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Bury Disputes Heilmann Over Legal Report

Oak Lawn mayoral candidate Sandra Bury says Mayor Dave Heilmann has nothing but excuses to explain away role in Godfrey and Kahn Report.

With the release of the Godfrey & Kahn report, a new view of the Village’s inner workings became available to taxpayers with a hunger for knowledge as to how their tax dollars have been spent. 

This expansive document is not light reading, but nothing worth doing is ever easy. Everyone I ask is uniformly happy that the report is released, but nearly 100-percent are confused over the circumstances leading up to it, what it says, and what it means for the residents of Oak Lawn.

This confusion certainly isn’t helped by Mayor Heilmann’s recent comments to Patch which imply that a subpoena concerning of the hiring of Querrey & Harrow (to replace Mayor Heilmann’s friends at Tressler and community theater friend Chimenti) falls within the scope of the work they were contracted to perform. 

Heilmann included these documents in his press release despite written instructions by the Assistant United State Attorney asking “that you not disclose, directly or indirectly, the fact that you have received this subpoena or your response to it.”

To be clear, Godfrey and Kahn was retained by the Village of Oak Lawn with one specific purpose:  The “analysis of the basis for and amount of potential claims for damages the Village may have arising from its relationships with certain third parties.”

The Village Manager’s office released a public information release in May of 2011 that stated that the former legal team was terminated because of “concerns regarding billing practices and mounting complaints of performance deficiencies received from department heads and Village Trustees.” 

Furthermore, based upon the “authority and duties vested in the Village Manager’s office under Illinois Law and the the village of Oak Lawn charter, the Village Manager has engaged the law firm of Godfrey and Kahn, S.C....This action explicitly demonstrates the Village will exercise to the fullest extent any and all remedies available to recover monies rightful due and address any possible official misconduct.”

Mayor Heilmann’s actions are featured prominently throughout the Godfrey & Kahn report. He attended the executive session meetings where these items were discussed. He is intimately involved with every detail in the report.  Despite 1000+ pages that allege shocking concerns about the legal work rendered the Village by his attorney friends, he’s criticizing Godfrey and Kahn for something he knows is beyond the scope of what they were hired to do.

Could Mayor Heilmann be trying to divert attention away from a document that states: “From 2005 through 2009, the largest single donor to the Unity Party was Tressler. In conversations with individual trustees around the time that Tressler was fired, you referred to Tressler as 'my friends.'” 

These are the very friends that he negotiated an unbelievable $21,000 monthly retainer for, despite the previous attorney’s retainer of less than $4,000 per month. These are the very friends who have refused to turn over hundreds of documents related to the investigation, even though those items are paid for with taxpayer dollars - a clear violation of legal ethics and standard practices. 

Despite alleged damages totaling several million taxpayer dollars as a result of Mayor Heilmann’s legal strategy and friends, he has nothing to say to the residents who have seen their public trust in him betrayed except more finger pointing and convoluted accusations.

Ironically, in his press release he warns that “ ...we have a duty of loyalty to those who elected us. A public official can be held to have violated that duty and convicted of a felony if he knowingly creates a false appearance that he is acting in the public interest, when, in fact he is affected by a concealed desire to protect or enhance his private interest or the private interests of those he benefits.”

Mayor Heilmann does have a duty of loyalty indeed. As outlined in the Godfrey & Kahn report and the Odelson report, that duty of loyalty appears to have not been to the taxpayers, but to the friends who helped get him in office and keep him there. That is the take home message of the Godfrey & Kahn report, plain and simple. It’s the message Mayor Heilmann does not want you to notice.

