Campaign-funds lawsuit against Oak Lawn mayor, trustee dismissed
June 28, 2012 8:16PM
Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann
Updated: July 30, 2012 6:38AM
A lawsuit filed against Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann and Trustee Carol Quinlan that sought to have Unity Party campaign funds accounted for and returned has been dismissed, according to a news release issued by their attorneys through a public relations firm.
Heilmann and Quinlan were sued in Cook County Circuit Court by other members of the Unity Party after the party split in 2009. About $21,000 in campaign funds was left when the group separated, according to Heilmann, and Quinlan received the money for her 2011 re-election bid because the other Unity Party candidates each got about that amount during the 2009 election season, when Quinlan wasn’t running because board members are elected in staggered terms.
Heilmann contended that he controlled the fund because he formed the Unity Party and his friends and family had raised the majority of Unity Party campaign funds since the party’s formation in 2003.
Village Clerk Jane Quinlan and Trustees Tom Phelan, Tom Duhig and Alex Olejniczak filed the suit, claiming the remaining money should have been divided among them.