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Melissa Moran Announces Run for Village Clerk

Mayor Dave Heilmann touts running mate Melissa Moran's integrity in pushing platform of development and public safety on April 2013 ticket.

Perhaps Melissa Moran’s strongest qualification as a potential member of the Oak Lawn Village Board is her experience dealing with first-grade behavior.

The St. Germaine first-grade teacher made it official last week by announcing her candidacy for village in the upcoming April 2013 election,

In a press release, Heilmann said Moran would be an asset to the village and that her integrity is beyond reproach.

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“People are very concerned about the fighting,” her running mate, the mayor said. “I believe that Melissa is a very bright individual. She is teaching children and focusing on the values you want your children to be raised with here in Oak Lawn.”

The daughter-in-law of former Oak Lawn fire chief, Tom Moran, Melissa and husband, Marty, are the parents of 13-year-old twin boys and a daughter, 9.

“I grew up in Chicago, but I’ve been with my high school sweetheart since we were 15,” she said. “He was an Oak Lawn resident. That being the case I spent as much time in Oak Lawn as Chicago.”

This is Moran’s first time running for public office.

“It was a time consuming process to decide if it was the right decision for my family,” she said. “For years my husband and I have been unhappy with the things happening in Oak Lawn. We support the mayor. Things weren’t moving with the vision that he had. It was the perfect opportunity to help move the mayor’s vision along.”

Moran said with the village clerk being the only full time position on the village board, it was important for the mayor and village clerk to work as a team.

“They’re not working together,” Moran said of Quinlan. “They’re on opposite ends. She’s not supporting the mayor. For me, I believe that in order for the Village of Oak Lawn to be at its best, the mayor and the clerk need to work together.”

Moran said residents need to be able to count on the village clerk to relay their messages to the mayor or trustee. 

The Queen of Peace High School grad holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in secondary and elementary education from Saint Xavier University. Moran currently teaches first grade at St. Germaine School.

“They are like little sponges. They have so much desire to learn anything you present to them that they want to learn more,” Moran said of her pupils. “They’re a wonderful audience to share what I know. They’re thrilled to be in school.”

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Moran is actively involved with her parish as well as volunteering her time for a number of community activities. She’s been an assistant coach for Oak Lawn Girls’ Softball, a special recreation program volunteer, teacher mentor, a past Green Team member, and volunteered at Alvernia Manor Nursing Home.

Development and public safety top her list of concerns, as does the mayor’s.

“Especially now with the recent activity in Oak Lawn,” Moran said. “I want to remain in Oak Lawn with my family. We purposely moved to Oak Lawn and I want my children to be able to come back to the community.

“It’s necessary for these changes to happen if that’s going to the case,” she added.

Heilmann said that residents needed to receive a “positive response” when coming to the clerk’s office.

“You need one vision to put forward and work together,” the mayor said. “Not working against and excluding the mayor from secret meetings, and filing lawsuits against the mayor.”

Heilmann was referring to two informational forums held by Quinlan and four village trustees two years ago when it was discovered that signatures on a petition to change the village manager form of government had been forged. Not all of the trustees nor the mayor were invited to those forums.

Quinlan was also part of a lawsuit against the mayor to recoup remaining campaign funds from the former Unity Party war chest, the slate Quinlan ran on with Heilmann in 2005 and 2009. That lawsuit got tossed over the summer.

“Those are the things that pull you away from the bigger issues for the good of residents,” the mayor said.

Contact Melissa Moran at melissamoran4clerk@gmail.com for more information about her campaign.

