Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, marked the official start of a new term in office for five Village of Oak Lawn officials. Village President Sandra Bury, Village Clerk Jane Quinlan, and Trustees Alex Olejniczak, Terry Vorderer, and Tom Phelan each took the Oath of Office at Village Hall during the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting.
Sandra Bury begins her second term as Mayor. Bury was first elected in 2013 after defeating incumbent Dave Heilmann. This year, Bury was able to fend off a challenge from Trustee Robert Streit (District 3).
Jane Quinlan begins her fourth term as Village Clerk. Quinlan was first elected in 2005. Since then, she has become a Master Municipal Clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Quinlan also served as the President of the Municipal Clerk’s Association of South & West Suburbs of Cook County. This year, Quinlan ran unopposed.
Alex Olejniczak begins his fourth term as Trustee of District 2. Olejniczak was first elected in 2005. Since then, he has become a strong and prideful advocate of term limits, advocating for a three term cap on Oak Lawn’s elected officials. Olejniczak is also a vocal advocate of Oak Lawn’s Senior Snow Shoveling program, which is yearly plagued by a shortage of volunteers.
Terry Vorderer begins his second term as Trustee of District 4. Vorderer was first elected in 2013. Vorderer is a retired Oak Lawn Police officer, with the dubious distinction of voting to fire the union 9-1-1 dispatchers he once worked with. Recently, Vorderer has stylized himself as an advocate for Oak Lawn businesses, first defending Chuck E. Cheese, and most recently stating that the business community elected him.
Tom Phelan begins his third term as Trustee of District 6. Phelan was first elected in 2005, served two terms, then abdicated his seat. Phelan then ran Sandra Bury’s mayoral campaign against Heilmann, authoring the infamous “Hit List” of political opponents to fire from Village employment or remove from Village position.
Each of the five elected officials will hold a term of four years, until the elections of 2021.