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Dixon mayor’s death puts Reagan statue plan in jeopardy

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DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A plan to erect a statute of President Ronald Reagan as a young lifeguard is on hold in his hometown.

The Chicago Tribune reports Dixon Mayor Jim Burke was leading the effort to place a statue along the Rock River. But Burke died in February, and the project has stalled.

John Weitzel is a lifelong resident of Dixon, where Reagan worked as a lifeguard for seven summers. He says the statue would be “wonderful” but no one else is leading the effort. Weitzel says “it’s a shame.”

Burke raised about $7,000 toward what’s estimated to be a $200,000 project. Dixon, about 100 miles west of Chicago, already has two Reagan statues.

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