This is in reference to Dixon Mayor Jim Burke’s guest column on Aug. 1. In it he discusses the focus on immediate problems, mentioning the Crundwell fraud. Guess he forgot the Ortgiesen thing. Neither of those were immediate issues. The Crundwell fraud was going on for more than 20 years, and the Ortgiesen matter a while, too.
He uses the term “us” and “forest from the trees.” The taxpayers did not make a mistake – the city government did. He lists the taxpayers last on a long list. They should be first.
Then he tries to brainwash the taxpayers into thinking the current form of government is not broken. Wrong, mayor. It may not be broken in your eyes, but it is in the taxpayers’ eyes. It seems like the mayor is starting up on his campaign since the term is ending in 2015.
Just a question from me, and I am sure many others would like to know. How much money have you made off the city with your real estate business? I am sure you are looking for a pat on the back. Not going to happen. I am sure a lot of taxpayers’ money also paid for a lot of it. (Once again, left the taxpayers out of it.) More like a boot out of office.
In spite of Rita Crundwell, you all have made Dixon one of the most disgraced cities in Illinois (maybe the country), and you and past and present members of city government are responsible and accountable.
Last but not least, I think the mayor does not want anyone watching all of the city’s moves. That is why he does not want to change the municipal government.