Odelson Endorses Bury for Mayor

Well-known government and election attorney Burt Odelson sends letter to residents asking them to support Dr. Sandra Bury for mayor, and to retain Jane Quinlan as village clerk.

A strongly worded letter from well-known government and election attorney Burt Odelson landed in Oak Lawn voters’ mailboxes on Thursday, endorsing candidate Sandra Bury for mayor.

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Odelson is best known for challenging Rahm Emanuel’s residency in the 2011 Chicago mayoral election. His law firm, Odelson and Sterk Ltd., provides legal counsel to more than 20 municipalities and school districts throughout the Chicago area.

In his letter dated April 2, 2013, Odelson discusses his 40-year-plus residency in Oak Lawn. He also speaks of being hired in December 2009 to lead an investigation into the billings and practices of the former village attorneys, Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney and Preiss.

Odelson’s firm currently does no work for the Village of Oak Lawn. (Read the endorsement letter in its entrity by clicking on the pdf on the right.)

He claims many of his firm’s findings led to the that “the Mayor’s attorney friends’ law firm paid back to the Village” last year.

Odelson also cites the findings in the “Odelson Report” contributing the contents of written and circulated by Dr. Sandra Bury in her mayoral campaign against

Says Odelson:

“I have been asked many times about the contents of ‘$10 Million Too Late’ and whether or not the claims are true. Most of the contents of the document aren’t my words, or Dr. Bury’s words – they are Dave Heilmann’s words.

“In large part because of my findings, I am strongly supporting Dr. Sandra Bury for Mayor of Oak Lawn, and Jane Quinlan to be retained as Village Clerk.”

Odelson said he sent his letter unsolicited and that he paid for it himself. A source close to the Bury campaign said that 12,000 letters were sent. He also endorsed Jane Quinlan for village clerk.

Read up on the Oak Lawn Village Board candidates in Election Central 2013.

Patch asked Odelson how he obtained residents’ addresses for the endorsement letter?

“I mailed to registered voters homes. Mail houses have these lists and they are routinly used in elections. I have nothing to do with the village government and it is absurd and an insult to ask if I hacked into anything, I mean really obnoxious to say that,” Odelson answered in an email. “I love Oak Lawn and wanted to do something to get it back on track and rid the taxpayers of inept leadership.”

He further praised Bury as a highly respected Oak Lawn doctor who is not “on an ego trip for political gain.”

“This is an extremely rare opportunity to elect a caring, smart, successful and all-around good person to lead this fine village,” Odelson said in his email. “I don’t endorse or get involved with campaigns anymore because by business and family keep me very, very busy but this had to be exception.”


