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For many years now, residents have voiced their frustration with the poor sound quality of meetings they’ve participated in remotely. Village officials have also complained, now that they’re allowed to participate in meetings remotely, that communication is often problematic.

Back in May of 2022 we wrote, “What message is the Cecola administration sending residents?,” in an effort to make residents aware of the communication frustrations people were experiencing. Since then, what few efforts staff at Village Hall have put forth to correct the problems have fallen short, and lately we’ve found the recordings of meetings we used to rely on for clarification fail to do so.

Case in point, when we questioned why perfectly sound concrete was being torn up at taxpayer’s expense at the fire station adjacent to Village Hall, we looked to the Village Administrator’s explanation in the October 23 recordings. What we heard was a sometimes barely audible but mostly unintelligible explanation.

The last time we can recall when a Village meeting was clearly documented was New Year’s Eve of 2018 when the Village Electoral Board convened. Even though recording equipment in the Board room was available, a much more dependable court reporter was engaged to document the hearing.

As it turned out, this was fortuitous since some alleged perjury took place at that meeting, and if legal action had been taken, the transcript would have been required by the court.  Today we have nowhere near that recording quality to rely on, and with more Village officials participating with flawed remote technology, it will no doubt get exponentially worse.

Considering this, and the fact much of the equipment currently in use is beyond its’ intended shelf life, it’s time to purchase new equipment including visual communications hardware. If we have the money to unnecessarily replace perfectly good tile at Village Hall, then we surely have the money to bring our communications technology to levels addressing our current needs.

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RCBH-logo-4-830x455The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM. The only item of note on their agenda is a, “Truth in Taxation Ordinance,” and, of course, no further information is provided. Truth without transparency is worthless.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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A new study reveals that the exodus from Illinois continues.

Clever Real Estate teamed up with moving company Allied Van Lines and found that Illinois has had more outbound moves than any other state in the past six months.

The study contradicts claims by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that Illinois is gaining population.

“It makes sense when we analyze the data. Illinois in the past few years passed a really big tax increase so people said they are moving because of that and there is a slightly higher than average violent crime rate,” said Jaime Seale, author of the study.

The study showed that respondents said a desirable place to live would have a low crime rate (46%), affordable homes (43%) and a low cost of living (41%).

Predictably, baby boomers care more about tax rates when picking a place to live. The Clever Real Estate study found that 42% say low taxes are one of the most important things in a city or state, compared to just 23% of millennials.

From Jan. 1 to June 30, 2023, Chicago had more outbound moves than any other city, while Phoenix had the most inbound moves, according to Allied Van Lines.

More here.

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The city of Chicago faces a pension crisis, heightened crime and a failing public school system. New Mayor Brandon Johnson has taken no concrete steps to deal with any of it.

When Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson took office on May 15, he inherited numerous challenges plaguing the city.

According to a survey conducted by Echelon Insights on behalf of the Illinois Policy Institute in February, 75% of Chicagoans were dissatisfied with public safety, with 60% dissatisfied with affordability in the city. Just 33% of Chicagoans were satisfied with public education in the city.

Johnson has had 100 days to begin addressing these issues. To date, he hasn’t started seriously tackling any of it.


  • Overall crime is up 39% this year.
  • Violence against, and committed by, school-age youth has seen historic increases since COVID-19. The University of Chicago’s Crime Lab just reported a 50% increase in murders of youth 17 years and younger since 2019.


  • Chicago is facing a projected budget shortfall of between $306 million and $951 million for 2024.
  • Debt service and pension contributions now make up 42% of the city budget, crowding out services.

Read the full 100-day review here.