Fredrick September 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Mr. Phelan, You are a disgrace to your family as well as the village of Oak Lawn. Your posts are becoming more and more vile and disgusting each day. Everyone knows these post are written by You. Anyone that has been around you or known you can see you typing away spewing your hate filled rants, like you have so often done in the past. Anyone that disagrees with you is fair game in your eyes, and they shall be dealt with! No exceptions!!!
faithful reader September 29, 2012 at 03:29 PM
QC, You are off the rails again. I read the report and I read Sandra Bury's "newsletter". I've also been a reader of the patch. I never saw any reliable story in which Madigan said he "suggested" that the village hire Querry and Harrow. It doesn't make sense but the Tribune tried to make that connection because the Mayor said it was true. (so don't put the Trib story link on here because I've read it and note that the story is lacking in evidence). That doesn't make it true any more than Sandra Bury's attacks are made true just because she says so. In any case, my rambling here comes down to one point: Both sides play very loose with the facts and accusations are not facts no matter how much you believe those accusations.
anthony September 29, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Would be so juicy if one could prove village board members post here...omg To list every post a Board member ever made....Even if they didnt admit it was them... all it needs to be is true.
QC September 29, 2012 at 08:55 PM
No there aren't enough Firefighters. Phelan is /was their supposed liason )what a joke) and he has been out to ruin them ever since His last election, After they helped him pass out campaign literature. My guess is that during his 1st Term the Fire Dept realized what a bully and liar he is and wouldn't help him out on his 2nd Try. Just my opinion. The Fire Department also won a suit Against the village for illegal layoffs and understaffing. Ask Oly about the Police. He is/was their liason. lol
QC September 29, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Not an Actor? Right Tom, she has you writing her scripts and "Other" village board members making up Ugly statements to throw out and see what, if any, sticks. AS far as "If there was something, there sould have been issues raised by now." Really? Now you're going to tell the Feds that they're taking too long with their Investigation of ......... Who is it now? "Oh ye of miniscule mind"!
QC September 29, 2012 at 09:12 PM
vote/Tom YOU SHOULD BE worried. LMAO
QC September 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM
faithful Really? "Madigan declined to be interviewed and rejected requests for records related to his efforts in Oak Lawn. His spokesman Steve Brown said there was no connection between Madigan's support for the water project, ***** his recommendation for the village attorney***** and his political support for a trustee. "It was part of his typical effort to build working relationships with local officials," Brown said." BTW, just in case: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-met-oak-lawn-mjm-20100626,0,6319109.story By David Kidwell, Tribune reporter June 27, 2010 Madigan's allies get slice of village business
QC?? September 30, 2012 at 02:55 AM
QC, there are plenty of firefighters we need more police. By the way I heard the firefighters paid for Dave's fundraiser/dance theater show Conflict of interest??
QC?? September 30, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Is everyone Tom QC? I think there are a few people with some thoughts against the job our fair Mayor is doing!!
QC?? September 30, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Worried about what?? I'm not running for anything ( yet )
QC?? September 30, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I am not load blover although I agree with the views!!!
QC?? September 30, 2012 at 03:04 AM
QC,I'm gonna tell Mikey on you, Better watch out, better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why Madigan is coming to town!! BAAAAHHHH
o'toma binlyin September 30, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Melissa, well it just so happens that I have a spot for both<
o'toma binlyin September 30, 2012 at 06:13 AM
vote, I have a spot for him too! Now that's a co-inky-dink<
Faithful Reader September 30, 2012 at 04:29 PM
QC, YES Really! And still you put that silly link on your comment. What part of this don't you understand? There is no evidence at all that Madigan recommended the attorneys only allegations of the Mayor. Like I said, saying something a hundred times doesn't make it true. That applies to Dave and Sandy
Faithful Reader September 30, 2012 at 04:36 PM
QC, YES Really! And still you put that silly link on your comment. What part of this don't you understand? There is no evidence at all that Madigan recommended the attorneys only allegations of the Mayor. Like I said, saying something a hundred times doesn't make it true. That applies to Dave and Sandy
QC September 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Fithful reader "(((His spokesman Steve Brown)))) said there was no connection between Madigan's support for the water project, ***** his recommendation for the village attorney***** and his political support for a trustee." Oh, "And still you put that silly link on your comment." You're right I did, and precisely for this reason, there are a lot of "underinformed" people like yourself out there, Jane. AND WHAT PART OF THAT DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?
SmallManBigWoman September 30, 2012 at 05:43 PM
funny how you turn this nastiness around to make someone who stands up against it appear to benefit. bury had nothing to do with heilmann's deceit or cover up. she's the one who wouldn't let him get away with it. don't forget it! every taxpayer is a loser here unless you are heilmann's best buddies - then you get away with millions.
