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The stadium at Barrington High School will be getting a new scoreboard. The District 220 School Board determined that the current scoreboard, installed more than 10 years ago, had reached the end of its functional life.


Village seeks artwork for Public Art Program

The village is seeking artwork from local artists as part of the fifth year of the Deerfield Public Art Program. The Deerfield Fine Arts Commission will review artwork proposals submitted by artists interested in having their work displayed in the community. Participating artists must be willing to loan works of art for public display for up to a year. Selected paintings, murals, drawings and other pieces will be displayed in Village Hall, the Public Works facility, Deerfield Park District facilities, the Deerfield Public Library and other governmental buildings. The program also seeks an outdoor sculpture to be placed at the northeast corner of Waukegan and Deerfield roads. Applications are available online at and are due by Aug. 15. For information, call David Fitzgerald at 847-719-7400 or visit

Buffalo Grove

Police offer visor cards for hearing impaired drivers

Buffalo Grove’s Police Department will distribute laminated visor cards for deaf and hard of hearing motorists. The visor cards allow drivers to quickly identify themselves as deaf or hard of hearing during a traffic stop. One side of the card features graphics to allow officers to communicate why the driver was stopped and what information the officer needs. The card also includes a section that allows drivers to quickly communicate if they are lost, out of fuel, need medical assistance, have a flat tire or need a tow truck. The opposite side of the card provides communication tips for officers and allows drivers to indicate the most effective way to communicate with them. The cards were designed through a partnership between the State of Illinois Deaf & Hard of Hearing Commission and the AIM Center for Independent Living. The visor cards are available free of charge at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. For information, call 847-459-2560 or visit


High school stadium to get new scoreboard

The Barrington 220 School District Board of Education has approved the installation of a new scoreboard for Barrington Community Stadium at Barrington High School. The board determined that the current scoreboard, installed more than 10 years ago, had reached the end of its functional life. The new scoreboard will have a larger video screen and an updated sound system. It will be paid for through donations — approved by the Board of Education – from Wickstrom Auto Group, Motor Werks of Barrington, Long & Co. Jewelers, Lake Cook Orthopedics and three sponsors to be named in the coming months. The new scoreboard is expected to be installed this fall. For information, call 847-381-1400 or visit

River Grove

Triton nets grant to support TRIUMPH Program

Triton College has received a $500,000 grant from the Educational Credit Management Corp. Foundation. The grant will support a five-year effort to broaden the TRIUMPH (Triton Undergraduate Men Pursuing Higher Education) Program, and develop similar programs at other regional Hispanic- and minority-serving institutions. TRIUMPH was created to address the opportunity gap for minority males who are the first in their family, and often first in their community, to pursue higher education. Through the support of the ECMC Foundation, TRIUMPH will expand to provide first-year and transitional support services for all men of color at Triton. Students enrolled in the program are paired with male staff mentors who help them realize and understand their potential and goals despite perceived social and cultural barriers. TRIUMPH also provides access to increased student services, academic support, service learning projects and other resources designed to increase the graduation and transfer rates among minority male students. For information, call 708-437-6915, Ext. 3850, send an email to or visit


Fire staff boosts insurance rating to among nation’s best

The Homewood Fire Department has improved its Insurance Service Organization rating from Class 4 to Class 2. The ISO rating scale is from 10-1, with 1 being the best. ISO is an organization that provides statistical information concerning risk; and the ISO rating system has an impact on how insurance companies assess policies — both residential and commercial. Nearly every aspect of a city and fire department is evaluated in determining an ISO rating. Points are awarded in areas ranging from training and equipment to proper water supply and public education. The Homewood Fire Department has held a rating of ISO Class 4 since 1990. The new ISO Class 2 rating places the department among the top 3 percent of fire department’s in the country. For information, call 708-798-3000 or visit


Regional airport earns IDOT award

Schaumburg Regional Airport, located at 905 W. Irving Park Road, received a 2018 Airport of the Year award from the Illinois Department of Transportation. A total of six airports in Illinois received the honor. Schaumburg Regional Airport was selected because of its accomplishments throughout the past year, including an “outstanding partnership” with IDOT and a “strong commitment” to customer service and satisfaction. Among considerations for the award are cooperation and coordination with the state, facility safety record, promotion of seminars and events, and maintenance of the facility. Schaumburg Regional Airport is a public-use, general aviation airport comprised of a single runway with full parallel taxiway and parking. The airport is home to 90 aircraft and handles 35,000 operations per year. For information, call 847-923-3778 or visit


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