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Bury Tells Mayor: 'I Can't Wait To Kick Your Ass'

Mayoral candidates' tempers flare at Johnson-Phelps VFW Post.

There’s an old saying that politics is local, and it doesn’t get any more local than the 2013 mayoral race in Oak Lawn, Ill.

The never-ending, political-ping pong game to schedule a candidates’ forum before the April 9 election, came to a head on Wednesday evening. Mayor Dave Heilmann and mayoral challenger, Sandra Bury, exchanged heated words at the according to the participants and those who witnessed it.

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The mayor arrived sometime after 7 p.m. Wednesday, the date he had suggested for a rescheduled candidates’ forum. He was all ready to debate the mayoral challenger only to discover that the post’s regularly scheduled Wednesday night bingo game was in progress.

Waiting in the lounge were Bury, John Crivellone, the Mason whose been attempting to broker a village board candidates’ forum, and Bury supporter, Andy Skoundrianos.

“[Bury] did not respond to my private email and did not respond publicly to my request on Patch, and of course, no debate was set up,” a clearly upset Heilmann told Patch on Wednesday evening. “I was pretty confident they would show up for the sole purpose of saying that the mayor didn’t show up.”

Heilmann alleged that when he entered the building Crivellone started yelling at him.

“I offered publicly and privately that I was sincere in my efforts and asked several times to please give me a date,” the mayor said. “I don’t want to fight here. It was not a pleasant situation.”

The argument spilled outside, where the mayor says Bury and Skoundrianos followed him to the parking lot.

“I left the VFW and was told by Sandra Bury that ‘I can’t wait to kick your ass,’” Heilmann said. “Those were her exact words standing in the parking lot of the VFW.”

The mayor said he had told Bury to pick a date because they were approaching Easter week and to find someone impartial.

“This is not how you conduct yourself,” Heilmann said. “In the past two elections there were forums and I participated in both. None of us had an issue 2005 and 2009. There were multiple candidates the other years and we worked it out.”

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Heilmann said Skoundrianos also yelled that the only reason Heilmann became mayor was because he rode on two-term incumbent Village Clerk Jane Quinlan’s coattails, a statement Skoundrianos confirms.

“He was getting in Sandy’s face,” Skoundrianos alleged. “I said, ‘she’s a lady. Treat her better.’”

Crivellone says he met Bury and Skoundrianos at the VFW post just in case the mayor showed up. He claims he tried to contact the mayor “a multitude of times’ to tell him March 27 was out because of the post’s weekly bingo game.

He says he offered the mayor April 1, documented by several text messages, but Heilmann never responded. Crivellone acknowledges that some yelling took place during his 30-second interplay with the mayor.

Crivellone said. “Before this election I wasn’t paying attention. [The mayor] says I’m a ‘vocal critic.’ He’s blasted my name all over the Internet. I’m tired of his BS.”

Bury confirms she told the mayor that she couldn’t wait to beat him on April 9, but admits that she may have used more colorful language. She says she’s not proud of it.

Those who saw the exchange said it was the first time they had ever seen Bury get that angry.

“He was very aggressive with me. He was calling me names like liar,” Bury alleged. “He started berating the people I was running with saying they were all going to jail.”

Heilmann said he didn’t want to ascribe any motives to his mayoral opponent.

“All anybody cares about is whether there is a forum or not,” the mayor said. “I don’t think they want to hear one candidate tell another that she can’t wait to kick his ass.”

Post Commander Bob Hennessy confirms the mayor walked through the door of the VFW hall around 7 p.m.

“I told him, ‘Mr. Mayor, we have bingo every Wednesday night,'” Hennessy said. 'If there's supposed to be a get together, I don't think anybody is going to show up.'" 

