Trustee On a Hot Tin Roof: FBI Launches Criminal Probe Into Roof Bids

FBI subpoenas communications and documents stemming from bid process and selection of contractor to replace Oak Lawn public works building roof. Village officials pledge to fully cooperate with criminal investigation.

Several Oak Lawn village officials were served slapped with federal subpoenas on Thursday after the FBI launched a criminal investigation into possible conract bid tampering.

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Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen confirmed that members of the village board and executive staff, were served at the Chicago law office of the village’s legal counsel.

“We’re cooperating fully with the investigation and turning over all the requested documents,” the village manager said.

The FBI has requested all documents, including meeting minutes, proposals, bid specifications, bids, internal and external correspondence and email communications concerning the bid process and selection of a contractor to replace the roof of the Oak Lawn Public Works facility, said sources familiar with the subpoena.

The village has until Dec. 20 to turn over materials to the FBI.

Questions arose when the $166,085 contract was awarded to Adler Roofing Co. of Joliet, where Oak Lawn Trustee Bob Streit’s brother, Mike, is employed as an estimator.

The two companies that had submitted lower bids were knocked out of the running because they did not provide a start date requested in the bid specifications.

At least one disqualified low-bidder, DCG Roofing Solutions of Des Plaines, has since threatened to sue the village, maintaining there was no such scheduling requirement in the bid specs.

During Tuesday’s village board meeting, Deetjen said that public works directors did not follow proper procedures when assembling bids, nor did they seek out a legal review by the village attorney.

A village trustee also allegedly ordered public works staff to slip a specification sheet into the bid package that Deetjen said was not prepared by the village public works department.

Streit termed the bid controversy a “false issue designed to defame the mayor, me and the roofing company,” in his remarks to fellow board members during Tuesday’s meeting.

He said he didn’t need to recuse himself from voting because neither he or his brother had a financial stake or interest in Adler. Defiant to the end, Streit then “reluctantly” motioned that the village board rescind the contract to his brother’s company.

Oak Lawn trustees also voted to reject all of the other roofing bids.

Thursday’s subpoenas mark at least the second time the village has come under the scrutiny of the feds. requesting all documents stemming from the hiring of the Queery and Harrow law firm after the former village legal counsel was fired in 2009.

Mayor Dave Heilmann has maintained that the village has been under an ongoing federal criminal investigation ever since. Heilmann, who is up for reelection next April, said he was unaware that Streit’s brother worked at Adler and assumed that village staff had vetted the bids when he cast the tie-breaking vote on Nov. 27.

Oak Lawn’s longest-serving village trustee and president pro temp, Streit is the powerful chair of the village’s public works committee and holds the tie-breaking vote backing Heilmann on the village board.

Between 2009 and 2012, Alder is shown to have contributed $2,925 to Streit's campaign coffers. The most recent donation of $500 was made on Sept. 27, according to the trustee's campaign finanace disclosures. Streit has denied that there was any "collusion" to steer the bid to Adler.

Read more Patch coverage of the investigation into roofing bids:

  • New Details Emerge in Roofing Bid Gone Wrong
  • Streit: 'There Was No Collusion' To Award Village Contract to Brother's Firm

