Mayor Sandra Bury recently claimed publicly that the Oak Lawn Leaf website was purposely disabled by former Mayor Dave Heilmann in an attempt to hide his vindictiveness. She wrote “The cowardly, vindictive side is one he [Heilmann] might rather conceal for now.” Bury didn’t offer any evidence she used in reaching the conclusion of a conspiracy and instead said it was coincidental that the website went down while Heilmann was pursuing appointment as a judge. Heilmann has reportedly placed his name into consideration for the appointment to the Cook County Circuit Court as an Associate Judge.
300 Cook County attorneys have applied for six associate vacancies which will be chosen by the Circuit Court Judges after a vetting process that will take months. Joining Heilmann in applying are former Oak Lawn Trustee Michael D. Walsh and current Village Prosecutor Kevin Cunningham. Bury did not blame Walsh or Cunningham for the website being down.
After charging Heilmann with being vindictive, Bury then published a notice stating that anyone with relevant information regarding an associate judge candidate could contact the Judges’ Nominating Committee. Bury has continued to refuse to answer any questions and the Oak Lawn Leaf’s emails to the village hall account have been disabled by the village.
However, a source close to the Mayor spoke to the Oak Lawn Leaf on the condition of anonymity. The source said that Bury is “consumed with hatred toward Heilmann and is hoping that her supporters send negative comments to the Nominating Committee”. Bury’s campaign manager and top political adviser, Tom Phelan, has previously attacked Heilmann through a series of negative emails sent to the attorneys in Heilmann’s office.
Trustee Robert Streit called Bury’s actions “petty” and “unfortunate”. He said, the Mayor should move on and worry about working for the people of Oak Lawn. “We have serious problems that should be addressed and not one minute should be spent on being vindictive and petty,” said Streit. “We should be proud that we have so many people connected to Oak Lawn that are trying to become Judges”, stated Streit.
Update: 02/17/2015 11:30am
The Leaf has been working to restore our existing content after the recent technical difficulties. Despite the Mayor’s claims, we are not trying to hide anything. As of this time, most stories are back online. Some content is still missing, mostly images, as we search our backups. Our goal is to completely restore all content.