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posted: 3/14/2013 5:00 AM

Endorsements: Fonte, Pojack, McRoberts for Glendale Heights village board

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Three longtime Glendale Heights trustees are facing challenges in their respective village board districts, and in each case their opponents are stressing the need for new ideas, particularly in attracting businesses and jobs and holding down debt, on a panel that may have grown too comfortable and perhaps a little stale. The incumbents insist they are responsive to the community's needs, whether providing programming, improving roads or building public facilities for police and recreation. The clearest choice is in District 2, where incumbent Sharon Fonte knows her stuff, continues to be an energetic trustee and gets the nod over John DeBartolo. District 5 Trustee Chester Pojack has done a solid job and is our pick over challenger Hana Echevarria, who is passionate but needs to gain experience at a more grass-roots level. In District 6, incumbent Mary Schroeder faces a tough challenge from newcomer Bryan McRoberts. In a perfect world, McRoberts would have been a regular at village board meetings and perhaps taken steps to get his feet wet before jumping into the village board fray. But he has a solid financial background, a willingness to ask questions and the potential to provide a fresh and valuable voice on the board. He deserves a place at the table.

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