The Oak Lawn Library operations has been a target of the Village of Oak Lawn administration for a few years now.
First there were complaints from the administration to the library officials about homeless individuals hanging out in the area. Then Village Trustees questioned the amount of money being spent at the library. That led to the Trustees publicly questioning board members about the library’s levy.
So, it probably wasn’t a surprise when Trustee Tom Phelan’s friends, Patrick O’Donnell and John ‘Sean’ Kelly showed up on the first day of filing to run for the library board. In 2017, three board members were elected without opposition, when one board member resigned, Mayor Sandra Bury orchestrated the appointment of her ally Vernon Zumhagen.
Two years later, Zumhagen received the least amount of votes and reportedly posted on Facebook that he didn’t spend any money and didn’t knock on one door. Well, that turned out to be a bad idea if he really wanted to be elected.
The library’s total operating budget is $5,592,403.00 while the village operates with a budget of approximately $173 million dollars.