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Mayor Asks: 'Transparency or Hypocrisy?'

Mayor Dave Heilmann hits back at charges that he is not transparent.

By DAVE HEILMANN

Editor's Note: All local candidates are invited to post opinions, blogs, events and announcements on Oak Lawn Patch. For more information, contact local editor Lorraine Swanson.

Throughout political campaigns residents hear a lot of back and forth and you don't know who to believe.

At the debate the other night I heard multiple references to "transparency." Unfortunately the person making the remarks may not even know that the people she has associated herself with have been the exact opposite of transparent. But don't accept my conclusion. I wanted to give Patch readers one example and the back-up information--including an audio clip and phone records--from which they could make their own judgment.
 

Dec. 15, 2009 - Executive Session

This was the meeting where in Executive Session there was the first board discussion of hiring of “independent counsel” to investigate the overbilling and legal malpractice issues. Trustee Tom Phelan said that whoever it is we hire, whoever does this investigation, it has to somebody “completely independent” and someone not connected to any board member.

Village Manager Larry Deetjen then announced that he had chosen the law firm of Odelson and Sterk and specifically Burt Odelson to do the investigation.

At that time Burt Odelson was the attorney for Community High School Dist. 218 where Mike Stillman had been Board President. Stillman was the lawyer hired to replace our former attorneys. Stillman is now Odelson's partner. Trustee Phelan had two family members receive jobs at Dist. 218.

I objected to Odelson because I did not believe he was independent at all.
What was not disclosed is that Phelan had been speaking to Odelson multiple times in the days leading up to this meeting. In fact, on that day, the day of the Board meeting, phone records confirm that Phelan spoke three times to Odelson.

On the day of the Board Meeting, December 15th, Phelan and Odelson spoke at 9:39 a.m., at 3:30 p.m., and then a third time at 5:04 p.m., just two hours before the board meeting. None of these calls were disclosed.

Immediately after Phelan hung up with Odelson he called three trustees and then the clerk.  (Slcik on the attached phone records)

Listen to the reaction of Trustee Phelan to when I objected to Odelson's hiring. (Listen to attached audio by clicking on the video on the right. Warning graphic langauge)

He wanted someone 'independent of my bias and bullshit", yet never disclosed that he was on the phone with that person three times that very day.

I want to be clear why I would send this in. Because these records and this audio are not my opinions or interpretation. It is evidence, information, verification, call it what you like, of what actually happened. I am very tired of hearing people lie.

The records further revealed Odelson had more than 85 calls with Phelan over the next five months including at 10 p.m. after a board meeting.

Odelson billed the Village for his time through the end of January 2010. Many of Phelan's calls were not included on that bill. He then worked on this for another year and for some reason didn't submit a bill. If he had submitted a bill we then may have seen all of those calls with Tom Phelan.

You can draw your own conclusions from this.

Transparent?


