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Bury Announces Oak Lawn Mayoral Run

Local optometrist and long-rumored mayoral challenger Dr. Sandra Bury set to officially declare candidacy for Oak Lawn mayor at her office on Wednesday (Sept. 5).

Dr. Sandra Bury announced that she would officially declare her candidacy for Oak Lawn mayor at her office on Wednesday evening.

Bury will kick off her campaign at her practice, at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 5). All are welcome.

Long rumored as a possible challenger to Mayor Dave Heilmann, Bury is a local optometrist and business owner. She has lived in the village since 1979, when her family moved to Oak Lawn from the Marquette Park neighborhood.

According to a campaign press release, Bury has served on the board of the since 1997. Her civic projects include spearheading fundraising for the , and also led the controversial charge to

“Oak Lawn needs a collaborative leader, someone who works with people, and someone who always puts Oak Lawn’s interests ahead of their own,” Bury said in her press release.  “I see great and unrealized potential for our village, but only if we find a way to work together and move the community forward.”

Bury belongs to several professional organizations and currently serves as president of the Illinois Optometric Association. Bury is also the past-president of the international group VOSH (Volunteer Optometrist Services for Humanity), which offers free eye care and eyeglasses to citizens in developing countries.

The consolidated election is on April 9, 2013. Terms are up for renewal for the mayor, village clerk and the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th district trustee seats on the Oak Lawn Village Board.

For more information about Dr. Sandra Bury, contact her campaign office by email at drburyforoaklawnmayor@gmail.com. Her campaign website, SandraBuryforMayor.com, is expected to go live following her official declaration on Wednesday evening.