Faithful Reader September 30, 2012 at 06:47 PM
QC, It is obvious that you don't understand that every word written in a story is not a conclusion reached by unanimous acclamation. The story said "...Amid this public feud, the mayor received a rare telephone call from Madigan. Heilmann said Madigan called to suggest Paul O'Grady, a partner at Querrey & Harrow, for the village attorney job. The mayor said he told Madigan about the dissension over the issue at Village Hall and his concern about Phelan's connections to another partner at the firm. According to Heilmann, Madigan offered to call O'Grady and ask him to withdraw the firm from consideration..." That sounds like Dave told the reporter the above scenario occurred. Nobody else in the long article said the conversation occurred and in no part of the article does anyone state that Madigan called Deetjen (Who appoints) or the trustees, who favored O'Grady and Stillman. In any case, Stillman isn't even with that firm any longer. So, quit calling people "uninformed" or "Jane" and start admitting that just because you conclude that the facts happened as Dave said doesn't mean it happened that way. WHAT PART OF THAT DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? (and yes, I've added capital letters just as you did to make sure you know I'm emphasizing my anger.
Faithful Reader September 30, 2012 at 06:52 PM
According to Heilmann, Madigan called him and recommended the attorneys. Heilmann told him he couldn't hire O'Grady because Stillman and Phelan were connected. Heilmann didn't act on the "Madigan" suggestion Everyone else involved said that Madigan didn't call them to put O'Grady in the attorney position So, how can one conclude that the action was done at the behest of Madigan?
QC September 30, 2012 at 08:29 PM
FR Because, and I re-post for the 3RD time ""(((His spokesman Steve Brown)))) said ***** his , (Madigan's) recommendation for the village attorney***** . You're right. He didn't call them, He Told them, Phelan, Streit and Deetjen, in the Private Meeting in Springfield in April 2009, you know Just Prior to all of the Havoc Reeked by said three regarding the Prior Attorneys Fees that They ALL signed off on! BTW,I don't see Anywhere that "Heilmann told him he couldn't hire O'Grady"! However, I Do See: "The mayor said he told Madigan about the dissension over the issue at Village Hall and *****his concern about Phelan's connections to another partner at the firm.**** According to Heilmann, Madigan offered to call O'Grady and ask him to withdraw the firm from consideration. "How can I conclude that Action? That's the MO, Exact same scenerios, Exact same quotes and denials, in Many cases, Exactly Like This one PS You are the One concluding that I am going by what "the facts happened as Dave said" JANE! As usual twisting and turning the words of another. O, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive! Sir walter scott
kissing cousins September 30, 2012 at 09:27 PM
QC you're commenting on a story about Dave Heilmanns freinds legal theft. Quit bashing your cousins wife you are family whether you like it or not lose the misplaced anger.
#1 Disgusted Resident September 30, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Secret campaign meeting.... Executive Session: Trustee #6.. Acting big shot. Jane, Roll Call Please. Distr. #! Absent Distr. #4 What? Oh I second that! Distr. #2 Here Distr. #5 Absent Dist. #3 Absent Trustee 6 tells all his friends to blog and attack the Mayor and Trustee 5. Talking point. They are the only Bad Board members the village has and the 2 of them are bringing down our town. issue, She has no ideas, she is Heilmann’s puppet. Where are his rebuttals? We will make fun of his and her looks, We will attack him on the community projects he participates in and then declare that he Never gets involved in the village etc. It sure seems like you’re following My orders. Keep the dirt coming guys and gals Dave is bound to speak out, so just keep nailing him. This meeting is adjourned!
#1 Disgusted Resident September 30, 2012 at 09:44 PM
If I am not mistaken, their husbands are related, not Jane and Carol. Also I recall reading somewhere, most likely on the Patch, that Jane Quinlan actually sued Carol Quinlan regarding campaign funds and lost. True?
KC September 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Carol Quinlan accepted stolen money for her 2011 campaign taken by her puppetmaster Dave Heilmann. Carol should reimburse the village for her salary and health insurance money rec'd since all she does is Daves bidding.
Yakity Yak October 01, 2012 at 12:22 AM
KC: Stop it Jane! Stop letting Tommy post for you, or is it you posting for him. You two have been using too many screen names playing the same broken record. Same old gossiper.
QC?? October 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Hey disgusted, you stole my idea. The only thing is my comments were true, yours were fantasy, I know another theater crack couldn't help it though..
QC?? October 01, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Yakity look at the pot calling the kettle black. Everyone knows there are two posters that are for Dave maybe three. Hypocrisy abounds all over this blog
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Trustee Carol Quinlan and Village Clerk Jane Quinlan are related by marriage. Their husbands are cousins. A lawsuit filed by former Unity Party slate members, including Village Clerk Quinlan, against Mayor Heilmann and Trustee Quinlan was tossed out of court last summer.
QC October 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM
@vote/Tom Not running FOR. Running FROM. LMAO

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