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The Cook County Building and Zoning Committee has turned down a special use request from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District to construct a fire station close to two Barrington public school buildings.

The decision was made at the committee’s March 20 meeting.

In Barrington School District 220, the Early Learning Center and Barrington Middle School — Prairie Campus, both at 40 E. Dundee Road, would be impacted by siren noise and added traffic, said Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, D-15th District.

The two schools are in Morrison’s district, and Wednesday’s vote was 0-14 against the fire district’s proposal, he said.

“We have children there 3 to 6 years old and many of them have sensory issues,” Morrison told Pioneer Press.

Read more here.

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Barrington Community Unit School District 220 held the first in a series of public information sessions Saturday, aimed at giving stakeholders more information and answering questions about the $185 million the district is asking for on a referendum put on the ballot in the upcoming election.

Making all 12 school buildings in SD220 safe and secure is the foremost goal of the money, according to Superintendent Brian Harris. The money would come through issuing bonds.

School officials have said the bond issuance would be used to cover a number of improvements, including $87.5 million in proposed work at Barrington High School, $61.2 million for the district’s elementary schools and $36.5 million at its two middle schools..

Harris and three school board members told more than 100 people during an information session Saturday Feb. 23 at Barrington High School about the projects the money will fund and the impact the levy increase will have on their property tax bills.

Read more from the Barrington Courier-Review here.

Editorial note: The Observer will have more to report on the District 220 Referendum as well as our opinions on the matter before early voting begins on March 18.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 has a green light to pursue work on interior renovations at a vacant corporate building that’ll become its new administration headquarters on Main Street in the village.

As part of a package of other agenda items Monday night, the Barrington village board approved a special-use request so District 220 can operate in the 20,000-square-foot PepsiCo Inc. building at 515 W. Main, across the street from Barrington High School. The district approved construction bids expected to be about $1.7 million.

District 220 spent about $1.1 million last summer to buy the building that most recently was used for PepsiCo’s Gatorade division. The structure had a research-and-development zoning classification when it was sold, which is why the Barrington village board had to grant the special use for District 220 to operate the central office there.

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The Village of Barrington Hills has issued the following announcement:

“DUNDEE LANE WILL BE CLOSED beginning Monday, December 17th to replace a culvert under the road. If all goes as planned, the road is anticipated to open Thursday, December 20th.

No through traffic will be allowed. Residents may access their drives via the Dundee Lane entrance closest to their homes. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.”

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Screen Shot 2018-11-21 at 2.37.10 PMFrom the Village of Barrington:

ROUTE 14 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE –  November 20, 2018

“As you begin your Thanksgiving travels, keep in mind that construction and paving still continues on Route 14 through Barrington.

We just received an update from IDOT, which still has two full days of paving left to do. Cold temperatures stopped work for today, but they are anticipating working tomorrow and then early next week in order to complete the paving portion of the project. Final striping of the road will follow.

The Village thanks you for your patience; as this is an IDOT project we have not had control over the timing and completion.

Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!”

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Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 5.29.53 AMTwo people were injured after a four-vehicle crash at Brinker and County Line roads in Barrington Hills at 6:15 p.m., according to Barrington Hills police Lt. Curt Underwood.

Three cars were waiting at the three-way intersection when a truck with an attached landscaping trailer rear-ended the last car, causing a chain reaction, according to Underwood.

Two of the people involved were transported to St. Alexius Medical Center with minor injuries, Underwood said.

Police are still investigating.

You can see the article in the Daily Herald here.

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35544391_1755459164489751_7518424501726478336_nThe Village of Barrington has issued the following SPECIAL TRAFFIC ALERT:

IDOT To Begin Route 14 Repaving Project Between Hart Road and Lake-Cook Road (Main Street) on Monday

Monday, August 20 is the first day of school, but it’s also the first day of an IDOT project to repave a section of U.S. Route 14 between Hart Road (beginning just west of Western Ave.) on the west and Main Street (Lake-Cook Road) on the east/south.

Residents and commuters will experience temporary lane closures and shifts during the roadwork, but Route 14 will still remain open for traffic. Significant traffic delays should be anticipated. This project is completely controlled by IDOT and is expected to last up to 8 weeks. The resurfacing is a temporary measure designed to keep the road in acceptable condition until the Route 14 underpass can be completed in the future.

We urge our residents and commuters to leave extra time on Monday, August 20, as it is also the first day of school, which traditionally means that traffic is much heavier than normal during the school rush-hour periods (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

IDOT thanks you for your patience during this road improvement project.

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