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Cuba Township to pass out free wood twice a month instead of every Friday due to supply-and-demand issues.

Cuba Township Road District’s “Firewood Friday” giveaway of firewood returned earlier this month, but the program will work somewhat differently this season, according to officials.

“We’ve had to rein it in a little bit. It used to be every Friday through the winter months. It’s not every other Friday but it works out to be twice a month,  November through March,” Thomas J. Podgorski, who has been Cuba Township highway commissioner since 2017, told Pioneer Press.

Starting Nov. 4 through the winter months, the road district provides free kindling – bundles that can be a mix of everything from maple, pine and oak to mulberry and chokecherry –  to township residents who’ve signed up for the program.

Podgorski explained that each bundle contains eight to 12 pieces of wood, and each participating household is limited to two bundles. The distribution is at the road district office on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply is exhausted. At Friday’s distribution, the district ran out of firewood before 1 p.m. Nov. 18

“It’s meant for weekend fires. It’s not meant for someone to heat their houses off it. The quantity is not there,” said Podgorsk.

According to Podgorski, more than 800 Cuba Township residents are signed up for the program. He said Cuba Township Road District – which covers Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Tower Lakes and small portions of Barrington Hills and Barrington – shifted Firewood Friday from every other Friday during the 2021-2022 season to twice monthly for the 2022-2023 to better serve participants.

“The demand outpaces our supply. These are trees that were taken down through the year. It’s a way to process and get rid of wood we collect [throughout] the year,” said Podgorski.

Residents signed up for the program are given a placard to hang from the rearview mirror of their vehicle, the commissioner explained. The placard is required to participate in the complimentary distribution, and anyone new to the program would have to contact the Cuba Township Road District to get it.

Read more here.

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Last Winter, the Village of Lake Barrington published the following in their seasonal newsletter:

Lake Barrington’s Ethics Commission

Did you know that the Village has an Ethics Commission? The independent commission adds to the overall transparency of our government and serves to investigate complaints alleging violations of the Ethics Chapter of the Village Code. We are proud to report that this 3-member Commission has never once had to meet regarding a violation!”

Their Municipal Code actually devotes a chapter to ethics, and the main page of their website contains a link to, “Report a Concern.”

As previously chronicled in this publication, if one searches our Village Code, keying in the word “ethics,” the result reads, “No Matches Found.”

Our Village needs an Ethics Commission.  How else could parties involved in complaints present their respective cases to determine if ethics violations did, or did not, occur? Listed below are typical practices that might arise in our Village, and in our opinion, may warrant investigation, understanding that there are no implications as to guilt or innocence of any on the list:

  • Should expensive legal battles, possibly precipitated by actions of elected and appointed Village officials, be investigated?
  • Should the hiring and retention of Village paid staff positions by elected family members be investigated?
  • Should contracts with vendors who maintain personal and professional relationships with elected Village officials and their families be investigated?
  • Should the solicitations of funds and hand selection of vendors by family members or close friends of elected Village officials, absent oversight by appointed Village committees, be investigated?

For these and other reasons, our Village needs to appoint an Ethics Commission to act as ombudsmen, when any question of potential maladministration or ethics violations is considered or occurs.

Candidates for this proposed commission could come from existing appointed Village bodies, ones whose objectivity would be unquestioned.

The perfect candidates for this roll are the incumbent members of the Board of Heath.  They are highly qualified, underutilized, and would prove to be an effective force in maintaining ethical governance of the Village of Barrington Hills.

Related:Our predominantly pusillanimous Village Board (Part 1),” “Our predominantly pusillanimous Village Board (Part 2),” “Better Government Association Commends Passage of Chicago Ethics Ordinance–Sees More to Do,” “What happened to ethics reform in Illinois government? Why watchdogs have some hope,” “Meanwhile, One Barrington Hills makes amends, extinguishes website and turns the volume down,” “Learn from your (big) mistake, Laura, Bryan, Dave and Tom,” “Agreed

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Last week the following was posted to the Village website:

Folds Of Honor 2022

“On Monday, August 29, 2022, Folds of Honor Chicago hosted its annual Barrington Patriot Golf Day at which Barrington Hills’ Trustee Colleen Konicek Hannigan and Cuba Township Supervisor Chris Karam, presented the proceeds raised from July’s 5K/10K The Land We Love Run which kicked off the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Registration proceeds, together with supporter donations, made possible a donation of $7,526.49 for Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or have been disabled while serving in the US Armed Forces.

‘We are so grateful to our military and their families for all the sacrifices they make on behalf of our country. It was our privilege to be able to give back to them in some small way.

Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this effort’

Colleen Konicek Hannigan

You, too, can make a difference! Mark your calendar to participate in next year’s 5K/10K The Land We Love Run July 2023!

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Cuba Township

Snow could be piled high around the suburbs this winter, if early predictions of a snowy and wet season prove correct.

A snowier, wetter winter may be in the cards for the Chicago region, according to the latest seasonal outlook from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.

The forecast shows that — along with a wide swath of the Midwest, including Indiana and much of Ohio — Illinois could see more precipitation than normal, while temperatures are predicted to remain near average levels.