OakLawnGuy September 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Andy, really, not every pseudonym represents or is Dave Heilmann. If you can prove it with IP addresses, do it. Until then, you're blowing kind of a worn out bugle. Leadership is going to be the main focus of the race, as it was in each of the races Mr. Heilmann won, and that is likely because the Village President's or Mayor's office is not one which is a real decision maker in this form of government. I readily concede that right now it's the tie-breaking vote, but the Village Manager runs business in this town. The Mayor/Village President can exert influence on the board with a majority and I think that's where the leadership platform comes in. I'm ready to hear Dr. Bury's ideas, spelling errors or no. I only hope she expresses them via her website, interviews, forums and debates, and stays out of the comment logs attached to these articles.
OakLawnGuy September 06, 2012 at 12:48 PM
We'll have to see how the political affiliations align, as well. Messrs. Olejniczak/Phelan/Duhig could very well be carried in or out as a team. There will be lots of gamesmanship behind the scenes. I wonder how Mr. Madigan will line up.
andy skoundrianos September 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Agreed But OLG I know how he works he is a control freak ,wants all the power. Just look at his actions. Why is it that every pro Mayor post and anti Bury,Phelan,Quinlan post is under a fake pseudonym??? You don't do that, I don't do that at least people know when we comment...
Colleen September 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Great news! I look forward to hearing her ideas. I do agree with OLG on one thing - don't give these comment logs the time of day. Posting under pseudonyms aren't worthy of your time. Best of Luck!
John September 06, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Andy, OLG is not a real name. Duh!
Andrew (Not Andy and not Dave) September 07, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Good point John, I got a kick out of that one. Andy is so worked up over this election that he now thinks that someone named their precious child oaklawnguy. What's next? Slightlydisheveledguy? unrealisticdavehaterguy? toomuchtimeonhishandsguy? Take a pill Andy. The sun will come up tomorrow.
andy skoundrianos September 07, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Thanks unknown pseudonym I really respect your opinion By the way OLG is a real person. I'm gonna bet my bottom dollar on that
Andrew (not Andy or Dave) September 07, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Andy, I didn't see anyone write that OLG was a fake person. You said in response to oaklawnguy "Why is it that every pro Mayor post and anti Bury,Phelan,Quinlan post is under a fake pseudonym??? You don't do that, I don't do that at least people know when we comment". I think the point being made in response to that Andy is that OLG is a "pseudeonym". In fact, I bet nobody named their child "Oaklawnguy". Got it?
anthony September 07, 2012 at 05:05 AM
The sun will come up tommorow was one of the best all week..... However if one considers fake as posting question and answers under multiple names. I assure you metarzan and rustytrumbone are the same person... thus fake Maybe Ms Swanson should ask the board if the support patch and ever comment.. Sounds like a straight question.
andy skoundrianos September 07, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Good luck with that question!!
District 666 Resident September 07, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Anthony, I could just as easily state with certainty, as you do, that Anthony is the same as John. You see how that works? Using your first name is just as anonymous as saying District 666 Resident. If the Mayor wins 2-1 and Phelan is crushed in his race, will you admit that there are more of us out there that support the Mayor's group?
Bonaparte September 07, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Andy, so proud you use your real name. I assume thats also your picture. I preferred your topless version from last year, but can't have everything. Some of us work for the village so we can't use our real name or your buddies will try to lay us off. It's amazing how well you know Dave. You know how he works? You call him a control freak? But your buddies do no wrong? Please don't knock on doors in 6.
District 666 Resident September 07, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Andy knows everything. He could be Mayor himself but he has decided to be the perpetual outsider telling everyone how to do their jobs. Luckily, he only tells the elected offficials and doesn't bother telling the cops how to write a ticket or the firemen how to fight fires. But who knows, maybe some day.....
QC September 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
dist. 666 Correction. Andy admonished the Fire Dept. for getting involved, in any way, in the elections. #1Posted by andy to Bob Lanz andy skoundrianos 3:45 pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 'With all do respect sir, you do not live here,you don't pay property taxes here which by the way pays for your salary and benefits. The decisions made by Oak Lawn elected officials affect residents first, without us you would not have a job period. I don't go to your village Board meetings in Matteson and tell your Mayor and trustees what to do with your tax payer funds so you shouldn't in my town either.' 'In local elections there are usually candidates that groups do not support that do win. That can leave the officials with a grudge against the employees that actively campaigned against them. I'm just saying it is not smart politically to back one person or group above another.' And #2 andy skoundrianos 12:34 pm on Monday, August 27, 2012 'This is going to be fun few months for the blogs!!! By the way isn't this the third time in Mayoral races that the fire union has switched sides??? Heilmann 05 Hurckes 09 Heilmann 13 Guys pick a side and stay with it!! Better yet stay out of local elections like the police officers do.' Thanx Tom.
