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2017 Geneva Mayor

Ethics panel dismisses Simonian's complaint on Burns

Alderman vows to go to court

GENEVA – An ethics complaint against Mayor Kevin Burns was dismissed by the Geneva Ethics Commission on March 16 for lack of evidence.

Fifth Ward Alderman – and himself a mayoral candidate – Tom Simonian filed the ethics complaint March 13 against Burns. Simonian alleged a firefighter in uniform delivered Burns’ campaign signs to his house in a city vehicle in violation of the city ethics ordinance.

Simonian was alerted to the incident by a city resident.

Deputy Fire Chief Mark Einwich testified that one of Burns’ campaign signs had become lodged under his fire department vehicle while in a convenience store parking lot, and he had texted Burns to ask what he wanted done with the sign. Burns responded in a text to drop it off at his residence.

Burns testified that he did not know who the text was from and just replied to it.

According to the Geneva Ethics Commission’s written findings, there is insufficient evidence that Einwich’s or Burns’ actions were intentional.

In a statement, Simonian said he would file a complaint for administrative review in Kane County Circuit Court.

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