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Committee goes public to change government in Dixon

Efforts to increase as Nov. 4 election nears

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – While its real campaigning won’t start until September, the Committee to Change City Government publicly launched its effort Tuesday night.

With about 30 people in attendance, including members of the committee, John Phillips of the Illinois City/County Management Association spoke about the differences between the commission form of government and the managerial form, which the committee advocates, said Marilyn Coffey, its chairwoman.

In August, members of a task force, given the job of evaluating the city’s form of government, recommended the City Council let residents decide between commission and managerial.

The City Council later voted to place the question on the Nov. 4 ballot. 

Earlier this month, the citizen-led committee announced its campaign for a switch from the present commission government.

Tuesday’s meeting was meant not only to start campaigning for change, Coffey said, but also to sign up volunteers and raise money.

Coffey didn’t have exact figures on either, but said the committee did pick up some volunteers and donations. It now will put together a campaign brochure and presentation, which the group hopes to present to Dixon organizations, she said.

A post card also might be mailed to some of the city’s likely voters, she said, adding that the committee is still in the “organizational phase,” and the real campaign won’t start until fall.

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