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OPEN LETTER: OL Planning Commissioner Announces Run for 4th District Trustee

Tim Reilly has shared his letter to neighbors announcing his run for Oak Lawn Village Board's fourth district seat in April 2013.

My name is Tim Reilly and I am a candidate for Trustee of the 4th District in the village of Oak Lawn.  I am both excited and honored at the thought of serving the great people of this district in particular, as well as serving the entire Oak Lawn community as an honorable and dedicated member of the Oak Lawn Village Board of Trustees.  I truly believe I can make things better!

First, I am proud to have lived in Oak Lawn for 14 years as an active community member and concerned citizen.  I am a graduate of Saint Xavier University, a steel salesmen and a small business owner.  My wife Julie and I have raised three children here and feel fortunate to have had such a great environment for health, education, faith and civic involvement.

Highlights of my civic, parish and school involvement includes actively contributing to the following:

  • Oak Lawn Village Planning and Development Committee Member (5 years)
  • Oak Lawn Baseball and Girls Softball 1st VP, Fall Ball Coordinator, league manager, travel coach (10 years)
  • St. Germaine’s Holy Name Society, counting room, picnic committee, soup kitchen (8 years)
  • St. Germaine Finance Committee (3 years)
  •  Hannum School/Oak Lawn – Hometown Middle School PTA, classroom support, Market day, Fall Fest, social events (12 years)
  • St Rita Father’s Club (1 year)
  • Oak Lawn Village Senior Leaf Raking (4 years)
  • Oak Lawn Village Fall on the Green staff (4 years)
  • Oak Lawn Elk’s Club lodge member (5 years)

 I stress “actively contributing” because I believe I must make an active, informed and impactful contribution.  Ironically, I am running for a political office yet, I have to be honest; I have never been motivated by politics.  I am motivated by the opportunity to work with others to make things better in whatever capacity the situation may dictate and my community involvement underscores my commitment. 

Community involvement has provided a broad base of knowledge and positive interaction with many different organizations however more importantly the opportunity to work side-by-side with a huge group of fantastic Oak Lawn citizens.  I believe this is invaluable experience and is at the heart of working effectively as your new trustee.  When combined with my business acumen and ability to develop lasting, effective working relationships I am confident I have an outstanding skillset to serve this district now and into a very bright future.

My platform is active participation, timely communication and an informed, proactive mindset to stay ahead of issues.  I truly believe this approach will best serve this district and will clearly distinguish me from my opponents.  This communication is the first step towards achieving my goal to be the most active, most informative and most available trustee that the 4th District of Oak Lawn has ever had.  I thank you for your time.  I would be honored to serve you in this capacity!!

If you have any questions or feel the need to express any concerns whatsoever please do not hesitate to contact me at (708) 927- 9934 or treillyprg@yahoo.com

Sincerely,

Tim Reilly

PS- You already have my statement of community involvement and experience to serve this district. After 40 months in office, what if anything do you know about the current trustee of the 4th District?   

Oak Lawn Patch invites ALL candidates running for local offices in the April 2013 election to blog or submit letters to the editor or op-eds anytime. Please contact local editor at Lorraine Swanson at lorraine.swanson@patch.com.

