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Spring just sprung, and many find ourselves in the biennial rite of Village elections season. It is recognizable from campaign signs dotting the countryside to complete strangers ringing the door or gate bell of our five-acre sanctuaries from masked humanity saying, “Howdy Neighbor,” causing you to wonder what unannounced circumstances you’re in for.

For the uninitiated, it will be an opportunity to meet a neighbor.  For others it represents something akin to an unsolicited sales pitch trying to convince you to vote a certain way.  If it’s the latter, you’re likely encountering a “special interest club” member.

Some of these club members can be the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  Others, however, might say anything to sway your vote, and we’ve heard a lot of the classics.  Either way, these club members manage to get eighty to ninety percent of their membership roster to the polls; thus, the reason for our request for all residents to take the time to vote. Here are our reasons:

  • Four years ago, at the height of the special interest club’s campaign frenzy, current Village President Marty McLaughlin tied for McHenry County votes against his competitor. His winning margin was only 65 votes.
  • In this same election, two special interest club members won by just three and four votes, and they’re both running again as a ticket, despite the fact one has missed a quarter of Board of Trustees meetings (a years’ worth).

Currently, the special interest club is fronting four of their Cook County members as candidates who would represent a majority of seats on our Village Board of Trustees.  We believe it important the county be mentioned since most of their interests in running is county centric, such as the revival of commercial horse boarding conflict and wanting to have more control of the Forest Preserve of Cook County’s Horizon Farms on top of the extensive trail system.

Leading this group is the current president of the Barrington Hills Park District who is running for Village President.  Transparency is not in his vocabulary, nor is fiscal responsibility or expense reduction.  In fact, our Park District has seen a 17% increase in levies under his watch, and three month ago he asked what the legal limit was for raising the 2021 levy prior to the required formal hearing – and he then approved that maximum raise.

Contrast that with the repeated seven levy decreases we’ve experienced along with many other financial benefits our village has experienced in eight years.  Benefits such as lower taxes, vastly improved roads, legal expenses that are a small fraction of what they were under the prior village president, just to name a few.

The way to continue the positive progress Barrington Hills has benefited from is to elect candidates with the values instilled by Martin McLaughlin and Colleen KonicekHannigan when they first took office eight years ago.

To accomplish that, all residents reading this need to make every effort possible to vote. We’re confident Brian Cecola is up for the challenge to serve as President as are David Riff, Tom Strauss and Laura Ekstrom to serve as Trustees. They not only have our endorsement, but also the endorsements of those with the highest regard of most residents; Marty McLaughlin and Colleen Konicek Hannigan.

So yes, if you want to continue the positive momentum we’ve enjoyed for eight years, please take the time to vote!

Early voting times and locations can be found here.

Related: We’ve Been Clubbed by Commercial Horse Boarding

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There are a number of exceptionally qualified candidates running for office in the upcoming Consolidated Elections April 6th.    

Following is a summary of candidates running for various offices in the order they appear on the ballots for those offices. The Observer has noted those candidates we endorse with a check mark.

Early voting is available to registered voters now through Election Day.

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The Barrington Hills Observer wholeheartedly endorses Brian Cecola for Village of Barrington Hills President, as well as David Riff, Tom Strauss and Laura Ekstrom for Village Trustees in the April 6th Consolidated Election.

Early voting starts this morning for the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Elections.  For information on where to cast your ballot between now and Election Day, click on your county below:

We’ll be publishing our official endorsements soon. In the meantime, feel free to use and share the sample ballot below noting our recommendations:

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Village HallThe Daily Herald has published profiles of the two candidates running for Village President.  In ballot order, click on any of their names to read the bio they wrote for submission:

Election Day is April 6th.

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The League of Women Voters has posted recordings of the two Village candidate forums they held Saturday morning.

The session for Village of Barrington Hills President candidates can viewed here, and the session for candidates running for Village Trustee seats can be viewed here.

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Barrington Hills Trustee Brian Cecola, left, and Dennis Kelly are vying to the next village president of Barrington Hills.

The two candidates for Barrington Hills village president on Saturday touted their respective credentials to voters: one, experience within village government, and the other, outside experience that he said would bring a new set of eyes to village hall.

