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.

andy capped April 11, 2013 at 01:02 AM
I agree you must be hallucinating. I am sure you have lived in fear of dave for years over your imaginary parking issue (that's sarcasm-sorry you seem a bit slow). SB are you Andy? This is the kind stupid crap he is usually talking about.
andy capped April 11, 2013 at 01:04 AM
watch it joe i think andy has dibbs on this one!
DC April 11, 2013 at 01:09 AM
So....BD, stealing our money is not a valid concern?? If that is the typical davie supporter mentality, then I am more sure now than ever that her being elected was the right choice!
Bd April 11, 2013 at 01:16 AM
No, stealing our money is a concern. We give Bury the benefit of the doubt because she is new to this level of political life. In other words, by your logic, Bury's greatest asset is her inexperience. So, is that what you mean to say? That Oak Lawn will be a better place because of Bury's inexperience and the assumption that she is not on the take?
andy skoundrianos April 11, 2013 at 02:14 AM
thou doest protest too much ac??
Andyneedsajob April 11, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Like "Disability" Andy.
andy skoundrianos April 11, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Hey Dave lemmings did your guy lose?? I forgot Sad days for Daves fan club maybe you guys can get cheap seats for his plays now.
andy skoundrianos April 11, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Do I get paid every time I get mentioned?? Just wondering Does it have to be a real person attacking me to get paid?? lets see andy capped,andyneedsajob,sandyluvsandy,andyluvssandy,andydisabled, i forgot the other ones How bout this one winning
anthony April 11, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Heard she said she would reduce or eliminate the exit fee for selling a house in OL ... Property values should go up...
DC April 11, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I'd rather assume and give her a chance, then continue with a sure thing! All the Davey supporters have only bashed her and talk about the poor job she may do. However, none of you addressed the fact that Ex-mayor is a criminal. He had his shot and took advantage of the good citizens in this community. He lied, cheated and stole.....but you still support and defend. Well, I guess there are none so blind as those who will not see. You guys defend your criminal, I'll encourage and support change and a fresh start!
its over April 11, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Let's hope Oak Lawn returns to civility. This is a great community with so many positives. I hope the future shows positive change, not the petty fighting that we have seen. As a Village, some of us lost and some of us won. Let's put Oak Lawn ahead of personal agendas, at least for now.
Bd April 11, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Hey dc, check the messages. You're the one talking Dave. You're supporting my point that the Bury voters have bought into a lazy and all-too-familiar narrative about a fresh-faced candidate ready to bring a novel perspective but curiously ambiguous perspective to government despite being backed by career politicians and their considerable coffers. Seems to me Bury was so busy talking about transparency she forgot to actually be transparent. I have no idea what she intends to do as mayor or how. I give you the opportunity to talk Bury, and you squander it again. Surely there must be a Bury voter out there who understands why they voted?
Ron April 11, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Good luck to the new Mayor of Oak Lawn. If only Jane would have got voted out of office. It would have been nice to get some fresh blood in her office. Maybe she thinks Oak Lawn is the city of Chicago and she can keep her office for 20 plus years.
DC April 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM
BD.....you can keep changing the subject to hide your candidates flaws. I understand, if I was a davey sheeple I would not want to have to defend him either. I would just criticize and change the subject like you. Smoke and mirrors....daveys politics!! LOL
Bigwomangettingbigger April 11, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Dave Heilmann is an attorney. If there is criminal conduct, why has he not been charged? Why is he allowed to continue practicing law? Because none of the accusations are true. Congratulations Oak Lawn. We are now firmly in control of the Madigan political machine.
andy capped April 11, 2013 at 04:12 PM
andy-The checks are being sent to daveisgone. What did you win?
prophet12155 April 11, 2013 at 06:16 PM
anthony....hopefully that is true.....i think a lot of people would love to be able to move and it is a huge fee that is put into place to move in and to move out of oak lawn. it shouldn't be that hard to move out if you want to!
prophet12155 April 11, 2013 at 06:17 PM
hey! thanks joe wilson! and andy capped......i think NOT!
Just saying April 11, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Just saying April 11, 2013 at 07:20 PM
First she will have to close down ALL the random business where a crime happened to take place. She blamed Heilmann for those crimes and not closing the businesses. Like he had anything to do with them. Just stupid! But the Puppet master is happy. They let these down state guys in and now just watch the end is near. You will be sorry.
CAJ April 11, 2013 at 11:40 PM
And Patch lets two insulting, degrading comments from "God Help Us" and "faces of ol" about these two women pass?????? And my original response slipped through the cracks? "Journalism" at its finest.
Mary P. O' April 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
I agree Oak Lawn Gal. They'll all be busy little Bees initially, singing kumbai ya and playing nice for the residents. They'll al have specific duties (orders) to put as much over on Sandra ASAP. Not having the experience and listening to Phelan, shes the shill and won't even know it! All of the "friendliness" won't last long though, you can count on that. Gut feeling is Phelan will be singing to the FBI about Streit and what he knows about Bob and his dealings, to help himself of course. On the other hand Phelan was thick as theives with Streit, until recently, and I'm sure Tom's own hands may be even dirtier than Bob's. And they'll get dirtier yet, with Carberry and Madigan et.al in the mudpile. God Help... Oak Lawn.....Worth Township....Orland Park....Justice...Alsip and on and on. Greed knows no bounds.
andy skoundrianos April 12, 2013 at 01:02 AM
The election is over lets get on to something else like how much is Advocate going to pay the village in impact fees??
joseph levitch April 12, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Why is that business that already bring money to communities are the answer to continued waste of tax dollars in the spending sprees of politicians. If the elected officials would stop spending and wasting our money, businesses would stay in the townships.
Larry April 13, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Well put Michael. We don't need another "song and dance" in our town.
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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