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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Board meets at  6:30 PM at 22222 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

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The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) Board of Trustees usually meets on the third Monday of the month. However, no agenda is posted on the District’s website, nor is a notice of cancellation of the meeting.

If the meeting goes forward this evening, the Board should note:

“Public bodies that have a website must post the agenda of any regular meetings of the governing body (i.e. County Board, Board of Trustees, Board of Commissioners, School Board, etc) at least 48 hours prior to said meeting. Any agenda of a regular meeting that is posted on a public body’s website shall remain posted until the regular meeting is concluded.”

For the recorded, this is not the first time we’ve noticed the BCFPD has neglected to post required notifications.  If an agenda appears later today, we’ll notify readers.

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A state audit found the Illinois Department of Employment Security lost to fraud more than half of the $3.6 billion in federal COVID-19 dollars earmarked for out-of-work Illinoisans. The full scope of the unemployment fraud remains unknown.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security sent nearly $2 billion in unemployment benefits to crooks during the pandemic, losing more than half the federal dollars earmarked for out-of-work Illinoisans, according to a new audit.

The partial state report uncovered “unprecedented” levels of theft, showing the agency failed to “maintain accurate and complete” data on residents filing claims through the program. IDES previously admitted there were 212,000 false claims, but had refused to disclose the cost.

Auditors said this resulted in the vast majority of fraudsters being successful at stealing real Illinoisans’ identities and swiping their unemployment payments. In total, the department lost more than half of the $3.6 billion in pandemic funds promised to residents between July 2020 and June 2021.

Republican state lawmakers have decried the rampant fraud and blamed Gov. J.B. Pritzker for mismanaging the program rollout, which ranked seventh worst in the nation. IDES has attempted to downplay the losses.

IDES failures during the pandemic were widespread. It was months late in implementing a system to get federal dollars to the self-employed, allowed a data breach that exposed the private data of 32,483 unemployment applicants, made applicants wait months for benefits and at one point had a call backlog of 156,000 people awaiting help with their claims.

IDES administrators said they “stopped roughly $40 billion in fraudulent payments across state and federal programs” through the end of last year and have introduced new technologies to mitigate theft moving forward.

More here.

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FutureThe following was posted to the Village website today:

“The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) hosted an open house on Tuesday, June 14th regarding Horizon Farm, the area’s newest forest preserve.  The evening began with a presentation by the Preserves reviewing the planning efforts underway that have included input from community stakeholders.

FPDCC is working hard to preserve and restore vital natural areas that are especially important to native grassland birds. The short-term plan presented involves opening several trails on the property in the fall of this year.  There will be some gravel trails and mowed grass trails, in line with the Forest Preserves’ mission of all trails being open to everyone (dog walkers, equestrians, bikes, etc).

A Barrington Hills resident commented on how happy she was with the work done to remove the derelict buildings on the property, restoring it to natural space.

The Forest Preserves District of Cook County is seeking input from residents on how they would like to see the property used as they continue to plan for the opening of the trails and future uses of the property. Please see the current draft maps below and send any feedback to Planning@cookcountyil.gov.”

The Horizon Farm 2022 opening plan can be viewed and downloaded here.  The future plan ideas can be found here.

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A three-vehicle crash along Algonquin Road near Longmeadow Parkway reduced traffic flow to one lane Monday morning, but caused no injuries, officials said.

The crash took place sometime before 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Kane County portion of Barrington Hills, with one vehicle in the road of the northwest-bound lane. Officials with the Barrington Hills Police Department were directing traffic, allowing one lane of vehicles to pass at a time.

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The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH) recently released their April newsletter.  Topics covered this month include:

  • State of the trails
  • Saturday morning trail rides
  • 4th of July parade
  • What’s happening at the Park District, and
  • Forest Preserve

A copy of the RCBH newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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7.2 Run

The Village of Barrington Hills and Cuba Township combine to bring The Land We Love Run to their beautiful roads.

The runs will be professionally timed on police monitored routes with age-based awards, and water/aid stations. Stay for the award ceremony, refreshments and entertainment following the run. Race proceeds benefit Folds of Honor, a National organization with a local presence that provides scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

Must be registered by 6/27 to be guaranteed shirt size. Online registration closes 7/1 @ 11:59 p.m.



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Donlea Flooding

What follows was posted earlier this week to the Village website:

“Due to the flooding that closed Donlea Road for part of 2019, the Village of Barrington Hills has partnered with the Cook County Department of Transportation, which owns and maintains the road, to investigate the cause of the flooding. The investigation is still ongoing, but provided below is a status update:

An extensive site visit was completed in the fall of 2021, where no immediate cause of the flooding was located.  Following this, a drain tile investigation was conducted, and again, no immediate issues were found. The next step in the project is for surveyors to complete a topographic survey of roadway cross culverts on Donlea Road, Lake Cook Road and Steeplechase Road.  We anticipate this work to be completed in the next several months.

In the coming months, a geotechnical consultant will complete soil borings in select locations. The soil borings will help identify the hydrology patterns in the tested area.

We anticipate these to be the last major steps in the study after which a report will be finalized and published.

For questions or concerns, email village@vbhil.gov.”

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted May 24 to give its members a 10% raise in December, followed by automatic annual pay increases up to 3% each year while working. The board voted 13-4 in support of funding the raises despite concerns from the minority members and civic groups about the promised perpetual raises…

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted May 24 to give its members a 10% raise in December, followed by automatic annual pay increases up to 3% each year while working.

The board voted 13-4 in support of funding the raises despite concerns from the minority members and civic groups about the promised perpetual raises to politicians during times of economic hardship.

President of the Cook County League of Women Voters Cynthia Schilsky said members of her organization supported the raises for the officials – but not indefinitely. The Civic Federation similarly opposed the automatic pay raise provision.

“We elect these people to serve in their office, and they should be required to be transparent about what they’re saying their salaries are,” Schilsky told the Tribune. “It would be much better, to the point, that they vote on it rather than just have it continue forever.”

Other board members like Sean Morrison voted against the measure, arguing that now was not the time for county officials to be considering pay raises.

“It’s not the type of situation that I think we need to be in,” Morrison told the Tribune after the vote. “We have inflation that’s up. People are paying $5 for gasoline. … I do not believe this is the time for it.”

The cost-of-living adjustment would increase the officials’ salaries by 3% each year or the Chicago region consumer price index – whichever is smaller – without requiring an annual vote. Over the last 12 months, the index has increased 7.2%.

Read more here.

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