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Long Grove

A box truck became struck the Long Grove Covered Bridge near Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove on Monday. | Photo: Chatter Box of Long Grove

A box truck was heavily damaged after it hit the historic bridge in Long Grove Monday afternoon. The bridge has been hit over 30 times now.

The white Chevrolet box truck hit the bridge, located at Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove, around 1 p.m. Monday.

The truck appeared to be traveling eastbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road when it struck the bridge’s canopy.

The bridge suffered visible damage. The truck’s windshield was shattered, the cab was pushed downwards and the middle section of the truck was also damaged.

The bridge was formerly named the Long Grove Covered Bridge.

It was renamed on Thursday to the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge, named after Robert Parker Coffin, who designed the bridge cover.

The Chatter Box of Long Grove, which is located down the street from the bridge, told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the box truck driver was uninjured.

More here.

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220 Books

Just last week in Barrington, the school board voted to keep “Flame” and “This Book Is Gay,” two books about gender and sexuality. In a 4-3 vote, the board ultimately accepted a recommendation by a school advisory committee of experts to keep the books after determining they didn’t meet the standard for obscenity and pornography.

A glass shelf displaying some of the most notable challenged books in the country adorns the entryway of the Chicago Public Library’s Lincoln Belmont branch. The books are surrounded by yellow tape and red signs that inevitably steer the attention of those who walk inside to the titles that have been banned, or attempted to be banned, in other libraries across the country.

But instead of taking the books off the shelves, visitors at the library were invited — in celebration of Banned Book Week 2022 — to learn about each one of them and encourage discussions about the topics for which they were banned. City Lit Theater Company joined the efforts by presenting a theatrical display of iconic banned and challenged books, allowing people to make their own decision on whether to read them.

Last week, city and Chicago Public Library officials declared Chicago a sanctuary city for those stories, by establishing “Book Sanctuaries” across the city’s 77 distinct community areas and 81 library branches. That entails a commitment to expand local access to banned or challenged books through library programming.

Meanwhile, attempts to ban books across the country — including in suburban Illinois — are escalating at a rate never seen since the American Library Association began tracking data more than 20 years ago, according its most recent report.

Just last week in Barrington, the school board voted to keep “Flame” and “This Book Is Gay,” two books about gender and sexuality.

In a 4-3 vote, the board ultimately accepted a recommendation by a school advisory committee of experts to keep the books after determining they didn’t meet the standard for obscenity and pornography.

Erin Chan Ding, a board member, said the removal of the books could potentially impact young people that could identify as LGBTQ students. And though the books may have strong imagery and words, it should be up to parents if their children read them.

In August, Barrington school board members also voted to keep “Gender Queer” in the Barrington High School library.

“We’re making these books available, but we’re not actively incorporating the books that were challenged into the curriculum,” said Chan Ding, a mother to an eight and a fourth grader.

As a mother, she said, she understands that some parents question the books and want to prevent access to them. “I have empathy for parents who disagree with our decision and I acknowledge and fully recognize that there’s a full spectrum of opinions. … It is a parent’s responsibility and role to do what is best for their own child but that doesn’t mean restricting access to other people.”

Read more here.

Related: District 220 posts April 2023 Election Candidate’s Guide,District 220 Board of Education meets tonight

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BHS Trafic

“Sounds like a nuisance.” – The Daily Herald’s description of District 220’s traffic plan. Officials are so confused they’ve misspelled traffic signs.

“As you are aware, the Lake County Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge over Flint Creek on Hart Road. The bridge replacement and road closure is scheduled through November. To help mitigate traffic impacts from the road closure, representatives and traffic engineers from the Lake County Department of Transportation, the Village of Barrington, and Barrington 220 have worked in collaboration to improve traffic flow on and around the Barrington High School Campus. Although these efforts will help alleviate congestion at arrival and dismissal time, improved traffic flow can only go so far toward mitigating congestion.

