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Hart Pooch

“Do you know who this beautiful puppy belongs to? She was found near Hart Road and Route 14. Contact Animal Care Center of Barrington with information at 847-381-4100.” (Posted at midnight)

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The Land of Lincoln is failing its children and covering it up.

No one thought Illinois schools were a shining beacon in the education landscape, but we didn’t know how truly awful so many of them are. A new report by Wirepoints using the state’s data shows that an epidemic of indifferent instruction and social promotion has left children unable to perform at even the most basic educational level.

Statewide, in 2019, 36% of all third grade students could read at grade level. That’s an F, and that’s the good news. That number drops to 27% for Hispanic students and 22% for black students statewide. In certain public school systems, the numbers plummet to single digits. In Decatur, 2% of black third-graders are reading at grade level and only 1% are doing math at grade level.

We aren’t often speechless, but the extent to which that performance is betraying a generation of schoolchildren is hard to put into words. Third grade children are eight years old, full of potential with minds like sponges to absorb what they are taught. Third grade is the year that children need to achieve a level of reading fluency that will prepare them to tackle more complex tasks in upper elementary grades that require comprehension.

A child who can’t read in third grade can’t do word problems in fourth or science experiments in fifth. Promoting Decatur children to the fourth grade when 99% are below grade level in math condemns them to future failure. By 11th grade, 5% of Decatur’s students are reading at grade level and 4% are on par in math. Why shouldn’t every single adult presiding over the Decatur schools be fired?

Wirepoints shows that in 2019 7% of black third-graders in Rockford were reading at grade level, 11% of Hispanic third-graders in Elgin and 8% of black third-graders in Peoria. Chicago’s 30% of black third-graders reading at grade level almost seems a triumph by comparison. Statewide, the system records a 30 percentage-point achievement gap between black students and white students. If you want to discuss “systemic racism,” start here, yet black Illinois politicians protect this indefensible system.

The opinion piece continues here.

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Chicago private-equity veteran Bryan Cressey and his wife have been identified as the buyers who paid $20 million in March for the full-floor penthouse on the 89th floor of Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago private-equity veteran Bryan Cressey and his wife, plastic surgeon Iliana Sweis, have been identified as the buyers who paid $20 million in March for the five-bedroom, 14,260-square-foot full-floor penthouse on the 89th floor of Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower.

The sale of the unit was the third-highest-priced sale on record of any kind of home within Chicago’s city limits. A real estate source in the Trump Tower confirmed that Cressey and Sweis were the buyers.

Cressey, 73, is the co-founder of private equity firm Golder Thoma Cressey, which teamed up with future Gov. Bruce Rauner to become known as GTCR. Cressey then cofounded another private equity firm, Thoma Cressey, followed by Cressey & Co.

Cressey and Sweis are familiar with the Trump building, as Sweis bought a lower-floor unit in the building for $2.7 million in 2009. And Cressey, a longtime Barrington-area resident, purchased one of the hotel condos in the building in 2015 for $1.68 million.

The couple bought the $20 million penthouse through an opaque Delaware limited liability company whose name is a variation on the couple’s wedding date and location.

Chezi Rafaeli, the real estate agent who represented the couple in their purchase, declined to confirm the couple’s ownership. Lawyer Judy DeAngelis, who represented the couple in the purchase and who also receives the unit’s tax bill, asked a reporter “where you got those names” before declining to comment further.

Cressey did not respond to a request for comment, while in a phone interview, Sweis denied buying the unit.

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Long Grove

A box truck became struck the Long Grove Covered Bridge near Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove on Monday. | Photo: Chatter Box of Long Grove

A box truck was heavily damaged after it hit the historic bridge in Long Grove Monday afternoon. The bridge has been hit over 30 times now.

The white Chevrolet box truck hit the bridge, located at Robert Parker Coffin Road and Schaeffer Road in Long Grove, around 1 p.m. Monday.

The truck appeared to be traveling eastbound on Robert Parker Coffin Road when it struck the bridge’s canopy.

The bridge suffered visible damage. The truck’s windshield was shattered, the cab was pushed downwards and the middle section of the truck was also damaged.

The bridge was formerly named the Long Grove Covered Bridge.

It was renamed on Thursday to the Robert Parker Coffin Bridge, named after Robert Parker Coffin, who designed the bridge cover.

