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Who is Barrington's Person of the Year?

TIME magazine just named its 2013 person of the year. Tell us who you think should be recognized from Barrington.

Who gets your pick for Barrington's Person of the Year? Credit: Patch file
Who gets your pick for Barrington's Person of the Year? Credit: Patch file
On Wednesday, TIME Magazine announced Pope Francis as its 2013 Person of the Year, but who is Barrington's Person of the Year?

Patch seeks to highlight those whose efforts have bettered the Barrington community over the past year. It may be an individual, a nonprofit organization, volunteer group or business. Perhaps you want to honor someone posthumously.

Tell us your pick in the comment section below. Be sure to include why you think they should be recognized.

Editor's Note: This is not an official Patch competition with judging for a "winner." Readers are invited to share in the comments who they feel influenced or made a difference in their community this year.
james magnanenzi December 11, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Person of the Year: Mike Kozel. Mr. Kozel ran for Village President as a write in candidate and garnered 40% of the vote. Even as Team Darch went door to door and spread lies about his integrity. Mr. Kozel succeeded in exposing the truth about the Darch board. $30,000,000 of the tax payer money down the drain in the TIF district debacle and fighting a hopeless battle against the CN Railroad. Then it was the $2.5 million side show about the Highway 14 bypass. Another diversion that will not happen. Now it's $6,000,000 to rehab the $2,000,000 White House-Barrington Realty-Robinson House. For what? To build a banquet facility to seat up to 150 people. A slap in the face to McGonigal's Pub, Wool Street, Francesca's, Barrington Country Bistro, etc. These private businesses have significant money at risk to the serve the public. We don't need competition from the Village. Mr Kozel was been and is still in favor of housing. Upscale units for empty nesters, modest units for the seniors who have no choices as we are 100% occupied in affordable housing with long waiting lists. Luxury condos were ok 8 years ago but no longer. The Board wants an office building where the luxury condos were planned at Hough/Main. I'm sure the "old line Board members" know that the Village minority population has doubled in the last 10 years. They are convinced that all multifamily units decline over time and then draw an undesirable resident. None of that next to the "white". It's time to move forward. The anti growth policies of the Darch board are killing the local retailers that have made the Village a unique place to live. Mike Kozel has stepped up to show he will grow the Village rather than tear it down as has been the case at Hough-Main an eye sore in our Village Center. Thank you,
traci connors December 12, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Dave Nelson!
Angela Sykora (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Patch welcomes reader comments and suggestions on this post. However, please be sure to include more than a person's name. Share why you feel they should be recognized. Please refrain from politicizing. This post is not the place for it. Inappropriate comments and/or discussions will be deleted. Thanks.
Dr. Jo Ann Fletcher December 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM
I nominate Mike Kozel for Person of the Year. Mike is a long-time resident of the Village of Barrington, and he is committed to the revitalization of downtown area. Mike gave of his time and money to run for Village office to help guide that revitalization. He continues to be a voice for the Barrington residents at Board meetings, by providing positive input for the betterment of the Village residents and businesses.
Nellie H December 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I would go with the Kozel pick as well. Barrington is in a sorry state of affairs. Throwing good money after bad is always the answer of the current board. Kozel has good ideas that would protect the established business community while enhancing the village for residents. I do not know him personally, but I do know that businesses cannot sustain any more "bright ideas" from the village regime. I appreciate all of the effort Kozel puts forth at board meetings, etc.

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