OPEN LETTER: Oak Lawn Lifer Jumps Into Dist. 6 Trustee Race

Life-long Oak Lawn resident and mom of three Carol Ellis-Sheahan announces her candidacy for sixth district trustee for the Village of Oak Lawn.



 I am writing my neighbors to announce that I am a candidate for Dist. 6 trustee for the Village of Oak Lawn.

As a lifelong Oak Lawn-resident, I live one block from where I was raised. I attended Lawn Manor School, graduated from Atwood Heights School District 125, attended H.L. Richards High School and graduated from Northern Illinois University. I received the sacraments at St. Catherine of Alexandria. My three children attend Kolmar Avenue School.

I have yet to serve in public office but I have served my community and church:

  • Kolmar PTA – current member, Market Day chair, membership chair, fundraising
  • St.  Catherine – lifelong parishioner                                                       
  • Kolmar Preschool Association – past president                 
  • Oak Lawn Green Team – member                                                     
  • St. Catherine - lector 20 years                                                     
  • Catholic Charities Golf Invitational committee member                  
  • Oak Lawn Lion’s Club – member
  • Lifesource – committed platelets and ALYX donor                  
  • Girl Scouts – parent aide
  • Johnson-Phelps VFW – Poppy Day volunteer                                    
  • St. Catherine – past co-president Women’s Club
  • Oak Lawn Baseball and Softball Board – current vice president, manager and coach

I’m teaching my children to serve and to invest their time where they live. My husband, Jim, understood my desire to stay in this tight-knit neighborhood with excellent schools, wonderful churches and a thriving community.

I want to help move Oak Lawn forward. I will work with the trustees toward the betterment of the Village. We all have one goal: make Oak Lawn greater every day. I want negotiating meetings with Village employees to come to mutually agreed-upon decisions. We both want what’s best for the Village and its employees.

Our residents need to come together for the safety of our district. Currently, I am helping implement a safety team with our residents to monitor activities in our district to stop crime before it happens. I will work closely on the 111th Street and Cicero Avenue development to bring the right retailers to residents.

A trustee is to be the voice of the people they serve. People have said that being a trustee is a thankless position and a lot of work. I’ve been asked, “Who wants THAT job? It’s all headaches and problems of other people.” I do. I want to help people in my neighborhood. I want them to have someone they can turn to for answers. I will return every contact and ensure I’ve addressed their issue.  I want the job. I would be proud and honored to be elected your trustee.

I support Mayor Heilmann and believe that he and Melissa Moran as Village Clerk will provide excellent leadership for Oak Lawn families.  They share the same values that I do: sense of community, safety in our neighborhoods, effective use of tax dollars and expanding business development within the Village. 

Although the election is not until April 2013, we are setting up volunteers and coordinators throughout the 6th District now and I would love to have you join us. If you have questions, concerns or can help volunteer your time, please contact me at carolfortrustee@gmail.com.

