A website linked to Mayor Sandra Bury and her supporters defended the misleading publication of village employees’ compensation and called Streit “pro-union” for pointing out that the salaries published were not accurate. The attack against Streit is the latest of many which have included calling him a “j..off”, “mentally ill”, “mediocre roofer” and “wackjob”.
The website, which we won’t name, was denounced recently on Facebook as “vile”. It has suggested to Streit to “Pretend you’re having sex with a penguin. Plan your future – you’ve got no future on the Oak Lawn Village Board anymore.” The site claims that supporters of Bury are flocking to see the next post.
The same website defends both Village Manager Larry Deetjen and Sandra Bury while attacking Streit and former Mayor Dave Heilmann and avoids factual references. The website even claims that people can’t blame Bury for the privatization of the dispatch center even though Bury and her supporters voted to privatize the service.
The website claims that Streit is pro-union because he voted against the privatization and revealed that the village’s publication of salaries was exaggerated because the village had added overtime to the salaries. In truth, it was the Oak Lawn Leaf that ran a news article revealing that the Mayor’s numbers were fictitious.
Streit also supported ending the protracted legal battle with the Oak Lawn Firefighters union while Bury and her Trustees have continued fighting.
The Pro-Bury website claims that Streit’s pro-worker policies have been abusive of the taxpayers. Deetjen, Bury and the Trustees have been demanding concessions from the public works employees, while cutting the number of police officers and firefighters. Rumors have circulated throughout the village that current negotiations with the firefighters and public works employees have been centered on the village demanding workforce cuts and recent legal battles are expected to make the total owed to employees somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million dollars.
Streit stated that the website’s content is a continuation of the majority’s two years of attacks. “The Mayor’s attacks on our employees have been obvious in the reduction of services the village is providing in the area of snowplowing and 911 emergency services and that affects every village resident negatively,” said Streit. He added, “We have a great community but this village is not operating the way it once did.”
Streit is locked in a campaign for re-election against two opponents. When contacted by the Oak Lawn Leaf, Streit said that the Mayor’s constant attacks are “ridiculous”. He said that he is in favor of being “fair” with the employees and said that Bury and her allies don’t understand that cutting services lessens the quality of life in Oak Lawn. “People want quality services from professional men and women who are paid fairly and want to provide excellent services,” said Streit.