Dave W. September 08, 2012 at 12:49 AM
It would be great if everybody had to use their real name, but ALSO that if they did, there would be no retribution. We all know that isn't going to happen. It would be nice, in the absence of that if people didn't make cowardly attacks on others for having reasonable of even FACTUAL posts. Also seems unlikely. Andy, not to pile on (much), but even when I'm attacked, I don't think it is always the mayor, or trustee Phelan, or anyone in particular on the board. Henchmen,maybe. Now, it Andy's (sort of) defense: The regulars all pretty much know who the other regulars are, and know how they write. We know a newbie, we know a fake. So while OLG is obviously a psuedonym, he is not fake, he posts here all the time. Somewhere in reality he has a name and for reasons of his own he does not use it here. Great if he would/could, have to understand if he doesn't. Same for many others; either job issues or their neighbor is a trustee they don't vote for or who knows what? The public officials are just that, public. If they do not like people questioning their motives or plans or 'doings', they should stop being public officials. Asking questions of them doesn't mean it is an 'attack' either. It might be, but they aren't mutually inclusive. They don't need others to anonymously defend them. If they cannot take what a few people on this thread say, they probably cannot handle the 'pressure' of what their actual town job is either. Personal attacks are different and have no place though.
metarzanyoujane September 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
You make an awful lot of assumptions about everyone. Are you a psychiatrist? By the way, I don't think public officials should just have to take people questioning their motives or plans. I think that most of the people that question there motives do it like you do with innuendo and statements that are not based on actual facts. They are elected to part-time jobs to serve the community and make it a better place for all of us. They are not elected to be your personal punching bag as you wax on poetically as if your a real newspaper columnist
CAJ September 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Quote - By the way, I don't think public officials should just have to take people questioning their motives or plans - end quote. If I read your comment correctly, you're saying that elected officials should be free of any and all public scrutiny? Quote - I think that most of the people that question there motives do it like you do with innuendo and statements that are not based on actual facts. They are elected to part-time jobs to serve the community and make it a better place for all of us - end quote. So you're saying that people who decide to run for public office do so with the purest and most honorable of intentions, and anyone who questions their decisions don't have all of the facts and are automatically wrong? Talk about blind faith. A politician couldn't ask for a better voter than you.
Dave W. September 10, 2012 at 05:27 PM
CAJ, it actually gets somewhat hilariously hypocritial as well..from the 'next topic over', here is...metarzanyoujane (!), waxing psychiatric without a license themself. Like they what, FORGOT they JUST posted this? Wow...anyway...here is their post..."I just made it through your whole post. It took a while Dude. I'm glad to see you are consulting professionals but I can probably save you some time on my couch by providing a snapshot profile that we like to give in the business. If I had to guess,..." After guessing VASTLY wrong, MY guess would be that meta (can I call you that now, old friends that we aren't?, because you know, your name is TOO LONG for me to read all the tway to the end...) has the same or less psychology training that I did...a year in high school and a year and a half in college (if you are paying attention, meta, that was a little nugget about me for your 'profile'). Your quotes and points are particularly salient considering the troubles of the town of recent. meta wants the residents to never ask questions, close our eyes, and just believe in a board that has had more than a few hiccups along the way. All while we taxpayers pay. What is the old saying? The cover-up is often worse than the crime? If suspicious people are lurking outside your kids room, do you call the police, or wait for the people to offer their license? We cannot get the evidence that proves anybody is guilty OR innocent, but sadly the board is not beyond reproach, not anymore.
Dave W. September 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
To be clear, I do not have ANY illusions that my schooling made me even remotely close to an expert or qualified to render a psychological anything...I'm just pointing out that metarzanyoujane has that same level of 'expertise'...or less, based on his 'snapshot' of me. (Chuckling...) By the way, meta, what is your profile for somebody that stalks these boards for just one person? How sad is THAT person? How lonely? Thought so...
metarzanyoujane September 10, 2012 at 07:17 PM
CAJ, You sound a lot like Dave W. Now lay down on that couch. But first, let's get you some reading glasses. I don't think anyone ever said that elected officials should be free of any and all public scrutiny. What are you mesmerized by DAVE W? Secondly, I'm going to ask if you were in the same "politics for idiots" class that Dave W. graduated from? Again, nobody said that politicians run with the purest of intenstions and you can't question them but don't you think you should have some basis in fact and not simply have aluminum foil as part of your wardrobe when you come up with paranoid assertions? Dave W doesn't have any facts with the exception of the fact that the government officials went into executive session under existing law based on stated exceptions. From that he, and maybe you, decide something is fishy in Oak Lawn. Yikes! I bet some nutty type candidates would love to have you voting. It sounds like you will fall for any conspiracy theory and cast your vote accordingly.
