Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Village President’ Category

Martin McLaughlin, left, and Marci Suelzer

The voters in the 52nd Illinois House District have been spoiled by the representation of David McSweeney.

To all those who say individual state representatives are powerless in a General Assembly controlled by legislative leaders, we say look at the performance of the Barrington Hills Republican.

For eight years, McSweeney has served with unmatched energy and tireless efforts at building relationships on both sides of the aisle. and by keenly picking his spots, he’s been uniquely successful at getting things done.

McSweeney will be a tough act to follow, but the voters have two good options to do so — Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin and Democrat Marci Suelzer of Island Lake, who brings a well-rounded background in legal affairs and mental health.

We recommend McLaughlin, the Republican.

Read the full Daily Herald Editorial Board endorsement here.

Read Full Post »

Lake Barrington has joined a small but growing list of places where open burning on residential property is temporarily banned in what officials say is an effort to help residents with respiratory problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open burning of leaves, brush, sticks, small branches and other trimmings on Lake Barrington residential properties — away from any structures — typically is allowed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 through May 31. However, the village board Tuesday night approved the immediate temporary ban that’ll run through Dec. 31.

Nearby Barrington Hills, which has a 5-acre residential lot minimum, is one of the few municipalities to allow burning on the properties. The village board has not enacted a ban.

“My sense is a restriction or ban (on burning) is not the general consensus, but I can’t answer for the board,” Village President Martin McLaughlin said. “We will see when a recommendation comes forward.”

Barrington Hills’ regulations include a maximum of three hours of burning per day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Residents are allowed to burn dry firewood, landscape waste and lumber that hasn’t been treated or painted.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

Read Full Post »

Barrington Hills’ elected officials want village hall and the adjacent police headquarters to reopen to the public this month, with visitors abiding by state regulations such as social distancing.

Barrington Hills’ elected officials want village hall and the adjacent police headquarters to reopen to the public in less than two weeks, with visitors abiding by state regulations such as social distancing.

Village board members have set May 19 as the target date for the municipal buildings to be accessible to the public. Officials said the facilities typically receive a minimum number of visitors.

In addition, the village board plans to end teleconference meetings and return to in-person sessions, while not exceeding a limit of 10 people together and spreading them 6 feet apart in a room, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin said.

“It’s really difficult to get the sense of what somebody’s going through on a Zoom (video) call or a phone call,” he said. “You can’t really interact. And from board member to board member, it’s really difficult to communicate as well. You’re getting cut off mid-sentence. It’s just not an appropriate way, in my opinion, to do public business from this point moving forward.”

Read more here.

Read Full Post »

A 28-year-old Chicago man has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred during a party at this Barrington Hills home over the weekend.

Barrington Hills police have identified 28-year-old Sean B. Patton of Chicago as the victim of the fatal shooting during a house party early Saturday morning.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office previously ruled Patton’s death a homicide, saying he died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

As police and the Cook County Major Case Assistance Team continued their investigation of the slaying, a possible violation of local law through the apparent short-term rental of the house via Airbnb also is under scrutiny by law enforcement.

Barrington Hills has long emphasized its ban on commercial use of residential properties, Mayor Martin McLaughlin said.

“During my time in office, we have had very limited need to address anything even close to this,” he added.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

Read Full Post »

A Barrington Hills police vehicle outside remained parked outside a home on Old Sutton Road on Sunday morning as investigators continued to search for clues in a deadly shooting there during a house party early Saturday morning. (Steve Zalusky | Staff Photographer )

Authorities continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a man killed early Saturday morning during a house party at a rented Barrington Hills home, but they offered no new details about the slaying or the victim’s identity Sunday.

A Barrington Hills police vehicle and a truck from the Cook County Major Case Assistance Team stood guard behind yellow caution tape Sunday morning outside the residence in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road, a secluded area of large homes and sprawling fields.

Officers called to the home at 3:22 a.m. Saturday on a report of shots fired arrived to find the dead man, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office on Sunday said the man died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide,

A preliminary investigation revealed that a large party was being held at the home by people who live outside Barrington Hills and had rented the property on a short-term basis, reportedly through Airbnb.

Read more here.

Read Full Post »

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.

Read more here.

Read Full Post »

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.

Read more here.

Read Full Post »

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.

Read more here.

Read Full Post »

Algonquin Road

Engineering will begin next year for a planned resurfacing of nearly 5 miles of Algonquin Road between Route 25 and Dundee Road in Barrington Hills. About three-quarters of the $10 million funding allocation is for bridge repair and replacement at Spring Creek.

Since 2017, the state has suggested plans to widen Algonquin Road with two lanes in each direction. If that’s the case, village officials have asked for it to be done as a scenic parkway rather than a typical four-lane state highway.

Village President Martin McLaughlin used a baseball analogy when describing the start of engineering work on the multiyear project. “In a nine-inning game, it means the pitcher is warmed up, on the field, and ready to start the process,” he said.

Barrington Road

A $19 million project calls for reconstruction of a 1.5-mile stretch of Barrington Road from south of Algonquin Road to Central Road, and adding a lane each way on a small portion north of Mundhank Road. A bike path is also planned on the west side of Barrington Road.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

Read Full Post »

Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin next week will formally honor the winner of a local honey tasting at his town’s recent fall festival.

An estimated 750 patrons attended the The Hills Are Alive bash that featured bees, barbecue and music. The seventh fest was under cover on a rainy day at the village park district’s riding center Sept. 29.

The event every year highlights a specific aspect of living in Barrington Hills, and this year beekeeping was in the spotlight. Four local beekeepers submitted honey harvested from their hives in Barrington Hills and surrounding areas. The competitors were Saturdays Are for the Bees, Back 40 Bees, Mike Shackleton and Honey Lake Bee Company.

Read more here.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: