VILLAGE LOOKING FOR DIRECTOR NUMBER 4 FOR 911 CENTER
Norcomm posted a job listing for a new Director for the Oak Lawn Emergency Communication Center on February 4, 2015. This would be the 4th Director for the 911 communications center in a little over a year, since Norcomm took over on January 22, 2014. While the director is technically supposed to be an employee of the Village, the administration is apparently using Norcomm to help choose the next Director. Hopefully, the new director will not violate the Illinois Records Act by destroying public records.
VILLAGE TREASURER PAT O’DONNELL OUT; “SEARCH” FINDS SUPPORTER FOR POST
Village Treasurer Patrick O’Donnell has resigned from his post with the Village. O’Donnell and the administration did not see eye to eye recently on the amount of pension payments that should be made. For the first two years of the Bury tenure, the village budgets have continued to “kick the can down the road” despite advice from O’Donnell.
In keeping with the administration’s pattern of hiring, no job posting was made and the new Treasurer will be strong Bury supporter and failed local political candidate Joe Skibinski. He’s often been on social media sites supporting Bury.
RAUNER EXECUTIVE ORDER MAY GIVE OAK LAWN NEW IDEA
Governor Bruce Rauner’s Executive Order to stop collecting “fair share” payments from State of Illinois union employees who don’t want to pay union dues has light bulbs going off in Oak Lawn’s brain. The thought is that the village can take the same action in a continuing battle with unions. Recently, Mayor Sandra Bury criticized her longtime opponent, Trustee Robert Streit, for being pro union. Under the direction of Village Manager Larry Deetjen, the village has waged continuous wars against unions for the firefighters, the public works employees and most notably the 911 Emergency Dispatchers who were fired over a year ago. Could it happen?
AMERICAN HEART MONTH IS HERE
February is American Heart Month and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah encourages everyone to reduce their risk of heart disease and learn the warning signs of a heart attack. Basic actions to lower your risk of heart disease include:
- Get active and eat healthy
- Watch your weight
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- Don’t smoke
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
BURY CONTINUES TO ATTACK STREIT; HIDES ENDORSEMENT IN ALL THREE TRUSTEE RACES
A website linked to Mayor Sandra Bury is now making more false charges against Trustee Robert Streit claiming his website, www.friendsofbobstreit.com ran a poll about the recent snow fall and the response by the administration. We checked the site and can’t find any poll about snow plowing. We asked Streit and he said that “Sandra Bury is desperate and has increased the frequency of her lying”. While Bury continues to throw mud Streit’s way she seems particularly quiet in all three Trustee races where her candidates are defending her administration. While Scott Hollis has praised both Bury and Village Manager Larry Deetjen in District 3, Bury has refused to publicly endorse Hollis. She’s also backing incumbent Trustee Tim Desmond in District 1 and newcomer Dan Johnson in District 5. So far the strategy seems to be to keep Bury away from the endorsement pen due to her poor record.
DESMOND FACES DOUBLE TROUBLE IN DISTRICT ONE
Bury loyalist Tim Desmond (Dist. 1) faces double trouble in his race to retain his seat. The loyal Bury supporter has to carry his own “record” forward while fending off opposition forces that include former Mayor Dave Heilmann and former first district Village Trustee Jerry Hurckes who are supporters of Desmond’s challenger, Cynthia Trautsch, who was appointed to the post by Heilmann at the request of Hurckes, who serves now as Chief of Staff for Congressman Dan Lipinski.