Absent Trustee Wanted Medical Building Parking Vote Put on Hold, Board Went Ahead Anyway

Oak Lawn Trustee Carol Quinlan said her colleagues showed a lack of "respect" for the absent Bob Streit.

Oak Lawn Trustee Carol Quinlan said her colleagues were "not showing any respect for board member Robert Streit. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Oak Lawn Trustee Carol Quinlan said her colleagues were "not showing any respect for board member Robert Streit. Credit: Joseph Hosey

An Oak Lawn trustee called out her colleagues for going ahead with a vote on a parking variance despite the absence of one of their own.

"His dad's really sick," Trustee Carol Quinlan (Dist. 5) said of the absent Bob Streit (Dist. 3) during Tuesday night's village meeting.

"You’re not showing any respect," Quinlan told the mayor and four other members of the board, who were disinclined to postpone the vote until Streit got back.

Village Manager Larry Deetjen pointed out that there was no opposition to allowing a reduction in the required amount of parking for the proposed medical building at 5851 W. 95th St.

Trustee Mike Carberry (Dist. 6) told Quinlan, "If it's something that's going to affect our businesses, we have to go forward."

Mayor Sandra Bury noted that Streit gave no reason for the vote to be postponed, so the board went ahead and voted, with all in favor—both to exceptions in the parking requirements and to "certain variations to allow for the construction" of the building.

Quinlan voted against both proposals, "Based on the fact that Trustee Streit made the request."

