Letter to the Editor: Kane County Would be Worse off with Lauzen

A Geneva residents writes in response County Board candidate Kevin Burns' statements made in a recent endorsement interview.

Dear Editor, 

Many of us appreciate and applaud Kevin Burns’ remarks about Senator Lauzen (as reported in the Daily Herald and elsewhere on Feb. 4).

Sen. Lauzen has been a cipher so far as his work in the Illinois Senate is concerned. The only bill he sponsored, except as a hanger-on, related to maintenance of Aurora residents' pigeon coops. Worse than doing nothing constructive, in his position as a senior legislator he committed an egregious breach of trust by his utter failure to raise early-on a loud and persistent alarm over the state government's grossly inadequate funding of state workers' pensions and/or its promising of pensions in excess of what the fund would be capable of supporting financially.

I suspect that his effort to move from the Senate to the County is motivated in no small part by some sort of pension-duplication/compounding scheme. He certainly has offered no constructive policy-driven reason for seeking this office.

His boasting about being pro-life and pro-marriage reveals a personal philosophy by which women are marginalized and gays are made scapegoats, as Kevin so colorfully pointed out during the Daily Herald endorsement interview. His boasting about holding those views reveals his lack of understanding of what the office he seeks is all about; the County Board Chair does not have any responsibilities to which those attitudes would relate, even remotely.

The County would be very much made the worse off if Lauzen were its Chairman. He has been a do-nothing seat warmer in the Senate and no doubt would continue that tradition if awarded the County Chair position.  

I am behind Kevin Burns 100 percent in his effort to become our next County Board Chairman.

Bob Mann


chuck carroll February 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Hear, hear!
Karl Brubaker February 07, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I'm firmly behind Kev too.... because clearly, driving in front of him is extremely dangerous. "According to reports, Burns "advised that he did not know what caused him to collide" with Frew's Caravan." Maybe more red light cameras would have kept the good mayor from crashing. http://geneva.patch.com/articles/mayor-ticketed-received-minor-injuries-after-3-car-crash-saturday
Jeff Ward February 07, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Bob, 1. Chris Lauzen was the one that got me to write about the Illinois state pension problem early on as a Beacon News columnist. He sounded the pension alarm long before anyone else did. 2. Senator Lauzen has publicly sworn off any second pension that might come as result of being elected Kane County Chairman. I'm not asking you to change your vote - I just wanted to set the record straight. Jeff
Bruce Papiech February 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
When you have honesty and integrity in your personnel life you bring that to your professional life. Look at what a lack of those two attributes have brought to this Country this State and fresh in the news Geneva. Look at the two men's personnel lives judge
Carolyn Shannon February 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I remember Mr. Burns standing at the Geneva Metra station at 5am shaking hands and talking about candidate he supported. I remember seeing him at meetings in our community and being actively involved in a variety of local issues. I remember Mr. Lauzen sending me an expensive postcard that talked about how he was captain of his Lacrosse team at Yale. Personally, I'd go with the guy who actually knows something about Kane County.
Karen Phillips February 07, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Regarding expensive mailers. Anyone see the multi page "Life Story" in color for one candidate in the 33rd Senate district? The same one claiming to be so frugal? It makes a postcard look like a penny. It was phonebook size. How many robocalls have we received yet from any candidates? Should we expect more? Political robocalls are unlike others and open to the exemption under the category of free speech and 1st Amendment rights. So the 'do not call' lists do not apply in regard to political calls. But public opinion does demonstrate that the voters find them annoying and actually proven to work against a candidate rather then for them. I don't know that it will stop anyone or their family members being put on tape to promote them however.
Cassandra Lakeland February 08, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Kevin Burns has no business being in public office to begin with. His treatment of his fellow Geneva citizens is proof of that. Chris Lauzen gets my vote. He has the integrity and experience that Burns sadly lacks.
Rick Anderson February 09, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Who is their right mind believes that a lone Republican in Springfield can change the long standing corrupt political culture and pay to play tactics of House Speaker Madigan, Governor Quinn and Senate President Cullerton. Springfield isn't going to change. They will continue to kick the can down the road to the local level and burden us with higher taxes.
TJ Adams March 04, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Bob Mann another Geneva Blowhard. Tell me, does character matter to you? Apparently not because Mr. Burn's infidelity matters hugely to the voters. Any blowhard can get up to shake hands at dawn when HIS well being on the line. What a desparate attempt to prop up a loser! Everyone knows McKinntrock runs Geneva. Burns just spews vitriol. That much is a know fact. Tim
TJ Adams March 04, 2012 at 04:00 AM
What a farse. Burns is know for "road rage". Quit pandering. You have egg all over your face. Tim


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