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The recordings from October 26th Board of Trustees meeting have been released. Click here to access the link from the Village website.

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The Village Board of Trustees will be holding their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics for discussion and/or vote include:

  • An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to the Existing Special Use Permit for an Expansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorne Road
  • An Ordinance Approving a Map Amendment Rezoning the Property Located at 32W 393 Algonquin Road from R1 Single Family Residence District to B-3 General Business District
  • Resolution Authorizing the Village’s Execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement and Subrecipient Agreement with the County of Kane for Coronavirus Relief Funds

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. Those wishing to try to listing in on the meeting can phone 508-924-1464.

Related:Mosque replica planned for 160 Hawthorne Road?andKane County sending $27.5 million in federal relief to communities

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A new federal rule allows liquefied natural gas to be transported by train across the U.S., sparking concerns from Barrington and other suburbs.

A new player, liquefied natural gas, has joined the list of hazardous materials cruising through Illinois by train — a move the federal government says is safe but raises fears of out-of-control fires and explosions for some suburbs.

This summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation authorized railroads to haul liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the country.

Prior to approval, more than 460 entities commented — mostly critically — on the plan, including Barrington, which is crisscrossed by the Union Pacific and Canadian National railroads.

The potential for a catastrophe “is quite acute,” village officials stated. “An uncontrolled LNG release involving fire stemming from a derailment scenario must burn itself out as there is no practical way to extinguish it.”

Federal officials are confident that upgraded DOT-113 tank cars with double shells and thick carbon steel can safely contain any spills.

New requirements, such as remote monitoring of tank car pressure, will “provide for the safe transportation of LNG by rail to more parts of the country where this energy source is needed,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao stated.

Read on here.

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Our Board of Trustees holds their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics for discussion and/or vote include:

  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing Execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement Amongthe Villages of Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, Barrington Hills, Barrington, Deer Park, Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Mettawa, Green Oaks and the Cityof North Chicago for Engineering Work to Complete the Recertification of a QuietCorridor Along the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad Res 20 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to the Existing Special Use Permit for anExpansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorne Road Ordinance 20 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Approving a Map Amendment Rezoning the Property Located at32W 393 Algonquin Road from R1 Single Family Residence District to B-3 GeneralBusiness District Ordinance 20 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing the Execution of a Retail Sales Agreement with AVISystems, Inc. for Audio Streaming Equipment and Software for Village MeetingsResolution 20 –

A copy of their agenda can be viewed and downloaded here. To (try to) listen to the meeting, dial 508-924-1464.

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Audio recordings of Tuesday evenings Board of Trustees meeting have been posted to the Village website. To access the recordings, click here.

Related: Another Roadblock For InZone Project Founder Terrance Wallace, Who Plans To Bring Boys From Violent Neighborhoods To Barrington Hills Mansion

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Algonquin Village President John Schmitt has died.

Algonquin Trustee Debby Sosine called him a fabulous village president and said on Saturday that she was very sad to confirm the news of his death.

“He was such a great leader and we are just sorely going to miss him,” Sosine said. “He was a personal friend of mine and other board members. It’s just a shock.”

A memory that Sosine says will stick with her was when she and Schmitt were able to drive a stretch of road that recently opened along Longmeadow Parkway to Route 31.

Read more here.

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Up for auction August 5th is +/- 34 acres currently owned by the South Barrington Park District. The property is located at South of the intersection of RT 59 (Sutton Rd. and Bartlett Rd., South Barrington, IL). The suggested opening bid is $500,000.

Ordinarily we don’t post real estate listings. However, given the proximity of the property to the Barrington Hills Village Hall, based on our experience we’re certain someone will have to voice their opinion on this matter.

Details on the property and auction terms can be viewed here.

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The owner of the five-bedroom, French Provincial-style mansion — the backdrop for five seasons of the now-concluded Fox hit TV series “Empire” — cut his asking price by $2 million Thursday to $7.5 million.

The $2 million reduction shows how motivated owner Salvatore “Sam” Cecola is, listing agent Michael LaFido of @properties told Elite Street. Cecola, who had the mansion built in 2008, first listed it for $15.9 million in 2013, and then reduced it to $13 million in 2015, $12.5 million in 2016 and $9.5 million in June 2019. The latest reduction means Cecola has dropped his asking price by half since first listing it.

On “Empire,” the 17,597-square-foot mansion is the home of record mogul Lucious Lyon, who is played by Terrence Howard. And Cecola now has adopted Lyon’s surname as the mansion’s name, dubbing it the Lyons Mansion, LaFido said.

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Related: They’re finally marketing the ‘Empire’ mansion as the ‘Empire’ mansion

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To lure Sears into a Chicago suburb, officials crafted the largest tax break package ever awarded to a company in Illinois. It resulted in revenue shortfalls, disappearing jobs and unexpected tax burdens, a Daily Herald and ProPublica review showed.

On a hot Sunday afternoon in June 1989, two of the most powerful men in Illinois met to watch a ballgame at Wrigley Field — and, if all went well, to make a deal.

James R. Thompson, the state’s four-term Republican governor, and Edward Brennan, chairman of Sears, Roebuck & Co., the world’s largest retailer, had been deep in talks for months.

The stakes were high. Brennan was threatening to move Sears’ corporate headquarters, located in downtown Chicago in what was then the tallest skyscraper in the world, to another state. The move would rob Illinois of thousands of good-paying jobs, tens of millions in tax revenues and its reputation as a business-friendly state.

As the two men watched the Montreal Expos blank the Cubs 5-0, dropping the “Lovable Losers” out of first place, Thompson told Brennan he’d do whatever it took to keep Sears from leaving. The state had crafted a package of financial incentives that the legendary political deal maker believed was too good to pass up.

After the game ended, Thompson called up one of his closest associates, Jay Hedges, director of the state’s Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. In a recent interview, Hedges recalled Thompson delivering the news of his breakthrough.

“Well, Jay, Sears is staying in Illinois,” Thompson told him. “And they want to move to Hoffman Estates.”

Read much more here.

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Retired Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher offers Mettawa estate as $9,000 rental. The north suburban Mettawa seven-bedroom former home of retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who is offering the estate as a rental for $9,000 a month.

When it comes to finding an occupant for his seven-bedroom estate in north suburban Mettawa, retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is taking a new tactic — and it’s aimed at urban dwellers fearful of the coronavirus.

Urlacher now is offering the 6,829-square-foot mansion, situated on 9.4 acres, as a rental for $9,000 per month. The estate, located 36 miles from the Loop, remains for sale at just under $1.8 million — well below the $3 million he sought when he first listed the property in March 2017.

“We’re offering it either for a long-term rental or for a sale,” said listing agent Alex Wolking of Keller Williams Chicago. “The main reason is, I have had a number of inquiries over the past two weeks from people in the city looking for a summer rental in the country to escape the city and all of the pandemic chaos.”

Editorial note: “Is this marketing or mongering?”

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here.

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