The Chatter Box of Long Grove, which is located down the street from the bridge, told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the box truck driver was uninjured.

More here.

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County Line Road 1

Road signs on Haegers Bend Road let drivers know which way to turn when driving in Barrington Hills or Algonquin.

The August Board of Trustees meeting was brief.  It lasted less than half an hour, but that was more than enough time to cause continued disappointment with the Cecola administration.

For example, why has the phone-in system to Board of Trustee meetings not yet been fixed yet?  Is it intentional to discourage resident’s attendance or does it just reflect incompetence on the part of those responsible for getting the job done?

Next, Laura Ekstrom, Roads & Bridges Committee Chair, provided an update on resurfacing work and detours taking place on, “Lake Cook Road,” in our Village. President Cecola, former committee chair, and Bryan Croll provided their perspectives on, “Lake Cook Road,” work.  The problem is, there is no road named, “Lake Cook,” in Barrington Hills.

County Line Road, named decades before Barrington Hills was incorporated, runs from Haegers Bend Road all the way to Hart Road. Trustee Riff, who actually lives on County Line Road, joined in the road work discussion yet made no effort to correct the record.  Given the fact he wrote on his Facebook site, “I was swarm into office as a Barrington Hills, Illinois Trustee,” he may not be as bright as some had hoped.

Some will say we’re picking at nits here.  But ask the employees or residents of the Barrington Hills Country Club, Countryside Elementary School or the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House what their address is, they will all say County Line Road. Other might say, “Come on, you know what they meant,” however, one must then question what else Trustees say versus what they meant.

The best point we can make in rebuttal is if you Google, “300 W. Lake Cook Road, Barrington Hills, IL,” instead of a map leading to Barrington Hills Country Club, you’ll see a map of downtown Buffalo Grove.

We elected Trustees relying on their intelligence and experience.  Live up to those expectations.

Recordings from the August 22nd Board of Trustees meeting can be found here.

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Bristol Faire

The Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, Wisconsin, wraps up its 2022 season this weekend.

Buffalo Grove Days: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2; 1-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 4; and 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, at Mike Rylko Community Park, 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove. Carnival, Rotary Duck Race, bingo, business and craft fair, barbecue challenge, kids’ activities, Buddy Baseball Exhibition Game, car show and more. Music from Hi Infidelity at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Mr. Blotto at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and Spazmatics at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Carnival wristband is $30 in advance. bgdays.com.

Great American Lobster Fest: Noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Lobster and seafood festival, live music, food, drinks, craft vendors and family-friendly activities. Music from Who’s Bad, Aniba & The Sol Stars, Thornetta Davis, RICO!, The Smiley Tillman Band and more. Lobster meals are market price and can be purchased in advance. americanlobsterfest.com.

Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival: 3-10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. 21st annual festival includes carnival, food and beer tents, live music, craft fair, bags, bingo, wine tasting, doggy dash and kids’ activities. Car show from 5-9 p.m. Friday; parade at 10 a.m. Saturday; Fireworks 5K run at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Music from The Early Birds at 5:30 p.m. and That’s What She Said at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Blooze Brothers at 4 p.m., The Ron Burgundys at 6:30 p.m. and Bella Cain at 9 p.m. Saturday; and Heartache Tonight at 3 p.m., Gen Fuze at 5:30 p.m. and HiFi Superstar at 8 p.m. Sunday. Free. summersunsetfest.com.

51st Annual Schaumburg Septemberfest: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, at Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center grounds, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Entertainment on three stages, carnival, arts and crafts show featuring 250 arts and craft booths, craft beer and wine area, Taste of Schaumburg, bingo, free pony rides and fireworks at 10 p.m. Sunday (rain date is 9 p.m. Monday). Labor Day parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday proceeding north on Summit Drive from Wise Road to Stock Port Lane. Music from Tommy DeCarlo (singer of Boston) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles) at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Experience at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Free admission and shuttle bus service. Rain or shine. Free. villageofschaumburg.com/our-village/events/septemberfest.

Bristol Renaissance Faire: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3-5, off I-94, at 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, Wisconsin. Step back in time to the 16th century for period food, music, dancing, rides, a marketplace of wares, shows and more. Final weekend. $30 for adults, $15 for kids, free for kids 4 and younger. (847) 395-7773 or renfair.com/bristol.

