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Sarah Glees of West Dundee

Sarah Glees of West Dundee wins a $500 scholarship from the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest for her film “The Long-Lived Effects of the Long Meadow Parkway.” Funds for the scholarship were provided by the Environmental Law and Policy Center. (Courtesy of One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest)

By Lisa Files
One Earth Film Festival

West Dundee resident Sarah Glees will be awarded an Environmental Action Award in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest for her film “The Long-Lived Effects of the Long Meadow Parkway.”

The award consists of a $500 scholarship from the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Glees plans to use the funds to help pay for Elmhurst University, where she is a senior.

The Long Meadow Parkway (under construction) has a four-lane Fox River bridge crossing, which is meant to alleviate traffic in Kane County, Illinois.

Glees begins her 7-minute film “The Long-Lived Effects of the Long Meadow Parkway” with an interview with Parkway opponent Sue Harney, a Dundee Township Trustee and former Dundee Township Supervisor from 2000-17.

Harney explains that trucking companies wanted the Parkway to serve logistics hubs where items are stored or manufactured and then trucked out. Her main concern is contamination of the Fox River from heavy metals such as arsenic and chromium released from tires, hydraulic fluid, gas leaks, and the fine particulate matter from exhaust.

“It’s so long-lived and so very fine that when it gets into the water and the river, the fish have the same problem we do,” Harney said “It gets into their bodies and their gills. It’s like a slow poison.”

Glees suggests possible solutions such as electric trucks, which have no emissions, and permeable pavement, which reduces runoff and the cost of water treatment. She writes in her contest submission: “It means so much to share this story and hopefully evoke change.”

Since its inception in 2013, the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest has grown from a local, Oak Park, Illinois, project to a highly competitive international competition garnering 403 submissions.

Countries such as Brazil, Australia and Mexico and states such as California, Georgia and Indiana will be represented among this year’s winners at the Global Awards Celebration at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., in Chicago, or online virtually anywhere in the world.

“The Long-Lived Effects of the Long Meadow Parkway” will premiere at this special event. Free tickets are available at tinyurl.com/yfc23awards.

“The secret ingredient to our success is youth. They have opinions, ideas and viewpoints about the climate emergency,” said contest Founding Director Sue Crothers. “It’s hard for people to deny what’s happening when they’re living through extreme floods, fires, and tornadoes. And the younger generations have something to say about the mess our generation has made.”

The Young Filmmakers Contest asks students from age 8 to 25 to create a 3- to 8-minute environmental film that inspires change or action. Animated or stop-motion films can be a minimum of 45 seconds long.

The deadline each year is June 25, which gives individuals and school groups the entire academic year to submit their film projects.

The call for entries for 2024 will open soon on Film Freeway at filmfreeway.com/OneEarthYoungFilmmakersContest.

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One of the most vocal opponents of the view that Kane County’s Longmeadow Parkway is a “done deal” said Tuesday that it is unlikely he will convince fellow board members to kill the plan.

Jarett Sanchez opposed the $135 million project long before he took the oath of office as a Kane County Board member last week. Tuesday brought his first chance to vote against any future progress on the 5.6-mile parkway and pending toll bridge.

Sanchez attempted to delay action on about $126,000 in tree removal contracts that would help clear the way for construction next fall. He failed to get any support for the move. All the contracts advanced toward final approval next month.

Read more here.

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longMeadowBridgeAfter extensive data analysis and evaluation, the Kane County Division of Transportation has published an Environmental Assessment re-evaluation for the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor.

The EA has been prepared to assess impacts of the changes in the project area, new information and new circumstances that arose after issuance of the 2002 Record of Decision and the 2009 written re-evaluation. The EA re-evaluated changes in impacts within the project area, including, socio-economic, agricultural, historic properties, air quality, Section 4(f) resources, noise, natural resources, water quality, groundwater, floodplains, wetlands, special waste and special lands.

Read more here.

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An environmental group hopes a call to action asking people to send letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the proposed Longmeadow Parkway Fox River Bridge Corridor can sway the agency from granting Kane County permits for the project.

