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The Village Board of Trustees will be holding their regular monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Those wishing to try to listing in on the meeting can phone 508-924-1464.

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Relocation drives Illinois tractor enthusiast to sell off tractor collection at No Reserve

Byron Johnson’s 1959 FARMALL 460

Moving is a big undertaking, especially for those who tend to lay roots wherever they reside. As the packing begins and one starts to tuck away belongings for the big day, it often becomes clear just how much has actually accumulated over the years. While one could, in theory, jam it all into boxes, just to sort it out when settling into the new dwelling, the truth is that sometimes it’s better to just let some things go. Facing a big move, Byron Johnson of Barrington Hills, Illinois, is taking on the task of picking and choosing what will stay and what will go with him as he moves on to the next stage of his life. And after years spent enjoying his four fine vintage and collectible tractors, he has ultimately decided to pass them on to the next eager enthusiast by offering them at no reserve this November 19-21 at Gone Farmin’s Fall Premier auction in Davenport, Iowa.

Raised an Iowa farm boy, Johnson grew up, went to college and eventually moved to Chicago in 1962, where he would work in public accounting for the next 38 years of his life. In 1987, he and his wife decided to deepen their roots in the region by purchasing 10 acres of land in nearby Barrington Hills, Illinois. With the previous owner of the property being a horse owner that used five of those acres for pasture, it gave Johnson the perfect reason to return to his own farming heritage. “I said, you know, I really need something big to do that pasture,” he said. “Mowing 10 acres with a riding mower, it would take a while. So, that was a really, really good excuse for the first one.”

Johnson said he “would have killed for an M Farmall” as a kid, and as such, he reached out to his brother-in-law, who was a farmer in Iowa at the time, to begin the search. The pair unfortunately couldn’t locate a Farmall M, though they eventually did come across a pair of Farmall 460s, and Johnson opted to purchase the 1959 model that came with a bush hog and an 8-foot blade. “My driveway is about a quarter of a mile … you can plow a lot of snow with an 8-foot blade and a 460 Farmall with chains on,” he said. “So, for the next year or so, I used the 460 to bush hog the second five acres, and I used the blade to do the driveways, that kind of stuff.”

While he now had a functioning tractor to tend to his new property, Johnson’s search for a Farmall M continued, and though he would never come across a true Farmall M, he did find something that would help to fill the void. “We came across a Super M-TA in Iowa, so I had it redone and brought it in,” he said. “It was just sort of a toy, because I couldn’t put a bush hog on it. It’s like people have a favorite car; you always liked a certain item, and that’d be the M Farmall. That’s how it started.”

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The Zoning Board of Appeals meets this evening at 6:30 PM. The sole topic on their agenda is, “Proposed ZBA Text Amendment – Special Use: Place of Assembly.”

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

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The recordings from October 26th Board of Trustees meeting have been released. Click here to access the link from the Village website.

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The Village Board of Trustees will be holding their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics for discussion and/or vote include:

  • An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to the Existing Special Use Permit for an Expansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorne Road
  • An Ordinance Approving a Map Amendment Rezoning the Property Located at 32W 393 Algonquin Road from R1 Single Family Residence District to B-3 General Business District
  • Resolution Authorizing the Village’s Execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement and Subrecipient Agreement with the County of Kane for Coronavirus Relief Funds

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. Those wishing to try to listing in on the meeting can phone 508-924-1464.

Related:Mosque replica planned for 160 Hawthorne Road?andKane County sending $27.5 million in federal relief to communities

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Our Board of Trustees holds their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Some of the topics for discussion and/or vote include:

  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing Execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement Amongthe Villages of Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, Barrington Hills, Barrington, Deer Park, Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Mettawa, Green Oaks and the Cityof North Chicago for Engineering Work to Complete the Recertification of a QuietCorridor Along the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad Res 20 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to the Existing Special Use Permit for anExpansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorne Road Ordinance 20 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Approving a Map Amendment Rezoning the Property Located at32W 393 Algonquin Road from R1 Single Family Residence District to B-3 GeneralBusiness District Ordinance 20 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing the Execution of a Retail Sales Agreement with AVISystems, Inc. for Audio Streaming Equipment and Software for Village MeetingsResolution 20 –

A copy of their agenda can be viewed and downloaded here. To (try to) listen to the meeting, dial 508-924-1464.

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AL-AZHAR ISLAMIC FOUNDATION, BARRINGTON HILLS, IL

Al-Azhar Islamic Foundation is planning an expansion of their facility that will include demolition of an existing one-story ranch building currently used for worship.  The new design is centered on an interior courtyard and includes an Education Wing with 7 classrooms, 2 seminar rooms, a library and bookstore to serve Preschool and Sunday School.  The Prayer Hall located on the opposite side of the courtyard features high ceiling and large arched windows to take advantage of the magnificent views of the wooded lot.  The design features a replica of the distinctive double minaret of Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, and the exterior borrows from the design elements found in the historic mosque. The project will also include expansion of the existing parking lot and, as part of future Phase 2, a new octagonal Social Hall.”

Source: JNKA Architects

Al-azhar Islamic Foundation YouTube video seen here.

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Audio recordings from the August 17th Zoning Board of Appeals meeting have been released. A link to the recordings can be found here.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Matters to be discussed and/or voted on this evening include:

  • Continued Piblic Hearing -Map Amendment – The Sanfilippo Foundation – 789 Plum Tree Road: Rezoning to a “Charitable Giving Overlay District”
  • [Vote] Text Amendment – MKES Investments, LLC – Amending Section 5-5-3 Special Uses of the Zoning Ordinance to include, in the list of Special Uses, “Professional Office Uses” 6.1 Text Amend
  • [Vote] Text Amendment – The Sanfilippo Foundation: Creating a “Charitable Giving Overlay District”
  • [Vote] Map Amendment – The Sanfilippo Foundation – 789 Plum Tree Road: Rezoning to a “Charitable Giving Overlay District”

Tonight’s meeting will be held at Countryside Elementary located at 205 W. County Line Rd. A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

Social distancing guidelines will be observed and masks are required for those attending. To listen to the meeting remotely, dial (508) 924-1464.

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Though not on their agenda, our Board of Trustees had a general discussion and provided updates on the “InZone” topic at their July meeting. We found the information enlightening, and we encourage residents to take less than ten minutes to listen in on some history and where things stood last week in the matter.

The link to the recording of their discussion can be accessed here.

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