Last evening, the 220 Board of Education held a public hearing for the tentative 2019 tax levy, which determines how much taxpayer money the district will receive in 2019. 220 collects property taxes from Kane, Lake, Cook and McHenry Counties, and property taxes account for more than 80% of the district’s annual operating revenues.

The district expects to receive a 2.34% tax increase compared to last year, however it is requesting a 4.4% increase, in case new construction is larger than expected. Based upon projections, excluding bond and interest, the total expected tax revenue for 2019 is $126,156,200.

The Board is anticipated to approve the tax levy at its next meeting on December. 17th.

Barrington’s White House will host a free open house Saturday, December 7th. Set from 11 AM, to 2 PM, visitors will get to enjoy the beautifully decorated home for the holiday season.

Visitors will be encouraged to take holiday pictures in the historic house. Patrons also will get to learn about the house and life in the late 1890s from the facility’s docents dressed in historic costumes. Celtic singer Jenne Lennon is scheduled to perform at noon.

To register, visit barringtonswhitehouse.com/events. The White House is at 145 W. Main St.

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.

Local governments throughout the state collected nearly $1 billion more in property taxes in 2018 than the year before, though the population declined by more than 45,000 residents, which increases the tax burden on the remaining homeowners.

Property tax collections by local governments in Illinois increased nearly $1 billion between 2017 and 2018 even as the state lost thousands of residents over that year.

Combined, 6,042 local governments received $31.8 billion in property taxes last year, according to Illinois Department of Revenue reports. That was $944 million more than what was collected in 2017 by those agencies.

Meanwhile, the state lost 45,116 residents in 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. That increased the tax burden on the remaining population to pay for services provided by towns, schools, counties and other local governments.

Statewide, local governments combined to collect $2,496 in property taxes for every resident in 2018, up from $2,413 per person in 2017, according to a Daily Herald analysis. In Cook and the collar counties, the amount of property taxes collected per resident is even higher.

The results of the analysis highlight the number of local governments in Illinois — the most in the nation — as well as how much local governments rely on property taxes, government finance experts said. Local governments that collect property taxes also include townships, park districts and a bevy of smaller specialized agencies that oversee operations of libraries, fire protection districts and other amenities.

Read the full Daily Herald article here.


The state of Illinois’ pension crisis is out of control.

Democratic politicians suggest that we hand over the reigns of local control to unelected bureaucrats.

However, the working people of Illinois know that less personal freedom over our money and pension plans is not the answer.

Barrington Hills Village President Martin J. McLaughlin supports the logic of the people of Illinois.

McLaughlin is running to represent Illinois’ 52nd House District in Springfield. Not only has he been a success in the private sector, but he wants to implement his understanding to bring prosperity back to Illinois.

Read the full letter to the editors of the Northwest Herald here.

Seriously ill children from across the suburbs will find added excitement while they ride a special Metra train during Operation North Pole next month.

In a first-time effort, organizers want people to pack downtown Barrington’s Metra station platform in a show of support for the children when the “Polar Express” slowly passes through at 12:44 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Operation North Pole has created a fantasy day for seriously and terminally ill kids and their families during the holiday season since 2011. The goal is for the children who have spent a lot of time in hospitals to simply have fun.

About 500 volunteers organize the holiday adventure for 75 families, with the ordinary Metra ride transformed into the Polar Express on the Union Pacific Northwest Line tracks between Des Plaines and Crystal Lake. After the train ride, a party in a “Winter Wonderland” setting will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Read more here.

From left, Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton shares a laugh in the kitchen with volunteer and master carver John Landenberger of Barrington Hills. Images from Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Sailor on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2019 at New Life Lutheran Church in Lake Zurich (910 S. Old Rand Road). (Karie Angell Luc / Pioneer Press)

Naval Station Great Lakes recruits were treated to a Thanksgiving feast and other activities in Lake Zurich at the annual Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Sailor event.

A group of 25 recruits started official holiday festivities with a bean bag tournament hosted by the Lake Zurich Fire Department, 321 S. Buesching Road, before gathering for a traditional Thanksgiving feast at New Life Lutheran Church, 910 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich.

After the noon meal, they were encouraged to play organized games and could phone loved ones before evening bowling.

John Landenberger of Barrington Hills was a volunteer who carved the turkey with an electric knife.

“It’s always fun, it’s a lot of excitement,” he said while on kitchen duty.

Landenberger added that eight turkey breasts were served along with six batches of stuffing.

Read more from the Lake Zurich Courier here.

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