metarzanyoujane September 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
DAVE W, Would I reference my couch if I didn't have more expertise than YOU! I think you don't want anyone looking at you but you can't help but attack every public official you see. Are you jealous? Do you have knowledge of my license? By the way, are you still chuckling? (That reference is a little scary like you need to tell yourself to laugh). I'm just worried about you gabby.
OLCitizen September 10, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I just received Sandra Bury's "packet" in the mail. Looks like Phelan has learned to use WORD besides EXCEL.
QC?? September 10, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Jealous Dave fan??
anthony September 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Heck ya if one has anything to gain or maintain from supporting the mayor go ahead.If you like the man or his wife thats as good of a reason as any .My deductions are based upon sentence structure , previous posts , things like that..... NOT content...
Dave W. September 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I'm sorry, meta...I didn't realize that you are a professional couch-owner. You really have me there, I only have loveseats... Unless...are you saying/implying that you are some sort of professional mental-health care worker? If that is the case, upgrade that 'chuckle' to a series of 'guffaws'. Woe unto your clients/patients if you are as (in)accurate with them...I've taken the liberty of showing this stream of nonsense to various co-workers. Now, OBVIOUSLY, they know me, and one might very well expect bias...but they did get a good, um...chuckle out of it...since they, you know, know me. YOU, on the other hand, they would LOVE to know the identity of, hoping that you are outright lying about what you imply you do...to quote one person "you've been LIED TO? HA, do they know what you do for a living? People lie to us before we get out of bed. That guy's a real genius... " To be fair, I never stated that you are actually a guy or girl, they just presumed such. Another, "His license? To what, FISH?" Again, they know me, and presumably like me, but the gist here, so that you 'get it', is that you are so absurdly wrong/off about your 'profile' that people who DO know me find it incredulous that you could be in your chosen field...unless it is fishmonger, I suppose. So yes, I'm still laughing, and now a crowd of normally pretty staid people are chuckling as well. I've been asked to thank you for providing today's amusement. PLEASE, write again about how you LOVE secrecy.
CAJ September 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Metarzanyoujane, First, I'm not "mesmerized' by Dave W or anyone else on this board. You, however, appear quite mesmerized by politicians. As for reading glasses, I suggest you get yourself a good, strong pair and re-read your post and mine. I quoted you verbatim and responded to that directly. Here's another quote of yours: Quote - I don't think anyone ever said that elected officials should be free of any and all public scrutiny - end quote. Oh really? I requote you again from the post I responded to: Quote - By the way, I don't think public officials should just have to take people questioning their motives or plans - end quote. So no, no one "ever said that elected officials should be free of any and all public scrutiny", except you. You need to strive for a little consistency in you posts and counter-posts. As far as your childish comments and failed attempts at being witty, I refrain from commenting. You'll have to find a child to argue those with.
CAJ September 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Metarzanyoujane, I almost forgot one other thing. You wrote "nobody said that politicians run with the purest of intenstions and you can't question them". However, you previously wrote that "they are elected to part-time jobs to serve the community and make it a better place for all of us." Yes, I'd say that's a blanket statement that they all have everyone's best-interest at heart. Perhaps you should have said that a few or most "serve the community and make it a better place for all of us." But sorry, I don't believe that either.
John Zawaski September 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I have been busy at work and haven't followed all the news lately but I just heard that Sandy Bury is running for Mayor. Can someone who has followed this story let me know has Larry Deetjen officially endorsed her? Thanks John Zawaski
FreeContribution September 13, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Mayoral candidate Sandra Bury, I must congradulate you on a brilliant campaign move. The release of this report is basically a $500,00.00 campaign contribution to you, paid for by the Oak Lawn taxpayers. Oh yea, I know...people have the right to know, people need to know...transparency .....bla bla bla, but at the end of the day nothing changes for the taxpayer while you on the other hand have a beautiful platform to run on paid for by the Oak Lawn taxpayers. I just can't believe no one else caught on to this. And Andy before you run your mouth about me being Dave I want to tell you I HATE THEM ALL. I think it is embarrassing they way they fight and I don't trust any of them, yes Andy Including Dave. But once again Mayoral candidate Sandra Bury nicely played my friend nicely played
Amanda Walsh September 21, 2012 at 04:49 PM
She has my vote against Dave as he is an idiot!

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