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


Charles Martel October 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
"Mistaken identity?" Come on now Dave! A robbery is a robbery...plain ad simple! The two indivduals who did this will probably neve be caught and Dave knows it. They probably hitailed back to Chicago on 95th Street OR they went into one of many section 8 apartments on the area.
Jeri Walker October 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I agree that the idea of mistaken identity is absurd! But you cannot assume that anyone who lives in Section 8 housing is a criminal. We need to treat the poor in our country with dignity and respect. As this recession has proved, many people who considered themselves to be well off have dropped a peg or two on the affluence ladder.
Gerry Mander October 12, 2012 at 03:23 PM
It is possible that it could've been mistaken identity.The only ones that know are the people involved. Maybe the criminals just had the wrong guy. It does happen occasionally, you know.
P Flan October 12, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Ignoring the facts blurred by being politically correct is ruining our community! Go into any store on the corner of 95th & Pulaski and look around, it's obvious why the crime has increased drastically!
Luther October 12, 2012 at 04:45 PM
"My mistake sir, I was looking for my old employer. But, as long as I'm here, give me all your money." I suppose meaning to rob someone else and settling for this guy is mistaken identity.
Borninol October 12, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Seems to me that these two criminals were targeting the elderly. How cowardly they are. This happened to a 80 year old lady taking groceries out her car off of 99th & Pulaski a couple of years ago! So say what you want davie, it's all LIES anyway
OakLawnGuy October 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Mr Heilmann said "it is believed", not "I believed". He got it from the detective. Read more carefully. Has nothing to do with him.
Charles Martel October 12, 2012 at 07:54 PM
You hit the nail on the head!
Rich October 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Can we take a positive out of this and give the mayor some credit for identifying a community problem and addressing it ? I just bought an alarm system for my house and would advise others to do so also. Can't help but wonder what it would take to hire additional police to show more of a presense not only public areas, but neighborhood parks and playgrounds where our children play and are subject to a lot of out of town " teen toughs " that really don't have any reason to be here. Make them unwelcome, and hopefully they will find new hangouts.
Borninol October 12, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I agree with rich but I'm pretty sure the village would raise our property taxes to pay for addional police patrol
Magic Years October 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Its simple: 1. Take all the friends of Tom Phelan hires since 2005 (Human resources, grant writers, etc.) 2. Add up their yearly gross salary ($748,000) 3. Divide by $80,000 gross per year (per police officer) = 9 new police Add 9 new policeman to Oak Lawn. You did not have to pay me for that study!
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 (Editor) 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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