About Barrington Area Development Council


The Barrington Area Development Council (BADC) is a not-for-profit civic organization with a long history of sponsoring initiatives and organizations that have benefited the Barrington Area community, including CPR Training, the Bikeways Commission, the District 220 Caucus, Barrington Area Blood Drive, the Leadership Academy, and the Citizen of the Year Award. In addition, BADC was the founding organization of the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) in the 1970s, and a catalyst participating in the formation of renowned groups such as the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) and Citizens for Conservation (CFC). More recently, BADC has participated as a founding co-sponsor of H.E.R.E. in Barrington– the Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Teens, Parents, and Community Leaders in the Barrington Area.

BADC was founded in 1966.

Our Team


Jack Schaefer

1st Vice President

Jim Peterson

2nd Vice President

Bob Lee


Tom Benjamin


Michael Garcia

Board of Directors

Thomas Balsamo
Amy Bash
Tom  Burns
Anna Bush
Joe Kelsch
Joe Kelsch Jr.
Linda Kemper
Bob Lee
Bill Lee, Jr.
Harry McCartney
Rey Mena
Steve Mountsier
Gary Schmitz
Norval Stephens
Claudio Taglienti


Programs We Support

Sometimes our role is simply one of weighing in with guidance and recommendations for an upstart initiative, and other times we take part more directly. Our work and involvement in these areas has included support of:

  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Barrington Area Special Voices (BASV)
  • Phll Bash Memorial Outdoor Skate Park
  • No Child Left Inside Initiative
  • MLK Dream
  • Smart Farms of Barrington
  • Flint Creek Watershed Partnership