Oak Lawn mayoral blog angers trustee
BY STEVE METSCH email@example.com December 13, 2013 8:24PM
Oak Lawn Trustee Carol Quinlan (above) thinks Mayor Sandra Bury's blog is "political garbage." | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 16, 2014 6:53AM
Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury and Trustee Carol Quinlan probably won’t be toasting one another at holiday parties this year, if last week’s village board meeting is any indication.
Quinlan tore into Bury for her blog, found at mayorbury.com, which Quinlan (4th) said is filled with “personal attacks and political garbage.”
She asked the village attorney if it was “even legal, to put the village’s information on a blog that is political. Can (she) put the village’s phone number and address on it?”
Village attorney Patrick Connelly said he was “not familiar with the blog,” which Bury mentioned during a recent meeting of the village board, urging residents to visit it.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, Quinlan asked Bury to remove the village information from her blog. Bury refused.
“Everything on there is factual,” the mayor said.
“I will state my feelings on issues. People have a right to know. I am the mayor, and I stand by (it).”
“If you’re alleging things, you should be specific,” Bury told Quinlan during what fast became a heated exchange.
“I don’t feel the address and phone number of the village should be on there,” Quinlan said.
“So even though you make allegations, you have nothing to substantiate them?” Bury replied.
“I’m done,” Quinlan said, prompting Bury to say, “I’m not done, Carol.”
“It’s Trustee Quinlan to you,” Quinlan shot back, after which Bury said, “thank you, Carol.”
After the meeting, Quinlan said there was a Dec. 1 post on Bury’s blog that angered her.
She didn’t care for Bury’s posting with the headline, “Trustee Carol Quinlan Acts to Cut Senior Center Funding.”
It was written after the Nov. 26 board meeting at which Quinlan moved to postpone a contract for a private company to provide senior citizen services.
She asked that staff look into options for doing the work.
“It was the one blog in regard to the senior center. She took what I was trying to say and twisted it into her own BS,” Quinlan said.
“My issue is fine, have a blog. Every mayor should. But don’t make it sound like it’s an official village blog, so get rid of the (village hall) address and phone number. That’s all I’m asking,” she said. “
And the fact that she announced it at a board meeting, making it sound like a village blog, and it’s not.”
Bury said her blog postings “are not political.
“Everything in there is factual. It’s referenced. Quotes are quotes. Sources are cited. No plagiarism. I’m proud of my comments on the blog. They’re carefully done,” Bury said after the meeting.