OakLawnGuy October 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Neither side has started their respective campaigns in a positive fashion, and especially with the contentious presidential election coming up, it's pretty disappointing.
HIJ October 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not say that public safety tops the list of the Mayor's concerns. I have called it to the attention of the chief of Police in Oak Lawn as well as our Village Manager that children have to walk in the street because cars are allowed to park blocking the sidewalks and parkway on many of the corner houses in this Village. I was told they don't ticket the cars because it is a "political thing" that the Mayor does not want the cars to be ticketed even though it is against the law to block a public sidewalk with your vehicle. They don't want to go against the Mayor so the children's safety comes after the politics. If someone owns a corner home and their garage is such that it is more convenient to park your car blocking the sidewalk as well as the parkway it is more important than the safety of our children.
andy skoundrianos October 08, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Plain and simple Jane is the best clerk Oak Lawn has ever had Dave has nothing on her so he makes stuff up. The clerk does not vote. She is the villages best advocate,Jane goes to every event She has continued her education to become a certified municipal clerk, the first in Oak Lawn's history by the way, She is working on becoming a municipal master clerk, one of only 175 clerks in all of Illinois. That is something to be proud of. I can honestly say that after meeting many board members through my 20 years of going to meetings,no one is more hardworking,truthful and caring than Jane Quinlan. Oak Lawn should be proud to have a great public servant such as Jane Quinlan.
District 666 Resident October 08, 2012 at 08:53 PM
But let's face it A.S. you haven't liked any of the trustees or mayors the village has had since you starting watching about 20 years ago (if I remember what you said before).
CAJ October 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Why is it that everyone who participates in their parish, coaches a sport or, in Mrs. Moran's case, all of the above plus being a teacher, thinks they're qualified for public service?
andy skoundrianos October 09, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Not true I thought Steve Rosenbaum was a good trustee,Bob Streit,Tom Phelan,Alex, Tom Duhig all have been trustee I have liked. There has only been 2 mayors and clerks in the last 20 years!! By the way I used to back Dave remember?? I saw the light, the way he treated the clerk and his fellow party members. Jane deserves a medal for putting up with Dave's garbage all these years
Oak Lawn Gal October 09, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I like Jane. I have had some interactions with her in the past and she's been responsive and helpful. While I don't believe the mayor is the devil incarnate, I do like the fact that Jane followed her conscience regarding the bogus signatures on the petitions. I think she very well may be the only sane person who attends the village board meetings.
OakLawnGuy October 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Ms. Quinlan has done a bang-up job as Clerk, no question. She's also engaged in politics, so she's not at all innocent of those shenanigans.
Rich October 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I can't agree with CAJ's comments about qualifications in regards to Mrs. Moran. I'm not sure what credentials are needed to be a suburban politician ? Any resident of Oak Lawn who has any degree of common sense and can make logical decisions based on what their job functions are seems to me " qualified ". It's not like a state or federal job where you build a resume and run on past performance. I do commend Jane Quilan though for continuing her education around her profession. That shows a lot of committment to the people of Oak Lawn.
OakLawn DESERVES THE REAL TRUTH October 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
We the taxpayers are paying for her education and seminars. She also had no prior experience at the government level. She hasn't been going to school because of a thirst for knowledge.
OakLawn DESERVES THE REAL TRUTH October 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
The whole board is involved in the same activities. Civic mindedness?
OakLawn DESERVES THE REAL TRUTH October 09, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I think teaching 5 year olds doesn't qualify her either since 5 yo.s are more mature than this board. I wonder if she knows of any pre school or day care teachers that would be available to run. 2 year olds have more integrity than this board.
Rich October 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Who on the board of trustees { including the current mayor } had " government level experience " before they were elected to positions in Oak Lawn ? Does that mean you do not think Jane Quinlans opponent should be running based on her lack of " government level experience " ? How do you know what Ms. Quinlans " reasons " for going to school are ?
OakLawn DESERVES THE REAL TRUTH October 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Take a chill pill Rich. No need to attack. I would assume that she is going to school, since she had no prior experience, because the taxpayers are paying for it and she can put it on a Resume. (It also helps to use it as an excuse to play hooky from work.) ha ha, Rich And how do you know her reasons?
Rich October 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I'm fine. No attack on my part. I just asked three questions { two of which you chose not to answer } . To answer your question . As far as Jane 's reason for going to scholl, I have no idea. You are the one who seemed to know based on your comment that obviously now that you admit not knowing had no substance.
CAJ October 09, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Whatever.
District 666 Resident October 09, 2012 at 07:49 PM
The mayor was a park district trustee and he was the Township Highway Commissioner. I don't know about the rest but I think Duhig worked for the Sheriff
OakLawn DESERVES THE REAL TRUTH October 09, 2012 at 09:01 PM
{Rich} A. Heilmann, B. No, C. Not deliberately
OakLawn DESERVES THE REAL TRUTH October 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Question. Should village Clerks be involved in Politics? Should they side with one party over another, or should they be neutral? Also should they be spreading information to one side, but not the other? Should they be giving out "confidential/inside information" to opponents? Should they spread rumors? Last question, should they gossip about village business with outsiders? Just askin...
Quiet Neighbor October 09, 2012 at 11:51 PM
