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Hurckes Resigns from Village Board

Trustee Jerry Hurckes said he is resigning from the Oak Lawn Village Board, effective Aug. 31.

Trustee Jerry Hurckes, who has served on the Oak Lawn Village Board since 1999, said he is resigning from his position as board trustee effective at the end of this month.

The 1st District village board trustee submitted his letter of resignation to the mayor on Tuesday. Hurckes’ last village board meeting will be Aug. 9, with his resignation officially taking effect Aug. 31.

Hurckes cited time demands as one of his reasons for leaving the village board. He resigned as chief of staff of U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) in 2009 when he ran for mayor of Oak Lawn. Hurckes got his old job back when Lipinski asked him to return in June.

He also said that he did not want the congressional office to be “in the middle of difficult village votes, or the village in the middle of difficult congressional decisions.”

“It has nothing to do with Dan Lipinski when I sit on the village board,” Hurckes said. “No matter how I vote, someone is not going to like it, so there is no reason from someone to take it out on the congressman.”

Hurckes will run Lipinski’s Washington, D.C., and Chicago operations.

“There are 200,000 in the district who have never voted for (Lipinski),” Hurckes said. “I will be concentrating a lot on building a grass-roots organization (in the new areas).”

Hurckes ran unopposed and was re-elected to his third term as the 1st District village board trustee in April.

“The congressman hadn’t talked to me yet so I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue,” he said. “But people told me I was doing a great job so I continued on.”

In his letter, Hurckes said, “I am very honored and privileged to have been able to serve the residents of the 1st District as well as the entire Village of Oak Lawn, and whether you agreed with my views or disagreed I hope you realize I had the best of intentions for the residents and Village of Oak Lawn.”

A new trustee will be appointed by the mayor to serve out the rest of Hurckes’ term through 2013. The village board must also approve the mayor’s appointment.

Hurckes said four people in the 1st District that are interested in the job have already contacted him.

He said in his letter to the mayor and other village officials that he would assist the person chosen to take his place on the board of trustees with whatever he or she needs.

PaulieB August 03, 2011 at 11:25 PM
Jerry, Your a good man, father, and leader. Thank you for your service to Oak Lawn and to the first district. I also thank you for not stooping down to the level of your counterparts on the Village of Oak Lawn Board who attacked you - and keeping a cool head especially as the Trustee in the 6th District went after your income source and indirectly your family. That takes a lot of strength to overcome. Good luck Jerry Hurckes!
PaulieB August 04, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Jerry, Your a good man, father, and leader. Thank you for your service to Oak Lawn and to the first district. I also thank you for not stooping down to the level of your counterparts on the Village of Oak Lawn Board who attacked you - and keeping a cool head especially as the Trustee in the 6th District went after your income source and indirectly your family. That takes a lot of strength to overcome. Good luck Jerry Hurckes!
D August 04, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Well, we will miss you Jerry. You helped so many of us, myself included in the 1st District dealing with SKS Properties, and the Colonial Court Apartments on 93rd and Harlem Avenue. When I called you came ASAP and I truly appreciated all you did for the residents there and in the town of Oak Lawn. God Bless you and your family and all the best to your new endeavors!
andy skoundrianos August 04, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Hurckes has been in politics his whole life, I don't think he is done with village politics yet. If he was so busy, why was he out campaigning against Bob Streit in the 3rd dist?? He was all over Sodaro's campaign with money and 23 ward volunteers for Mr. Sodaro. I don't think Hurckes should have a say in his replacement since The Mayor and him have already made a deal to put in who he wants probably a realtive... This is Chicago ya know!!!
Oak Lawn Homegirl August 04, 2011 at 04:24 AM
It's a shame bitterness prevails when it comes to the Streit/Andy show. What in the world happened to this man that could create such anger exhibited in every posting? If you recall, Hurckes was hand picked by his predecessor. Its an Oak Lawn thing. Besides, it seems only right that the person most familiar with the district should have a say in who would be most likely to maintain the position until the next election. I suspect Andy's boy would want to do the same thing should he decide enough is enough.
Oak Lawn Gal August 04, 2011 at 12:13 PM
I wish Jerry well. To run unopposed the way he did does show that he did a great job for the 1st District. As far as making a deal with the Mayor to put in his choice for successor I guess Andy missed the part about the Board having to approve the appointment. Good luck in your new job Jerry.
Joe Skibinski August 04, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Jerry's decision to step away from the board is a refreshing example of a community leader who has maintained his perspective, understands what's important in life and what is the true purpose of the office he holds. His focus on the needs of his family and the responsibilities of his real career hopefully reminds everyone, particularly his colleagues on the board, that their office is best held in a spirit of civic minded volunteerism. The incessant acrimony, often personal attacks and blatant political gamesmanship is more representative of aspirants seeking to establish themselves in political careers, regardless of the cost to their community. So, this isn't Chicago, Springfield or DC after all. This is once again, Oak Lawn. Jerry's example has reminded all of us that this is home and we are all neighbors. Jerry, thank you for your service. Good luck to you and your family.
Joanne M. Pripusich August 04, 2011 at 03:52 PM
I want to thank-you for all of your kindness toward all of the residents in the first district, I was born and raised in Chicago and I've been a resident in Oak Lawn for the past fourteen years, I chose this Village to raise my four children here, because I believe the school system is amazing, you have worked extremely hard for all of us, you are a kind and loving man, I appreciate all you have done for all of us, you will be missed, I just can't understand the unbelieveble cruelty in the community, so many unhappy people, I thank-you with all my heart, best of luck in your future, kennedy
bowdown August 04, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Joanne you might not feel that way if jerry had YOUR spouse fired.
andy skoundrianos August 04, 2011 at 05:50 PM
People in Oak Lawn have short memories The race in 09 against Hurckes and Heilmann was as bitter as it gets. I worked for the unity party in 09 I saw the dirt pieces both sides put out, so no one is innocent there. The only thing Dave and Jerry have in common is their hatred for anyone who is not with them!!!
andy skoundrianos August 04, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Home girl, no anger just facts and hating the hypocrisy spewed forth by Jerry and Dave's buddies on this site!! I also didn't think it was right when Jerry got appointed without even the appearance of a search in 98 I remember asking clerk Powers and she said " we could do that but, we know who we want" Somethings don't change
andy skoundrianos August 04, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Sorry Stan I call em like I see em Never bitter or angry just the truth which may hurt some people
Merrit August 04, 2011 at 09:58 PM
we will miss you, thank you for the good work
PaulieB August 04, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Jerry, You will be missed! Its funny how regimes change, and Ernie's laster 30 years. Dave Heilmann lasted 5.5 years. Its about LEADERSHIP and INTEGRITY! Great Job!
Sally williams February 04, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Great Man!!! Jerry Hurckes is!!!

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