To that end, Barrington 220 and the Village of Barrington have been consulting with Barrington Transportation to help reduce congestion near BHS. We ask that all students and families consider walking, biking, or riding the bus if possible. In fact, students who consistently walk, bike, or ride the bus on and off of campus will be entered into a drawing to win BHS spirit wear, gift cards for Airpods, Apple Watches and more.

Other ways to reduce congestion could be to utilize these remote options:

1) Purchase a parking permit for one of 3 locations at a cost of $100:

  • The Barrington – 540 W Northwest HWY (125 spots available) (MAP)
  • The Barrington Metra Station – 201 South Spring Street (125 spots available) (MAP)
  • St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church – 720 Dundee Ave (100 spots available) (MAP)

2) Sign-up for dropping off students at a remote location (FREE) 

  • The Barrington – 540 W Northwest HWY
  • The Barrington Metra Station – 201 South Spring Street

Both options include a shuttle bus from the location to BHS, leaving remote locations at 8AM and a shuttle bus from BHS to the remote locations at the end of the school day, arriving at the remote locations at approximately 3:50PM. Parking permit and remote drop-off is for August 22 to November 4.

From now until 7AM on Friday, September 6, 2022 you can click here to purchase a parking permit ($100) or sign up for drop off locations.

Please note, the Barrington Police department will be patrolling the additional parking areas, and violators will be ticketed and potentially towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, please be aware that parking in the remote lots is at your own risk. In the case of vandalism or damage occurring to their vehicle, the owner of the vehicle is responsible for remediating through their personal auto insurance, or out of pocket.

Please note that during the school year the main entrance to BHS off of Main Street will only be accessible to staff, buses and Build 220 construction traffic. All students and parents must use the west parking lot (off Hart Road) to access the building. The west parking lot is reserved for senior parking only.”


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District 220: “Families are highly encouraged to have their students ride the school bus or carpool”

“As many of you are aware, Hart Road is currently closed from US Route 14 (Northwest Highway) to Main Street (Lake Cook Road) until November.

In order to ease traffic in the area and make sure students arrive safely to school this fall, the district is working with the Village of Barrington, Barrington Police Department, and Barrington Transportation Company, in order to provide the option of shuttle buses and permitted parking spots for Barrington High School students at various locations throughout the village. BHS will send out more details to families next week.”

Earlier this week, the Daily Herald published:

Gridlock alert

Barrington Hills drivers should expect delays on County Line Road between Haegers Bend Road/Elgin Road and Hart Road as crews resurface pavement and construct new sidewalk ramps. Work wraps up in early December.”

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Vladan Mihailovic,

Vladan Mihailovic, 55, of Long Grove.

Police say a Long Grove man fired shots after two teenagers accidentally pulled into his driveway while trying to find one of their friend’s homes in Long Grove.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday to the 1800 block of Pheasant Run in Long Grove for a report of shots fired.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and learned nobody was shot during the incident, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.

A preliminary investigation shows two teenage victims, a female and a male, pulled into the driveway of a residence on the block.

The teens were trying to go to a friend’s home, which was next door, but they did not realize they pulled into the wrong driveway, Covelli said.

Vladan Mihailovic, 55, who resides at the home, approached the teens and demanded to know why they were in his driveway.

The teens attempted to explain but Mihailovic became loud and argumentative, Covelli said.

Mihailovic told them to leave his property and the teens began driving out of the driveway.

Mihailovic produced a firearm and fired two shots from the firearm, Covelli said.

Read more here.

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Can you Hear Me


It’s been some time since we posted recordings from Board if Trustee meetings.  But considering it’s been some time since residents could phone in to meetings and actually hear anything remotely audible, we thought we’d go “old school” again.

Since it’s been nearly impossible to dial in to meetings to participate for months, the only conclusion we can arrive at is the Cecola admiration would rather we didn’t. As a result, no effort has been made to remedy the documented technology issues.  None.

The recording of the July 25th Board of Trustees meeting can be accessed here.

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Long Grove Story

A school bus became stuck in the newly opened Long Grove bridge in August 2020. (Courtesy of June Neumann/Viking Treasures)

The recent travails of Long Grove’s iconic covered bridge — struck by vehicles 35 times since reopening in August 2020 — has created something of a public sore spot for the village.

