A Barrington Hills friend of McHenry County Blog sent the following November 8th email from Village President Bob Abboud. The highlighting shown were done by the person who sent it to me.
The message prior to the email follows:
I have been enjoying your blog. As to Bob Abboud and his slate of “Independents”, please note the following text from an email Bob sent around in November in answer to a question “will he have a slate”.
I have removed the email addresses of all but Abboud’s to protect the innocent (?). The question and answer have been highlighted. Abboud also complains about Halo’s consultant, but it is his consultant, Casey Justice, that is advising his slate. State records show that she was paid $4,800 in the last few months of 2010, don’t know yet about 2011.
The email follows. Below it is Abboud’s response.
From: Robert G. Abboud [mailto:Bob@RGALabs.com]
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 12:00 PM
Subject: RE: Slate
Thanks for asking. Yes, I believe there will be a slate. Trustee Joe Messer, Clerk Karen Selman, and Patti Meroni are planning on running for the regular 4-year seats. Dawn Davis is running for the 2-year seat. She will compete against Walter Smithe. Dave Stieper says he is running as an independent. Please recognize that no one has yet completed their required petition signatures.
I support these 4 candidates – Messer, Selman, Meroni, and Davis. I believe they have the energy, knowledge, objectivity, and judgment to help steward our Village forward. Most importantly, they will have an independent perspective that the Board depends on. The next few years will be challenging for the Village. We will face issues with declining tax revenues, a variety of operational issues, and more land use and boundary challenges. We need people with experience, vision, independence, and frankly a little toughness and moxie so as to repel those who seek to intimidate us with loud voices.
I am amused at the latest HALO/Non-sense Party mailing. It is filled with outright lies of just unmitigated proportion. I am amused at the claims of fiscal issues since Beth Mallen has voted for every expenditure and every budget and every tax levy. You can see the current Village budget at:
I make no apologies for my belief that the HALO/Non-sense Party’s mission is to degrade zoning and land use in the Village, and our security. HALO’s overly loud complaint about the
HALO is funded by the same folks who challenged us in past – developers, and those who will profit from converting our unique community into a suburban high density area. A quick check of their state filing shows who the developers are. Ms. Wamberg has already disconnected valuable land from the Village. She is still mad at me for voting against her disconnection that cost our taxpayers valuable future revenues.
The candidate’s e-mails are the first 4 CCs of this mailing. I hope you will come out in support of these individuals. They will need your help and the help of all of our neighbors. I expect the HALO/Non-sense Party to be loud, abrasive, well funded and bent on misrepresenting facts as they already are in their latest mailing.
The candidates will also need your assistance in funding for their campaign. While it’s never pleasant to talk about campaign money, they need funds to get their message out. This will be a very expensive election for our candidates. The HALO/Non-Sense Party has already spent thousands of dollars and they are just getting started. They have brought in outside professional campaign staff. I hope you will consider a contribution to support these four candidates so they get their message out. Contact Patti Meroni for making a contribution.
You may pass this mailing around if you feel it is helpful. Our fight is to Save 5 Acres and our incredibly unique community. Please let me know if I can be of any additional help to you or your neighbors. Thank you again for all your support in the Village.
Abboud’s response when I sent him the above email:
Yes, this e-mail was written by me back in mid-November when the campaigns were are not as clear cut as they are now. At the time I wrote this, no one had yet filed.
Note that the context of the word ‘slate’ was not meant in the party sense as in the Common Sense Party. It was meant in sense posed to me by the questioner. I was indicating there was a complete group of candidates for the open seats who are generally running together. The candidates are still INDEPENDENT as they registered as INDEPENDANT after this e-mail was written and they will appear and INDEPENDENT on the ballot. They are sharing resources but have somewhat differing views on certain subjects as I understand.
I hope this helps.