Long Grove Irish Days: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4; and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, at 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Family-friendly celebration of Irish culture, music, dance, merchants and cuisine. Free. longgrove.org/festivals/irish-days.

Oktoberfest Release and Celebration: Noon Saturday, Sept. 3, at Black and Gray Brewing Co., 311 Barrington Ave., East Dundee. All-day party with food, live music and the release of the new Oktoberfest Märzen. $10. blackandgraybrewing.com.

Wauconda Street Dance: 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at 100 N. Main St., Wauconda. Seven bands, two stages, food and drinks. Free admission; wristband fee for those 21 and older. waucondachamber.org.

Ela Township History Day and Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Ela Historical Museum, 95 E. Main St., Lake Zurich. Features local history experts, an antique and artisan market, Civil War re-enactment camps and demonstrations, special guests and speakers on local history and industry, storytelling with drum circle music and singing from a local Potawatomi Native American group, food and drinks and more. Free. elahistoricalsociety.com.

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Schaumburg cyclist Neil Holdway summits the Col des Tentes in the Pyrenees in July. (Courtesy of Manuel Pizarro)

By Ralph Banasiak
Along For the Ride

A dedicated Schaumburg cyclist lived my Tour de France fantasy, cycling five days in the Pyrenees, viewing a mountain stage finish and cheering racers along Paris’s Champs-Élysées on the final day.

Daily Herald Deputy Managing Editor Neil Holdway finally claimed his 50th birthday gift from his wife — a 2020 trip deferred twice by COVID-related issues. Besides compiling autumn biking guides, night editing and serving on the Herald’s editorial board, Holdway takes his cycling seriously.

In this edited exchange, Holdway recounts his TdF immersion in Lourdes and Paris, France, this past July.

Banasiak: Any Chicago area thigh-burner hills to prep for the Pyrenees?

Holdway: This was tough. It put me at a real disadvantage compared to most of my tour mates living near and training on U.S. mountains. I rode through Barrington Hills a lot — Ridge and Spring Creek Roads my favoritesotherwise in the Barrington area, good workouts over long rides.

I rode through Campton Hills some. Those rollers are no Pyrenees. Each year I bike in Wisconsin, this year purposely choosing hillier routes surrounding Madison. That helped some. I still wasn’t ready for Tourmalet’s relentless ascent, especially on only my second day. Its largely 8% grade over the final 11 km, follows 5 km at 7%.

Read the full interview here.

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Barrington Dance Ensemble’s Spring Production will be a mixed repertory performance featuring the comedic one act ballet Graduation Ball and the beloved children’s ballet Scenes from Childhood.

Taking place June 10th & 11th at Barrington High School Auditorium, the production will feature Barrington Dance Ensemble members, Barrington Dance Academy students, and professional guest artists.

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The Fox River Grove Fire Protection District and multiple other fire departments respond to the 0-10 block of Burning Oak Trail in Barrington Hills for a working structure fire call Wednesday morning. | Photo: FRGFPD

No injuries were reported after a fire broke out in a kitchen of a home in Barrington Hills Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

The Fox River Grove Fire Protection District responded around 8:34 a.m. Wednesday to the 0-10 block of Burning Oak Trail in Barrington Hills for a report of an appliance on fire.

Fox River Grove Fire Protection District Spokesman Alex Vucha said firefighters arrived within four minutes to find flames showing from the front of a large brick residential structure.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to the box alarm level.

The MABAS box prompted the response of nearly a dozen fire departments, including Cary, Barrington, Wauconda, Algonquin, Hoffman Estates, Nunda Rural, Crystal Lake, East Dundee, McHenry and Lake Zurich.

Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines and attacked the fire from inside the home, Vucha said.

Firefighters were able to quickly stop the fire from extending past the kitchen. The entire home sustained moderate smoke damage.

More here.

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“The Barrington Hills Police Department would like you to be aware of a 5K run occurring tomorrow morning on Brinker Road between County Line and Otis and on Otis Road between Brinker and Old Sutton. These roadway sections will be closed to through traffic between approximately 8:30 and 11:00 AM.

Residents residing in these specific areas will not be restricted from ingress or egress; however, it is advisable to avoid travel during the event, if possible. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated. Thank you.”

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