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Charles Dietz Jr

Charles Dietz Jr., 73, of Barrington Hills. | Photo: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home

A woman has filed a lawsuit against a driver who allegedly ran a red light and crashed into her and her husband’s car in Barrington Hills, leaving her husband dead.

Chicago-based law firm Cavanagh Law Group filed a three-count negligence lawsuit earlier this week in Cook County Circuit Court.

The suit was filed on behalf of 71-year-old Ilene Dietz following the death of her husband, Charles Dietz Jr., 73, of Barrington Hills.

Ilene Dietz was a passenger in a 2020 Tesla with her husband, Charles Dietz, who was driving on November 4.

The lawsuit accuses the other driver, 34-year-old Matthew Zavala, of running a red light, driving too fast for conditions and crashing into the Tesla at Route 68 and Route 59 in Barrington Hills.

The complaint also names the owner of the 2013 Nissan Rogue, which Zavala was driving at the time of the crash.

Read more here.

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Porsche Oops

A Porsche stolen from Motor Werks in Barrington crashed outside of the dealership on Dundee Road while fleeing from police Sunday morning. | Photo: Benjamin Lundquist

Two have been charged after multiple high-end cars were stolen from a car dealership in Barrington, which resulted in four separate crashes, including a police car that was rammed.

The Barrington Police Department responded around 8 a.m. Sunday to the Motor Werks, located at 1475 South Barrington Road in Barrington.

Several vehicles were stolen from the business, which is a collection of dealerships including Porsche, INFINITI, Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Officers were notified about suspicious activity at the business, police officials said.

Officers arrived and observed numerous offenders stealing vehicles from the Motor Werk’s car lot. The security gate had also been opened.

An officer positioned his squad car across the exit to the dealership to block the suspects.

One of the offenders, identified as Tavarius Jackson, 27, of Chicago, was in a stolen vehicle attempting to exit.

More here.

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220 Admin

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Tonight is a meeting of the Committee of the Whole.

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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Crash with entrapment at Barrington Road and Algonquin Road in South Barrington after suspects fled with multiple stolen autos from Motor Werks of Barrington.

Police from Barrington and Barrington Hills responded about 8:00 a.m. Sunday, January 22, 2023 to a report of a theft of multiple vehicles in progress at Motor Werks of Barrington, 1475 South Barrington Road in Barrington near the intersection of Dundee Road and Barrington Road.

Upon arrival, a suspect fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle rammed a Barrington Police Department patrol vehicle, disabling both vehicles. Several other vehicles were also stolen from Motor Werks of Barrington, and the offenders stealing the vehicles fled at a high rate of speed.

According to the Barrington Police Department, police from Barrington and several other police agencies responded to the incident. According to Barrington Police Department, several suspects were taken into custody.

Crash scenes with personal injuries were reported at three locations: Dundee Road and Barrington Road, Algonquin Road and Barrington Road, and Dundee Road and Ela Road. Several of the vehicles were severely damaged, and a lot of debris from crashed vehicles was in the roadways after the crashes occurred. At one of the crash scenes, a vehicle hit a utility pole with power lines, but none of the power lines appeared damage, and the pole did not appear to damaged either. However, fire command requested ComEd responded to the scene to inspect the utility pole and power lines.

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More Illinoisans fled for other states from July 2021-July 2022 than during any other year in recorded history, driving the state’s record population decline.

Illinois loses a resident every 3 minutes and 43 second to another state, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Dec. 22.

Illinois’ population declined by a record 104,437 residents from July 2021-July 2022, the census estimated.

While there were 4,866 more births than deaths in Illinois, and 31,529 net migrants gained from abroad, the state lost 141,656 residents who moved to other states.

More here.

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Rail Repair

The Village of Barrington issued their latest Main Street traffic alert yesterday:

“On Wednesday, December 7, 2022 starting at 9:00 AM, the Union Pacific Railroad will be repairing a portion of their rail crossing at Main Street. While the road will remain open during this work, with flaggers on-site to direct traffic around lane closures, it will impact travel times.

Please anticipate delays and plan accordingly. This maintenance work should be completed by the end of day on Wednesday. More comprehensive repairs to this crossing are currently planned to take place in the spring.”

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“IDOT has been working on concrete patching at the intersection of Main Street and Northwest Highway as they finalize their Main Street project. Additional removals and patching work will take place early this week.

IDOT anticipates having the entire intersection reopened on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and then will return the week of November 28th to complete any remaining patching work.

In addition to this work, Public Works is coordinating concrete patching on Route 14 adjacent to 340 W. Northwest Highway (Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse) to restore a section of roadway and curb that was impacted during a water main repair earlier this year. The road will remain open in both locations, but lane closures and construction operations may impact travel times, please plan accordingly.”

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DocumentCONSTRUCTION UPDATE November 17, 2022

The concrete patching taking place at the intersection of Lake Cook Road and Northwest Highway is part of the Main St resurfacing project being completed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

The overnight lane closures in place right now are necessary due to the nature of the concrete patching process. IDOT has indicated that the open patches will be poured either tomorrow, Friday 11/18 or Saturday 11/19.

They will continue with removals early next week and aim to reopen the entire intersection on Wednesday 11/23 before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

There will be another round of patching the week after Thanksgiving but this is expected to be completed by the end of the week, Friday 12/2.”

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Common Sense

No, that’s not a typo. It’s not a practical joke either.

Roads & Bridges Chair Laura Ekstrom chose the absolute busiest day of the year at Village Hall to have her own special Roads & Bridges meeting consisting of one (1) agenda item today.  And, her special meeting is scheduled at 3 PM, a time when many people vote since they leave their workplaces early.

Turnout for early voting this year has been brisk.  The parking lots have frequently been seen nearly full, and yesterday lines were forming to vote, thus increasing frustrations.

Common sense would dictate alternative dates be chosen by Ekstrom, or short of that, a Zoom meeting be scheduled if there was no alternative.  Clearly, this escaped her.

A copy of her agenda can be viewed here, and if you find yourselves trying to vote this afternoon but unable to park, we know who you have to thank.

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The Barrington Hills Police Department is investigating a serious traffic crash at Route 59 and Route 68 which will require this intersection to be closed for the next several hours.  Accordingly, it is strongly suggested that motorists plan alternative routes and avoid this area.

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