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A game-changing underpass at Route 14 and the CN tracks is within Barrington’s grasp after regional officials awarded the village $48.5 million in federal funds Thursday.

Barrington leaders have been chipping away for years at the $73.5 million project separating busy Route 14 from the Canadian National Railway tracks that host multiple freight trains. The project will rebuild Route 14 so it runs under the CN tracks.

Federal grants have already supplied about $11 million, and Darch expects the remaining $14 million to be generated through federal, state, and some local contributions along with funding from CN.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and a related group, the Metropolitan Planning Organization policy committee, approved the grant Thursday. About $10.6 million will be awarded to Barrington in 2020 and $37.9 million will come in 2023.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 will receive help from a former state lawmaker’s consulting firm in an effort to spread the word about a referendum next year seeking voter approval to borrow $147 million for building projects.

“We’re a school district,” Superintendent Brian Harris said. “We focus on teaching and learning, right, and not necessarily on how do to community informational campaigns on major projects.”

Libertyville-based EO Sullivan Consulting will assist District 220 under a monthly billing arrangement for a price not to exceed a total of $35,000, Harris said Wednesday. Operated by former state Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr., who left the legislature in 2017, the firm’s duties will include assisting in the creation of factual referendum messages and running community engagement sessions after Jan. 1.

Although state law prohibits school districts and other governments from using public money on promoting a “yes” vote for a referendum, spending on factual information is permitted.

Read more here.

Of the 3,622 people living in Barrington Hills in 2017, 51.2 percent (1,856) were women and 48.8 percent (1,766) were men, according to U.S. Census Bureau data obtained by the Illinois Business Daily.

Females 18 and over outnumbered males in the same age group by a ratio of 1,141-to-929. In the 65 years and over age range, there were 527 females and 471 males.

An agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, the Census Bureau is responsible for compiling statistical facts about the American people, places and economy. Data for this story was compiled from the bureau’s American Community Survey. Information from the survey helps to determine how federal and state funds are distributed.

Statistical data for 2018 will be released later this year.

Barrington Hills’ population by sex

Source: US Census Bureau

Enjoy a fall day in Barrington with the 19th annual Scarecrow Festival, a free, family-friendly event held from 11 AM to 2 PM Saturday, October 12th, at Memorial Park, Hough and Lincoln avenues.

The Fall Wine Walk will take place from 2 to 6 PM while people shop, sip and stroll through town and enjoy the third annual “Paint the Town Barrington!” plein air (outdoor painting) event taking place at various locations throughout downtown Barrington.

The Scarecrow Festival is a popular family event emceed by Bob the DJ and features free pumpkin and scarecrow decorating along with pony rides, inflatable games, face painting and other fun activities throughout the day. The event is sponsored by Barrington Youth and Family Services, Chirofit, Heinens, the village of Barrington and Bob the DJ.

The Fall Wine Walk features 27 village of Barrington merchants pouring one-ounce wine samples at locations throughout town. Participants receive a souvenir wineglass, a map of the wine-tasting locations and a list to check off each tasting sample.

The Wine Walk trolley will transport attendees to designated stops throughout the downtown Barrington area. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance online at www.barringtonchamber.com.

“PUBLIC HEARING Before the Zoning Board of Appeals Village of Barrington Hills Re: Cannabis Business Enterprises Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Barrington Hills at the Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, IL, concerning the Zoning Board of Appeal’s proposed text amendment to the Village’s Zoning Ordinance, Title 5 of the Village Code; specifically an amendment to provide that cannabis business enterprises are prohibited uses in the Village.

A copy of the Zoning Ordinance and the proposed amendment is available for examination at the office of the Village Clerk at the Village Hall, weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. All interested parties are invited to attend the Public Hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written comments on the application for text amendment to be made part of the record of this proceeding will be accepted in the office of the Village Clerk through 5 PM, October 18, 2019.”

Editorial note: The way some residents have “interpreted” the Village Home Occupation Ordinance over the years, this topic will prove to be very interesting in the coming months and years to come.

The Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk is an annual community hunger education and fundraising event sponsored by Church World Service.

This year’s walk on Sunday, Oct. 13, will take place throughout the village of Barrington, beginning at St. Anne Catholic Community, 120 Ela St. Registration begins at 12:30 PM and the walk will begin at 1 PM.

To learn more, visit www.crophungerwalk.org/barringtonil, contact Barbara Trumbull, barringtoncropwalk@yahoo.com, or call (847) 487-2513.

“Journeys in Journalism: Past, Present and Future” will be the featured 2019 Alumni Legends program that’ll kick off Barrington High School’s homecoming weekend.

Set for 7 PM tonight, at the high school’s auditorium, Barrington High alum Chris Erskine, currently a columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times, will moderate the panel discussion. Barrington High alumni who work in journalism will be on the panel, including WGN-Channel 9 sportscaster Lauren Magiera, ESPN/ABC Sports coordinating production editor Andy Armas, Chicago-based Fox News correspondent Michael Tobin and Scott Stahmer, a senior production editor at The Villages Daily Sun, which community in Florida.

On Saturday, the following events are scheduled:

  • 7 AM:  The annual “Andy Anderson Pancake Breakfast” in the BHS Cafeteria until noon. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
  • 10:15 AM: The BHS Homecoming Parade leaves from the METRA station and marches to BHS. Alumni floats line up behind the high school student floats, with the exception of the 50th Reunion float, which will help lead the parade. Call BHS at 847-381-1400 to register your class float. The theme this year is “Candyland Homecoming—It’s Going to Be Sweet!
    *In honor of the 50th anniversary Lines Elementary alumni will be walking in the homecoming parade. Meet at the Metra train commuter parking lot at 10 AM
  • 11 AM: The BHS School Tour. Meet inside the main entrance to the school and receive a free alumni t-shirt!
  • 11 AM-1 PM: Come check out the new District Administrative Center, located at 515 West Main Street, right across from Barrington High School. The Open House will begin following the Homecoming Parade.
  • 11 AM-4 PM: The All Alumni Tailgate Party in the Chessie’s parking lot at 200 Applebee Street. There will be good food, drink and entertainment.
  • 1 PM: The Broncos take on Conant High School at Barrington Community Stadium.

On Sunday, all Barrington High alums are invited to attend the annual BHSAA brunch at Chessie’s Restaurant. Reservations begin at 10 AM. Contact Chessie’s at 847.382.5020 for reservations.

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