JOHN WELDON April 05, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I think Dave is a LITTLE worried . Burt is a very well respected attorney & an expert in municipal law, not like our current mayor. Heillman must be shaking in his boots with Burt's endorsement of Dr. Bury. Heillman should take up ACTING full time.
BdBl April 05, 2013 at 06:22 PM
All I had to do was watch the first 2 min of Burys "debate" - yikes - she is not even close to mayoral material. Perhaps Saturday night live would be a better fit.
wacky times April 05, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Dude...you smoking something..??? You can't see that neither of these two are qualified...? Bury is knee deep in this and to think otherwise goes to show the total lack of sense that is prevailing in this circus...And she is in it with 6th district Tommy
SouthernGirl April 05, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Phelan is running for mayor in the person of Sandra Bury. Everyone knows he's pulling her strings. Anyone who doesn't acknowledge this is either oblivious or....Andy
MIKE April 05, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Who needs cable TV when you have the OL Patch
NotRightForMayor April 05, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Andy - at some point you need to make a concrete point. You're such a dork. Your "Dave fans" comments are old and pointless. Your "Dave's buddy, Bob" comments are old and pointless. Your "Ooo, Dave must be scared" comments are old and pointless. The one thing that greatly stands out about you is that whomever you endorse ends up being truly disliked!! Don't link Heilmann to this even though you were a supporter of his because you're tied in with the people Heilmann left. He left them. Not the other way around. He broke away after the Q&H backroom sweetheart deal. I know his former running mates have made you feel like you're sitting at the cool kids table, but they're not good for the village. Regarding your question in reply to a comment ("I forgot is Phelan running for mayor?? Is he running for trustee?? I didn't think so Dave is desperate"), Phelan is RUNNING Bury's campaign. Heilmann's opinion is that Bury hasn't done her homework and dug deep enough to find out that her campaign manager is a narcissist who can't stand anyone who goes against him. Phelan is a controlling menace who would be pulling Bury's strings and doing his bidding. THAT'S the point Heilmann is making. She's aligning herself with someone who is helping her out of pure revenge based on his comment from his "farewell" letter. What's your response to this? Is it possible to have your questions ended with only ONE question mark???????????
Honestly IPO April 05, 2013 at 08:07 PM
myOL Andy hasn't disappointed! LOL Opps another Bury for mayor sign has disappeared from my street. Keep talking Andy lol
Honestly IPO April 05, 2013 at 08:08 PM
He He ...... Burts wife owns house in Burr Ridge.
andy capped April 05, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Andy - we already "got" three of her running mates. So I guess I agree with you Andy a new clerk, new trustee in 2 and a new trustee in 4 and things will certainly get better.
andy capped April 05, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Andy- Funny because I cannot find a "senior citizens" name on your property tax bill but I see the exemption. How old are you Andy?
andy capped April 05, 2013 at 09:10 PM
No, his puppet is.
proudnana April 05, 2013 at 09:20 PM
All of this back and forth really is getting old. Here is the deal folks.....Vote for the person who you think will do the best job. Don't vote for someone because you like someone else in that party. We have all seen what happens when parties fall apart. No one knows who will win each position, but if we all vote for the right people, we give ourselves the best chance to move on and put this bashfest behind us.
OakLawnGuy April 05, 2013 at 09:42 PM
You think it can't get worse, think again. That's a terrible reason to vote for or against someone.
Switters April 05, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Props to Heilman for posting this. The voters of Oak Lawn need to examine the behavior of this guy and decide whether he best represents the interests of the village. That sort of language should not be tax-subsidized.
andy skoundrianos April 05, 2013 at 10:24 PM
These so called " facts " from a coward who won't use his name don't mean a thing. I just am trying to remember which one of the Dave hacks you are.
Joe Citizen April 05, 2013 at 11:24 PM
This is my single entry into the ugliness on this blog. I am dumbfounded how this race might be close after our fine town’s reputation has taken such a beating over the years. Admittedly this comes from Dr. Bury’s mailings, but how can we ignore that the December 12, 2012 Sun Times Sun Times reported “FBI investigating Oak Lawn Roofing contract with firm connected to Trustee”. How can we ignore our very own Oak Lawn Patch’s December 11, 2012 comment “Oak Lawn Worse Than Cicero”. OAK LAWN WORSE THAN CICERO!! Is anyone awake out there! We are being compared to Cicero and the FBI is investigating us! It begs the question - Whose watch is this all taking place under? It is not lost on me that today the athletic director of Rutgers lost his job because of the actions of his coach Mike Rice. When things go bad it is fundamental, and we need to do the right thing. Those in charge need to go. I watched the debate the other night. Clearly our present Mayor has a great show presence (which you would expect from an actor and a lawyer), but even with all of his savvy, I personally am unable to lose sight of who has been running the show that has earned our town the above disheartening headlines. Folks, we need to get our good name back. I love my town and hope that on April 9 everyone remembers what Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"
