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Article posted: 3/30/2013 5:00 AM

Change needed in village leadership

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Endorsement support for incumbent candidates is something the Daily Herald can usually be counted on to provide. So, I was not surprised to find that, once again, the incumbent candidates for Mundelein mayor and trustee offices in the April 9 election were endorsed by the Herald.

This in spite of the fact these trustee incumbents have been in office a total of 50 years while Mundelein's tax rate on real estate has grown to become the highest of any town in central Lake County.

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This while Mundelein is failing to attract businesses and keep up its roads and other public infrastructure. And, while village employee numbers and pay checks have been cut for lack of funds, the incumbent members of the village board have spent $5 million to purchase the six-acre Anatol property and $7 million for the 10-acre Sigma property.

Now they are about to spend another $13 million on the public infrastructure and construction to build a new village hall, all of this spending without voter approval.

Fellow citizens of Mundelein, I believe it is time for a change in the leadership of our village. Even though the incumbent candidates endorsed by the Herald have formed a local party they call Promundelein, we still have a choice in this election.

Fortunately, there are a number of independent candidates for the offices of mayor and trustee. These independent candidates have some fresh, new ideas about solving the problems our present village board has created for our town and our pocket books.

I urge voters to reject the spendthrift Promundelein candidates in favor of new independent leadership for Mundelein.

I say, Live free and save money. Vote independent on April 9.

Richard Hegerle

Mundelein

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