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Donlea Road runs from Old Sutton to County Line Roads in Cook County (Please click on image to enlarge)

The Cook County Board has approved funding for projects led by the Department of Transportation and Highways for the final design and right of way land acquisition for the Northfield Happ Road Corridor Improvement and for a Barrington Hills drainage investigation.

The Village of Northfield is planning a traffic circle on Happ Road between Willow and Winnetka roads to promote a safe, walkable environment around the downtown area.

In Barrington Hills, record rainfall three years in a row and drainage challenges forced the closure of Donlea Road from Butternut Road to County Line Road to close for more than a month. The village and the county will work with homeowners to address the water displacement issue.


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The recordings have been released from last week’s Board of Trustee’s meeting (11.17.20), and the Village Attorney’s report contained the following update:

“The only thing I can report is that the ongoing litigation relative to the horse boarding text amendment we’re zeroing in on the close of discovery. We’ve been taking depositions almost every day, and discovery closes next week and thereafter I’m sure you’ll start seeing a flurry of motions. As a matter of fact, Miss Paul becomes a deponent tomorrow.”

To listen to the recording of the November 17th BOT meeting, click here.

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“In keeping with the Illinois Governor’s latest directives, as of Friday, November 20, 2020, the Riding Center will be operated under the following new mitigation requirements:

  • Face coverings required for all activities at all times.
  • No more than four (4) riders allowed in the modified indoor arena at one time.
  • Every other window in this arena will be open to facilitate ventilation and the end doors will be locked open.
  • Every other stall will remain open and the window in those stalls will be open.
  • The bleachers/warming area can seat a maximum of three (3) people.
  • The outdoor arena can have no more than six (6) riders at one time.”

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The Village Board of Trustees will be holding their regular monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Those wishing to try to listing in on the meeting can phone 508-924-1464.

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Relocation drives Illinois tractor enthusiast to sell off tractor collection at No Reserve

Byron Johnson’s 1959 FARMALL 460

Moving is a big undertaking, especially for those who tend to lay roots wherever they reside. As the packing begins and one starts to tuck away belongings for the big day, it often becomes clear just how much has actually accumulated over the years. While one could, in theory, jam it all into boxes, just to sort it out when settling into the new dwelling, the truth is that sometimes it’s better to just let some things go. Facing a big move, Byron Johnson of Barrington Hills, Illinois, is taking on the task of picking and choosing what will stay and what will go with him as he moves on to the next stage of his life. And after years spent enjoying his four fine vintage and collectible tractors, he has ultimately decided to pass them on to the next eager enthusiast by offering them at no reserve this November 19-21 at Gone Farmin’s Fall Premier auction in Davenport, Iowa.

Raised an Iowa farm boy, Johnson grew up, went to college and eventually moved to Chicago in 1962, where he would work in public accounting for the next 38 years of his life. In 1987, he and his wife decided to deepen their roots in the region by purchasing 10 acres of land in nearby Barrington Hills, Illinois. With the previous owner of the property being a horse owner that used five of those acres for pasture, it gave Johnson the perfect reason to return to his own farming heritage. “I said, you know, I really need something big to do that pasture,” he said. “Mowing 10 acres with a riding mower, it would take a while. So, that was a really, really good excuse for the first one.”

Johnson said he “would have killed for an M Farmall” as a kid, and as such, he reached out to his brother-in-law, who was a farmer in Iowa at the time, to begin the search. The pair unfortunately couldn’t locate a Farmall M, though they eventually did come across a pair of Farmall 460s, and Johnson opted to purchase the 1959 model that came with a bush hog and an 8-foot blade. “My driveway is about a quarter of a mile … you can plow a lot of snow with an 8-foot blade and a 460 Farmall with chains on,” he said. “So, for the next year or so, I used the 460 to bush hog the second five acres, and I used the blade to do the driveways, that kind of stuff.”

While he now had a functioning tractor to tend to his new property, Johnson’s search for a Farmall M continued, and though he would never come across a true Farmall M, he did find something that would help to fill the void. “We came across a Super M-TA in Iowa, so I had it redone and brought it in,” he said. “It was just sort of a toy, because I couldn’t put a bush hog on it. It’s like people have a favorite car; you always liked a certain item, and that’d be the M Farmall. That’s how it started.”

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The Zoning Board of Appeals meets this evening at 6:30 PM. The sole topic on their agenda is, “Proposed ZBA Text Amendment – Special Use: Place of Assembly.”

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

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In the three-way House District 52 race, Republican Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin leads by a wide margin over Democrat Marci Suelzer of Island Lake and Green Party candidate Alia Sarfraz of South Barrington.

With all precincts in Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties reporting, unofficial totals show McLaughlin received 28,778 votes to Suelzer’s 22,166 votes and Sarfraz’s 1,317 votes.

Read the Daily Herald report here.

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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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Prince Charming the Giant Toad is admired by the crowd.

The last bales of straw have gone and all that remain are the fall decorations dressing the village hall entryway, welcoming residents and visitors alike. A great time was had by all at the 8th Annual The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival. This year was a year of “firsts.”

The Fall Festival was held on Barrington Hills’ Village Hall grounds for the first time, which proved to adequately accommodate the scaled down fest due to social distancing guidelines. Attendance was a steady stream of people throughout the afternoon – happy to be outside doing something.

Attendees enjoyed the fall breeze; a clear, bright, sunny day; the tang of the BBQ; the sweet notes of sugary delights; and responsibly distanced entertainment.

This was the first year we had an electronic greeter, so-to-speak: The Klean Tunnel. Resident and CEO John Allegretti of Naturally Klean, sponsored The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival by bringing his innovative technology for sanitization. The Klean Tunnel automatically took entrants’ temperatures, dispensed hand sanitizer and misted folks with an FDA/EPA approved antimicrobial.

Other firsts were:

  • 2020 Census generously donated masks reminding residents to “make it count.”
  • Ivy Noemi (singer, songwriter and musician) engaged the crowd with her renditions of genre favorites, connecting with enthusiasts of all ages.
  • Stillman Nature Center brought a variety of owls, hawks and falcons to exhibit during their presentation of “Birds of Prey.”
  • The “Chairman of the Boards” Baggo Charity Tourney, in conjunction with straw bale donations, generated over $300 for the Barrington Township Food Pantry.

While some things were new at the Fest, some things remained the same – and gratefully so. Glowby the Bubbler, Scales ‘n Tales Travelling Zoo, and SOUL Harbor Ranch Animal Therapy Program enticed the crowd with their stories and activities that not only captivated the children but their parents too!

Heybeck’s Meat Market & Gourmet Catering and The SweetSpot didn’t disappoint. Attendees enjoyed the succulent grilled fare and complemented their lunch with a satisfying, tasty treat! Children left the fest with kites and bubbles in hand and a hop, skip and a jump of joy.

The Village is continually grateful to all who made this fest possible: our donors, sponsors, volunteers and most of all the visitors who joined us that afternoon, for a chance to get out, experience an afternoon of “normalcy,” and enjoy our valued open spaces. Until next time, know that the Hills ARE Alive and can still be enjoyed.


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