Endorsements: Sarlitto, Borawski and Nora for Long Grove village board
Long Grove has come a long way in a relatively short time. A major infrastructure project has brought renewed optimism for the village's once deteriorating downtown. Political infighting is largely a thing of the past. And the town's iconic covered bridge, knocked out of commission for months after a truck hit it in June, is in line for much-needed repairs.
But challenges remain. Housing prices are depressed while taxes keep rising, and questions linger about where the village can find revenues needed to fix its streets and address other needs.
Hoping to take on those challenges as village trustees are incumbents Michael Sarlitto, Chuck Nora and Chris Borawski, along with Village Clerk Amy Johns Gayton. Voters will choose three in the April 2 election to fill four-year board terms.
Gayton has a history of service and knows the issues facing the village. But given the successes of recent years, we see little reason to oust any of the incumbents. Sarlitto led the effort to create the village's economic development commission and shows a keen understanding of the town's business environment. Borawski, a 26-year resident, has a good sense for how to preserve the town's identity while adding needed development. And Nora has strong ideas about creating a more business-friendly environment and the importance of revitalizing downtown.
We endorse Sarlitto, Borawski and Nora.