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Endorsement: Geneva mayor – Burns

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns fell short in his bid for Kane County Board chairman last year, absorbing a decisive defeat in the Republican primary race against Chris Lauzen. The good news for Geneva residents – Burns remains motivated to serve as the city’s mayor. We endorse Burns in his April 9 quest for a fourth term as Geneva mayor against challenger Bob McQuillan. Burns boasts a long line of achievements during his tenure. About 700,000 square feet of new commercial business has been added; the city’s industrial corridor has been enhanced; and staffing concessions have been made because of the economic downturn. Despite a few high-profile losses, Geneva’s downtown remains the envy of most communities in the west suburbs. Burns is ambitious; he is an effective relationship-builder; and his achievements have come within a sound fiscal framework. McQuillan is a smart man with a sophisticated grasp of budgetary issues, as Geneva school board members can attest after years of being grilled by McQuillan about the district’s fiscal affairs. While we respect McQuillan’s interest in running for mayor, it still seems that the city’s taxpayers would have been better served if McQuillan had taken a run at the school board, considering that body’s larger impact on residents’ tax bills.

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