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Burke likely to seek re-election in 2015

Jim Burke
Jim Burke

DIXON – Mayor Jim Burke says he expects to seek re-election next year.

Burke, a real estate agent, was elected in 1999 and won a fourth term for mayor in 2011 in a close race. His term expires in 2015.

During an interview today with Sauk Valley Media's editorial board, Burke said he planned to run again.

"The reason I want to run again is for the same reason I ran to start with, which is the mayor can make things happen," Burke said. "And we have a lot of things to get done going forward in this community."

Burke said he wanted to finish developing the downtown, expand the use and reach of the airport, and put together a task force to look into growing the city.

In October, Burke said he was wasn't ready to make a decision about seeking re-election.

"I kind of wanted to see what the reaction of the community was with all this," Burke said today. "This thing has been, you talk about a stressful deal for the city – people at large –  and the City Council and the mayor's job. It's really been a deal and a half for 2 years."

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