Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration, Illinois Wesleyan University
Investment Manager, ASB Capital Management
Married, Kathleen Killian McLaughlin
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
First, I am blessed to be the proud father of 5 daughters’ ages 19-6 years old and a wonderful wife Kathleen Killian McLaughlin of 21 years whose family has been in Barrington and Barrington Hills since 1969. I have enjoyed raising my children and volunteering my time working with various community athletic organizations and also I serve as a trustee at The Einstein Academy. Professionally I have owned, managed, and operated a Registered Investment Advisory Firm for many years. My primary responsibility in addition to operating a successful business is to oversee the investment of pension assets both public and private through some of the most turbulent times in history. As a named fiduciary on Police, Fire, and Municipal pension plans I have a unique background and experience working with leaders entrusted with public assets. I have had the privilege to work with individuals and boards, actuaries, and attorneys who ultimately must provide team solutions to the public. This coordination of interests and learning to work together for the common good has been invaluable. My primary role has been to provide sound planning and leadership in execution of complex strategies. Communicating difficult issues in a direct concise way to clients and individuals is an excellent primer for what I believe is currently needed in Barrington Hills. Listening well, understanding our neighbors concerns, and addressing them in an open direct and efficient manner is what is required to unite our community. I look forward to serving the community and would be honored and humbled to receive my neighbors vote on April 9th.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
1) Lowering the tax burden on our neighbors and reducing Village spending. 2) Strengthening our fiscal position which will be our best defense against challenges to our unique community, our equestrian heritage, and our 5 acre zoning. 3) Uniting our neighbors and acting as conduit for improved dialog with our Village leaders.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
As our Village spending has almost doubled in the last ten years and our home values have decreased recently I would be in favor of lowering the levy. Freezing the levy is not sufficient.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
I disagree with the Boards recent decision to move public comment to the end of Village meetings also I disagree with the new restrictions on dialog as board members are not required to respond or interact with residents during the comments but rather can respond at the next scheduled meeting if they so choose. We need more communication and open dialogue with Village officials not less. Web sites and letters are important but we are a small UNIQUE community not just in our geography of open spaces but in the way that we can and should be able to interact with our municipal government. Our neighbors are intelligent, experienced, hardworking, generous, caring people and our greatest natural resource. Uniting our community to work together now and in the future toward common goals is as important as anything single item or issue is before us. Today if a resident wishes to address the village board they must attend a board session and sit through 3-4 hour meetings where issue are voted on and finally are granted the right to speak for a period of 3 minutes where the trustees are not required to engage in a dialogue. This situation deters community involvement. This is not appropriate for a community of our size and character and must change. Open communication is key to residents’ satisfaction with their government. Open dialog will improve understanding of issues that are before the Village and concerns that are important to our neighbors. To that end I will propose a Town Hall meeting each quarter where residents will be invited to participate in community round table discussions. They will be announced to the community and comply with open meetings act with the goal to bring our neighbors together, air concerns, and define real time issues that can be addressed immediately if at all possible.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
In my opinion allowing residents to have access to the Village board meetings through recordings and transcripts has been the biggest accomplishment.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I am interested in being elected to the position of Village President of Barrington Hills to unite our community around common goals, to protect and preserve 5 acres and open spaces, to limit and reduce spending wherever and whenever possible, to continue the equestrian traditions that make our community unique, and finally to make our leaders more responsive to our neighbors concerns and to represent our community in a civil, respectful, and honorable way.