State Rep Kelly Burke

State Rep. Kelly Burke

Several surrounding suburbs will have new mayors after the April 6 election in Cook County.

Kelly Burke, who is already a state representative, won the race for mayor of Evergreen Park, while Fred Bilotto defeated incumbent Domingo Vargas and fellow challenger Randy Hauser in the Blue Island mayoral race.
In Oak Lawn, Terry Vorderer will be the new mayor.
In Alsip, incumbent John Ryan earned another term.
In Evergreen Park, Burke defeated Shawn Good. She earned about 85 percent of the vote with all 15 precincts reporting.
She will succeed James Sexton, who is retiring after 20 years on the job and supported Burke.
Burke, a Democrat, has represented the 36th District in the Illinois General Assembly since 2011; the district includes Evergreen Park, Beverly and Mt. Greenwood.

She is also a member of the Evergreen Park Board of Trustees and an attorney.

She ran as part of the United Homeowners/Good Government party slate, which also included Village Clerk Cathy Aparo and trustees Norm Anderson, Carol Kyle and Mark Phelan.

They were victorious as well.

Burke is a former member of the Evergreen Park Library Board of Trustees and was a St. Xavier University staff member for five years.

She stepped down as an attorney at Odelson, Sterk, Murphey, Frazier & McGrath Ltd., in Evergreen Park, at the end of 2020 after two years there.

On days when she is working as a state rep, she will not receive pay as mayor. She said she does not have a state pension and will not take a pension as mayor.

In Blue Island, Bilotto, who is an alderman, had about 51 percent of the vote with all 13 precincts reported. That was enough to defeat Hauser, who had about 36 percent, as well as Vargas, who had been mayor since 2013 but only earned 13 percent.

In Oak Lawn, Vorderer was the only candidate on the ballot, though Tom Karones was an official write-in candidate. According to the Cook County Clerk's Office, with all 41 precincts reported, Vorderer received 2,884 votes, with 3,489 ballots cast. He will succeed Sandra Bury, who did not seek re-election.

In Alsip, with all 15 precincts reported, Ryan earned about 53 percent of the vote to defeat Michael Zielinski.

Results are available at

A full story will appear in the April 14 issue of The Beverly Review.