It is a good question. In Mrs. Moran's case one of her motivations for running is to support the Mayor as well as serve Oak Lawn. I don't know how anyone who holds the position isn't going to take a side in their head, but as far as actions, they should just do their job right? Even board members agree and disagree. As far as I know, the clerk position really shouldn't offer any opportunity for political activism, outside of leaking information, not to opponents but to outsiders. I think that any member of any board would agree that if there is some issue it's better to settle it amongst themselves instead of trying everything in the court of public opinion. I know there are cries for transparency but I don't believe that the transparency needs to go as far as "The Mayor had a roast beef sandwich on rye with a side salad for lunch today", and that transparency should be presented by the board as a whole not through gossip by anyone to those outside the ranks. The clerk as stated is a full time position, every job I've held you would get canned for things far less than actually leaking confidential information. There is sometimes confusion though because things that may sound like they aren't public are part of the public record and fair game. Even if it is "legal" there are obvious ethical questions. I do like Loyalty though. Giving out info to hurt someone on the board may work but in the long run everyone loses, everyone. Thanks for a good question Real Truth.
Dave W. October 10, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Rich, I would go even further and say that any resident of Illionois with those same characteristics should be qualified for those county, state or even federal jobs. I mean, really, is there SO much evidence that the people America has elected to Congress, with a near-single digit favorability rating, done ANYTHING to mae them irreplaceable? What common sense or logic do they show except in how to pad their pockets at our expense?
Dave W. October 10, 2012 at 07:04 AM
I agree also, and have wondered why this is even a question...I might not understand the role of clerk, but it does not seem a position that a 'side' NEEDS to be taken. In fact, it really seems a job where NO side should be taken...AT ALL. If anybody can tell me the upside of a politically 'active' village clerk, I'm all ears.
Jim Hubert October 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
This might be a strange question to some of you, but who is the king and why is he being discussed more than either candidate?
Jim Hubert October 10, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I would think that the County Clerk would actually be more knowledgable regarding the Rules and Responsibilities, than the Village Clerk would. IMO
CAJ October 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Should they gossip about village business with oustsiders? Yes, that is a fair question. My thought would be no, if for no other reason than to avoid possible trouble down the road. It might not be ethical to gossip, but I don't believe there is anything on the books which forbids clerks from doing it, like lawyers and doctors being forbidden from discussing their client's and patient's business. But I'm sure it happens, if the person has a trusted confidant. And there's always pillowtalk...
why so bitter? October 10, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Where oh where in Ms. Moran's announcement does she state or imply she does not think for herself or stand for ethics, where does she turn into attack mode, where is the blind devotion to the mayor??? Because she wants to be part of team that brings the best to Oak Lawn and to its residents? Maybe I'm wrong but working together does not mean working with one mind. You do not have to have the same opinion on everything, people can have different ideas about how to get to the end result, but to me its about working TOGETHER for the betterment of the community, and that takes respect and communication, not what we've been getting around here! And because she is a teacher or participates and volunteers and helps the community around here, that's a bad thing! Yes, we TOTALLY need people running the Oak Lawn government who don't care about the future or our community, its people... really makes sense!! Maybe that's the "government level experience" that's talked about.
CAJ October 10, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Quote - "Where oh where in Ms. Moran's announcement does she state or imply she does not think for herself or stand for ethics" - end quote. Do you really think she'd put that in a press-release if true? Mrs. Moran in her press release is quoted as saying "we (her husband and her) support the mayor". She's also quoted as saying “They’re not working together,” Moran said of Quinlan. “They’re on opposite ends. She’s not supporting the mayor. For me, I believe that in order for the Village of Oak Lawn to be at its best, the mayor and the clerk need to work together.” You asked where she implied blind devotion. Does her above quote imply blind devotion? No, not really. But it's fair to concede that some would see it that way given that she said she supports the mayor and that both offices need to work together. Sure, Mayor Heilmann and Mrs. Moran are buddy-buddy right now, but that can all change if he's re-elected and she's elected.
why so bitter? October 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM
So when you support someone or work together with someone, apparently you become the "puppet" and blind devotee of the person....interesting..... What's so bad with working together, if both parties have a common goal, to do what's best for the community? You may not like everyone you work with or agree with everything people you work believe (I know from personal experience) but in any environment, whether it be in business, government, etc, people need to WORK TOGETHER TO SUCCEED. So yes I do believe it is unfair to characterize Melissa Moran this way. Animosity, back door meetings and sneaky tactics have not worked well thus far, just a point.
Mary P. O' October 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
District 666 Resident I've just read the posts from qc above and from what I see the 56 ballots numbers are quotes from within the articles themselves by the Cook County Clerks office and the ray hanania column. It doesn't appear he just made the numbers up.
Rubik's Cube October 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM
District 666 Resident ~ Do you really think that you have everything figured out and all tied up nice and neatly? FYI the County Clerk runs the elections. The Village Clerks job is to report to the county Clerk, to verify that the information that the County received is correct. That is why the packet, containing the CD, maps etc. was sent to the Village Clerks, for verification. As village Clerk it was Ms. Quinlan's duty to verify the information provided by the County Clerk. End of story. How do you know how many people did or did not vote in the wrong race? Plenty of voters were sent to Dist.6 where there was no race at all, and Dist.3, 4 and 5 were mishandled along with Dist. 6. It's a shame that it happened and there's a lesson to be learned from it. Do what you are required to do, without short cuts. P.S. And by the way, your moniker says it all.

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