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A bright spot for Burke

Council renames riverfront pavilion, street in honor of former mayor

DIXON – Former Mayor Jim Burke will have a permanent spot on the riverfront he worked for years to create.

The City Council passed a resolution Tuesday renaming the 100 and 200 blocks of West River Street, in between the Peoria and Galena Avenue bridges, to the “James G. Burke Way” as well as dedicating the “James G. Burke Pavilion” at Heritage Crossing.

Burke served four terms as mayor from 1999 to 2015 and died at 78 in February 2016. He was a founding member of the riverfront development project and operated Burke Realty in Dixon for more than 40 years.

“It’s absolutely the most fitting spot for him,” Councilman Ryan Marshall said.

A community dedication event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 on the riverfront with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. and live music starting at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided. It’s the focus of the September “Business After Business” hosted by the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street, and it’s slated to be an annual event paying tribute to Burke.

The dedication was recommended by an informal committee to honor Burke including City Manager Danny Langloss, city Councilman Mike Venier, Ray Neisewander III, CEO of Raynor Garage Doors; KSB Hospital CEO Dave Schriener, Rick Curia, CEO of Ken Nelson Auto Group; and Dixon Riverfront Commission President Larry Reed.

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