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Endorsement: Abboud for Barrington Hills village president

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Two competitors for Barrington Hills village president agree on one thing: the need to protect the village's rural appeal, with its estates, horse paddocks and 5-acre zoning. But their approaches differ. Incumbent Robert Abboud, first elected in 2005, doesn't hesitate to challenge nearby towns over development he believes threatens Barrington Hills' environment and way of life, most recently involving a business auctioning wrecked autos proposed in East Dundee. Challenger Martin McLaughlin says the town's $8.3 million budget is too high, especially its legal costs. He advocates coordinating with -- and sharing costs with -- other government agencies to resolve development issues. McLaughlin describes himself as "not a politician" and while a fresh eye can sometimes be good, we think Barrington Hills residents are better served by Abboud's experience and tireless work on the community's behalf. We endorse Abboud.

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