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The Barrington 220 school board has scheduled five community “information” meetings and three open houses in coming weeks to inform the community about the school district referendum question on the March 17 primary election ballot. 

The district is seeking voter approval to borrow $147 million for improvements at all schools in areas such as safety and security, plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Proposed work also includes construction of a physical education and wellness center at Barrington High School, additional classrooms at the district’s two middle schools, and new classroom space at all elementary buildings for science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes, as well as students with special needs.

The community information meetings are scheduled for:

Open houses are set for:

We will be publishing copies of their draft presentations when they become available once the paid consultants (seeDistrict 220 hires former state lawmaker’s firm to help with referendum”) finish honing their spin. 

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An Algonquin family that lost a special dog in Barrington Hills earlier this month is hoping someone found her and will return her or that she’ll be spotted.  

Jason Martin said Xena, a coon hound-ridgeback mix, got away from him near Penny Road Pond and Old Sutton Road, ran into a wooded area, and disappeared. That was nearly two weeks ago. 

Martin described Xena to be “brown like a deer, white chest, white feet, with black muzzle. She is really easy to spot with those colors.” She weighs about 60 pounds.  

And although dogs are special to everyone, what makes Xena special is that she has been a comfort to Martin’s 13-year-old son, Jack, who has sarcoma.

“Ever since my son was diagnosed with stage-4 sarcoma, he’s been going through all these treatments and he’s been down a little here or there and she helps him out. Every boy loves their dog. It’s a big help to have her around and now that she is gone, it’s too bad for him. We would love to have her around. We have other dogs, but she’s part of our family. We’d like to have her back and Jack misses her pretty bad.”

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Two people were hurt in a three-car Barrington Hills crash Wednesday night, police said.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Algonquin Road and Springwood Lane shortly after 6 p.m., Barrington Hills police officer Jason Currie said. Two people were taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates with minor injuries.

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Every year around this time, we reach out to Northwest suburban mayors and village presidents and ask them to tell us something their community accomplished in the year gone by and something they hope to accomplish in the year ahead. Earlier, we shared their answers to the first question. Here’s what the town leaders hope to see in 2020.

Martin McLaughlin, Barrington Hills

In 2020, the Village of Barrington Hills is beta testing a “virtual gated community” security camera program, which will be in an evaluation phase.

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Every year around this time, we reach out to Northwest suburban mayors and village presidents and ask them to tell us something their community accomplished in the year gone by and something they hope to accomplish in the year ahead. Today, we share the accomplishments of 2019. On Wednesday, we’ll tell you what the mayors hope to see in 2020.

Martin McLaughlin, Barrington Hills

The Village of Barrington Hills is on track to, once again, lower the levy, making it the sixth consecutive year. Since 2013, the village Levy has been reduced by more than 24%. We will continue to lead by example, responding to our residents’ desire to see tax relief.

In 2019, the Village of Barrington Hills approved a revitalized Comprehensive Plan, which was recognized by the Barrington Area Council of Governments. The innovative format allows residents and those interested to explore the unique property rights and freedoms available within our 30-squar- mile village.

In conjunction with our continuing efforts to preserve natural habitat and open spaces, the Village of Barrington Hills has been recognized and certified as one of the first Bee Cities in Illinois, which was showcased at The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival this past September with a honey-tasting competition.

Read the full year end summary from the Daily Herald here.

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A number of area fire departments responded to a structure fire in Barrington Hills that left a vacant, two-story single-family home a total loss.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District officials said. Deputy Chief John Knebl said the house had been vacant for quite a while and no one was living in it.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was dispatched to a structure fire about 2:35 p.m. at 11365 Haegers Bend Road. The fire was declared out at 6:27 p.m., although crews remained on the scene until 7:30 p.m to investigate the fire and search for hot spots, officials said.

Because of the heavy fire conditions and the home’s location in a remote area without fire hydrants, the response was upgraded to a second alarm, which calls for additional units. The fire was attacked from the exterior, and water was shuttled in with the assistance of mutual aid fire departments.

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A bevy of late filers Monday added to the potential intrigue of the upcoming 2020 state legislative primary in March and general election in November.

None of the races are set in stone because candidate petitions can be challenged until Monday, Dec. 9. So far, the Illinois State Board of Elections is reporting no objections to any candidates who have filed for office in the General Assembly, according to its website.

Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin announced his bid for the 52nd District House seat, which has been held by Republican David McSweeney for several years. McSweeney announced his decision not to seek reelection earlier this year. No Democrat has filed, but parties can slate candidates after the primary for the general election by June 1, according to the state board.

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