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The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 2020 Annual Economic Summit, “State of the Barrington Region,” from 8-10 AM Wednesday, February 5th at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., Barrington.

The event gathers village officials from 11 surrounding communities to update local business leaders and the community on current economic conditions and what lies ahead for the Barrington area in 2020. Confirmed speakers include Karen Darch of Barrington; Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills; Beth McAndrews of Deer Park; Nandia Black of Kildeer; Kevin Richardson of Lake Barrington; Bill Jacob of Long Grove; Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of North Barrington; Shannon Yeaton of Port Barrington; Paula McCombie of South Barrington and David Parro of Tower Lakes.

The public is invited. Seating is limited. To register, call the BACC office at 847-381-2525, or email events@barringtonchamber.com. You can also register online at the BACC website, www.BarringtonChamber.com

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Hoffman Estates village board members voted 6-1 Monday to approve a tax incentive to spark economic development on 64 acres along the village’s stretch of Higgins Road west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center.

A larger, 185-acre area of the same site at the northwest corner of Higgins Road and Route 59 has been the subject of the concept plan for the controversial Plum Farms mixed-use development that’s been idle for the past 2½ years since a lawsuit was filed over its residential density.

That lawsuit was originally filed by residents of the nearby Regency of the Woods of South Barrington retirement community. After Barrington Unit District 220 intervened in the suit on the side of the residents, the retirement community settled its portion.

Last month, District 220’s own lingering case was dismissed by a judge based on a legal precedent. But at its next meeting on Jan. 14, school the board intends to choose among its options to file a motion for reconsideration, file a notice of appeal or let the judge’s ruling lie, Superintendent Brian Harris said.

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Barrington’s Catlow Theater has stopped showing feature films because of financial problems, the owner announced Saturday.

Barrington’s historic Catlow Theater has stopped showing feature films because its owner doesn’t have the cash to pay bills.

Owner Tim O’Connor sent an email Saturday informing patrons of the movie theater’s closure.

“Unless we meet our crowd fundraiser goal, we may not be able to book any movies until we come up with enough money to pay more bills,” the email read. A note on the Catlow’s website read “Catlow closed until further notice.”

The one-screen theater, at 116 W. Main St., will remain open for special events, O’Connor wrote. That includes planned showings of Oscar-nominated animated and live action short films scheduled for Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. Tickets for those showings are available through the village government at barrington-il.gov/oscars.

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Residents in Hoffman Estates and Elgin are enlisting elected officials in their fight to block plans for a second railroad track beginning here at Shoe Factory Road in Hoffman Estates and running south to Spaulding Road in Elgin.

Hoffman Estates and Elgin residents fighting an expansion of Canadian National Railway tracks near their homes are enlisting federal, state and local leaders in their efforts to raise concerns with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which could issue a permit for the project later this month.

CN, through its subsidiary Wisconsin Central Limited, wants to build a second line of railroad track spanning 4.27 miles from Shoe Factory Road in Hoffman Estates to Spaulding Road in Elgin. Together with existing track, the project would create a 6.1-mile stretch of double track.

According to the proposal, the double track would allow the railroad to boost “fluidity” and reduce train idling. CN said in its permit application that it expects to run an additional nine trains per day in 2020.

Both the Hoffman Estates and Hanover Township boards have passed resolutions objecting to CN’s plans.

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Every year around this time, we reach out to Northwest suburban mayors and village presidents and ask them to tell us something their community accomplished in the year gone by and something they hope to accomplish in the year ahead. Earlier, we shared their answers to the first question. Here’s what the town leaders hope to see in 2020.

Martin McLaughlin, Barrington Hills

In 2020, the Village of Barrington Hills is beta testing a “virtual gated community” security camera program, which will be in an evaluation phase.

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Barrington’s old-school Town-Warming in late January will feature former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the headliner.

Christie will anchor the annual event at Barrington’s White House on Saturday, Jan. 25, in a fireside chat with Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions. Christie is expected to discuss his new book, “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.”

The 2020 event is scheduled to take place from 9 AM. to 4 PM, with a reception following.

Other highlights of the day include a discussion on media and politics in an election year. WFLD-Channel 32 news anchor Corey McPherrin will moderate, and the panelists will include Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen, freelance editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis and Channel 32 Political Editor Mike Flannery.

Click here for more information. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, January 2nd. For tickets, visit Barrington House Warming.

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Ahead of the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana starting Wednesday, elected officials across the suburbs have been debating whether to allow pot sales within their borders.

YES: Sales allowed

Addison, Antioch, Aurora, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Des Plaines, Elburn, Elgin, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Geneva, Gilberts, Hoffman Estates, Island Lake, Lake in the Hills, Lombard, Mundelein, North Aurora, Oakbrook Terrace, Palatine, Pingree Grove, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Schaumburg, Sleepy Hollow, South Elgin, St. Charles, Streamwood, Villa Park, Volo, Wadsworth, Warrenville, Wauconda, West Dundee, Wheeling, Winfield.

NO: Sales banned

Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Barrington Hills, Barrington, Batavia, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Campton Hills, Deer Park, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn (moratorium until Oct. 26), Glendale Heights, Grayslake, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Hainesville, Hawthorn Woods (moratorium until May 31), Inverness, Itasca, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Lisle, Long Grove, Mettawa, Mount Prospect, Naperville, North Barrington, Oak Brook, Park Ridge, Roselle, Rosemont (moratorium until June 30), Round Lake, South Barrington, Sugar Grove, Vernon Hills, Wayne, West Chicago, Wheaton, Wood Dale, Woodridge.

Undecided

Burlington: next discussion Jan. 6; East Dundee: leaning yes, next discussion Jan. 6 or later, vote expected in January; Elk Grove Village: next discussion Jan. 14 or later; Hampshire: leaning yes, vote Jan. 2 or Jan. 16; Hanover Park: next discussion in late January or early February; Huntley: leaning yes, vote Jan. 9; Lakemoor: planning and zoning commission discussion in January, followed by village board discussion expected in February.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

Editorial note: The names of municipalities that are adjacent to or nearby Barrington Hills appear bolded for reference.

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