Village Schedules Public Safety Town Hall for Oct. 15

Meeting will discuss recent armed robbery in which resident was robbed in his garage, sign people up for Everbridge Emergency Alert system, mayor says.

A town hall public safety meeting will be held at Hannum Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 15.

Oak Lawn police will take questions from the public as well as sign residents up for the village’s Everbridge Emergency Alert system.

Police will also discuss recent criminal activity, including an armed robbery that occurred in the neighborhood last month. A resident was working in his garage when two men robbed him at gunpoint.

Mayor Dave Heilmann said the robbery is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity.

“Whether residents are comfortable or dissatisfied, it’s important that we get out there and tell people here’s what happened and here’s what we did,” the mayor said.

Heilmann also said there is a good chance that security cameras may come before the village board sometime in the future.

“Regarding financing the cameras and safety, it’s good to get feedback where people stand when we give them options,” he said. “When we tell residents it may cost another $18 a year in property taxes, usually they say yes.”

Despite a heated village board meeting on Tuesday night that lasted four hours, Heilmann said that the board stood together on public safety.

“A lot has chanced in technology to the extent we use technology to enhance safety,” the mayor added.

Another public safety town hall is planned for next month at a date and venue to be determined, possibly at Covington Elementary School.

Computers will also be available where residents can sign up to receive emergency alerts on their LAN lines or by text on their mobile phones.

All Oak Lawn residents are invited to the town hall public safety meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, October 15. The meeting will be held at


Sandra Bury October 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Folks, there is time for politics and then there's a time when we are all on the same team. This is not the time to present the face of a divided community to the world. I would love to see everyone with an interest or concern about public safety attend and have your voice heard with those of your neighbors. Get off the couch and get involved. It's not up to the Mayor, the Trustees or our first responders t keep us safe. As it has always been, the answer to stopping crime is creating a highly motivated and connected community with a common purpose. That would be an unstoppable force and will do far more than merely throwing money at the problem. I look forward to seeing everyone there, especially all the posters on patch. Be part of the cure, not the disease.
QC?? October 13, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Magic Don't you know The Mayor does all the hiring?? He said it himself at least with the legal team that cost the village millions of dollars How much is Daves best buddy The business development director making a year?? The finance director?? The human resources director??
Merrit October 13, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I like your reply Sandra Bury!!!
Lorraine Swanson October 13, 2012 at 04:38 AM
According to police reports, and as reported by Patch, the man's neighbor specualted to police that he thought he may have been the intended target because he owns a business in the city. It was implied that the two armed robbers may have been looking for the victim's neighbor.
sosickoffatlo October 24, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Magic Years thats the best comment I've read in a long time, don't forget accountant, mechanic, and many more. Can't forget wifey with job at 218, yet at St. Catherines blacktop picking up kids everyday. I'm sure she's using her lunch hour. I think OL would be a better place if Tommi went bye bye...... Dear Santa all I want is some sanity on the OL Village board cuz Houston we've got some problems brewing.


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