Like the Chicago Machine, Mayor Sandra Bury and her political brain, Trustee Tom Phelan are sitting comfortably with a 5-1 advantage on the Oak Lawn Village Board. Only Trustee Robert Streit has declared independence from the duo over the years. With only one Independent Trustee on the Oak Lawn Village Board, the powers that be have set their sights on school boards and the library board for Tuesday’s election. Citizen/Detectives put the pieces together on various Facebook pages noting that the same themes, styles and writing permeate the pieces for village, library and school board candidates.
Campaign literature has surfaced in District 123 with three candidates running as a slate against three incumbent board members in an attempt to shift the balance of power. Likewise, the Bury/Phelan majority that runs the village have made no secret of their disgust for the current library board and are attempting a coup there also with two close friends of Phelan trying to get elected. The language of the pieces regarding the use of tax money is almost identical.
The race that has most people talking is the District 218 race where politicians are lining up behind Robert Stokas. Mayor Bury even penned a letter to the editor type endorsement of Stokas, who ironically is claiming that he wants to keep politics out of the school. The opponent, Trish O’Sullivan is a school teacher but her husband is a one time supporter of Bury and Phelan, who now finds himself in the cross hairs much like the library board members and District 123 board members. If you look at the literature, Streit’s opponent, the Phelan library candidates and the District 123 slate of challengers have similar themes and designs.
There are no coincidences in politics. Phelan is looking to expand his power with Mallo, the challenger slate in District 123 (Pacetti, Byrne, and Crosby) and the challenger slate in the Library featuring O’Donnell and Kelly.
Now, here’s the last straw. The slate in District 123, Mallo, the library duo, and Stokas are even using the same printer. They varied the colors on the pieces but that’s all folks.