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SPRINGFIELD — A Republican state lawmaker is calling for the resurrection of the death penalty in Illinois after two mass shootings in the United States and recent gun violence in Chicago.

Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills said he will either sponsor or co-sponsor some version of a measure overturning the abolishment former Gov. Pat Quinn placed on capital punishment eight years ago. Former Gov. George Ryan had placed a moratorium on the death penalty in 2000.

At the time, Quinn said Illinois should not have a system in place that might result in the erroneous execution of citizens. McSweeney said “eliminating the death penalty was a terrible mistake.”

“It has been a complete failure,” he said.

Read more from The News-Gazette here.

Some already looking at bans: ‘It’s just not for us’

Barrington area municipalities are starting to discuss whether to allow recreational cannabis-related businesses within village limits and if so, what regulations to impose ahead of the law allowing the sale and cultivation of marijuana in Illinois taking effect Jan. 

Lake Barrington officials are looking to adopt village legislation banning recreation marijuana-related businesses. Barrington is also leaning against having them, while both Barrington Hills and South Barrington are starting discussions.

Barrington village trustees and Village President Karen Darch are expected to start discussing in September what Barrington will do, officials said. Village spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said municipal leaders are leaning against allowing any kind of marijuana-related business.

Read more from the Barrington Courier-Review here.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 board members intend to vote Tuesday, Aug. 13, on whether to place a question on the ballot early next year seeking voter permission to borrow money to fund building projects.

The meeting begins a half hour early at 6:30 PM at District 220’s administrative center, 515 W. Main St. in Barrington.

Board members will need to decide a dollar amount and projects for the planned March 17 referendum. It would be the second time in about a year the district went to voters for funds.

Voters in April defeated a measure seeking to raise property taxes to pay for $185 million in building projects. If the board can’t decide the issue Tuesday, the elected officials would return for a special meeting at the administrative center 7:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 15.

State Rep. David McSweeney

Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, sponsored a bill signed Friday by Gov. JB Pritzker that gives the voters of McHenry County the power to dissolve the 17 townships that currently comprise the county.

The synopsis as introduced in House Bill 348 reads as follows:

“Amends the Township Code. Provides that the board of trustees of any township located in McHenry County may submit a proposition to dissolve the township to the township electors or township electors may petition for a referendum to dissolve a township. Provides for the transfer of real and personal property, and any other assets, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, and liabilities of the dissolving township to McHenry County.

Provides that all road districts wholly within the boundaries of the dissolving township are dissolved on the date of dissolution of the dissolving township and the powers and responsibilities of the road district are transferred to McHenry County, and provides that municipalities within the dissolving township may elect to assume the duties and responsibilities of the road district or road districts.

Limits extensions of specified property tax levies to 90% of the original property tax levy and within the boundaries of the dissolved township. Amends the Election Code and Counties Code making conforming changes.

Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that any township in Lake County or McHenry County shall abolish a road district of that township if the roads of the road district are less than 15 miles in length.

Provides that the road district is abolished on the expiration of the term of office of the highway commissioner of the road district facing abolition following the determination by the county engineer or county superintendent of highways. Provides that the township board of trustees may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads added to its jurisdiction.”

House Bill 348 took effect immediately upon signing and can be viewed here.

 

“Fifty-seven years ago, Emily McHugh left the traditions and southern style of Nashville, Tennessee for the Midwestern equestrian mecca of Barrington Hills.  

It was still customary in those days to extend letters of invitation to prospective guests. When George Van Hagen and his wife, Barbara, visited Nashville in 1961 for the Steeplechase Races, they met a dedicated young horsewoman named Emily Frazer Cullom, and suggested that she might enjoy a visit to their equestrian community in Barrington, Illinois. She could stay with them. Then-prevailing courtesies required that Emily’s mother receive a formal invitation for her daughter from the Van Hagens. Graciously offered to Mrs. Cullom, the letter was the signal for her daughter to step into a new environment, one with an equestrian history then barely 40 years old.”

Read the full Quintessential Barrington article here.

 

Hoffman Estates officials have scheduled a pair of meetings for local governments and the public to weigh in on a proposed tax incentive to encourage development on the north corners of the intersection of Higgins and Old Sutton roads.

The village is proposing the tax increment financing district for 24 acres at the northeast corner and 16 acres at the northwest corner, independent of any existing development plan — including the Plums Farms concept that’s been stalled for two years.

Including adjacent right of way, the proposed TIF district would cover 64 acres. Initial revenue from the TIF would pay for public utilities on the land.

A Joint Review Board made up of the local governments that would see their tax revenues affected by the TIF district is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

Read more here.

JourneyCare’s 26th annual Duck Race and Pool Party fundraiser benefits the All About Kids pediatric care program which provides comfort and specialized care for children and families facing serious illness. In honor of the VIP pediatric patients, JourneyCare staff, community members, supporters, patients and their families will gather for a splash-tacular time.

This free family event includes open swim and splash pad, games, activities, entertainment by Bob the DJ, 50/50 drawing, six duck races and 36 prizes. Guests can adopt (purchase) ducks and cheer them on as they race down the waterslide to the finish line!

In 2018 this annual event raised $21,000, and this year the JourneyCare Foundation hopes to raise $25,000 to ensure that JourneyCare keeps its promise never to turn away anyone because of the inability to pay. The race takes place from 4 to 7 PM Saturday, Aug. 10, at Aqualusion Water Park in Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington.

To adopt a duck or for more details visit, journeycare.org/duck.

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