SmallManBigWoman December 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Heilmann is using this woman's innocence to further his agenda. He is surrounding himself with people he can control.
flood twin December 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Blah blah blah! What are you going to do about taxes, development, and attracting business? Its all the same. So "perfect" and innocent! Did Dave flatter you?
Tom SmarzTsmarz December 14, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Will be tough road against Phelan, but you have my support and vote.
oaklawnhopern December 14, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Best of luck to you!
bm December 14, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Good Luck my friend! You are a very wise woman. I can't wait for your victory party! The people of Oak Lawn need a change in leadership. Run those slugs from Reilly's beer garden days past out of office. From what I have read about them they really have not grown up any since the 1980's!
OL Supporter December 14, 2012 at 05:27 PM
You don't know Carol very well if you think she will be controlled by anyone. Dave's not perfect obviously. Unfortunately, the alternative is the Phelan/Deetjen puppet Sandy Bury.
Ding Dong Youre Wrong December 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM
OK Phelan. Here he goes stomping on women yet again. How sick is this creep to go through church documents to be vile to a woman? Congrats SB and JQ, your sleepin with a real dirty dog. you shoulda listened.....
Julie Pool December 15, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Phelan uses words like "lackey", "impressive", and "insulting" at the top of his vocabulary. Look at the time he posts. He is hard on women, disrespectful, and outright abusive. Leave it alone Tommy, she is more qualified then you when you took office, and you should know that she has more talent then you. Yes I am a women who happens to know you. I can't stand the rumors about you even more bacause they are true.
James Manning December 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Good luck with running with a Mayor whose allies are being investigated by The FBI,and may soon be himself under watchful eyes for the speeders incident
Garbage December 15, 2012 at 08:18 PM
By the way Julie – I am not Tom. And the “qualifications” as listed certainly do not list major financial awareness per “she is more qualified then you when you (Tom) took office”. Blinded by the actor/lawyer to see what is really happening!
bm December 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
This garbage person sounds like a boner. However, keep spewing your crap and people will turn to ms. Sheahan just because phalen keeps company with such idiots.
Jack Walker December 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Julie you are 100% right! And as you can tell by his following post, he loves to slam the fairer sex. Phelan despite your inflated ego youre not the " financial genious" you portray to be. As chairman of the financial committee you seem to have missed quite a few mistakes and as You have said before, and I quote "“You can torture numbers to make them say anything you want,” Phelan said. Patch Brunswick zone 6-16-11 CLUE: it doesn't work with people, except maybe Jane and Sandy
Jack Walker December 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM
jm Phelan, Streit and Deetjen are under the watchful eye of the FBI for the hiring of the Querrey and Harrow law firm. That was recommended by MM.
Jack Walker December 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM
That is Phelan himself.
District 666 Resident December 16, 2012 at 05:42 PM
It sounds a lot like Andy to me. Check out the way he writes and compare it to "garbage". Similar? Yes. I would say almost exact verbage Maybe everyone should call garbage, "Andy/Tom" because he likes to call out people all the time while he sits collecting his "disability" check and attacks fine women and men who are trying to make a difference.
andy skoundrianos December 16, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Hey Satan aka 666 I right under my own name under like you Den/Bob you know why because I used to see you blog Dennis on patch when I was in Bob's office!!! Remember?? Or do you have amnesia too??
bm December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Phelan sounds like he is creepy in a village of cicero kinda way.
scotchtape December 19, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Did she actually list as a qualification that she donated blood?
Brad December 19, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Mrs. Sheahan might be a very nice person. But her list of qualifications are laughable at best. She doesn't even list ever having employment?! Just because you have lived here all your life does not qualify you to public office. Except for friends and family, I cannot fathom why anyone would vote for her. I understand many do not like Phelan and his brash way of handling things. But he is much more qualified to be a trustee. I seriously hope this campaign is not given any credence. Otherwise representation for the people in district 6 will be sorely lacking.
scotchtape December 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Ms, Sheahan is not qualified.
bm December 19, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Mmmmm. Sounds like a hit a nerve. What makes Ms. Sheahan unqualified? And what makes the unTRUSTworthy Mr phalen qualified? Discuss.
scotchtape December 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I'm not obsessed with Mr. Phelan like you seem to be. Nor would I insult her like you seem to enjoy insulting Mr. Phelan. Yes, you hit a nerve because I don't trust that this woman will be independent. You have your opinion and I have mine. You think I'm wrong and that's fine. I will not stoop to your level and attack her personally. YOu can insult Phelan all day and night if it makes you feel better. I just do not believe she is qualified. Sorry if that offends you. I have a right to my opinion. Im sure you'll respond with another personal attack on Phelan I wouldn't expect any less from you.
bm December 19, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Calling someone unTRUSTworthy is not attacking them. That is the name Mr. Phalen gives to himself. Actions speak louder than words.
Next Door December 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Lack of qualifications didn't stop Jane Quinlan for Clerk, Duhig for a Trustee, Bury for Mayor etc. and I'll bet you voted for them, not Bury yet of course.
Next Door December 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Mr Phelan only helps,~ yuk,yuk~ those that are/will be usefull to he himself only!! He would step on his own mother to get to what he wants. Not a nice or kind fella to be sure........ just sayin'
Next Door December 19, 2012 at 09:21 PM
hey Brad - TP does not have brash ways. They are evil, mean and cruel ways. If he is so qualified why is the FBI investigating his doings?
Tick Tock December 21, 2012 at 01:03 PM
UH oh bm I think you need to cancel your friends victory party.
bm December 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Keep talking phalen. Digging your own grave is easy to do when your sweating. ;)
bm December 21, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Yes u made a funny with Bm however, Mr. Phalen, "TP" fits you just fine. Ill think of u everytime I go and well you know, clean myself off. ;)
scouter December 28, 2012 at 08:18 PM
And all of the nasty comments are why we need a change in our Village board... She's not the only candidate - all should be looked at for what they would be able to bring to the table and HELP our Village board stop this insanity...


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