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OakLawnGuy April 05, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Why wouldn't you think people would be appalled? It's bald-faced and as transparent a ploy as anything. Hey, there's that word, transparent.....
Angry Taxpayer April 05, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Let's not forget this is the Attorney that advised the incumbent United Party of Worth Township not to turn over documents requested in a FOIA. How's that for disingenuous?
andy skoundrianos April 05, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Opinions are like..... Everybody has one!!!
Bob April 05, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Andy you didn't think this letter would have this effect. Did you, Burt and Bury write it together. The new three amigos.
andy capped April 05, 2013 at 05:23 PM
No Andy nobody is scared nobody is rattled. The letter is insulting to anyone that knows anything of Burt’s history or anyone that sees both sides of the argument over the village attorneys. Burt does NOT live in Oak Lawn. His business is NOT in Oak Lawn. I would think after the Rahm case Burt would know how residency works! Burt has made a fortune working for various government agencies over the years and most are relieved once they stop working with him. Find the worst employment contracts in town (be it school, village, park district or wherever you want to look) and Burt’s name is on it. I am sure the letter will have its desired effect on some people but I know it makes me want to paint my house red, white and blue and stamp Dave’s name all over it and I know I am not alone. Let me ask you this Andy what would your thoughts be if Dennis Brennan (your former buddy) or Karilynn sent out a letter on Dave’s behalf? Yeah- you would be pissed saying what everybody here is saying.
Rich Kerwin April 05, 2013 at 05:30 PM
An Odelson endorsement of Bury? Seriously? Sounds like Dave got an early birthday present;)
Tyler Durden April 05, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Opinions are like.....an Andy! Everybody has one!!!
oaklawnian April 05, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I'm a good person who is also successful and wants what is best for Oak Lawn, but it doesn't make me qualified to be the Mayor. At least the current Mayor has shown numerous projects that show nothing but growth for Oak Lawn. I feel safe in Oak Lawn due to our police department, so I am fine with spending more money in those areas. I don't know why he chose his running mate for clerk...she seems to have absolutely no experience whatsoever.
Thomas F Sullivan April 05, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I agree...what's in this for Burt? He no longer lives in Oak Lawn...has a residence but does not live here. I feel this is going to help the Mayor and hurt Dr. Bury... TS
Izzy April 05, 2013 at 07:58 PM
How does this story explain who you are married to Blackjack?
Lurkingintheshadows April 05, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Just goes to show ya how someone will try any tactic available to gain a seat in office. Mud Slinging, Hidden partners, feeble attempts at defacing another's image. NOPE, doesn't work for me. Maybe Bury feels a last minute stone throw before hanging it up. Just shows me, even the "Transparency" platform was a false foundation. Makes me want to vote for Mayor Heilmann even more now!!!
OakLawn Res April 05, 2013 at 10:10 PM
The letter was sent out to 12,000 people. Will it have a measurable amount of success on the people who are not as intimately familiar with the wheeling and dealing of Oak Lawn in the past? A vote is a vote no matter where it comes from. Would be a shame.
andy skoundrianos April 05, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Ha Ha you guys are laughable, you are making too big of a deal on this endorsement letter. Then again, maybe it is a big deal
andy skoundrianos April 05, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Waaaah that's what I think Den/Bob Ha Ha
andy skoundrianos April 05, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Yeah Me and Burt are the bestest of buddies??
Laurentine April 05, 2013 at 10:21 PM
All of you seem to be a bit testy about this letter=hum does that mean a bit scared as that's what is sounds like to me. Talk about a last ditch effort! You people are runnin' scared
Southern Girl April 05, 2013 at 10:43 PM
This is how "big" a deal that letter is...when I pulled it from my mailbox and saw the return address as "Odelson & Sterk", I tore it in half and threw it in the recycle bin. I wasn't at all curious as to why Burt Odelson would be sending mail to me.
Mary P. O' April 06, 2013 at 12:29 AM
You mean Bury-Phelan-Odelson's last ditch effort, Laurentine
Honestly IPO April 06, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Ding Dong ..... dinner time? Yes but doorbell again with people spreading lies. I have to admit Bury and company are spending big bucks on paper weight. It doesn't change the fact that "The Facts" are wrong again.
andy skoundrianos April 06, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Ok " jennifer " I know Dave is going to with the fake name blogger vote that's for sure!!!
Keri Lind April 06, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Andy! 9:34 and your not watching the Bulls, Cubs or Sox? Man up dude, it's only an election and your names aren't on the ballot
Bob April 06, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Now that Burt is a big supporter of Burys if she wins with her ethics that would exclude him from becoming Oaklawns legal adviser.You know with her transparency and ethics in the mayors office.That is if she wins but before then she will do anything to win no matter how dirty the politics are.
Honestly IPO April 06, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Poor Andy is everyone who posts a "fake" Dave?? Your candidate and her running mates need to have FACT checkers. Oh I know its a conspiracy, right?? Just the facts without all the "interpretations" might have given a candidate experienced in local government a chance to change the political makeup of Oak Lawn. Misinterpretations will come back and bite whoever feels the need broadly express them. Or maybe its the fact that the words I use you have to look up. Our average voter and resident deserves more credit that you seem willing to provide. Just to clear up any misunderstanding as to whether I am "Dave" I want to let you know I am a 27 year resident of district 1.
Bob April 06, 2013 at 02:22 PM
And bury got the all the time in the world unemployed vote
Oak Lawn resident April 06, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Odelson does not live in Oak Lawn. He owns a house here, but lives in Chicago, downtown Chicago.
Your Name is Mud April 06, 2013 at 08:56 PM
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) I Love This Part. This is the TRUE TOM PHELAN!!! '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)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.' Mayor Dave Heilmann lmao. Caught again Tommy Boy!!!!! THEN CAME ALL OF YOUR STILLMAN CALLS, YOU KNOW THE CALLS ON THE REPORT.
Honestly IPO April 06, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Never ever have I received a mailing of any sort from John Daley till today. Dan Lapinski also seems to have found out I exist! Supporting Bury I now have the answer to where the money is coming from for these extensive mailings.. Question anyone??? How can Jane Quinlan claim she is running as an independent when she has Bury on her mailings and asks us to kindly vote for Bury. Shouldn't a true independent not pick sides??
MYOB April 07, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Jennifer` add Madigan to that list.
Oak Lawn Gal April 07, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Thank God the election is on Tuesday.
Honestly IPO April 07, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Anyone wondering why the democratic powers are so interested in Oak Lawn?? Hmmm what are they getting out of this?


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