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2013 in review: That’s Mayor Mickey to you

Burr Ridge resident Mickey Straub completed his tour of all 50 state capitols with a reading of the Gettysburg Address on the steps of the Illinois Capitol in Springfield Oct. 17, 2012.  |  Photo courtesy of Mickey Straub.

Burr Ridge resident Mickey Straub completed his tour of all 50 state capitols with a reading of the Gettysburg Address on the steps of the Illinois Capitol in Springfield Oct. 17, 2012. | Photo courtesy of Mickey Straub.

A three-way race for mayor in April led to politics not often experienced in Burr Ridge

Michael “Mickey” Straub, acting village president Robert Sodikoff and longtime resident and businessman John Bittner competed for votes in an election that included accusations of electioneering, claims of false advertising, and “Chicago-style” politics.

In the end, Straub would come out the winner. But his fight wasn’t over when the polls closed.

“We’ve come a long way and it’s not in a positive direction,” former trustee and Burr Ridge resident Elaine Milota said at Straub’s first Village Board meeting as president.

Calling Straub the “hand-picked” successor to former village president Gary Grasso, she urged him to lead the village with positive, not political, actions.

Others in the room came to support their new president, who prefers to be called “Mayor Mickey.”

By Sandy Illian Bosch

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