Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 1, 2013

Mount Prospect mayor stepping down


Associated Press

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MOUNT PROSPECT (AP) — A suburban mayor is resigning after serving in different roles for more than a quarter century.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/Z2dQy1 ) reports Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks is leaving this spring. She told the newspaper she believes in "making room for new leaders."

The 67-year-old has been mayor since 2005 and was a village trustee starting in 1991. Her other positions have included a seat on the village's development commission.

Wilks moved to Mount Prospect in 1969 when her husband took a job in the area.

A longtime writer and member of the Barrington Women's Writers Club, she says she has several writing projects she wants to get to, including a novel.

Village trustee Arlene Juracek is running unopposed for the mayor's seat in the April 9 election.