Desmond, who has been an ardent supporter of Mayor Sandra Bury’s administration, then went on to cite several examples of Streit’s votes claiming that Streit was against improvements at 111th and Cicero Avenue, a contract for police officers, and a 911 Memorial at the train station. As he spoke, Mayor Sandra Bury is heard giggling in the background.
Streit remained composed during the meeting and originally declined to speak with the Oak Lawn Leaf about Desmond’s comments. However, he eventually responded in writing stating, “I am disappointed that my fellow Trustee would not only justify his vote in such a manner but that he would use the village board platform to violate Robert’s Rules of Order disparaging another Trustee with false statements”.
Streit noted that Desmond was not on the Village Board when the prior board voted to create a Tax Increment Financing District at 111th and Cicero with the stated goal of attracting upscale stores. Streit said that he voted for the original development and blamed Mayor Bury and Desmond for allowing the development to become full of mattress stores and fast food shops. “The prior Mayor and Board attracted upscale tenants like Mariano’s and Cooper’s Hawk while Tim (Desmond) has been happy to attract a mattress store and a hamburger joint”, said Streit. He said that he voted against the sweetheart deal that gave the developers a windfall of $24 million dollars at the village’s expense. “I’m proud of that vote and if Tim Desmond thinks giving away taxpayers’ money is good for Oak Lawn perhaps it is time for him to take a long look in the mirror”, said Streit.
As far as the vote on the police contract, Streit said that Desmond has been constantly voting against the unions in Oak Lawn. Streit said that he opposed a provision in the contract that allowed police officers to have alcohol in their system while at work. “It is a ridiculous provision that Desmond supported and he should be ashamed of himself”, said Streit. When asked if he thought Desmond’s personal issues had anything to do with allowing officers to have alcohol in their system at work, Streit declined comment. Desmond has been arrested four times for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Streit said that Desmond’s tirade was nonsensical and misleading. “I didn’t vote against the 9-11 Memorial”, said Streit. The 9-11 Memorial was supposed to be built with private funds and no village funds were to be expended. Streit supported that agreement to allow the memorial at the train station prior to Desmond joining the board. However, under Bury’s administration, police forfeiture funds were taken and used for the memorial which the U.S. Justice Department cited as illegal in an audit of the funds. Streit opposed the use of those funds for what was “an illegal purpose”.
Streit said that the Mayor’s giggles during Desmond’s rant was “extremely unprofessional and unbecoming of the office she holds”.
(The video below includes Desmond’s statement and you can hear the Mayor giggling).