Oak Lawn Elects First Woman Mayor

Sandra Bury beats two-term Mayor Dave Heilmann in stunning upset by 754 votes.

Oak Lawn voters made history on Tuesday by electing the first woman to serve as mayor.

Challenger Sandra Bury captured 53 percent of the vote to Dave Heilmann’s 46 percent in a stunning upset victory over the two-term mayor.

Bury took the lead out of the box by a handful of votes when the first returns came trickling in 45 minutes after the polls closed. She was down by just two votes when the second returns came in, then soared ahead where she remained for the rest of the evening.

The atmosphere inside the Stony Creek Golf Complex, where Bury awaited returns with her 93-year-old father, Bruno Bury, was giddy as the 51-year-old optometrist took it all in.

“It’s humbling to have this great honor,” Bury said. “I’d gone into it hoping to make a statement and the people are the ones that made that statement. I’m so proud of the people of Oak Lawn.”

Bury may have received a weekend bounce from Village Clerk Jane Quinlan’s endorsement. Quinlan distanced herself from her fellow village board members by running as an independent.

The popular village clerk was retained for a third term, swamping Heilmann’s running mate, Melissa Moran, winning with 66 percent of the vote.

Bury said she never felt beaten down during the hard-fought, often negative mayoral campaign.

“The people in Oak Lawn recognized what was going on and supported me in this great way,” she said. “For those who didn’t vote for me, I’ll work just as hard for them and hope to prove them wrong, so that they’ll see the great potential of this community.”

The mayor-elect had nothing but warm wishes for Heilmann.

“I wish him and his family the very best,” Bury said.

Larry April 13, 2013 at 02:47 PM
How did the Cubs get into this conversation??? They suck!!!
Linda April 14, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I heard 30%. 20% last municipal election. That is a 50% increase of voters over last time.
MIKE April 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Who made u Patch Boss ????? If your done with the topic dont post anymore.
John April 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Let see if the new mayor hires the law firm that donated to her campaign
Phree April 22, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Two weeks and still commenting, if you don't like it MOVE! The future of our village isn't solely the responibility of the "mayor", residents play a large part. Stop typing, go outside and get involved, most of all VOTE.


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