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Barrington Hills Village President: Abboud

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Two candidates are vying to be the president of the unique village of Barrington Hills, which straddles four counties.

Incumbent Robert Abboud, 56, who is president and CEO of RGA Labs, is being challenged for the post by newcomer Martin McLaughlin, 48, who owns and operates an investment advisory firm.

Both tout the importance of keeping the village’s 5-acre zoning ordinance and equestrian traditions intact in order to preserve Barrington Hills’ heritage. Both have dedicated their time to various community and civic organizations and, obviously, care about the future of the village.

Abboud has demonstrated that in his fierce defense of the village as nearby East Dundee considers allowing International Auto Auction to open a facility. The proposed location is near a Barrington Hills subdivision.

Concerns that such a facility would allow gasoline or other fluids in vehicles to seep into the ground and contaminate the local aquifer – Barrington Hills residents rely on well water – has led Abboud to vigorously protest it being built there.

While the village has incurred some legal fees for doing so, Abboud said total legal costs for the village are less than 10 percent of the total budget, and some of that money is spent on other needs, such as prosecuting drunken drivers or other tickets.

The village doesn’t borrow money, and there have been no property-tax levy increases during the past four budgets, Abboud said, and spending has been reduced from 2011 to 2012.

We endorse Abboud for another term.

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