Activist to run for mayor in Oak Lawn
BY BOB RAKOW Correspondent September 5, 2012 12:28PM
Updated: October 7, 2012 7:55AM
Saying Oak Lawn leaders must find a way to work together to move the village forward, resident and community activist Sandra Bury on Wednesday announced she would oppose incumbent Mayor Dave Heilmann in April’s election.
Bury, an optometrist and the owner of Complete Vision Care at 6209 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn, has been a vocal critic of Heilmann.
She has pushed to have a report on whether the village overspent on legal fees released to the public, and has criticized Heilmann for enforcing village board protocol for meetings, saying Heilmann is trying to silence his critics on the board.
“Oak Lawn needs a collaborative leader, someone who works with people, and someone who always puts Oak Lawn’s interests ahead of their own,” Bury said in a news release. “I see great and unrealized potential for our village, but only if we find a way to work together and move the community forward.”
Heilmann, who has been mayor since 2005, declined to comment on Bury’s candidacy.
Bury played a key role in raising funds for the village’s 9/11 First Responders Memorial, which was dedicated last year, and she led a successful campaign to have the Oak Lawn Metra station renamed Oak Lawn-Patriot Station.
She is an Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce director and a former president of the Oak Lawn Rotary Club, the release said.
Bury is president of the Illinois Optometric Association, works on legislative matters in Springfield and Washington, D.C., and has participated in numerous trips to the poorest parts of the world to provide free vision care.
In addition to the mayoral race, voters will choose a village clerk. The board seats belonging to Trustees Tom Phelan, Alex Olejniczak, Tom Duhig and Cindy Trautsch (who was appointed last year) also are up for election.
Heilmann’s running mate for clerk is Melissa Moran, a teacher at St. Germaine School. Bury is seeking a clerk candidate. Jane Quinlan also is running for re-election as village clerk.