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Heilmann Reviewing ‘Observations’ from Legal Investigation

Mayor calls post-settlement report a waste of taxpayer funds. Questions pending final report's objectivity because of its ties to another Oak Lawn trustee in that it continues to criticize a friend who was once part of village's legal team.

Mayor Dave Heilmann gave a hint of what might be included in the second of two legal investigations into allegations that the former village attorney overbilled Oak Lawn taxpayers and botched major litigation.

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A final report that will most likely never be made public because of a confidentiality agreement tied to with Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney and Preiss, will be submitted to the village board in early July.

voted unanimously in February to accept the settlement and a confidentiality agreement prohibiting village board members from speaking publicly about the terms and details of the investigation.

Wisconsin-based law firm Godfrey and Kahn, that touts white-collar investigations and defense as one of its areas of expertise, brokered the settlement with Tressler. Godfrey and Kahn were hired to following a legal audit by attorney Burt Odelson.

According to the mayor, he received “observations” from Godfrey and Kahn pertaining to him. Heilmann said that the village had to “go through hoops” to allow those mentioned in the report a chance to respond to criticisms and having those responses included as exhibits.

“[Godfrey and Kahn] wouldn’t give us the report to review and then get back with questions which is odd because we’re the client,” Heilmann said, a practicing attorney. “If it took the author of the report two months to draft something then allow someone two weeks to respond. What they were trying to do was give us one day.”

The mayor also questioned the report's objectivity, because Eric Wilson, the lead investigating attorney, is a

Asked if he had concerns about any findings in the report, Heilmann said, “I personally have no apprehension of anything they want to say about anybody.”

Heilmann criticized “accusations” made in the observations . He is now of counsel at the same law firm where the mayor is a partner at Clausen Miller.

Chimenti during most of Tressler’s watch as Oak Lawn’s village attorney between October 2005 and September 2009, before the Tressler was terminated because of mounting legal bills.

The mayor said that Wilson, the attorney leading the investigation, told the village board there was no misconduct that would cause a claim to be filed against Chimenti, whose role as the overseer for Tressler

“The direct statement from Mr. Wilson was they could not dream up a set of facts that would support a claim against Mr. Chimenti,” Heilmann said. “He was never part of the issues with Tressler. This person was repeatedly attacked and included solely because he was a friend of mine. He’s been maligned and dragged through this for years.”

Heilmann said that Chimenti wasn’t even questioned by the Godfrey and Kahn in their investigation of Tressler. Yet the “observations” criticize and question his hiring of Chimenti as a member of the village's legal team. He called the post-settlement report a waste of taxpayer funds.

“They’re writing about Mr. Chimenti in those [observations] and my recommending him and questions about his role,” Heilmann continued. “I would hire him again tomorrow. It really begs the motive behind something like that. These were issues specifically asked by specific board members to be looked at. You can’t use taxpayer funds to settle political disputes.”

Wilson said the final report would be in the village’s hands by July 8. He would not comment who else besides the mayor was provided with “observations.” Trustees are expected to vote on whether to convene a special executive session to hear the report, but with a divided village board and the mayor as the tie-breaking vote, that special meeting may not happen.

Heilmann has long maintained that he encouraged fellow village board members in 2010 to sit down and negotiate with Tressler to get $96,000 in outstanding fees waived without incurring additional legal fees.

The mayor also said that he was troubled by the $16,000 spent on legal costs The subpoena requested all materials related to the hiring of Querrey and Harrow, the firm that replaced Tressler.

Heilmann said that the federal investigation against the village was still ongoing.

“I’m frustrated,” he said. “The residents are being stuck with paying $16,000 to defend a criminal action and the residents didn’t do anything.”