Mary P. O' April 06, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Andy, Why are you looking on the voter list? You and all of Your "Fake Bloggers" know who you are. Your Evil Twin has ALL the names of people that have Heilmann-Moran signs in their yards, and has hacked into the village systems for Phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the OL Residents. So tell me.....Why is it that Sandy Bury, Jane Quinlan, T Duhig, and Alex O. Aren't the least bit CONCERNED about the possibility of IDENTITY THEFT OF THE RESIDENTS OF OAK LAWN...this time around? In the last Election Jane wrote a letter and sent it out to Seniors (only in CERTAIN Districts, mind you, NOT ALL the districtsI guess she didn't care about the other seniors in the Village,) She then Rented Stony Creek clubhouse for a TOP SECRET meeting, for the senior residents of OL that received her Letter instilling Fear. So whats different this Time? They were ALL, including Phelan involved in this Breach of TRUST!!
andy skoundrianos April 06, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Hey Jeanie that sounds exactly like Dave's tired talking point ( false by the way ) did you copy his dirt piece literature word for word??
andy skoundrianos April 06, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Mary it's called the internet maybe you have heard about it??
andy's full April 06, 2013 at 05:16 PM
andy skoundrianos 10:31 pm on Thursday, February 14, 2013 Bob switched sides I never did besides he had the " power " as you call it before with the other 3 trustees from 2009-2012. Ah whats that you say Andy? Streit, Phelan, Oly and Duhig' had ALL THE POWER FROM 2009- 2012?' Seems to me that's when things got real bad in OL. But everything that happened during that period has been Daves fault? Run for Help now Andy!!!
davesgone April 06, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Hey AF, do you have amnesia like Dave and the rest of his lemmings?? All those guys used to be with Dave, they all left him, well Bob came back when he needed to get his brother a no-bid contract from the village which Dave voted for
MYOB April 07, 2013 at 03:55 AM
MIKE~ SINCE YOU DON'T LIVE HERE, why are running your mouth off?? NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU THINK.
MYOB April 07, 2013 at 04:10 AM
You mean like yourself, Tom?? Posting as a coward who won't use his name ???? The difference is, I know which one of the Bury hacks you are!!
Oak Lawn Gal April 07, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Sandy's first mistake was aligning herself with a thug like Phelan. Her second mistake was running a negative campaign attacking the mayor with Phelan's talking points and discovering too late that all people really wanted to hear was her concrete plan for Oak Lawn's future.
MIKE April 07, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Oh MYOB but I do live in Oak Lawn and my Wife and I will be voting on Tuesday. I agree with you that no one cares what you or I think. Most people come on the patch for a laugh.Oh wait MYOB looking at your respones to my post I guess I have one person who cares about whatt I think. YOU!!!!!! LMAO!!!!
andy skoundrianos April 07, 2013 at 05:31 PM
What's Dave's plan? More of the same? No thanks
law abiding citize April 07, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Andy do you have any life at all? When did they put a Greek on the payroll? All you do on here is bitch and moan. Dave is current and future mayor because he is liked. Get over it! Take bury and phelan for a run you all need it. Why do u live here if you hate oak lawn? No one likes phelan he is so stupid and needs feds to investigate him and bury for their activity.
Dana Pyzik April 07, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Let's not pick on Andy. Right or Wrong, Crazy or Sane, Agree or Disagree, the man has passion for what he believes. I just wish all people would have a little of his passion for politics and actually get to the polls on Tuesday and VOTE!!!
Honestly IPO April 07, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Anybody running a write in campaign? Target and Home Depot no taxes?? HMMM Lies about Christ paying water bill?? Can't be on the turn off list if you have never paid a bill in the first place. Bill has to be in your name!! How many aunts, uncles sons and daughters not to mention wives have "public service jobs"??? Public Safety?? How about closing trauma better yet move it!! So called problematic people are there ALL THE TIME 24/7. How about no more closed door meetings EVER! I am voting for the lesser of 2 evils and the one connected to Madigan, Lapinski, Daley and Phelan is not my choice.
andy skoundrianos April 08, 2013 at 01:23 AM
As a proud first generation Greek-American I'm actually happy to say I love Oak Lawn I love my Greek heritage I love that my mother and father taught not to take a back seat to bigots like yourself you coward Ellas!!!

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