Mayor Sandra Bury has posted a campaign sign at her business in support of newcomer Scott Hollis in his bid to oust independent Trustee Robert Streit (Dist. 3) after reportedly telling friends and supporters for months that her number one priority is to eliminate Streit from the Village Board.
The sign, which was posted in the ground last weekend next to Bury’s Complete Vision Care Optometry business, is the first acknowledgement by either Bury or Hollis that the Mayor is supporting his candidacy. Previously, Hollis has mailed literature that failed to mention Bury while he promised to “work with other board members and the Village Manager to move Oak Lawn forward”.
Political observers had long suspected that Bury had helped recruit Hollis to run against Streit after her first candidate, Patrick McGowan, withdrew from the race about six months after announcing his intention to run. Hollis moved from Chicago to Oak Lawn and admitted that his only political experience, prior to this election, was as a precinct captain in Chicago.
He has attempted to paint himself as a pro-union candidate, despite his link to Bury and his promise to work with existing board members who have gained a reputation as anti-union officials.
Hollis is a former City of Chicago Truck Driver and earns a pension from the City. He recently came under fire for questionable campaign practices in which his literature used fictitious headlines claiming that the headlines appeared in papers such as the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown and the Oak Lawn Reporter. In fact, each paper confirmed that they never wrote such headlines and an internet search could not find any such stories.
Nonetheless, members of Bury’s party have been in the forefront of the Hollis campaign claiming that he has “integrity”. While Bury has not yet written a letter for Hollis her fellow party members, Trustee Terry Vorderer (4th) and Trustee Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) have sent letters into District 3 in an attempt to defeat Oak Lawn’s longest serving Independent Trustee.
Longtime village resident, John Zurek, is also running in the third district.
Bury has also remained quiet in the District 5 election in which Bud Stalker is running against Dan Johnson. Stalker is supported by current Fifth District Trustee Carol Quinlan, former Trustee Marge Joy, and former Village Clerk Jayne Powers. Johnson is supported by Bury and former 6th District Village Trustee Tom Phelan.
Bury is supporting incumbent Village Trustee Tim Desmond against former Village Trustee Cynthia Trautsch in District 1. Trautsch is supported by former District 1 Trustee Jerry Hurckes and former Mayor Dave Heilmann.