Valerie L. Burd

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Valerie L. Burd
Former candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 50
Mayor of United City of Yorkville
2007 to 2011
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthern Illinois University
Campaign website
Valerie L. Burd was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 50 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Burd served as Yorkville Alderman, Ward 2 from 1998 to 2007, and as Mayor of the United City of Yorkville from 2007 to 2011.[1]


Burd earned her B.S. in Journalism/Political Science from Northern Illinois University. Her professional experience includes working for the Naperville Sun as a newspaper reporter and managing editor for two weekly newspapers, as the marketing director for the Batavia Architecural Firm, in the Public Relations Department at Waubonsee Community College and as the owner of Positive Media Solutions, Inc.[2]


Campaign themes


Burd's official campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]

Listen to Constituents

  • Excerpt: "I will keep the lines of communication open and I will keep you informed, so that I can represent your concerns on all issues that come before the House of Representatives."

More Job Opportunities

  • Excerpt: "I will continue to work with local municipalities, economic development groups, and Chambers of Commerce to bring more jobs back to the area and to address the needs of the business community."

Find Ways to Make the Property Tax System Fairer

  • Excerpt: "I will fight to make our property taxes fairer. People in our area pay some of the highest rates not only in Illinois, but in the nation. Lowering property tax burdens would help people on fixed incomes, people who have lost their jobs or are facing high medical bills, and businesses who pay high rental rates. It would encourage economic development in our area."

Fix Illinois’ Financial Problems

  • Excerpt: "I will support responsible ways to fund our schools, infrastructure improvements, and pension obligations."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Valerie L. Burd ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Keith R. Wheeler defeated Beth C. Goncher, Julie Cosimo and William F. Keck in the Republican primary. Wheeler then defeated Burd in the general election.[4][5][6][7]


Burd and her husband, Paul, have five children.[2]

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