Burr Ridge mayor wants to end business, resident exodus from Illinois
Mickey Straub isn't going anywhere. The problem is that he knows that's not true for everyone in Illinois.
The mayor of Burr Ridge and a small-business owner, Straub wants to oust Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) in the 82nd District and do something about the high cost of living and doing business in Illinois, which he sees as driving everyone out.
“State government should be cutting taxes, reducing spending and opening the doors to businesses and families, not the reverse,” Straub said in a press release. “It pains me to watch our taxes skyrocket and to see all the development just across our state borders.”
Straub said the final straw for him came when lawmakers, including members of the GOP, banded together in early July to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto and enact a state budget that carried a 32 percent income tax hike.
“Success leaves clues, but so does failure,” he said. “We need to learn from our past and from our neighbors to change course.”
Durkin joined the House in 1995 as the representative from the 44th District. After trying unsuccessfully to unseat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) in 2002, he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the 82nd House District in 2006 and has held the seat ever since. He was named House Republican leader in 2013.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Straub was elected mayor of Burr Ride in 2013, quickly earning the nickname “Mayor Mickey.”
After spending time as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, Straub has worked in the insurance and financial services industries.
On the Burr Ridge website, Straub lists his goals for the village as preserving the quality of life, preparing for the future and promoting prosperity. He also serves as president of faith-based Sales Activity Management and resides in Burr Ridge with his wife and children.