Frederick Boger December 04, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Good luck, Tim! We know you'll stay awake for the whole meeting if elected.
Fired Up Man December 04, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I've known Tim for a long time and he would be an improvement for the district. He will get my vote.
BeaversFan December 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Mr. Reilly , I received your letter in the mail In it you state your are on the Christ Hospital committee, Yet you forget to mention this in your letter Today on Patch Why?? Another friend of The Mayor with conflicts of interest?? You were one of only two P&D commission members who voted against requiring Christ hospital to provide any landscaping,neighborhood improvements, and money to the village for the huge expansion and impact it will have on the 4th district home owners and taxpayers you claim you want to serve. Are you in Advocates pocket like the Mayor?? You should have recused yourself from voting on those items regarding the hospital. You also voted to allow a massage parlor to come into Oak Lawn!! Thank God that motion failed, the rest of your fellow board members knew that a massage parlor was not right for Oak Lawn!! You state you were on the fall on the green staff for 4 years?? What staff?? It has been a volunteer event for 7 years?? There are hundreds of so-called Village green Staff in the village I'm one of them too!! What years where you on the staff?? I didn't see you there this year.
CAJ December 04, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Just another politico wanna-be who has all of the answers about how things should be done. Quote - Ironically, I am running for a political office yet, I have to be honest; I have never been motivated by politics - end quote. Politico wanna-bes have used this line time and time again to make themselves appear to be a political outsider. But you know what Tim, you're running for a political office, so yes, you are motivated by politics.
Garbage December 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Hey Tim – You didn’t mention anything about you being on a committee for Advocate. How come? Perhaps since you are on “Emperor Dave’s Team” you forgot to list it as a possible conflict of interest with the Planning Committee. But I do understand that as a Heilmann lackey you probably didn’t want it public. And your listing of what you have done over the years really doesn’t hold a candle to what the current trustee has done in making Advocate more committed to the neighbors they have stepped on for years. Me thinks you speak with forked tongue about political motivation.
CAJ December 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Also, whenever someone says to you that they "have to be honest', it usually means they're going to lie to you.
Jim Vertucci December 04, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Im voting for him just because Duhig is a do nothing mope, who does nothing but nap and repeat the attacks of others towards the mayor.
Neighborhood Guy December 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I'm waiting to hear what Andy has to say about this news. I bet you he's so mad he's counting out his social security disability check now to see if he can make a donation to the Phelan Crew. Come on Andy, put your (I mean "our") money where your mouth is....
andy skoundrianos December 05, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I actually don't live in district four Dennis /Bob you know that.. I never met this person before. I don't know him. I like Tom Duhig just like you have Bob for the last 8 years until he wouldn't follow you to the dark side with the Mayor and do dirty deals done dirt cheap well not cheap for the Village that is... illegal probably Hey what about Vorderer?? I heard he is running in Dist. 4 too
Neighborhood Guy December 05, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Andy, Where do you live? With Daddy still? ARe you accusing anyone of "illegal deals"? Please tell us the illegal deals?
andy skoundrianos December 05, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Did I hit a nerve Den/Bob?? I own the house My Dad used to like you guys, Shame a lot of people are telling me that in the 3rd district..
Mmmore Mmmassages December 05, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Mr. Reilly, what is your position on how Christ Hospital's expansion will impact Crawford Gardens and Oak Lawn? What is your position on service fees vs. lap pools? Will you resign from your committee at Christ Hospital? Why did you accept a position on a committee for Christ Hospital while you were voting on their requests for expansion at the same time? Why didn't you recuse yourself from voting on issues with Christ this year or even disclose that you served on a committee with them? Given your record of votes with P & D, what assurance would you give the residents of District 4 that you would represent them when each and every vote you made was in support of whatever the hospital was asking?
rick December 06, 2012 at 03:04 AM
another person who knows "Sleepy Tommy"!
cleaners avenue December 08, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Tim Reilly, how were you appointed to the P&D commission? Was it through Tom Phelan and Bob Stret? Why would you run on a ticket with Dave Heilmann and split yourself from your other friends? Perhaps you are running because you would enjoy the insurance benefit (because your an independent salesman)? Or the small salary would help too? Please do not bother with the canned phrases (also when you write, don't say "to be honest with you" --- like you talking non-sense. You have no municipal experience, political muster, or add on benefit. Heck, I would think you don't even know your opponents (you say you offer more but cannot substantiate what that is???). I suggest you rethink this before you get hammered on the Christ Hospital relationship. Dave excellent choice (did you have any others???).
Dist. 2 Curious December 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Hey, Beaver, before you spout off, why don't you read the minutes from the meeting that you didn't attend, or would you rather rely on bad info Debbie Fagan gets from Deetjen? Story from Southtown Star: Oak Lawn plan commission rejects massage business By Bob Rakow Correspondent November 5, 2012 11:30PM Updated: December 7, 2012 6:25AM "Oak Lawn planning commissioners voted 5-2 Monday night to reject a proposed therapeutic massage business in the village." That's THERAPEUTIC. As in medical. People who are licensed by the state. You are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts. Douchebag.

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