Denise Barreto




Harvey, IL

Business Strategist, Self-Employed - Managing Partner, Relationships Matter Now, LLC

Married, Isael Barreto

Emma, 14

Evan , 11

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

I am good candidate for this office due to my last four years serving on Lake in the Hills Village Trustee board coupled with close to 20 years of corporate business and marketing experience.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

My top two priorities are as follows: One to establish a 3-5 year strategic plan for the village of Lake in the Hills and to get everyone who lives there plugged into it. Lake in the Hills is a well run village but there are always areas for improvements. Strategic planning will set a vision, put out milestones and accountability to all of us involved. It will cover topics ranging from business retention and economic growth in the village to increasing usage of the Lake in the Hills Airport. By getting the staff and elected official fully engaged in the plan, I believe we can spread that engagement to our residents and raise awareness and visibility of issues facing our village.

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

We have lowered our taxing district’s levy the last two years. Without question - one of the the things I’m most proud of related to my service as a trustee. It’s not enough to speak about relief for homeowners, we in Lake in the Hills have put action behind our words and we will continue to do so. We have been fiscally responsible during this difficult time and given our residents some relief in one area where we can.

What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?

Operating without a strategic plan in place the last few years. Good organizations have a plan, it may be a living, breathing fluid plan but they have something to point to for accountability. We do not at the moment. I have expressed my desire to build one coming into our last budget sessions and I am certain the rest of the board understands my view on this.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

It is a toss up in my mind, lowering our tax levy is high on my list and seeking out business opportunity for the village by investing in a person to focus on building business relationships for our community.

Why should voters elect you to office?

Voters should send me back to the board because I continue to be a fresh voice representing working families in Lake in the Hills. I’ve learned so much from the residents and sitting on the board the last four years. It makes sense to send me back now as I have more to accomplish. I am not a believer in being a career politician at all - but government is slower than the marketplace and it takes time to get things done. I need a little more time.