Another leaked email from the Village of Oak Lawn indicates that Tom Phelan, as a Trustee, influenced Oak Lawn hiring decisions to benefit members of his own family and contradicts his previous claims that he never helped any family member get a job with the village or local school district.
The email, which was published on a Facebook Page named “Oakileaks” has Phelan pushing village staff members, including the Village Manager to hire his niece, Kelly Radnis to work for the “Special Events Committee” which he controlled at the time. Two independent sources confirmed to the Oak Lawn Leaf that Radnis is Phelan’s niece.
Phelan’s email notes that he had already spoken to Larry Deetjen, the Village Manager, who he copies on the correspondence in which he admits speaking to Radnis about a job and the possible hours. He also provides insight into what compensation she would accept. Special events, including Fall on the Green, are under the Special Events Commission, a group of volunteers appointed by the Mayor. Village staff members, including the two named in the email, offered assistance to the commission.
A review of available village records could not find any job being advertised at the time.
During the 2013 election, Phelan was accused by then Mayor Dave Heilmann, of hiring his friend, Michael STillman as Village Attorney, while his wife, Sue Phelan, was being hired at School District 218, where Stillman was a board member. Phelan denied the charges at the time, which were the subject of an FBI investigation.
Phelan at the time argued that he had never influenced any hiring decisions at the school district or at the village. The email contradicts claims that he never influenced hiring at the village. According to Kelly Radnis’ own Linked In page, she worked for the Village of Oak Lawn for six years. She no longer works for Oak Lawn and lives in New York.
The Village’s Code of Ethics prohibits direct contact by Trustees to influence hiring decisions. The code specifically provides:
All hiring and contract decisions made by the president and village board, and the village manager, shall be made with transparency. Specifically, certain prohibitions shall be adhered to in such decisions:
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