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Jim February 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM
p franeke, you're my new hero. Streit will someday be wearing thick pinstripes like his former business partner
Joe Skibinski February 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM
The issue isn't respect, it's one of unbelievable arrogance. Does anyone's employer here shut down for the day if they call in sick? Bob's dad is a great man who has done many a good deed, particularly with the KofC. It is only right that Bob be by his side. I wish his father well. However, Bob is a Village Trustee not it's sole proprietor who can close up shop without regard to others. Quinlan's use of the situation to create a contrived crisis is, as usual, sophomoric and embarrassing for those she represents.
Billy Bulldozer February 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Joe I agree that Ms. Quinlan may have been posturing a bit in this matter but the situation with our mayor not being able to work with a board that acts together as a group, for the benefit of Oak Lawn, as a whole; absolutely is a joke. Petty squabbles, whether they be personality conflicts (or whatever) between board members and the mayor, or between board members themselves, or between board members and the Village Manager, make Oak Lawn look ridiculous. Why can't this town elect people who will work together as a group, for the benefit of the entire town? I just don't get it.
OakLawnGuy February 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM
I don't see that either side has a leg to stand on in this situation, and also find it a little, er, odd that this is the first story to be written from a Village Board meeting. While Mr Streit has spent his political career wind-socking and sometimes wolf-crying, this was handled badly by the Mayor and her cohorts. It smacked of a little arrogance and lot of agenda-pushing. As Billy said, it really is too bad that it's gotten to this. And both sides are at fault equally.
Joe Skibinski February 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Bill, I've made a couple board meetings and you make a great point. Every time I see one of them, on either side of the fence, start to make a good point they seem to need to slip over to the dark side and get political. Those board meetings could be required field trips for our high school debate clubs as they hash out the issues of the day with eloquence and wit. I believe they are all intelligent and dedicated individuals capable of such. However, I'm actually starting to think that denying them their audience by replacing the camera with transcripts posted to the village website may be the better way to go. It would be interesting to see who falls on which side of that issue and if the average resident would even care. Now I really need to rejoin the real world and start doing some work!
andy skoundrianos February 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Like it or not Oak Lawn has always been political. Streit and Quinlan are more to blame for the acrimonious board meetings. They have been obstructionist and anti administration since the first day BURY and the new board were elected.It takes two to tango and it's hard when one party wants to see you fail.
AyrLine February 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Oak Lawn wants to be the city wearing the big boy pants. Unfortunately with all the infighting, backstabbing, back door dealing, etc. we look like a bunch of 6th graders fighting on the playground. Has anyone any pride anymore. Ugh!
andy skoundrianos February 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Mark you prove my point every time you post
Jim Schue February 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM
hey andy, how is that transparency working for ya
Oak Lawn Readerr February 13, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Again, Bury and Carberry had no respect in the election campaign. No morals or ethics. Why would they start now? The commentary on here is sad. How bitter and small of all the commenters. May none of you be attacked when your loved ones pass on be it elderly fathers or wives. Our leaders have no shame.
Oak Lawn Readerr February 13, 2014 at 02:04 PM
P franeke's post should be removed. I reported it as inappropriate. Trustee Streit's father apparently is gravely ill. It isn't nice to attack a man when his Dad is dying. P franeke is laughing about the matter. The only people vindictive and mentally ill enough to do that should have a psychatric evaluation. Please remove Mr Hosse editor. Thank you
Brad February 13, 2014 at 03:12 PM
This appears to be a business as usual vote. It also appears that it was going to go through whether Streit was there or not. So for the Quinlan/Streit people, why would the vote need to be postponed? Geez, get an item off the docket and move on to the next on the list. So Streit could notify his friend/ally of his wishes but not the mayor or rest of the board? Really? It takes one minute to send an email to everyone. There are reasons to dislike the mayor and /or manager. But Streit and Quinlan have been acting like spoiled babies ever since their guy was voted out of office. Sorry but they do not appear to be representing their people in the best way possible, For those that want a board to get along, getting rid of these two would go a long way in achieving that.
OakLawnGuy February 13, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Well sure, Brad, get everyone to agree with the current majority. Worked in the Kolb era, didn't it? What a glorious time for residents and taxpayers that was. I have no qualms with anyone's bitterness towards Mr Streit, much of it is well-founded, but "hey it's gonna pass anyway, let's do it" is as narrow-minded and short-sighted as "vote for my guy, he/she can't be any worse".
Honestly IPO February 13, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Oak Lawn Readerr: No where in the comment below is laughing in regards to Mr. Streit, Sr. made. I believe the laughter is directed at the disrespect shown by all board members by their fellow board members. Aren't you the tiniest bit tired of the CONSTANT nit picking? The current board is doing what needs to be done for the village as ugly as it is. Meaning the cuts across the board through out all departments and services. As I stated earlier I am sorry Mr. Streit's father is ill. It is not a reason to suspend a vote. IMO ..... p franeke February 13, 2014 at 09:51 AM I had to laugh hearing complaints about respect. Streit is the poster child of disrespect. The only reason he wanted it delayed was that he didn't have a chance yet to hit up the business owner for a $1,875 donation like he did for the last innocent soul who did a construction project in his district.
Brad February 13, 2014 at 04:07 PM
