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Burns wins fourth term as Geneva mayor

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:03 a.m. CDT
(Jeff Krage – For the Kane County Chronicle)
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns talks with a supporter Tuesday evening at his campaign headquarters.

GENEVA – Kevin Burns won a fourth term as Geneva's mayor, garnering 2,114 votes to his opponent, Robert McQuillan's 1,401 in unofficial totals late Tuesday.

McQuillan and his wife, Karen, went to Burns' post-election party in an office above The Olive Mill personally to concede the race and congratulate Burns.

"I am very impressed with Bob's class move and Mrs. McQuillan as well," Burns said. "It was very gracious on his part."

Burns said the race with McQuillan, a co-founder of a local taxpayer watchdog group, Geneva TaxFACTS, was a tough one.

"Every election is a challenge," Burns, 48, said. "Any race is difficult because it requires you to focus not only on the successes achieved, and to stay the course to focus on opportunities that are ahead."

Burns credited McQuillan with giving a true observation during their forum with the Kirkwood Homeowners Association.

"Bob said having a challenger makes us both better candidates – and I would agree with him completely," Burns said.

McQuillan, 56, said he would need a couple of weeks to decompress.

"I would not have done anything differently," McQuillan said. "We ran a very clean race. We talked only about the issues. We brought the issues to light that needed to be brought to light and the numbers reflect that. Voter turnout is dismal. Now no one can come to me and complain about their taxes being increased – I don't want to hear it."

McQuillan, who works in sales and marketing, and Burns, a professional fundraiser showed their differences in several forums. Both men have run for other offices. Burns sought the Republican nomination for the 14th Congressional District in 2007, but withdrew when former Speaker Dennis Hastert endorsed Jim Oberweis.

Last year, Burns lost the GOP nomination for Kane County Board chairman to former State Sen. Chris Lauzen. McQuillan ran for Geneva District 304 School Board in 2005 and against State Rep. Kay Hatcher in 2010 in the Republican primary in the 50th District, but did not win either race.

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