Chicken Farm Controversy, Part 1

An industrial-scaled chicken farm in unincorporated Lake County that generated concern among residents in a mostly residential area south of Highway 59 and Route 22 has been resolved, says Maria Peterson, candidate for Lake County Board (District 17). “People like me move to SW Lake Co. for lots of reasons, including good schools, quiet neighborhoods and open space,” Peterson says. “One thing for sure: nobody is likely to move to live in proximity to a 20,000 chicken farm squeezed onto a 5-acre lot originally planned for residential use.”  (continued below)

Chicken Farm Controversy, Part II – Resolution

Community leaders responded to neighbors who were worried about noise, odors and traffic generated if the farm came to fruition. According to Peterson, it was due to “a flaw in the laws of the State of Illinois that permits agricultural production on a 5-acre parcel or larger, and that Lake County’s ability to regulate it is enormously reduced.”

In stepped North Barrington to annex the land to exercise land use ordinances under the village Comprehensive Plan. To minimize chances of something like this happening again she says she is working with the Lake County Planning Building & Development Department to develop a Legislative Initiative to amend Illinois law. 

Peterson says an agreement was reached by the owner and village to wind down operations and bring the property up to code and that as of press time no lawsuits were filed against North Barrington or Lake County.

Publisher’s Note: SW Lake Lifestyle has not endorsed any candidates running for elective office. We thank Ms. Peterson for providing this report.

Long Vacant Bank Finally Opens

The branch bank that was built in 2006 on the NE corner of Quentin & Rand in Kildeer has finally opened. After completing construction of the facility it was mothballed due to the Great Recession. Once the opening was greenlighted early this summer Fifth Third Bank Branch Manager Kara Kenyon worked with construction crews to modernize the 12-year old building and grounds. The Grand Opening occurred in mid-August revealing an industry-leading design for banking facilities.

Regime Change at Lake Zurich Chamber

After a thorough vetting of a record number of qualified candidates, the Board of Directors announced that local resident and business owner Claire Slattery has succeeded Dale Perrin as Executive Director. Slattery, owner of Mindful Mix in downtown Lake Zurich and executive director of the Ancient Oaks Foundation, is the Past President of the chamber. Perrin resigned earlier this summer to take a position with the Lake County BAR Association.

Autumn bird hikes begin

Fall bird hikes, sponsored by Citizens for Conservation and Audubon Great Lakes, begin this month. Barrington-area naturalist Wendy Paulson will lead the hikes, which include:

September 7, 7:30 a.m. – Flint Creek Savanna (CFC Headquarters), 459 W. Hwy. 22

September 14, 7:30 a.m. – Crabtree Nature Center; 3 Stover Road, off Palatine Road

September 21, 8 a.m. – Beverly Lake (parking lot is on the north side of Higgins Road/Rt. 72, west of Sutton Road)

September 28, 8 a.m. – Deer Grove East (entrance on the north side of Dundee Road, west of Hicks Road, east of Smith Street. Go to farthest parking area)

October 19, 8:30 a.m. – Cuba Marsh (Park in the parking lot off the east side of Lake Zurich Road, just south of the CN railroad tracks. Lake Zurich Road runs between Rt. 14 and Cuba Road)

October 26, 8:30 a.m. – Galloping Hill (Park at Penny Road Pond parking lot, Barrington Hills)

RSVP to Daniel Wear at 312-453-0230, x2010 or; include how best to contact you should that be necessary.

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October Program Features Bats at their Best

Bats are the world’s only true flying mammals, and they eat garden and crop pests and lower the risk of West Nile virus by consuming thousands of mosquitoes on a single night.

Learn more about the environmental services native bats perform at “Incredible Bats,” Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m., at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington.

The program, cosponsored by Field and Flower Garden Club, Green Thumbs Garden Club, and Citizens for Conservation, will feature educators Sharon and Dan Peterson, who have promoted bat education in the Midwest since 1996. Sharon is an elementary school teacher and librarian trained by Bat Conservation International; Dan is a bat naturalist.

The program is free; registration is available on CFC’s website at . For more information, call CFC at 847-382-7283.