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FINAL: Lauzen Takes County Board Chair GOP Primary

State Sen. Chris Lauzen easily defeats Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns in the race for the Republican nomination for Kane County Board chairman.

The donnybrook primary campaign between a state senator and a Kane County mayor is over.

With all precincts reporting, state Sen. Chris Lauzen on Tuesday won the GOP nomination for Kane County Board chairman with about 70 percent of the vote. The unofficial totals had 25,953 ballots cast for Lauzen over 11,424 for Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns.

As expected, Lauzen did well in his Aurora stomping grounds, leading Burns 3,659 to 872. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t think this was supposed to happen, was
it?" Lauzen told his supporters at Alley 64 in St. Charles on Tuesday. "I mean, they had all the newspapers. We had the people. They had . We had the Three Amigos. They had the Establishment Insiders. We had the reform from the Grassroots. So congratulations on your victory tonight.”

 was perhaps the most interesting race on the local election card. Lauzen took the lead out of the gate, with name recognition and a formidable group of supporters, including his campaign committee chair, former state , and endorsements from and former .

Burns started the race with a strong Tri-Cities base and a message that his campaign chair would be , and has come on in recent weeks with an endorsement sweep

The race became quite contentious at times, with Burns and then Burns' gaff of using his made public.

Burns congratulated Lauzen on his win and thanked his supporters at a gathering at in Geneva.

Burns said he intended to call Lauzen. In an interview with a Patch reporter at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lauzen said he didn't know yet if Burns had called.

"While I wish the night would have been a more celebratory night … I have the joy of returning full time as the mayor of Geneva. I’m blessed with three daughters, and I have a lot to look forward to," Burns said.

In the end, election night was never a close contest.

Candidate   Kane         Aurora         Precincts Reporting   228 of 228   71 of 71  
  Votes   Votes  Total       Kevin Burns 10,552 872 11,424 Chris Lauzen 22,304 3,659 25,953

Lauzen Looks to Future

With the Republican nomination in hand, Lauzen will prepare for a race against Sue Klinkhamer. Klinkhamer emerged the victor through an unusual .

During his campaign, Lauzen stressed three issues from Day One: freezing the property tax levy, "honest, competent administration through innovation and austerity" and "restoring trust in public service."

Lauzen repeatedly underlined that "cultural cronyism" is part of the Karen McConnaughay administration and requires change.

"I think that the people demonstrated what is important to them, and we take that same message of what we promise to work on and do into the general
election," Lauzen told Patch on Tuesday. "It’s really a message that I think appeals to Republicans, Democrats and Independents. It’s everybody."

Burns Back on Geneva

Burns called the last eight months of his life in the County Board chair campaign "an extraordinary experience."

He had little to say about the controversies that arose in the campaign, calling it all water under the bridge. He is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life and continue to focus on initiatives in Geneva.

"I want to preserve what makes Geneva unique," Burns told Patch. "A strong downtown, a vibrant Randall Road corridor and neighborhoods."

Burns' priorities include continuing to work with the task force that current County Board Chair McConnaughay appointed for the redevelopment of Settler's Hill and the former Kane County Jail site north of Fabyan Parkway.

Burns wants to annex the Kane County Judicial Center into Geneva. He also wants to make sure that the grade separation at Route 38 and Kautz Road is completed.

Burns said he is ready to work with whoever ends up in the County Board chair seat.

"As I have always done, I work with leaders at every level ... to make sure our quality of life is strong," he said.

Dave Erickson March 21, 2012 at 01:03 PM
There is always a silver lining to everything. Kane County may have lost a fantastic County Board Chairman, but Geneva still has the best Mayor we have ever had. I am sure that Kevin is dissapointed because he truly had the people of the County's best interest in mind and would have been a better choice than his opponent, but history will show that. Now his opponent will have to prove that he can and will do what he promised. I know Kevin would have performed because he has a proven record. I wish him well in his future and hope to see him again in another run for even more visible positions. As far as the charge that Kevin is an insider, that could not be further from the facts.
Donald Ramsell March 21, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Lauzen promised to fight and remove red light cameras - Burns wouldn't remove them (he likes the money it generates for his budget).
Angela Kane March 21, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Congratulations to Chris Lauzen!
Karen Phillips March 21, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Let's move on from here and move forward in the best interests of the county and the communities within it. The day after an election puts things into perspective. It is encouraging to see that candidates that were victorious and their opponents will work together for the betterment of the cities, the county and the state.
stix slavinski March 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Thank god for common sense voting...finally!!!  I agree, let's move on, but without burns on the county board, or as our mayor.  What a loser!!! R.I.P. Kev...
Lois Lane March 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM
That's not very nice, stix. After watching Kevin Burn's city meetings on Comcast he would of been very entertaining as the County Board Chairman. I'll miss seeing his bus!
G.Ryan March 22, 2012 at 01:32 AM
It is not time to move on..it is time to be proactive...keep the focus and energy as the next mission is to remove Barky Oblamer the ConMan in Chief from the Oval Office ..(Barry Sotero or Barak Obama?) etc..with his numerous names.... Mr. Burns & Co. lost this for himself as he breached us taxpayers trust. Congrats to Mr. Lauzen and the American Voter who voted for him!
John March 23, 2012 at 01:43 AM
It is interesting to see the faction of the anti reformers that lost in the election saying that those that won were unconvincing, having the same numbers (yet forgetting they were running in a different district) and blaming everyone and anyone else but themselves for their loss. We have the county attorney doing election analysis trying to protect the interests that are now benefitting from insider connections. We know that he wants to keep what has always been his but isn't this just a little self serving?

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