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saddayforol December 15, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Isn't it sad and Ironic that Trustee Streit a roofer will be brought down by this roof project bid rigging for his brother and That Mayor Heilmann a Lawyer/Actor is going to be brought down by the speeders fight back t.v. show??
Jack Walker December 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Brewster, do you honestly believe that "rules" regarding Disclosure and Transparency will work? These people couldn't tell the truth if they tried, hard. Who's going to do the background checks, Phelan? lmao
Jack Walker December 16, 2012 at 12:18 AM
That comes to about $700.00 a year in contributions. What about the Phelan crew? How much has he cashed in on? Although I'm sure it's well hidden .
andy skoundrianos December 16, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Hey " Jack " Is that all you can do is slam trustees that voted against the bid rigging by Dave and Bob?? Deflect and Blame, Smoke & Mirrors That's your answer whenever something goes against Dave and his cronies.The voted for this they own it sad to say I think the FBI believes the same thing
Village Snitch December 16, 2012 at 05:13 AM
I bet if the Feds took a look at old uncle Lar's e-mail they would find that he's been pulling the strings on this issue from the beginning. Everyone is talking about "unauthorized documents" as if Uncle Lar checks out every bid package. Did everyone get the same "documents"? If so, where's the beef? I bet the FBI would look at anyone that was trying to conspire to use them as an issue is created. The word in the hall is that Lar and his attorney are beating the staff down constantly trying to get them to tell the story their way. When its over, I suspect it will really be over for some. Just sayin, don't jump to conclusions based on Uncle Lar and Tommy. They've never been honest before.............
James Manning December 16, 2012 at 08:19 AM
And Streit and Dave have???
prophet12155 December 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Please welfare hawk.....don't you remember who tried to push sodaro under the bus....oh yeah.....andy, bob and dennis......whose name was on the front page of getting sodaro kicked off the ballot.......ANDY SKOUNDRIANOS!!!! wonder if andy is regretting listening to streit on that one and knowing that streit was really bothering the signatories on christmas eve......the whole thing was BS.
andy skoundrianos December 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Hey peanut gallery, I don't regret the Sodaro challenge one bit, If you can't even get 50 signatures right ,you don't deserve it anyways. I was not involved in bothering any signators period. Trustee Streit has chosen a new path, one most of his friends and long-time supporters including myself can not follow any longer.
Neighborhood Guy December 18, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Andy, You should regret it because you and your bully friends attacked a good man and now your saying it wasn't you. Just Bob. Wow! You now admit that you had no evidence and went along with it?
andy skoundrianos December 18, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Neighborhood Guy, I attacked no one Once again if you don't do petitions right they get knocked off. I have been involved on both sides of a petition challenge before They are not fun. I think actually getting kicked off the ballot helped Bob's opponent He only lost by 7 votes
Neighborhood Guy December 18, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Andy, What are you talking about? You and your bully friends knocked Dan Sodaro off the ballot. That was your name on the objection, not bob and not Dennis. Now you say you didn't attack anyone. Of course that's an attack and then you followed it up with vicious attacks on sodaro acting like he was some kind of criminal. I see a pattern here
richard fitswell December 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
So glad i live in deerfield....seems pretty crazy on da south side. great reporting patch!
anthony December 18, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I got to admit the postings are really fun 2 analyze 1 guy posts 40%
anthony December 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sir you dont know the half of it :}
prophet12155 December 18, 2012 at 05:37 PM
So Andy....you admit that you had NOTHING to do with bothering the signatories of Sodaro's petitions, yet you let Streit use your name on the front of the challenge? Neighborhood guy.....you've got that right......about saying things about Sodaro and his family, a good family in the city of Oak Lawn. Andy did make it seem like Sodaro was a criminal and was he charged with anything....um, nope. And Andy, yes, you did attack the Sodaro family, by putting YOUR NAME on that challenge, yes you did!
Dawn Sodaro December 18, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Andy, by not doing the actual research yourself, yet putting your name at the top of my husband's challenge, that was attacking someone you didn't even know. Did you actually know that Bob went to our friends' home repeatedly during the holidays, knocking on their doors and asking their children questions? He harassed our friends and their kids and you just sat there blindly and followed him. You believed everything he said and sat in the meetings and laughed. Maybe you should have thought about the "path" Bob was taking then and has taken in the 20 years you have had blind faith in him. Dennis Brennan is no better and maybe even worse. You think that everyone on here is Bob/Dennis, but did you ever think that maybe people just HATE you and think you are an IDIOT because of what you did to my family and friends, for what you stand for and because you spew nonsense out of your keyboard and your mouth? I'm not Bob/Dennis and I can't stand you!
andy skoundrianos December 18, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Ms. Sodaro How do you feel about the Mayor playing footsies now with Bob?? Dave gave $1,000 dollars and wrote a letter in support of Mr. Sodaro now he supports the man who ruined you and your families life!! Is he an idiot as well?? This story is about illegal methods used to rig a bidding process to benefit a trustees relative and who knew what and when not about a trustee race from 2 years ago!! Nice try at deflection though. Maybe Mr. Sodaro should run again in 2 years cause Bob is dead politically...