OLG, I do not disagree when you put it that way. But I think you missed the rest of my points. According to the article, Streit did not notify the mayor, manager or rest of the board about wanting to postpone the vote. He only contacted his ally on the board. It would have taken the same amount of time to notify any or all of the other parties. He chose not to. Nor did he choose to say why he wanted the vote postponed. Knowing it would pass anyway, yes I believe it was a good idea to move on. If Streit has something to add, he will when he returns. In fact I would be shocked if he didn't have a gradiose speech all prepared. To your other point, I do not want a board who get along and agree all the time. I want people on the board that bring good ideas or dissenting opinions to others ideas. But since the election ended, Streit and Quinlan have brought nothing to the table except always being against everything the others have to say or do. Everything. Quinlan's best move was when she went to the park district about the hoops and the problems in the park. If that person would bring the same dilligence to trustee meetings, she would be heard and followed.
Billy Bulldozer February 13, 2014 at 04:53 PM
I just want the board to stop their infighting and work toward the common good for the Village of Oak Lawn. There is nothing wrong with differing opinions in politics but when you say it's black and I say it's white, just because you said it's black; that's not cool. If Mr. Streit was not at a meeting in which something was on the board's agenda and they brought it up and voted on it anyway; that's not cool either. Give the guy the chance to represent his district and then don't go to his constituents and tell them how he dropped the ball. If Mr. Streit notified Ms. Quinlan then he could have just as easily notified the other board members.
Mongo February 13, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Billy.....Government boards take votes all the time when all board members aren't present, it is common and normal. If they didn't, government would come to a grinding halt. If Mr. Streit thought that this was such an important issue then he could have emailed, texted or phoned the president of the board and conveyed his thoughts. I understand that his father is ill and I hope for a speedy recovery however, that does not negate the fact that there is a process in place that even he must follow. Remember that more than half of the voters are in agreement with this board so if more than half of this board says something is black, it's black. That's just the way government bodies work, we may not like it but that's it. As far as I know, no one has said anything about Mr.Streit dropping the ball. In this case nobody is wrong and the system worked the way it's supposed to have worked.
andy skoundrianos February 13, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Marky Mark didn't you get enough love as a child?? Chill out dude, relax take it easy. Use all that negativity into doing something positive.
Brad February 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Very well said Mongo.
Mike Fields February 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Tuesday's village meeting had to be the most efficient to date, items on the agenda were debated in an open and honest manner, the motion on the committee of the whole was postponed by Trustee Carbury as he said all Trustees should have a vote on this. The business owners and the Planning & Dev. committee were asked several times if Trustee Streit had ever expressed any concerns or objections to the proposed development and they said Trustee Streit had not, so why should they not vote on it ? The meeting was over in less than an hour because Streit wasn't there to pander to the camera and disrupt the meeting so he could could have something to put in the Anti-Oak Lawn Leaf.
Brad February 14, 2014 at 03:35 PM
That is exactly why Quinlan needs to step away from Streit, and stop listening to Heilmann. I believe she could represent her district well, if she was her own independent voice. Put the politics aside and just solve the issues going on. She does not have to agree or align herself with others. Just stop being a bitter follower and do the job.
Trish Brennan Bergquist February 20, 2014 at 07:51 PM
I will not be voting for Quinlan due to her shenanigans at the board meetings, it is such a waste of time. I will not be voting for her due to her idiotic crusade of taking down basketball hoops due to questionable, at best, motives for doing so. I hope someone in our district will run against her, someone more intelligent who judges people on their character not color.
Trish Brennan Bergquist February 20, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Dr. Bury controls the meetings better than anyone before her and will not allow personal attacks. You can disagree with her politics but she does act and expects others to act like adults at the meetings.
OakLawnGuy February 20, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Or like a patronizing figurehead whose purpose is to accentuate the trivial whilst allowing Mr Deetjen and His Band Of Boardies to force their agenda down the throats of the residents. Depends what angle you're taking I guess.
Oak Lawn Readerr February 21, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Who deleted Andy Skoundriano's comment posted at 9:33pm last night? """OLG did you ever hear of majority rules?? Do you think I liked what Heilmann and Streit did when they took control of the board or the 28 years the Kolb led board ran this village with an iron fist?? No way,You get out and try to win elections that's what I do. There is no election right now what is the point of all the whining and moaning?? If you don't like it get a candidate and beat them next election. You don't like Bury and Deetjen I get it.""""
OakLawnGuy February 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Maybe he was embarrassed of the "I get it.." comment when he's making a similar "I get it...." comment. However, I now stand corrected upon realizing that what he "does" is win elections. Which is pretty funny in and of itself.
Vivian Braider February 21, 2014 at 03:16 PM
If Andy "gets it" and he "wins elections" why doesn't he tell Tom Phelan that he wants to wear the big boy pants and run against the guy he hates in District 3. After all, he claims he's responsible for all those victories in three and he claims he's right on the issues. Let's see what the voters say! Probably doesn't have the guts to do that. Instead, he'll be the "mastermind" winning elections. I just felt a tingle run down my leg
andy skoundrianos February 21, 2014 at 07:41 PM
I'm backing OLG he lives in the 3rd Dennis
Luther February 21, 2014 at 08:57 PM
HEY! You said you wanted me to run. Jeeezzz, where's your loyalty? You just can't switch sides like it's nothing. Oh, wait, never mind.
OakLawnGuy February 21, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Nah, no one would like my Beatty plan.


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