Bury ousts Heilmann for Oak Lawn mayor
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org April 9, 2013 7:26PM
Dave Heilmann: 4,671, 47%
Sandra Bury: 5,338, 53%
39 of 41 precincts reporting
Melissa “Missy” Moran: 3,322, 33%
Jane Quinlan: 6,635, 67%
39 of 41 precincts reporting
Cynthia Trautsch: 422, 37%
Tim Desmond: 708, 63%
7 of 8 precincts reporting
Julie Misner: 459, 36%
Alex Olejniczak: 827, 64%
5 of 6 precincts reporting
Tim Reilly: 460, 28%
Terry Vorderer: 785, 47%
Thomas M. Duhig: 411, 25%
7 of 7 precincts reporting
Carol Sheahan: 663, 30%
Joseph Sorrentino: 622, 28%
Mike Carberry: 921, 42%
8 of 8 precincts reporting
Updated: May 11, 2013 6:13AM
Entering the lounge at Stony Creek Golf Course at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday to the strains of Queen’s “We are the Champions,” Sandra Bury held her hands high.
Moments earlier, she learned that she had defeated incumbent Dave Heilmann to become the first female mayor of Oak Lawn.
“They said I was crazy when I took this on, but I love the people of Oak Lawn and this affirms that love,” she said as one supporter after another hugged her. “The people of Oak Lawn have spoken. It’s time to do the people’s work again, to put Oak Lawn first. I’m looking forward, not looking back.”
With 39 of 41 precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Bury had collected 53 percent of the vote to 47 for Heilmann, who was seeking a third four-year term.
At the Oak Lawn Hilton, Heilmann was surprisingly upbeat though many of his supporters were down, some bordering on angry. Looking over the crowd, which was smaller than early on, he quipped,
“Boy, the crowd thins when you lose.”
“We don’t know why people vote the way they do, but we respect it. I don’t regret any decisions I made,” Heilmann said.
He called for unity in Oak Lawn after his entire slate was defeated Tuesday and wished the winners “good luck,” adding that he hopes they will “do great things for the community.”
Bury, 51, an optometrist who has resided in Oak Lawn since 1979, vowed to “bring transparency to the village hall. We’re going to, this is so exciting, we’re going to eliminate pension benefits for elected village officials, set term limits and improve public safety.”
In last week’s mayoral debate, Bury drew applause when she said Christ Medical Center, the village’s largest employer, should pay fees to the village to help defray the costs of village services to the hospital. The mayoral campaign was her first try for public office, but she has served as president of the Oak Lawn Rotary Club and director of the chamber of commerce.
Bury supporter Larry Thomas said her lack of experience in village government is of no concern.
“She runs a successful business and has for a long time. She knows how to pay bills and how to budget and how to work with employees,” Thomas said.
Judy Royer, a patient of Bury’s and a campaign volunteer, said, “I’d love my granddaughter to have her as a role model. She’s an honest, hard-working and ethical person. I am sick and tired of politicians who pull the wool over everybody’s eyes.”