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railroad-crossing-sign-x-w10-1 BREAKING TRAFFIC NEWS from the Village of Barrington : Please be advised that due to a train/truck accident at the CN tracks and Route 59 (Hough Street) in downtown Barrington, Route 59 is CLOSED in both directions from Main Street (Lake-Cook Road) and Route 14.

In addition, the train is blocking Route 14 at the Lake Zurich Road crossing. As such, route 14 is CLOSED in both directions between Main Street (Lake-Cook Road) and Prospect Avenue.

The public is advised to completely avoid the northern downtown Barrington area until further notice. If you must travel downtown, please enter Barrington from the south.

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The annual Memorial Day parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Barrington at Park Avenue and Cook Street.  The parade will proceed down Main Street to Dundee Avenue, and then up flag-lined Monument Avenue to the Evergreen Cemetery.

A solemn ceremony will be held at the Cemetery to honor our nation’s veterans.

A prominent Chicago-area family is giving $100 million to University of Chicago Medicine to research how the immune system, bacteria in the body and genetics can work together to keep people healthy.

The donation from the Duchossois family is the largest single gift to University of Chicago Medicine in its history. The family has given smaller amounts to University of Chicago Medicine in the past but, with this gift, the family hopes to help spark a transformation in medicine.

Half of the gift comes from Craig Duchossois, chairman and CEO of The Duchossois Group, and his wife, Janet. The other half is from The Duchossois Family Foundation, which is made up of family members spanning three generations and includes patriarch Richard Duchossois, the chairman of Arlington International Racecourse, who started building his fortune making freight cars.

To read the full story in the Chicago Tribune, click here.

A dog that recently fled its own coop in Barrington Hills ended up killing a neighbor’s 15 chickens while on the loose, police said.

Barrington Hills police said that as many as 20 additional chickens could be missing, injured or eaten in the incident that happened May 13 in the 500 block of West Cuba Road.

The dog’s owner, Timothy A. Mattson, 56, who lives in the 500 block of West Cuba Road, was cited for criminal damage to property under a local ordinance, said William Walsh, an officer with the Barrington Hills Police Department.

People commit criminal damage to property when they knowingly injure a domestic animal of another party without consent, under the ordinance, Walsh said.

To read the full Barrington Courier-Review story, click here.

This message was just sent out by the Village’s CTY Reverse 911 System:

The Barrington Hills Police Department has been updated by the Route 59 paving contractor that the roadway is expected to be open for traffic by 7PM. Therefore, it is still suggested that this area be avoided for the evening rush hour. Thank you for your continued patience.

AR-170529561Efforts to save a coyote pup whose six siblings were found dead in a burlap bag on Cook County Forest Preserve District property near Barrington Hills continue.  Forest district  spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis said the May 11 incident remains under investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Lukidis said Tuesday it’s not known what occurred before a man fishing at Penny Road Pond reported seeing the animals in the burlap bag, which was in the water. The pond is by East Penny and Old Sutton roads near Barrington Hills.

She said a forest preserve officer found what later was confirmed to be seven coyote puppies, but only one was still alive. The officer brought the coyote to Golf Rose Animal Hospital in Schaumburg.

You can read the entire Daily Herald article here.