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Bob March 30, 2013 at 02:40 PM
What is burys plan for crime in Oaklawn and for dealing with union contracts when they come up. How about her plan for bringing business into oaklawn. People would like to see answers to these questions without mentioning the mayor once.
Rich Kerwin March 30, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Mr Fake Name, back at it, huh? Do you understand that posting anonymously and attacking other people for allegedly posting anonymously, even when many of them are not posting anoymously, is dumb, dishonest, and hypocritical. And calling these folks cowardly while hiding behind a pseudonym shows just how craven you are. Crawl back under your rock or grow a pair. Thanks, RIC KERWIN
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) March 30, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Bob, you can read all of the village board candidates' stands on the issues in our Election Central 2013 guide. And fyi to everybody, it's Saturday. I got things to do. It's going to be a few hours before I am able to moderate the board in the late afternoon. http://patch.com/A-3cWW
Bob March 30, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I quess the Patch is answering questions for bury now
Johnny O'Screwneighbor March 30, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Are you a retired C/O?
Let Down by Patch March 31, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Strange that this site- which usually would be hopping for a couple of days, has had 1 post since this morning at 10:43 am? WOW Bad sign for Patch.
Dana Pyzik March 31, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Can we all call a truce for Easter? All Fool's Day will be here soon enough for those "other" fools to continue posting their rediculous opinions.
J. J. Zurek March 31, 2013 at 06:53 AM
Anyone who reads this blurb should know when people blame the Mayor, regardless of whomever is sitting in the chair, they apparently don't have a clue of how Government Works, especially here in Oak Lawn. #1 The Mayor is in reality the President of the Village Board. Oak Lawn has a Village Manager who is basically in charge in the day to day running of the Village, the Village Board (Trustees) set policy, and vote projects up or down as they appear on an agenda, and the Mayor (Village President) does not even get to cast a vote up or down, unless the Board is tied at 3 for and 3 against. So most of the complaints that I read about, might be very real to those who are complaining, however more often than not, they are blaming the wrong person. If the complaint originates in District X, the Trustee from District X should be the person that gets the grief or the praise depending on the issue that is being debated. My guess is a lot of people here in Oak Lawn just don't understand the nature of the beast. Ergo when someone starts making allegations, people either jump on or off the band wagon, and again I think a lot of this bickering is nothing but personal B.S. Like I said in an earlier contribution to this blog, If Sandra Bury really believes that everything in Oak Lawn is corrupt; she should be running away from the incumbent trustees, not running with them. Dave Heilmann said some unkind things about his original running mates, then he put together a new slate of candidates
Needs to go March 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM
JJ, What you and a lot of people fail to realize is while the Mayor doesn't have a vote, he is the organizer of things he wants done. With that said, do you think it's a coincidence that the trustees from 1, 3 and 5 always vote together. Right now, they are on the Mayor's side. Not sure if you've noticed lately, but he has been breaking a lot of ties. His ideas are being voted for by his trustees. Lets not act like he doesn't have anything to do with the way the decisions are voted on. Trustee 1 is running with him because he selected her to fill Jerry's seat. Trustee 3 is with him because he is completely clueless on what direction to go. Wouldn't you be if you just won your last election by 8 votes to a write-in? That's one of the most embarrassing things I've ever seen!!! Trustee 5 only sides with the Mayor s cause they're in the same district. She usually gets most of his supporters. However, she only won by 20 votes in 2007 when people finally started to see that she is a space cadet. Again, lets not act like e Mayor doesn't have power and make decisions.
OakLawnGuy March 31, 2013 at 02:56 PM
What the heck else is there to say? Hopefully people on both sides are out of bullets. It's gotten to the point where each side simply wants to win, no matter what the issues and promises are.
OakLawnGuy March 31, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Everyone ought to check this out, then dispense with the personal taunts, assumptions and insults. http://oaklawn.patch.com/blog_posts/dont-be-a-dope-stop-the-name-calling
Oak Lawn Gal March 31, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Sorry I just don't buy this story. The mayor walks into the VFW by himself. Bury, John and Andy are waiting for him. Why? To have a pleasant conversation lol? And the mayor just spontaneously starts shouting at Bury and goes nose to nose with her? Cmon! If you believe the 3 of them weren't there to provoke him and get some story or sound bite they could run to the Patch with then I've got a bridge to sell you. No videos of this, no Patch reporter on the spot to see the encounter from start to finish. No independent witnesses. Just 2 guys who hate the mayor and a woman being controlled by Phelan, another hater of the mayor. Seriously? Dr Bury is going to lose this election because of who she teamed up. Jane ran as an independent for good reason. Dr Bury should have done the same. When she loses on the 9th she'll only have herself to blame.
