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updated: 9/7/2011 12:55 AM

Grayslake D46 board member wants higher office

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Grayslake Elementary District 46 board member Michael Carbone says he'll seek a higher, regional elected office in the spring primary election.

Carbone, a Round Lake resident, will enter the Republican primary for a Lake County Board seat in District 16. The district includes Round Lake Beach, Round Lake, Hainesville and Round Lake Heights.

Democrat Terry Wilke of Round Lake Beach is the incumbent county board member for District 16.

Carbone said he plans to tout his fiscal responsibility and push for transparent government as a District 46 official in his attempt to win the GOP primary for the county board in March.

"Government should work for the people, from creating tax incentives to attract potential employers to streamlining services and building relationships between local governments and their state and federal legislators," Carbone said Tuesday.

Carbone has locked horns with other District 46 board members at public meetings since he was elected as a write-in candidate in spring 2009.

In March, other District 46 board members issued an official public disapproval of Carbone known as a censure, which claimed he violated his oath of office by inappropriately seeking personnel information.

Carbone also was accused of encouraging a candidate in last April's school board election to obtain a computer password for entry into District 46's substitute teacher database. He wasn't accused of breaking any laws.

He reiterated Tuesday that he never was presented with evidence about the claims made in the censure and again denied the accusations.

Carbone is a small-business owner as a real-estate broker and tax appeal consultant. He's described himself as a watchdog for taxpayers, families and children of District 46.