Burke Takes Backlash At Council Meeting

DIXON - Mayor Jim Burke will continue in his city position despite locals in town who want him to resign.

“A letter writer in town said that the mayor should resign,” one local said to the city commissioners Monday. “And I agree whole heartedly.”

The speaker was followed by claps from the crowd of 100 inside the council chamber. Just outside the door, another 30 or so locals stood outside waiting to get a seat.

“We should be seeing a surplus if we’ve stopped the bleeding of this money,” another local said to the city commission.

Former city worker Rita Crundwell allegedly stole $53 million from Dixon since 1990. Many are wanting the city commissioners to answer questions about the situation, and not just Burke.

“All we’ve heard from the city council is a couple of press releases,” one local said at the podium. “Nobody is answering our questions.”

Locals were only allowed to speak for about two minutes each because so many people spoke. Locals had to fill out a sign in sheet before the meeting in order to comment Monday.