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Barrington Hills property owners are expected to pay less in taxes to the village next year, continuing a trend that began in 2013.

Under the tentative tax levy, Barrington Hills intends to collect about $5 million from property owners in the mostly residential community in 2020. The village projects needing about $50,000 less in property taxes for next year.

“We’ve squeezed a little more out of the orange,” Village President Martin McLaughlin said Friday.

Barrington Hills’ property tax levies have declined annually since 2013. Officials said the yearly levy has been trimmed by a combined 24% over that time.

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More than 500 people attended Citizens for Conservation’s harvest fundraiser, Ignite the Night, Sept. 14 in Barrington Hills.

The event at the Barrington Hills Park District featured live music by Beamish, food and beverages, stargazing with professional-grade telescopes, flashlight walks, close-up encounters with raptors, a raffle and horse-drawn wagon rides, all capped by a spectacular bonfire.

Citizens for Conservation hoped to divert as much material from the landfill as possible. Thanks to the assistance of the group Mindful Waste, all packaging used at the event was compostable, recyclable or reusable.

Mindful Waste volunteers were on hand to educate and help with the sorting process, and after recycling 154 pounds of bottles, cans and cardboard; upcycling 11 pounds of plastic film; composting 315 pounds of food waste, paper plates, cups and napkins; and donating 60 pounds of extra corn, only a six-pound bag of landfill waste remained.

All proceeds from the event will support Citizens for Conservation’s preservation and restoration work in the Barrington area. Supporters of the event included the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Barrington Hills Park District.

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The Barrington Hills Park District has announced the purchase of 35 trees which will benefit the community for many years to come.

The following native trees were acquired through Citizens for Conservation’s spring and fall plant sales:

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Celebrate under a full harvest moon at Citizens for Conservation’s Ignite the Night.

The event will feature live music, food, stargazing, flashlight walks for kids, a raffle, horse-drawn wagon rides and will be capped off by a spectacular bonfire. Ignite the Night will be held from 5 to 10 PM on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Spring Creek Forest Preserve and the Barrington Hills Park District, 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills.

The evening will include a cookout dinner; beer, wine and soft drinks and music by Beamish. Attendees will also have the chance to view the night sky, stars and planets with professional-grade telescopes.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 after Friday, Sept. 13, for adults; $25 for teens through age 20, and $12 for children 12 and younger. Online ordering is available on CFC’s website.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, call Ginger Underwood at 847.331.3568 or ttonkajo@yahoo.com

Ignite the Night aims to be a zero-waste event, and Mindful Waste will assist in making sure all packaging is compostable, recyclable or reusable. Mindful Waste volunteers will be on hand to educate and help with the sorting process. CFC’s goal is divert as much material from the landfill as possible.

All proceeds from this event will support Citizens for Conservation. Supporters of the event include the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Barrington Hills Park District.

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The Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials run today though Sunday at the Barrington Hills Park District located at 361 Bateman Road.

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Illinois’ law banning driving and texting is now five years old, and drivers caught violating it will face a stiffer penalty as of July 1.

Scofflaws who text, talk or use any hand-held devices behind the wheel will receive a ticket for a moving violation. Three moving violations in a 12-month period will lead to a license suspension.

Lawmakers tightened the law in 2018, removing a provision giving first-time offenders a free pass.

The tougher stance reverts back to what Secretary of State Jesse White “wanted in the original bill, and it was negotiated down,” spokesman Dave Druker said. “There was a lot of feeling it was a little harsh.”

Being nice, however, wasn’t working, authorities found. White and Illinois State Police “felt it wasn’t making a dent,” said Elgin Democratic Sen. Christina Castro, who sponsored the change.

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All riders welcome. The clinic is held at the Barrington Hills Park District’s Riding Center.

Mike Henaghan is a horseman, horse trainer and instructor focusing on the basics of flatwork and using jumping exercises that educate and challenge riders. Mike makes a point of personal responsibility, encouraging each rider to “get the job done” with his signature discipline and good temperament.

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