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Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
anthony, I agree with you. On all points. We may not all agree, but if our best, vested interest is in the town, not the person behind a profile name or attacking each other for the sake of attacking, we will at last have a shot at a better future for our town.
QC June 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
cYO WOWWWW!! As you say, "can you say psychitzophrenic? are you a brain surgeon in your spare time to judge people like that?" You are flippin' vile! Get help!
QC June 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM
QC?? No li'l andy, I don't know other shoe. But I sure like his/her posts. What is your obsession with me? I'm flattered that you named yourself after me, but it's kinda creepy!
QC June 26, 2012 at 08:29 PM
DAVE W. FOR MAYOR !!!
Goin' Local June 26, 2012 at 08:59 PM
The people who post consistently on here never have anything constructive or positive to say. I call them habitual complainers. Many are really upset with some personal aspect of their life. Whether it be the wife not giving any respect or attention, not being successful or whatever so beit if its keeping our politicians honest.
Goin' Local June 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
And most not all local smalltown politicains like aldremen and trustees are hlfway decent people. Some aren't. Most are decent but are vilified for example on here. If being publicly criticized is tolerable they stick around. But the smallminds on here who vilify are just that small minded.
Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Oh thanks, QC, now you are going to wind up the peanut gallery again.
andy skoundrianos June 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
No that's because we don't have a stadium that doesn't make any money for the town that built it on the taxpayer backs!!! QC I don't need a fake name to say something to you.. Dave
QC?? June 27, 2012 at 03:10 AM
QC=Dave You continue to personally attack residents,female village officials,trustees,business owners and anyone else that doesn't agree with you. You are a coward,Use your real name Dave, We all know it's you. You have way too much info on executive matters that most residents would never know. Your fascination with Mike Madigan is a little scary. You have more wacky conspiracy theories than Jesse Ventura.I think you are a little creepy??
QC June 27, 2012 at 04:11 AM
cYO, QC??, George White, O.L. Taxpayer, danr, 10910, Whaa Dave???, Wish One snagear = idiotsavants WishOne Einstein
QC June 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM
How do we know andy skoundrianos is andy skoundrianos and you are supposedly George White, .....Tom Phelan aka King of the Narcissists?
QC June 27, 2012 at 04:23 AM
QC??. So your real Name is QC?? LOL We all know that You're li'l andy! WAAAHHH WAAAHHH
QC June 27, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Awwwww li'l andy's upset. Did it ever occur to you that maybe the village board insisted on the confidentiality clause, not the prior attorneys?? And the only people that are at village hall at all times are full-time employees. Most people have other things going on in their lives and as long as he's doing what he needs to do, and was elected to do, now that QC3 have been taken down a few notches what's your problem???
Sandra Bury June 27, 2012 at 04:54 AM
QC, I look forward to the day in the near future when that report is public and the details of the confidentiality clause are appropriately in the open. As far as Mayor Heilmann doing what he was elected to do, what does he do exactly except cause dissent, strife, negative feelings and a few theatrical productions (not talking about the park district here) for the edification of residents? The board does many positive things for Oak Lawn. I'm not so sure Mayor Heilmann does much. Maybe your "close connection" with him would allow you to shed some light on the subject? Your obsession with demeaning Andy is vulgar, bullyish, mean spirited and very telling of the character of the person writing it. In making continued personal attacks and very little discussion on the issues, I don't know how your behavior is any different from the kids who bullied the bus monitor. The difference is they are kids. You know better. It's really not behavior to be proud of.
andy skoundrianos June 27, 2012 at 05:45 AM
QC When have I ever been afraid to say something to you?? I said it to your face at the last board meeting. I could care less what you think Dave but I do love that the massive ego you have can not stand to be criticized at all. I don;t need fake names to call you out Mr. Theater
anthony June 27, 2012 at 07:09 AM
quality control is on a roll.... Must of been promised a bonus...
10910 June 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Ok I'm not trying to bully anyone on here but do you people honestly think anything you say on here will even be considered as a valid "idea" for this town? Cmon, of the Trustees and Mayor who actually read this stuff they probably 1) want a restraining order against most of you 2) think you're all crazy. If you honestly cared about Oak Lawn using these comment boards to ridicule isn't the way. do something constructive. but it must be too fulfilling to see others high-five you or nominate you for Mayor in the cyberworld than to go public. Creepy.
60453 June 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM
LMAO. You nailed it 10910! Being nominated in the cyberworld for Mayor is not going to do anything except pump up somebody who should be out looking for a job rather than running down people that work for our village. Sure, they aren't perfect but at least they are doing something constructive.