One of the strongest indicators of a wet Chicago winter is the earth is in its third year of the naturally occurring weather phenomenon known as La Niña, which brings cooler-than-normal sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Its counterpart, El Niño, refers to warmer tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures.

Meteorologist Matthew Rosencrans said current forecasts are “very reflective” of past La Niña winters, which typically have favored above average precipitation for the Great Lakes region.

“On a year-to-year basis, El Niño or La Niña controls about 38% of your variance, and we are in a La Niña, a decently strong one, and very likely to be in a La Niña through the winter,” he said.

However, don’t load up on salt or buy a heavy duty snowblower just yet. Because we’re still four months away from the icy season, the center’s best models for the Midwest have a hit rate of just about 20%,

More here.

Related:Farmers’ Almanac releases winter prediction for Illinois

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Aug R&B Meet

The Village Roads & Bridges Committee meets for the first time in four (4) months this afternoon at 4 PM.  The two topics on their agenda are:

  • 2022 Road Program Update, and
  • Detour Traffic

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

Related:Roads & Bridges Committee meeting canceled (again),” “County Line Road work to begin in Barrington Hills Monday,” “Hart Road in Barrington closing for five months beginning June 2

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Cuba Big Trucks

The Cuba Township Road District will have trucks on display tomorrow at the BIG TRUCK Show.

Bring your camera or phone you’re going to want to picture your little one in a School Bus, The entire family is going to love this event! There will be dozens of “Big Trucks of all kinds” in the parking lot at Ron Beese Park in Barrington and then open them up for children to climb in and explore!

School Buses, Fire Engines, Garbage trucks, Village vehicles, Tow trucks and more will be on hand to help your children have fun while learning about each truck, watching demonstrations, and climbing behind the wheel. Compete in big wheel races, ride the trackless train and have fun on the inflatable.

  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th 9AM – 11:30AM
  • Train Rides
  • Inflatable Slide
  • Big Wheel Races
  • Drinks and Frozen Treats available for purchase

Bring a canned food donation and be entered into a raffle for a prize! Please NO GLASS containers. Check the expiration date before donating. 1 raffle ticket per person.

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Snow Plow

Today’s regular monthly meeting of the Roads & Bridges Committee has been cancelled.  Ordinarily, we would not report this except the Committee has only managed to meet three (3) times in seven (7) months this year, and their last meeting was back in April.

Since the less than stellar snow plowing services Village residents endured this past Winter season still weighs on their minds, one can only hope plans are already underway to assure improved services in 2022-2023.  After all, the next Committee meeting isn’t until August 11th (tick, tick, tick…).

Related: Learn from your (big) mistake, Laura, Bryan, Dave and Tom

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Lili Miller

Barrington Hills resident Lili Miller crossing the finish line. (Courtesy of Village of Barrington Hills)

Village of Barrington Hills

Saturday, July 2, 2022, kicked off the Independence Day Holiday weekend with the Village of Barrington Hills’ and Cuba Township’s 2nd annual The Land We Love Run. Added this year to the 5K walk/run, were a two-mile walk and a 10K run. All proceeds from this year’s race benefitted Folds of Honor, a national organization with a local presence that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

Participants came from as far as Arizona and California and from “neighboring” suburbs as far as Frankfort, Illinois. Of course, many residents from the Barrington Area participated with their families and their invited guests.

“We missed it last year so we made it a point to be here this year,” shared Lili Miller of Barrington Hills whose entire family ran in the 5K and also medaled! She placed second in her category, and her son, Ryan, placed first in his.

Registrants this year totaled 120 participants, nearly tripling from last year’s inaugural race. Coupled with volunteer and supporter donations, The Land We Love Run generated proceeds of over $7,000 to benefit Folds of Honor.

Barrington Hills resident, Marine Corps Veteran, and Folds of Honor board member, Bill Schey, was in attendance in which he explained how and where donations are used and thanked everyone for their support.

Folds of Honor sponsored the tent and donated their insignia lapel pins and challenge coins for the participants. To learn more about this organization or to make a donation, visit chicago.foldsofhonor.org.

Awards were given to the first, second, and third-place finishers in each category for the 2-mile walk, 5K walk/run, and the 10K run, as well as those that placed in the overall results.

One special category that was not included in the timed results was Most Patriotic Costume. There was one group that stood out making it a difficult decision as to which individual should be awarded. It was decided the entire group should be recognized and so they were! Congratulations to all!

For the full list of race results, visit www.racetime.info/results/2022-results/2022-07-results/.

Photos are available at VBHIL.gov/

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Our Village Police Department posted the following this evening:

“The Village of Barrington Hills would like you to be aware of a 5K & 10K race occurring tomorrow morning on Cuba, Merri Oaks, Buckley, and Oak Knoll Roads. These roadways will be closed to through traffic between approximately 7:20 and 9:00 AM. Residents residing on the race routes will not be restricted from ingress or egress; however, it is advisable to avoid travel during the event, if possible. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated. It’s not too late to register to participate – please visit vbhil.gov/race for more information. On behalf of President Cecola  and the Board of Trustees, have a safe and happy 4th of July!”

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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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