Archive for the ‘Accidents’ Category


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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A Wednesday afternoon crash in Barrington Hills that sent two to the hospital remains under investigation.

The two-vehicle crash occurred at 1:26 p.m. at the intersection of Route 25 and Algonquin Road. An elderly couple were transported to an area hospital and treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, said Bill Walsh, public information officer for the Barrington Hills Police Department.

Walsh said three other people in the second car were treated on the scene for injuries.

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Dundee Bateman

One person was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle crash late Sunday night in Barrington Hills, police said.

The crash occurred about 11:10 p.m. Sunday the intersection of Dundee and Bateman roads, according to Barrington Hills police. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, and the other was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The identity of the deceased driver has not been disclosed.

Dundee Road was closed between Healy and Penny roads for about five hours while police investigated. The crash remains under investigation by Barrington Hills police and the Major Crash Assistance Team.

Anyone who witnesses the crash is asked to call Barrington Hills police at (847) 551-3006.


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Daniel Spears, 35, of Fox River Grove

A Fox River Grove man was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed into a pole and drove into a shallow pond, injuring his passenger, in Barrington Hills early Thursday morning.

Daniel Spears, 35, of the 100 block of Northwest Highway in Fox River Grove, was charged with aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm, aggravated DUI with a suspended or revoked license, driving under the influence of alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving without a valid license and not driving on the right side of the road.

The Barrington Hills Police Department responded at 2:12 a.m. Thursday to Chapel Road west of Church Road for a report of a single-vehicle crash.

Barrington Hills Police Department Public Information Officer William Walsh told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that a vehicle left the roadway, struck a utility pole and came to rest in a shallow pond.

The occupants of the vehicle were able to exit by themselves and paramedics transported them to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Spears was later arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when he was involved in the crash, according to a criminal complaint.

Spears also allegedly failed to drive his car on the correct side of the road and did not reduce his speed to avoid the crash, the complaint said.

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Abandoned Car

A damaged, stolen vehicle was found in Barrington Hills, according to Barrington Hills police.

At 6:50 a.m. Sunday, Barrington Hills police responded to reports of a male suspect approaching residents on foot on the 200 block of County Line Road, authorities said. Authorities described the man as possibly Hispanic, wearing black clothes and a white baseball cap.

Responding officers located a stolen vehicle at the 200 block of Steeplechase Road. Authorities said the vehicle had been found crashed into nearby trees and abandoned.

The same type of vehicle was stolen from a nearby jurisdiction that same morning, police said. Authorities believe that both incidents are related.

Barrington Hills police are asking that residents be vigilant in securing their vehicles, as there has been an increase in vehicle thefts.

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Two people were taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates after a two-vehicle, head-on collision in Barrington Hills.

According to the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, the crash occurred at 5:45 p.m. at Dundee Road and Old Sutton Road. All occupants were out of the vehicles by the time first responders arrived, firefighters said.

Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Firefighters said there was heavy damage to the vehicles.

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As Illinois police departments lobby city councils on the importance of cameras to combat crime, some are raising concerns about the right to privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Unions has released a report on Flock Safety, a company that sells license plate reading camera systems to taxing bodies. The ACLU report looks at how the technology is building a form of mass surveillance never seen before in American life.

Flock systems have been installed in 1,400 cities (including our Village) across the country and photograph more than a billion vehicles every month. Its ambition is to expand to “every single city in America.”

“We are concerned about all of this massive influx of technology over the last year or so and the question of what really happens to it and ultimately utilized,” said Ed Yohnka, director of communications and public policy with ACLU of Illinois.

Champaign and Peoria are using the technology.

In Springfield, taxpayers are paying $415,000 for 83 cameras to be installed in certain areas of the city.

Bloomington city leaders this month voted to install the license plate cameras despite opposition from the Central Illinois chapter of the ACLU.

Yohnka said company officials are using fear as a way to sell their products.

“The marketers of these systems are telling local leaders that they can adopt these systems in order to fight a recent spike in gun violence,” Yohnka said. “There’s actually no evidence that it works that way or that it will help in terms of that.”

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Cuba Road

Cuba Road east of Rte. 14 is plowed by Cuba Township

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Cuba Road west of Rte. 14 in our village is currently plowed by Mac’s

For nearly fifteen years, our Village benefitted from the snow plowing services provided by the Cuba Township Road District.  Inexplicably, in September of last year, Trustees Ekstrom, Croll, Riff and Strauss awarded our snow plowing services contract to Mac’s Property Management Services of Wauconda. The results have been abysmal.

The images above best illustrate the new service experienced by our residents this Winter. After a recent snow event, Cuba Township plowed Cuba Road east of Route 14 Lake Barrington, and the photo at top shows the results of their work.  A photo was then taken of Cuba Road in our Village within minutes of the first photo capture, and it was plowed by Mac’s.  The difference is significant and concerning.

At best, Mac’s snow plowing services have been consistently shoddy, with slow (or sometimes no) service being the experience of many residents.  Lack of deicing is an oft heard complaint, and as recent as Friday’s afternoon snowfall, many witnessed their own driveways being plowed before Mac’s employees bothered to show up.

We cannot allow substandard service on our Village roads. The modest decrease in expense does not justify the liability our Board of Trustees has exposed our residents to.

Our Village does have an “out” clause with Mac’s, but Roads & Bridges Chair, Laura Ekstrom, couldn’t recall if it was 30 or 60 days.  The point is moot, however, since by the time our Village Attorney sorts it out, Mac’s will be mowing lawns.

The decision to discontinue Cuba Township’s services has been a huge error in judgement, and we’re being generous in that assessment.  We’re just fortunate we don’t have to call it a tragic one (yet).

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Police from Barrington Hills, and firefighters and paramedics from Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District responded about 12:50 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2021 to a report of a head-on crash with injuries at Algonquin Road and Helm Road in Barrington Hills.

Police, firefighters and paramedics on arrival discovered at least three vehicles involved with two vehicles with severe damage from a head-on collision. Firefighters immediately went to work on extrication and initially reported at least four people were injured. One vehicle left the roadway.

Two additional ambulances were requested by 12:59 a.m. A total of five ambulances were dispatched to the crash scene — two ambulances from Barrington-Countryside FPD, one ambulance from Palatine Fire Department, one ambulance from Barrington Fire Department, and one ambulance from Palatine Rural FPD. Hoffman Estates firefighters were also assigned to the call to work with Barrington-Countryside firefighters on extrication.

Five people were transported to area hospitals and one person refused medical transportation.

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As many as 1.5 million uninsured Illinois drivers will have something new to worry about starting July 1: computers, twice a year, will try to catch them.

On July 1, the Illinois Secretary of State will begin using a vendor to check the insurance status of all drivers in Illinois in an effort to reduce the number of uninsured drivers. The computer checks will be twice a year and most drivers won’t even know about them, unless the computer can’t find a driver’s insurance info.

Then a warning letter is generated stating their license plates are being suspended.

After the warning letter, uninsured drivers will be required to obtain insurance and a $100 fine will be imposed to reinstate the plates.

If the state sends the warning letter and a driver does have insurance, the driver must contact their insurance agent, provide them the reference number from the warning notice and the agent must then resolve the matter with the state.

Illinois has about 8.5 million drivers, and estimates between 1.2 million and 1.5 million don’t have the required liability insurance. The Illinois Secretary of State estimates the random checks can reduce that by several hundred thousand.

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