Dave W. June 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
See, QC, I told you...thanks for getting me dragged back into this by people who not of what they speak... 10910, I said those very words more than once...nobody cares what the same rotating gaggle of posters numbering maybe thirty(?) say on the Patch boards...or at least one kind of hopes not. You do seem to fail to realize that are in that group, not above it, as you try to angle. Also, since nobody knows who most of these posters really are, they might all be are all NOT be the very elected officials ranted about. If they are, of course, they could very well be some of the people you just called crazy. 10910 AND 60453, being fake nominated on this message board does nothing for anybody's ego, that is just an inane comment. Especially for you, 60453, with your brand new fake profile just for this post...you do not know me, yet you think I need to find a job. I work plenty, and I volunteer and do 'constructive' things. You both posted on here as well, mulitple times for you, 10910...how constructive are YOU being? Have you both found jobs? 60453, you realize the irony of high-fiving 10910 on a post that derides high-fiving in the cyberworld? That is just funny stuff. The constructive stuff those board people (including mayor) are doing seems to create enough of a fuss that national journalist are commenting. None of them have to be evil or even criminal...ineffective is more than bad enough. I don't think the majority of residents really care who is right or wrong.
anthony June 27, 2012 at 08:54 PM
i support Mr Skoundrianos because maybe a year back i saw him working hard to make a bunch of disgruntled shoppers move faster. Than that same night i saw him at the board meeting... Something about priorities...
anthony June 27, 2012 at 09:07 PM
The Public record always counts... The key to defeating abuse or dark secrets is to bring them into the open. If they are not an abuse or improper that one should have nothing to hide... lol @creeps keeping secrets As far as caring i been Schindler talking to not make a big deal out of things for years Not reacting makes things worse I assure you madam the idea is valid and already may be out of thier hands
realtor 4 mayor June 28, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Get real dave w u r basking in the praise and loving all the attention on here that you must not get elsewhere. U revel in it like white on rice. Irritated at not getting that last word mr cyber mayor?????
Dave W. June 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Wow, 'another' person posting with a newly created fake profile...you 'all' have such an obsession with me, yet you are to cowardly to meet me someplace and discuss opinions in person. AGAIN, you ASK somebody a question, then you want to mock the fact that they ANSWER you for 'needing' the last word. It isn't a race, who cares who actually finishes a thread otherwise. What exactly am I basking in? ONE person jokingly saying I should be mayor? Oh yeah...I am TOTALLY reveling in THAT. Attention from one obsessed yahoo with seven different fake profiles? Yep, that is what I live for everyday....got me! By the way...Nice job writing like a texting 13 year old to pretend you are not all the same person. Because THAT is fooling people. Why ARE you so afraid of ME? For the record, I don't eat rice, it is filling.
phakelan 4 himself June 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
uh, didn't you just have the last word mr cyber bully???? frustrated because you don't get any respect from anyone because your so much more superior than them and there jealous????? your in the limelight now so bask in it while you can then karaoke your way out of this jam doofus
QC?? June 28, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Dave don't get mad get even.. with facts Dave's group hates facts
Dave W. June 28, 2012 at 07:12 AM
QC??, if that is true, that is sad. If we all faced facts a little bit more, there wouldn't be so much squabbling. It doesn't matter which group it is, shame on them...the mayor, the trustees, whoever...you, me...although we don't really count, since we can only vote on election day, not at the village meetings. Just hope/wish they would all compromise more and get something done to help the town with the empty stores and such.
liberalsuck June 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM
How is it the mayors fault if there are empty storefronts?that's the most IDiotic thinking ever. How can low level politicians be credited or discredited for empty storefronts?
anthony June 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
the mayor is low level? but yea enough already wait for the next triumph or outrage
QC June 28, 2012 at 07:53 PM
QC?? What are the "Facts"?? Proove them. No one from "your group" has any facts! As a matter of fact none of you (lol) answers any questions either!! I've asked plenty, especially from andy, and never ever get answers, just diatribes against me because I ask questions, I don't care. As andy's mother used to say, "Remember mind over matter I don't mind and you don't matter.” Thank you.
QC June 28, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Ms Bury/andy May I say #1 I was NOT ADDRESSING YOU. In your obvious attempt at Grandstanding (to get votes) why are you using andy? Why is andy letting you use him? No wonder the two of you are getting along. Do yourself a favor and go back and read li'l andy's posts. Don't shoot your mouth off when you know not of which you speak!

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