“Everyone likes to talk about it,” Village President Bill Jacob said. “It’s unbelievable that the bridge cover has been struck that many times,”

Even one local business got into the act. When a bus got stuck inside the bridge only a day after it reopened, Buffalo Creek Brewing introduced a new ale, the Bus Wedgie.

The bridge took center stage once again about a week ago, when a Lisle man failed to heed the sign warning that clearance is only 8 feet 6 inches and crashed into the bridge with a U-Haul truck.

But the real story, the one village officials would prefer to see in the headlines, is that the bridge cover is doing just what it was designed to do — absorb the slings and arrows of careless drivers, while protecting the part of the bridge that is truly historic.

Village documents detailing 26 of the 35 crashes indicate most were minor, causing relatively little, if any, damage to the structure.

The most costly occurred June 28, 2021, when an engineering inspection and canopy repairs cost the village $1,969. However, the village said the costs were recovered through the driver’s insurance.

Read more here.

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A U-Haul truck became stuck under the Long Grove Covered Bridge near Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove Saturday. | Photo: Chatter Box of Long Grove

A box truck hit the historic Long Grove Covered Bridge and became stuck Saturday morning. The bridge has been hit over 30 times now, police said.

The U-Haul truck hit the bridge, located at Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove, around 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

The truck was traveling eastbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road when it became completely stuck under the bridge’s canopy.

The Chatter Box of Long Grove, which is down the street, said the U-Haul was believed to be driving to Hawthorn Woods from a southwest suburb to pick up some furniture.

More here.

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Thursday’s Daily Herald editorial read in part,

“…losing the (Catlow) theater would be a blow to Barrington and the entire suburban arts community. Movie houses like the Catlow are increasingly rare; seeing a film there was something special.

That’s why we wish O’Connor the best of luck in finding the right buyer should he choose to sell — someone who shares his sense of the community, who understands the entertainment industry and who respects the Catlow’s unique legacy. And we hope village officials do what they can to make that happen.

The Catlow is a suburban treasure, one we hope to enjoy on its 100th birthday and beyond.”

The full editorial can be found here.

There is absolutely no disagreement here!  None whatsoever.

However, the Herald and many others fail to acknowledge fact that lack of available nearby parking is one of the primary reasons for the Catlow’s woes, and has been for too many years.

The parking lot signs next to the Catlow Theater behind some Main Street stores where movie patrons used to park now read, “DO NOT PARKING ’THEATER’ CUSTOMER.” We made a special trip to capture the picture seen above, since try as we can, we just cannot make this up.

Signs in the main Jewel parking lot state, “ONE HOUR PARKING 5PM to 10PM – Per Village Ordinance.” Apparently, it’s OK to park at Jewel all day long when commuting downtown via Metra, so long as you leave their lot before 6PM (Per Village Ordinance). However, parking at Jewel for more than an hour during certain times to enjoy an evening movie could result in a fine.

We can cite other parking issues, but why bother? The fact is the Village of Barrington and some local businesses purposely abandoned the Catlow’s ownership and supporters years ago, and that’s inexcusable.

Related:Owner of Catlow Theater in Barrington looking to sell historic venue

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Editorial note: What follows was posted to the Village website Friday after The Observer’s posting of our commentary:

“The Village experienced technical difficulties during the Board of Trustees Meeting this past week, leading to a less than optimal streaming quality. We are working to improve this. Our goal is to upgrade to a more reliable system. In the meantime, the existing system has been tuned up, to improve the audio quality.

In addition to the audio that is live-streamed from the meeting, a recording of the meeting is made available shortly after the meeting at barringtonhills-il.gov/meeting-packets. Since this audio is not being streamed, the quality is more consistent.

We appreciate your feedback. As always please contact us at 847-551-3000 or village@vbhil.gov with any questions or concerns.”

Click here to view the post.

Related:What message is the Cecola administration sending residents?

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