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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) Board of Trustees meets tonight at 6:30 PM at 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington. Topics on their agenda include:

  • Public Hearing on 2023-2024 Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance.
  • Consideration and Possible Approval of 2023-2024 Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinances and Certification of Estimated Revenue.
  • BCFPD strategic plan two-year summative update.
  • Concurrence request for new staff vehicle as part of the capital plan

The 2023-2024 Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance is not available on the District website for review or comment.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

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BC Fashion Slave

Originally posted by BACOG:

“Thank you, Greg Rusteberg (pictured left), for serving as FY2022-23 Board Chair. He passes the gavel to Brian Cecola, Board Chair (pictured right), and D. Robert Alberding, Vice Chair (pictured center), for FY2023-24.”

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Independence Day means residents of 47 states will celebrate their freedom by choosing to set off fireworks. Not in Illinois.

Independence Day is a time to celebrate sacrifices by those who died to secure freedoms we enjoy today. It calls for backyard barbecues and a booming night sky.

But not in Illinoisans’ backyards. It is one of three states banning some or all fireworks. The other 47 states, or nearly 94% of country, celebrate freedom with the flair of a flare.

Since 1942, the Illinois’ Pyrotechnic Use Act prohibits residents from buying and using fireworks other than novelty fireworks such as sparklers and smoke bombs. Violating the law is a class A misdemeanor, with fines ranging from $75 to $2,500.

Rockford police will fine residents $750 if they’re found partaking in pyrotechnics. Elgin just raised its penalty for those caught lighting off fireworks three times within a year from $750 to $1,500.

Fireworks ignite criticism because of safety concerns. However, firework consumption nationwide hit an all-time high in 2022 with more than 461 million pounds, up by more than 57 million pounds since 2020. But injuries fell by more than 5,000 during that time and have remained pretty steady as use has grown over 20 years.

More here.

Related:Despite a statewide ban, Illinoisans continue to go over the border to buy fireworks

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Visiting Chicago Wednesday, President Joe Biden discussed his economic plan amid high inflation, unemployment and other costs Illinoisans are facing. Republicans say Biden’s speech should have been an apology.

It was the president’s first visit to Chicago this year. Upon landing at O’Hare Airport, Biden met with Mayor Brandon Johnson and Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Biden spoke to a group in a Chicago ballroom and discussed his “Bidenomics” economic plan, which he said is a three-part plan that aims to build the economy from the middle out and bottom up. The steps include a focus on investments and the middle class.

“First, making smart investments in America. Second, educating and empowering American workers to grow the middle class. And third, promoting competition to lower costs and help small businesses,” Biden said.

The president said his economic endeavors have been successful.

“Bidenonmics is working. When I took office, the pandemic was raging and our economy was reeling. Supply chains were broken. Millions of people unemployed. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses on the verge of closing after so many already closed,” Biden said. “Today, the U.S. has the highest economic growth rate, leading the world’s economies since the pandemic. The highest in the world.”

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, released a statement in support of the plan and said Biden had brought jobs to Illinois.

“A record-breaking 13 million new jobs were created under this president, including more than 443,000 in Illinois. Factories are reopening. Middle-class wages are going up,” Durbin said.

In contrast to the national jobs picture, a report by Wirepoints that looked at Illinois’ overall economic performance since 2019 shows 70,000 fewer jobs in that time frame and that the state’s real GDP growth was 3.2% from 2019 to 2022, which ranked 10th worst in the country.

More here.

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Main Metra

Per the Village of Barrington:

“Main Street Metra Crossing Construction to End Monday, June 26

The Union Pacific Railroad has informed the Village of Barrington that the repairs to the Main Street Metra Crossing will be completed on Monday, June 26.

NOTE: The closure is ONLY at the tracks. Main Street is still open to local traffic – please continue to support your local businesses!”

Related: Main Street Metra Crossing in Barrington remains closed

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Even though the Village of Barrington reported the repairs to the Metra tracks on Main Street were scheduled to reopen, “on Friday, 6/23/23 at 5:00 PM,” as can be sign by this photo taken less that an hour ago the crossing is still closed.  Further, there was no evidence work would take place today.

As soon as a status update becomes available, we’ll notify readers.

Related:Metra/UP crossing closure of Main Street in Barrington starts tomorrow morning

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