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Brian Cecola

Two experienced, knowledgeable candidates are vying for the opportunity to serve Barrington Hills as village president in the April 6 election, and voters face a difficult time choosing between them.

Brian Cecola, a self-employed business owner, is a village trustee with a long record of service in the area, including leadership of the Barrington Lions Club and serving as a firefighter and board member for the Barrington Fire Department, On the Barrington Hills village board, he heads the Bridges and Public Safety Department, which accounts for a large portion of the town’s budget.

He emphasizes goals of fiscal restraint — citing the village’s record of six-straight years of levy reduction — and sees himself as a relationship builder who can work constructively with other leaders.

Our preference leans toward Cecola, whose direct experience with the village board gives him more direct insight into the workings of village government and would seem to give him a head start in working with village board members to address issues facing the community. He gets our endorsement.

Read more here.

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The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area and the Barrington Area Library are hosting two virtual forums for Village of Barrington Hills candidates seeking office in the April 6 election tomorrow.

Barrington Hills Village President candidates Brian D. Cecola and Dennis Kelly, are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cate Williams will moderate. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/6s4f1dkh.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Kim Inman will moderate a discussion with Barrington Hills Village Trustee candidates Laura S. Ekstrom, David Riff, Thomas W. Strauss, Brent Joseph Burval, Paula Jacobsen and Robert M. Zubak. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/12bj0f4g.

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BARRINGTON HILLS, Ill. – Two Barrington Hills police officers helped bring a sense of calm moments after a baby was delivered on a side of the road Tuesday morning.

Officers Bill Walsh and Brian Baird pulled up to Old Sutton Rd and Algonquin just before 7 a.m.

Grace and Tyler Schwartzlow, of Wonder Lake, were in the car on the side of the road.

“All of a sudden within five minutes I knew we weren’t going to make it. I made him pull over. He called 911 and he was here before the police even arrived on scene,” Grace said.

Tyler helped Grace deliver their son Jaxton Michael. Within minutes, Officers Walsh and Baird were there.

“They really provided a calming presence to everybody involved, I know when they first arrived on site, it went from we’re in this on our own if something bad happens, I don’t know what to do or what to possibly could be done, to ok now we have the support here and it made a world of difference from the mindset of least where I was at,” Tyler said.

Later in the day, the officers made another surprise appearance by honoring baby Jaxton as a junior Barrington Hills police officer.

The full WGN report can be seen here.

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One Barrington Hills candidates Tom Strauss, Brian Cecola, Laura Ekstrom and David Riff

Four candidates are running for seats on our Village Board of Trustees under a familiar campaign banner, “One Barrington Hills.”

Second term Trustee Brian Cecola is running for Village President. Cecola is hoping to succeed the current Village President, Martin McLaughlin, who’s eight years in village office comes to a close in April.

Former Village Communications Committee member, Laura Ekstrom, along with David Riff and Tom Strauss have joined Brian on the campaign trail vying for Village Trustee seats.

To learn more, visit the One Barrington Hills website by clicking here.

Early voting begins March 25th, and the election is Tuesday, April 6th.

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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:

  • Vote] Village of Barrington Hills Annual Appropriation Ordinance for the FiscalYear Beginning January 1, 2021 and Ending December 31, 2021 Ordinance 21
  • [Vote] A Resolution Adopting the 2021 Edition of the Official Zoning Map of theVillage of Barrington Hills Resolution 21-

A copy of the agenda can be viewed hereThose wishing to try to listing in on the meeting can phone 508-924-1464.

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Police are outside a residence in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road in Barrington Hills on March 9, 2020, where 28-year-old Chicago man Sean Patton was shot and killed days before. (Kaitlin Edquist / Pioneer Press)

As the one-year anniversary approaches for a deadly shooting at a Barrington Hills party where a Chicago man was killed and others were struck by gunfire, police say their investigation has been impeded and there have been no arrests.

According to authorities, Barrington Hills police responded to a call of shots fired in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road just after 3 a.m. March 7, 2020. The shooting took place at a party being held in a 6,000-square-foot house on the block that had been listed on the Airbnb website. Upon arriving, police found several people wounded from gunfire and discovered the body of a 28-year-old man identified as Sean Patton Jr.

Since that time, police have made no arrests in connection with the incident.

Barrington Hills police spokesman William Walsh told Pioneer Press earlier this month that the investigation has been stymied due to a lack of cooperation among potential witnesses.

“We’ve spoken to a lot of people who were there, and everyone says they didn’t see anything or they can’t remember anything,” said Walsh.

At this point, Walsh said, police have pursued apparent available leads, and have been left in the position of having to wait for a break that could lead to new avenues to investigate or an arrest.

Read more here.

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170 Old Sutton Road

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets this evening at 6:30 PM. Items on their agenda include,

  • Setback Variation Application: 170 Old Sutton Road
  • Text Amendment to Section 5-5-3 Special Uses to include, in the list of Special Uses, “Non-Commercial Event Facility.
  • Zoning Map – 2021

A copy of the agenda, including instructions on remotely accessing the meeting, can be viewed and downloaded here.

Related: “ZBA Application for Variance public hearing February 16th

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Born and raised in Barrington (Hills), Katie Karam is a mother-of-three who has devoted her time in recent years to volunteering for the Barrington 220 School District. Leadership roles on the PTO have given her valuable insight into what it takes to keep our district running at the schools level daily. With three children who will be attending three different Barrington schools this year, Katie has a vested interest in the future of our district. That’s why she has stepped up to become one on a crowded list of candidates running for four open seats on Barrington 220’s Board of Education (BOE).

The BOA has big decisions on the horizon with a brand new Superintendent of Schools, lessons to digest from the COVID-19 pandemic and management of the $147 Million voters approved to spend on school improvements, district-wide. Barry Altshuler, Leah Collister-Lazzari and Angela Wilcox will remain in their positions. Board President, Penny Kazmier and Gavin Newman are not seeking reelection. Incumbents, Sandra Ficke-Bradford and Mike Shackleton are among those who will be on the April 6th, 2021 ballot.

“My parents, Marimarie and Frank Konicek, are the best role models I could ask for. They taught by example and raised us with a love of family, community, running, and philanthropy. One of my Dad’s favorite mottos is, “No pain, no gain” and I have applied this to so many aspects of my life.

Katie says she’s running with serious concerns about learning loss and the state of our students’ mental health due to the Barrington 220’s approach to education during COVID-19. She also wants to ensure fiscal discipline and transparency about how district tax dollars are spent, among other goals. Here’s more about Katie’s background and her reasons for running.

Read the full 365 Barringtom profile here.

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The Roads & Bridges Committee meets this afternoon at 4 PM at Village Hall.  Topics on their agenda include:

  • 2021 Road Program
  • 2020-2021 Winter Update

A copy of the agenda including minutes from the last R&B meeting can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening via Zoom at 7 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here, but just as we cautioned last month, don’t expect much information (or any, really).

There are no minutes available from the January meetings for the public to review online.  They were kind enough to provide us with their 2021 budget and appropriation documentation which can be viewed here,  however the most recent financial statement available on their website is from 2018.

Information on how to join the Zoom meetings tonight can be found here.

Related: “Barrington Hills Park Board remote hearing, meeting tonight

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