Friends of the Fox is asking for letters of opposition to Kane County Department of Transportation’s proposed four lane, 5.6 mile corridor stretching from Huntley and Boyer roads on the west side of the Fox River to Bolz Road, off Route 25 on the east side of the river.

Read more here.

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longmeadow2Images that paint the pending Longmeadow Parkway as a place where hoards of blaring trucks whip down an I-90 clone and run down schoolchildren on the way to school are dangerously out of touch with both facts and reality, according to state and local officials promoting the plan.

State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, state Rep. Mike Tryon and Algonquin Village President John Schmitt told the Daily Herald editorial board Thursday that misinformation by detractors of the $135 million project is forcing officials like them to set the record straight. Doing so, they said, is really just a matter of recounting 30 years of intense study showing the new Fox River crossing is both needed and will be successful.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

Accompanying the article is a brief video interview of the panel of politicians in which Representative Mike Tryon stated at one time “Barrington Hills had been, ah, viciously opposing a northern bypass with right-of-way that had already been preserved by the Village of Algonquin” as he explained his support of the Longmeadow Parkway project.

According to a June, 2013 article published in the First Electric Newspaper, the “Northern Bypass” plan is not dead.

That article states, “The Chairman of the McHenry County Board Transportation Committee said Sunday the idea of an Algonquin Northern Bypass never died. It’s just been sleeping.  Meanwhile the Vice Chairman of the Kane County Transportation Committee told FEN she hoped Friday’s reminder it was hibernating wouldn’t affect planning for a bridge at Longmeadow Parkway.”

Read more from the “Northern Bypass Not Dead, Just Hibernating Say Transpo Experts” article here.


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Our Village Hall staff have recently updated the ePacket agenda for this evening’s special Village Board meeting to include the three law firms allowed to present their capabilities for consideration by the board for Village attorneys going forward.  The firms chosen were base on input from trustees based on a majority vote.

Those firms are:

A copy of the packet can be viewed here.  The board meeting begins at 6:30 PM at Village Hall.

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Roads & Bridges chair, Patty Meroni, will be hosting a meeting next Wednesday evening, October 8, to update residents on Kane County’s latest plans for the Longmeadow Parkway project, due to begin as early as next year.  The meeting will take place at Village Hall beginning at 7:00 PM.

According to the posting on the Village website, Kane County has submitted “greater detail than previously provided concept plans regarding the planned roadway improvements and how they would impact Autumn Trail, IL Rte. 62, and adjacent properties.”

For planning purposes, Trustee Meroni has requested residents RSVP for the meeting by tomorrow, October 3, by emailing the Village Clerk at clerk@barringtonhills-il.gov or by phone at 847-551-3000.  Any specific questions are also requested in advance of the meeting by submitting them to the Village Clerk.

We recommend residents who regularly use Algonquin Rd/ Rte. 62 should attend.  For more information, click here.

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Three years and $88.5 million later, the Algonquin Bypass is officially open to traffic.

Opened about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the 2.11-mile, four-lane segment of Route 31 enables through traffic to travel around Algonquin’s downtown area. The bypass stretches from Edgewood Drive to just south of Klasen Road and includes bridges over Algonquin Road and Crystal Creek, along with a new interchange between the bypass and Route 62.

Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Guy Tridgell said the benefits of the bypass will be felt immediately in terms of less traffic congestion.

Read more of the Northwest Herald report here.

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The Village recently released recordings from the June 23 Village Board meeting.  To access the menu of the meeting’s topical audio recording segments, click here.

The Observer recommends that readers take a few minutes to listen to the attorney’s report.  Ironically, the dialog, often times antagonistic, only demonstrates how the political shadow and influence from the past continues today on our board as we pointed out in “Conflicted,” which was published the very morning of the meeting.

A direct link to the recording can be found here.

–     The Observer

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The Village Board’s March meeting ePacket agenda has been released.  This agenda contains links to some reports and documents discussed during their meeting earlier this week, and a link to the agenda can be found here.

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