Hon. Kevin Burns
Kevin Burns is the longest serving Mayor in the history of Geneva, Illinois. First elected in 2001, Burns is in his 20th year as Mayor. Previously, Burns served as an Alderman on the City Council, as an appointed member of the Plan Commission, on the Historical Preservation Commission and as a Trustee of the Public Library Board. Professionally, Burns has worked in the non-profit sector serving such organizations as the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon), US Olympic Committee, and many others. He is now Director of Giving Initiatives with Special Olympics Illinois.
As Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Environment Committee, Mayor Burns convenes Chicago-area mayors to consider important sustainability issues impacting its 275 member municipalities and seek innovative solutions that can be addressed by local government. Under his leadership, the Caucus’ Greenest Region Compact (GRC) has become largest regional sustainability collaborative for municipalities in the nation. He also leads the GRC collaborative, one of four pilot regions, to work in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy towards a regional climate action plan and is a member of Path to Positive’s national climate Leadership Circle. Mayor Burns is a signatory to the Chicago Climate Charter and also led Geneva to adopt the Greenest Region Compact.