Chameleons are lizards and many are able to change colors. In politics, politicians are labeled as red for Republican or blue for Democrat. However, Mayor Sandra Bury has been able to change her colors over the years.
Most recently, she appeared at a political event with 50 other mayors to endorse JB Pritzker for Governor in the upcoming Democratic Primary. She is standing next to Pritzker. The other Mayors are all Democrats including Crestwood’s Lou Presta, Bridgeview’s Steve Landek, McCook’s Jeff Tobolski and Chicago Ridge’s Chuck Tokar. The photo sure makes one think that Bury is a stalwart Democrat, who probably aren’t looking for endorsements from Republicans.
Which makes some other photo opportunities disturbing. A couple of weeks ago, Mayor Sandra Bury traveled to Washington D.C. even though the Senators and House of Representatives were not in session. She said that she met with staff members even though US Senators and Congressmen have staffs in their respective Illinois offices. One of the other Mayors, Jacob Vandenberg, posted a Facebook message, “Having a great time with other Republican Mayor’s in DC!”. Vandenberg included Bury’s post from a few days earlier that included a photo of her with other mayors.
So, Jacob Vandenberg thought Bury is a Republican Mayor.
She apparently say anything to change her mind and anyone following her union battles in Oak Lawn may well agree with Vandenberg’s belief that she is a Republican, unless they were at the JB Pritzker announcement.
This isn’t the only photo that has Bury changing her political color from blue to red or back again.
Bruce Rauner, who is generally considered to be “anti-union” but mostly just “anti-Madigan” is not a friend to Democrats.
However, a few years ago, while several municipal leaders have voted against adopting any of Governor Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury was asking the Board of Trustees to support some, if not all, of the Rauner Agenda.
According to sources within the Village of Oak Lawn, Bury has asked Trustees to support a board resolution stating that the Village supports some facets of the Rauner plan, including amending collective bargaining rights for union workers and changing the worker’s compensation laws in Illinois for injured workers. In a memo to Trustees, Bury also asks for support for the idea of the state taking action on public employee pensions. That provision may be irrelevant in light of the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling that public pensions cannot be altered. Despite the ruling, Bury wanted to support the “agenda”.
Bury claimed that her support for at least part of the Rauner agenda came as a result of a meeting between her, the Governor and Village Manager Larry Deetjen in Springfield. Deetjen and Bury traveled to Springfield for the Illinois Municipal Lobby Day and came away with a photo opportunity.
Remember, she somehow convinced some trade union leaders that she was pro-union and was the recipient of support for her re-election despite firing union workers and costing taxpayers millions with an unnecessary battle with the firefighter’s union.
Changing colors from red to blue and back to red can come in handy in Oak Lawn.