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A concrete, glass and steel house built in the 1950s by an architect who would become one of Chicago’s most noted church designers will get a complete rehab, instead of being torn down as other works of his have been.

“We want it stay the glorious living space it was meant to be,” Ann Oleinik said of the four-bedroom Barrington Hills house designed by Edward DartShe and her husband, Kamran Foruhar, bought it July 2 for $550,000. “There have been a lot of Dart’s houses torn down,” Foruhar said.

The house has rough stone exterior walls that also show up in some interior rooms, a long dining room between two walls of glass, a gracefully curved staircase complemented by curving built-in furniture at its base, and original walnut cabinetry, a hallmark of midcentury design, in the kitchen and bedrooms.

Dart was about 32 when he built the main part of the house on Oak Knoll Road for himself and his wife, Wilhelmina. He added to it a few years later. In his career, Dart designed dozens of houses and 26 modern churches from Barrington to Gary, Ind., and led the architectural design of Water Tower Place. He died in 1975.

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The Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] An Ordinance Providing for Regulations Against the Disturbance of Public Meetings Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to an Existing Special Use Permit for the Expansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorn Road Ordinance21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting a Special Use to Dundee Township Park District for a Recreational Facility along Longmeadow Parkway near Algonquin Road Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code list of uses permitted in theB3 Business District a Canine Day Care Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending Section 4-2-2(D) Temporary Swimming Pools Ordinance 21 – (?)
  • [Vote] Appointments: Equestrian Commission

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded hereThe meeting is open to those wishing to attend or readers can listen in by calling 508-924-1464.

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REAs people spent more time at home for the past 14 months and some segments of the economy fractured, residential real estate in Lake County began to experience a boom which continues as buyers scramble to find the right home.

“We had our best month in history in June, and it’s been uphill since then,” said Lynn Kosner, the managing broker of Baird & Warner’s Highland Park office.

“We’re getting between five and eight multiple offers on average, and the homes are selling above list price,” added Marty Golden, a broker with HomeSmart Connect, focusing on Waukegan, Gurnee, Zion and Wadsworth.

Single-family home values have increased 16.2% across Lake County for the year ending April 30, as people both move from Chicago or seek bigger suburban homes. Both want room to both work and recreate at home because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

A survey of 16 Lake County towns — from Barrington to Zion, and Highland Park to Wauconda — showed the value of a single-family home in the county rose from $357,440 to $426,640, according to a report from the North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors.

Reasons given for the boom by real estate brokers in various parts of the county — whether buyers are spending more than $1 million on average in Lake Forest, $624,657 in Barrington, $386,470 in Buffalo Grove or $166,917 in Waukegan — are similar.

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32W939 Algonquin Road

The Zoning Board of Appeals will be meeting remotely this evening at 6:30 PM to hold a public hearing followed by a public meeting regarding a text amendment petition for a, “Canine Daycare and/or Doggy Daycare with Grooming, Training and Boarding,” facility at 32W939 Algonquin Road.

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

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With so many candidates running for various offices, we’d like to remind readers of the candidates The Barrington Hills Observer wholeheartedly endorses:


If you haven’t already, Please Vote tomorrow! 

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SB AuctionThe South Barrington village board will hold a special meeting Thursday morning to hear a presentation about a possible new residential development in town.

The meeting is set for 10 AM at Village Hall, 30 S. Barrington Road.

McNaughton Development will lead the presentation, which concerns a roughly 34-acre, vacant piece of land at Route 59 and Bartlett Road that recently was recently put up for auction by the South Barrington Park District.

The company wants to build single-family homes there, a village representative said.

Related: “South Barrington auctioning 33.9816 acres near VBH Village Hall

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There are a number of exceptionally qualified candidates running for office in the upcoming Consolidated Elections April 6th.    

Following is a summary of candidates running for various offices in the order they appear on the ballots for those offices. The Observer has noted those candidates we endorse with a check mark.

Early voting is available to registered voters now through Election Day.

Pres VBH

Trustee VBH

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Political committees must abide by Illinois State Board of Elections transparency rules.

Earlier this week, we posted some helpful reminders to area political candidates of their campaign reporting responsibilities with the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE).  This will be our second (in what may become a series) posting of helpful hints on campaign transparency due to one (apparent) repeat offender.

The ISBE rules clearly state:

“Any committee that makes an expenditure for any kind of communication directed at voters and mentioning the name of a candidate in the next upcoming election must ensure that the communication clearly identifies the committee as having paid for it. This applies to any committee that pays for any part of the advertisement, including its production and distribution.” 

Well, residents are now receiving a mailing from a candidate committee (a portion pictured below) that does not appear to adhere to these rules. We previously noted that this candidate’s campaign committee signs display no state mandated committee identification either.  

DK Violation

A campaign mailers sent to residents recently does not disclose the campaign committee that paid for it.

Common sense dictates that if one is running for elected office that every opportunity for campaign advertising with the candidate’s name on it would be maximized, especially when it comes to taking credit for who paid for it (at least one would think that).

This particular candidate, however, either fancies himself as a rebel, or perhaps isn’t taking this election as seriously as he should considering the high office he’s seeking.  Another possibility is much more troubling, however, and that is he may not wish to disclose who is actually paying for his advertisements.

Related:Some helpful campaign tips for area candidates

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Village Hall

The Daily Herald has published profiles of the six candidates running for three Trustee seats on our Village Board.  In ballot order, click on any of their names to read the bio they wrote for submission:

Early voting starts next week.

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The League of Women Voters has posted recordings of the two Village candidate forums they held Saturday morning.

The session for Village of Barrington Hills President candidates can viewed here, and the session for candidates running for Village Trustee seats can be viewed here.

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