Albert R. Pino: Candidate profile
Name: Albert R. Pino
City: North Barrington
Office sought: President
Wife: Donna Pino
Daughters: Amy Borgmann
Erika Pino (Barrington Dist. 220)
Sons: Albert Pino (Barrington Dist. 220)
Alexander Pino (Barrington Dist. 220)
Attorney (admitted to Illinois, June of 1976)(Federal Northern District of Illinois, 1977)
Maintains a private practice locally since 1987
Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General in defense of Workers Compensation claims (13 years)
J.D.: John Marshall 1976
B.S.: Business education 1971
Previous elected offices held:
1. Elected Trustee (4/2005-4/2009). Also served on the Finance Committee, and was ZBA liaison;
2. Re-elected Trustee (4/2009-4/2013). Also served on the Finance Committee, ZBA liaison
3. Elected President of The Village of North Barrington (4/2011 to 4/2015).
4. Re-elected President of The Village of North Barrington (4/2015 to 4/2019). Also served on Finance Committee, and as Emergency Management Program Manager.
5. Elected President of the Barrington Area Council of Governments a/k/a BACOG from July 2016-June 2017. Also served on the Finance Legislative Committee (2010-present), Policy & Long-Range Planning Committee (2011-2017), Nomination Committee (2012-present), and various other committees from 2011 to 2019. Attended Springfield on two occasions for veto sessions/meetings with various legislators to promote municipal legislation.
Incumbent: If yes, when were first elected?
Elected in 2005 and 2008, (Trustee) and 2011 and 2015, (President.)
2005-present: regularly attend various BACOG seminars/drills for emergency preparedness (as facilitated by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital), as well as land use development and water management issues.
2013-present: regularly take multiple law and legal courses each year in areas such as zoning, public nuisances, land use development, stormwater management, (as facilitated by the Illinois Municipal League.)
1. What are the most important issues facing your community and how do you intend to address them?
North Barrington is very proactive with maintaining our roads in an efficient and fiscally responsible manner; including road resurfacing, stormwater management and culvert maintenance. The yearly road program, combined with our infrastructure reserve fund, is approximately 32% of the annual budget. We seek to resurface 10% of the Village roadways per year, and in 2018 we utilized an asphalt rejuvenating product to extend the life of the pavement. We have found that this balanced schedule of road services allows us to operate within our annual budget.
North Barrington has drainage concerns due to failing 100-year-old drain tiles throughout the Village. We established a comprehensive drainage program to analyze, identify, and resolve flood prone areas. Some of our frequent repetitive flood areas have now ceased to flood by use of innovative engineering to correct the problem areas. This is a continuous and constant vigilant process for our engineers. We have been fortunate to have received numerous grants from the Lake County Stormwater Management for assistance in drainage issues on behalf of our residents.
2. What makes you the best candidate for the job?
My formal education in Business Education and Law; my 14-year experience as a Trustee and President, as well as my lifetime experiences as a small business owner, make me qualified for this position.
During my tenure as a Trustee and President, I attended and participated in dozens of meetings of the various commissions including: Zoning Board of Appeals, Environmental and Health, Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Finance, both as the Board Liaison and as an interested resident. The experiences were necessary and rewarding.
3. Describe your leadership style and explain how you think that will be effective in producing actions and decisions with your village board or city council.
I have a low-key, business-approach style. We are generally able to conduct the business of the Village in a logical and expeditious manner.
I recognize that my role, along with the other Board members, is to serve the community. As such, I do not see leadership style as dictating what happens, but more as to insuring that the Board is making informed decisions to address the needs of the residents. I believe that while at times I must decide the formal direction of the Village, that this is done best after inviting open dialogue and public comment.
I believe that my leadership style allows for lively, intelligent and interesting discussions of the issues at hand. I also believe that the background material that I provide the Board educates them as to area issues, on a State, County and local level.
4. How would you describe the condition of our community's budget, and what are the most important specific actions the town should take to assure providing the level of services people want?
The Village is fiscally responsible with the money entrusted to them by the residents. We have a triple A Bond Rating. We are in excellent financial condition and have continued to be so for many years. We will continue to keep our expenses down by receiving the best value for the services. We fully document all expenditures for complete transparency. All of our Commission and Board members, including the President, are unpaid volunteers.
5. What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
We wish to alleviate the cut-through automobile traffic in our community. Traffic on Routes 59 and 22 suffer from congestion during high commute times, and commuters look for alternate routes. This summer IDOT will be closing portions of Rout 22 at east and west of Route 59. Our engineers are already discussing how to minimize traffic. We are experimenting with the drafting of a traffic calming policy to reduce cut-through traffic in our community.