Brian Cecola, a 6-year village trustee and self-employed business owner, and Dennis Kelly, the Barrington Hills Park District board president and local insurance broker, exchanged opinions during a virtual forum co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area and the Barrington Area Library.

Cecola is endorsed by outgoing Village President Martin McLaughlin, who asked him to run after winning the state House 52nd District race in November. Cecola said during his tenure on the board and as chairman of the public safety and roads and bridges committees, the village has lowered its tax levy and cut spending, while ramping up its road repaving and sealant rejuvenation program.

“I love this community. This is my passion. My motto is ‘I serve,'” Cecola said. “I want to continue on the path the village started eight years ago. It’s a great path and I want to be part of that.”

Read more here.

Related:Endorsement: Cecola for Barrington Hills village president

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Brian Cecola

Two experienced, knowledgeable candidates are vying for the opportunity to serve Barrington Hills as village president in the April 6 election, and voters face a difficult time choosing between them.

Brian Cecola, a self-employed business owner, is a village trustee with a long record of service in the area, including leadership of the Barrington Lions Club and serving as a firefighter and board member for the Barrington Fire Department, On the Barrington Hills village board, he heads the Bridges and Public Safety Department, which accounts for a large portion of the town’s budget.

He emphasizes goals of fiscal restraint — citing the village’s record of six-straight years of levy reduction — and sees himself as a relationship builder who can work constructively with other leaders.

Our preference leans toward Cecola, whose direct experience with the village board gives him more direct insight into the workings of village government and would seem to give him a head start in working with village board members to address issues facing the community. He gets our endorsement.

Read more here.

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The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area and the Barrington Area Library are hosting two virtual forums for Village of Barrington Hills candidates seeking office in the April 6 election tomorrow.

Barrington Hills Village President candidates Brian D. Cecola and Dennis Kelly, are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cate Williams will moderate. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/6s4f1dkh.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Kim Inman will moderate a discussion with Barrington Hills Village Trustee candidates Laura S. Ekstrom, David Riff, Thomas W. Strauss, Brent Joseph Burval, Paula Jacobsen and Robert M. Zubak. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/12bj0f4g.

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One Barrington Hills candidates Tom Strauss, Brian Cecola, Laura Ekstrom and David Riff

Four candidates are running for seats on our Village Board of Trustees under a familiar campaign banner, “One Barrington Hills.”

Second term Trustee Brian Cecola is running for Village President. Cecola is hoping to succeed the current Village President, Martin McLaughlin, who’s eight years in village office comes to a close in April.

Former Village Communications Committee member, Laura Ekstrom, along with David Riff and Tom Strauss have joined Brian on the campaign trail vying for Village Trustee seats.

To learn more, visit the One Barrington Hills website by clicking here.

Early voting begins March 25th, and the election is Tuesday, April 6th.

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Speakers at the 2020 Economic Summit update business leaders and the community. The 2021 Economic Summit, “State of the Greater Barrington Area,” will be held virtually from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host a 2021 Virtual Economic Summit, “State of the Greater Barrington Area,” from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Village officials from 11 surrounding communities will update local business leaders and the community on current economic conditions and what lies ahead for the Greater Barrington Area in 2021.

The public is invited to attend this virtual event. Cost to attend is $10. Register at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

“We are offering our Economic Summit virtually this year so that our village leaders can speak to the effects of 2020, where we are now, and what lies ahead for our region,” said BACC President/CEO Suzanne Corr. “We will hear firsthand updates on what impacts local business, residents, and the prosperity of our communities.”

Confirmed speakers to date include: Karen Darch of Barrington; Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills; Greg Rusteberg of Deer Park; Nandia Black of Kildeer; Kevin Richardson of Lake Barrington; Bill Jacob of Long Grove; Eleanor Sweet McDonnell of North Barrington; Shannon Yeaton of Port Barrington; and Robert Palmer of South Barrington.

Speakers will discuss the 2020 year in review, economic development accomplishments, and goals for 2020. The BACC Economic Summit is open to the public; registration for the online event is required to receive a link.

Submitted by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

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