By Sally Ho
Source Chicago Tribune
With a background on the Arlington Heights plan commission, newly appointed Trustee Robin LaBedz said she has a handle on the village’s overarching issues, but wants to dive more into direct services for residents.
LaBedz, 57, says she plans to tackle topics such as flooding and the emerald ash borer, two often-discussed village problems.
“Even with all the experience that I do have, there’s a lot still to learn,” she said after being sworn into office at Monday’s meeting.
LaBedz, though, has been there for key moments in recent village matters. The birth of Arlington Downs and the emergence of the redevelopment plan for the Hickory/Kensington neighborhood both took place during her six-year tenure on the village plan commission.
While she helped approve the full Hickory/Kensington redevelopment plan as a planning commissioner, LaBedz also draws from her experience as a member of the downtown master plan task force. She says she would support the idea of a tax increment financing district to fund the future neighborhood.
“I’m in favor of the redevelopment. I think the plan is good. I voted for it,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Arlington Downs development, which LaBedz said is among her proudest accomplishments, began construction this spring and is expected to be one of the largest projects in the village’s history.
LaBedz also is no stranger to some of the hot-button issues in the village, including matters like affordable housing and economic development.
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