Barrington Area Council of Governments names McLaughlin chairman
Barrington Hills Village President Martin J. McLaughlin is the new chairman of the Barrington Area Council of Governments' Executive Board.
The board elected McLaughlin to the position Tuesday, when members also chose North Barrington Village President Albert R. Pino to serve as vice chairman.
"I look forward to serving as chairman of BACOG and having the opportunity to strengthen the long-standing collaboration and communication among member villages and townships within BACOG," McLaughlin said in a news release. "Identifying common goals, combining resources and leading BACOG on planning, land use, and environmental protection will dominate our agenda for 2015-2016."
BACOG is an organization of nine Barrington area governments that promotes cooperative regional strategies on emergency management enhancements, groundwater study and conservation, legislative advocacy, and member communications and training. Its members are Barrington, Barrington Hills, Barrington Township, Cuba Township, Deer Park, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes.
In the past year BACOG has hosted a tabletop drill on infectious disease, training for newly elected officials, several lobby days in Springfield, multiple private well water testing and education projects, and initiated a shallow aquifer water level monitoring program.
"Our legislative program helps protect the area's revenues such as the municipal share of income taxes to be used for local services like police and road repairs," Pino said. "It also promotes reforms at the state level that would help local governments."