Independents Band Behind Bury, Phelan Won’t Seek Third Term

Mayoral challenger Dr. Sandra Bury wins endorsements of four independent trustee candidates including two incumbents, who "collectively pledge to put the interests of Oak Lawn taxpayers first."

Trustee candidates have announced their runs in their respective districts for the Oak Lawn Village Board and are endorsing mayoral challenger Dr. Sandra Bury in the April 2013 election.

Restaurateur and businessman Tim Desmond has announced his run in the special election for Dist. 1 trustee. Desmond is challenging incumbent Cindy Trautsch, who was appointed to the seat after the resignation of former Trustee Jerry Hurckes in August 2011. The term is for two years.

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Desmond brings "a wealth of real-world business experience to the trustee office as the founder and owner of Jack Desmond's Pub in Chicago Ridge". Desmond is also a homebuilder in Oak Lawn and a stationary engineer with Local 399, according to a Bury campaign news release.

Trautsch is running on Mayor Dave Heilmann’s “Independence Party” ticket.

Oak Lawn-resident Mike Carberry is running in the sixth district for village trustee, where Tom Phelan has decided not to seek a third term.

Carberry is a former 36th District state representative and currently services as the deputy director of acilities management for Cook County. Carberry has the full support of Phelan.

Bury has also picked up the endorsements of incumbents Trustees Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) and Tom Duhig (Dist. 4).

Olejniczak and Duhig, along with Phelan, have stepped up their battles as of late against Mayor Dave Heilmann-led board majority. Olejniczak is the vice president of operations for Dearborn Wholesalers.

Duhig is seeking a second term as the fourth district trustee.

“It’s time to put an end to insider deals for special interests – for lawyers, hospitals, family members, and the like,” Duhig said, who works in the court services division of the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Bury and the four independent trustees have “collectively pledged to put interests of Oak Lawn taxpayers first.”

The mayoral challenger took the opportunity to slam the current village board majority, which includes Trautsch and Trustees Bob Streit (Dist. 3) and Carol Quinlan (Dist. 5).

“Special interests, insider deals, secret meetings and slanderous personal attacks have become business as usual for the current board majority,” Bury said of the Heilmann-led majority.

Bury’s news release did not indicate why Phelan was stepping down.

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cat albright January 21, 2013 at 03:59 AM
We hope TDesmond doesn't run an office like he builds homes.
MD January 26, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Good buy to Tom Phelan he has never served the residents of his district,now my hope is he finds himself in knee high water and nobody cares
jshine March 16, 2013 at 08:24 PM
good question does he live in Oak lawn??? never met the man seems to skip my house with his hand outs and other then he owns a bar thats about all I know about him
jshine March 16, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Wow I guess based off what you said I would have to vote for Mrs. Trautsch since she has been out and about and Mr. Desmond just keeps poping up signs everwhere I sent him an email and never got a response at least I have met Mrs. trautsch and I can verify where she lives and she has responded to my concerns as far as people only being for themselfs wake up people its politics no matter who is in these seats it will always be the same
Joanne M. Pripusich March 31, 2013 at 07:40 PM
If he doesn't live in Oak Lawn, he should not be allowed to run


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