Long Grove's mayor will not seek reelection in the spring

Long Grove Village President Angie Underwood has announced on her blog that she will not seek re-election in the spring.

Underwood has been at the helm of Long Grove since she was elected in 2013 and has been the deciding vote on 15 measures that divided trustees during her tenure.

In her Aug. 24 blog post, "I thought it was menopause, but it was just the village," Underwood wrote that her decision not to seek re-election was made in May after countless nights of not sleeping well.

"It is frustrating and exhausting to have to make the dysfunctional, functional," Underwood's post reads.

Serving as village president, Underwood wrote, is "truly a 24/7 responsibility" and has left her with little time or energy for herself, loved ones and other activities she enjoys.

Before being elected village president, Underwood served as village trustee from 2011 to 2013.

The 2015 election left the six trustees evenly split on many issues, with Underwood typically siding with the bloc that had controlled the board.

Because Underwood has cast the tie-breaking vote in a slew of village decisions, results of the spring election could change decisions on how to revive the downtown and attract new businesses and visitors.

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