John March 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM
In a fight she probably could
Dennis Weber April 01, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I agree, This whole slate nonsense is just that....nonsense. WE NEED TO START ELECTING PEOPLE WHO ARE QUALIFIED. If we have choices i.e. Independents who are qualified, then we need to vote for them
Change is Coming April 01, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Oak Lawn Gal, Jane and Sandy Bury are Best Buddies! Independent? The whole lot of them are supposedly "Independent". Jane has RECENTLY been to the Bad Boys Fundraisers for Pete's sake!! She's just laying in the weeds hoping EVERYONE will Forget about her sordid connection with the thugs. She was an active member in the WHOLE political upheaval. She was in Deja Brew with the thugs- she left when the Village Officials vs 2 bar patrons rumble broke out! She was with the same thugs at Tim Desmonds Bar in Chicago Ridge when they held, yet AGAIN, ANOTHER secret meeting to form a New Party!! According to a press release issued by the mayor’s attorney, Keri-Lyn Krafthefer—Jane Quinlan, Phelan, Olejniczak and Duhig, who was elected to the village board in 2009, “met in a bar” and formed bylaws of a new group called “Unity Party of Oak Lawn.” Claiming that they were now in control of all the committee’s campaign funds, they sued Heilmann over improperly expending funds raised by the former Unity Party. The lawsuit also alleged that Carol Quinlan was an improper beneficiary of the campaign funds. Their husbands are Cousins for Petes sakes! Before Heilmann transferred funds and dissolved the Unity Party, Jane Quinlan said the mayor offered her $1,000. “I’m not pimping my party for $1,000,” she added. Well she did get a $2500 raise from the thugs! So she made out. Judge Tosses Unity Party Lawsuit Against Mayor ---On Patch
Change is Coming April 01, 2013 at 04:30 AM
PS.She's way too deep into the sleaze! BTW. She was at the Alex O. and Tim Desmond fundraiser----at Tim Desmonds Bar in Chicago Ridge. Very Recently. PSS Sandra Bury's interview with Kadner: Although Bury seems like an earnest, nice, successful businesswoman, she doesn’t hesitate to say that she appreciates the efforts of some of the trustees who are among Heilmann’s worst critics, such as Alex Olejniczak (2nd), Thomas Duhig (4th) and Thomas Phelan (6th), who is not seeking re-election. The only reason she did not form a political slate of candidates with some of them, she said, is that village Clerk Jane Quinlan wanted to run as an independent, and “I didn’t want to run a candidate against her.” But it seems to me that if Bury really wanted to create the appearance of a fresh state for Oak Lawn politics, she wouldn’t embrace those who have helped create the turmoil. http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/kadner/18849992-452/kadner-burys-vision-for-oak-lawn-politics.html Entertaining.
South side Native April 01, 2013 at 03:27 PM
You're running scared...huh
South side Native April 01, 2013 at 03:28 PM
You weren't Oak Lawn girl....so no comment from you ...go Dr Bury!
Nina April 10, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Nice SB is already using profanity. She has no children, no class and we are screwed.
Nina April 10, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Yes Oak Lawn will never be the same
Nina April 10, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Agreed. Cannot wait to tell my kids a foul mouthed eye doctor is our potential mayor. I would rather have Mickey Mouse running this village than that woman.
Nina April 10, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Girl? She does not resemble a girl or a lady with that foul mouth.
Nina April 10, 2013 at 04:39 AM
I will say it too. Not very lady-like!!! and I am not a sexist. I just prefer someone who wants to represent our village not cuss on day one. I have children. We don't need to use profanity to make a point. She wouldn't understand that though, she has no children BUT she is an eye doctor...I clearly see in the future that if she is in office Oak Lawn will NOT be a nice place to raise children
EOMessage December 26, 2013 at 02:43 PM
This vile vindictive woman should not be a Doctor.
jim fletcher December 26, 2013 at 05:32 PM
EOM is Erica Heilmann Stay classy
Pat F January 22, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Didn't this happen like a year ago..Can't people think toward the future and try to help change what's going to happen if they think it's wrong??
EOMessage January 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Change needed is Bury and her cohorts leaving office. THis headline shows that a pig with a gavel is a dangerous thing.
jim fletcher January 27, 2014 at 07:57 PM
Erica a wife and mother should not use such language What kind of role model are you?? I know your husband is a loser but come on now
Pat F January 29, 2014 at 01:16 PM
J Epley...You said "you have no right talking about role models since you are not married and have no kids!" Who died and made you God!! If that's your belief, God help you and your family! EOMessage...you said" a pig with a gavel is a dangerous thing!"Why don't you people grow up and concentrate on current events and problems we're facing now!! This is from an article over a year ago!! Seems to me there must not be anything wrong for that long if you have to bring up a almost year old article??
Honestly IPO January 29, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't said incident happen before Dr. Bury WON the election?? Seriously, I have to agree with Pat F., name calling, spastic posts enough said. I have seen it asked before J .Epley do you take meds for say blood pressure?? Ranting is not going to make you appear sincere or even rational. EOMessage name calling? really? Glass houses people

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