendly U.S. city, the car-centric Chicago suburbs still have a ways to go to encourage both cycling and walking, according to advocates.

Though there are signs of progress, from the growth of a trail network to the arrival of protected bike lanes in some communities, it is still hard for many in the suburbs to bicycle comfortably, according to a new report from the Active Transportation Alliance, which promotes biking, walking and transit.

..Some areas have seen conflicts between bicyclists and motorists — Barrington Hills, for example, popular with cyclists and horseback riders for its scenery, was the site of a feud three years ago between residents who complained of unsafe riders, and cyclists who say residents had driven them off the road and even threw things at them.

Village President Martin McLaughlin said the village has a “small minority” of people who oppose biking of any kind. A couple of years ago, the village passed a resolution demanding that biking on village-owned, narrow, two-lane rural roads be single-file rather than in groups four or five bikes wide, McLaughlin said. The village also decided not to ask for road-widening funds to accommodate bicyclists, because of the effect on private property.

“We’d have to tear out a ton of heritage trees,” McLaughlin said. He said the village is not opposed to biking, and that non-village-owned roads like routes 62 and 68 may be better choices for widening.

To read the entire story in the Chicago Tribune, click here.

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7tsiypdyvnc6kq4rvz7h760l68297zq The potential presence of an endangered bumblebee species in the Longmeadow Parkway project area has temporarily brought construction on the road to a halt.

Work on Longmeadow Parkway near Randall Road in Algonquin started Monday morning; however, later in the afternoon, crews had cleared out following an emergency motion that issued a temporary restraining order for the project.

The restraining order, issued by Judge Sharon Coleman in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, is in effect until 5 p.m. April 28.

The full article in the Northwest Herald can be read here.

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