Andiot December 19, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I think there should be a new term. Instead of calling Andy an Idiot, which isn't nice Dawn, we should call people that act like him an "Andiot". He never gets tired of babbling about himself even though he never had the courage to run like Dan, the Mayor or Bob Streit. But remember, Andiot has spoken!
Moving Target December 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I see that you wrote earlier that the,Trustees unanimously approved the contract!!! Then later you write quote the voted for this they own it sd to say I think the fBI believes the same thing ...end quote IF the trustees unanimously approved the contract, then they ALL own it !! Deflect and Blame~Smoke and Mirrors to you, dirtbag
andy skoundrianos December 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Man you guys must really be scared about the FBI!! The contract approved was not the rigged roofing bid contract. That vote was 4-3 with Dave casting the deciding vote along with Bob. you are just spewing out stuff and seeing what sticks.. I hope you get a good defense attorney you will need it
Dawn Sodaro December 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Let's make a couple of things clear Andy....... First, just because Bob and Dave and Dennis ruined your life or whatever evil thing they have done to you, does NOT mean that my life or my family's life was ruined over an election. Second, I don't know exactly what I was trying to "deflect" from. I understand what the article is about.....underhanded politics and an investigation into a "dirty" trustee and whoever else. We were brought into this, once again, because 49.9999999% of the people who voted April 2011 believed Dan to be the better candidate because of issues such as what the article presents. I am commenting because I am tired of sitting back and letting my name be brought back into the fray without standing by my convictions. And in answer to your question, I'm not very happy about Dave "playing footsies" with Bob, but then again, Dan didn't get that trustee seat now, did he? Maybe you should actually try being honest with yourself and the readers of the Patch and answer some of the questions that have been posed to you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
OakLawnGuy December 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
You stepped over the line with this one, Andy. Speaking of someone's life being ruined is presumptive and arrogant. If you have the IP addresses of Messrs Heilmann/Sodaro/Streit/Brennan and can link them to any of the pseudonyms, then you can fire back. I'm sure you don't.
andy skoundrianos December 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
OLG, Once again I don't really have to explain anything to anyone, Someone attacks me they are getting it back period. Don't care who it is or who it isn't . If you don't think I know who is blogging after being with certain people over the years and have seen them blog before and what names they have used, I have some real cheap land in Florida for Ya. Since you are near the beatty property, I would worry about Dave/Bob/.Brennan plans for the property..
OakLawnGuy December 19, 2012 at 09:53 PM
So you spent how much time with Ms Sodaro to recognize her patter or style? I didn't ask for or expect an explanation, just said you are not in a position to talk to someone's personal existence like that. Nor are you in a position to know exactly who it is writing these comments. That's a fact, you can carry on with your conjecture and the Dave/Bob/Bren stuff, it's boring as heck and carries little weight but if it makes you feel better, rock on.
andy skoundrianos December 20, 2012 at 02:55 AM
OLG Do you think anyone really cares what we say on here?? It's all gotcha politics nobody (except a few people) are not involved with one side or the other. Everyone in Oak Lawn who has a favorite trustee or Mayor or candidate blogs that's why so many fake names are used. I do not, doesn't make me better or worse, I don't care I have personally scene people who I know use fake names on here as I have said before, I don't owe anybody anything and I will continue to call people out when I know who they are. I don't write the stories, or make these politicians on either side do these allegedly illegal acts. But I will comment on them. You comment frequently just like I do..
anthony December 20, 2012 at 05:18 AM
10% of people who vote in Oak Lawn, 40 % watch the meetings not sure of the circulation rates of the newspapers.... good question ..But yea the demographics of Oak Lawn suggest its is a direct mail word of mouth election
Dist. 2 Curious December 20, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I hope the cheap land in Florida that Andy wants to sell isn't Deetjen's home; he's going to be back there soon enough. And, Dan and Dawn Sodaro are wonderful people and extremely solid citizens who have contributed greatly to their community by their work rather than by snarky, rude comments at board meetings. People don't give a rat's *ss if anyone has been going to board meetings for 50 years! Just shooting off your mouth doesn't make you a contributor. Deeds over words, my friend.
andy skoundrianos December 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM
The hypocrisy with you Dist is unbelievable. You were directly responsible for the whole Sodaro business . I know who you are,.the comments that are facts are directed at you and you new best buddy the Mayor. Slam me all you want but your deeds are going to get you in jail my former friend...Also worried about the sweetheart deal you got you best friend and buisiness partner?? Keep it up I love it
Dave W. January 02, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Not everyone that posts has a 'favorite' anything...some of us are only concerned with the welfare of Oak Lawn and the well being of the citizens...our elected officials as a collective group are a sorry lot. At this point, I'm not sure it matters if it is a soccer mom or lawyer that runs, I only want them to not be of a criminal mind and have our best interests at heart, not their own pocketbooks. Andy, in your defense, people can change, and your loyalty should be able to reflect that...however, whatever your actual role in things are or were, you have to own up to that. You cannot be IN the process then claim being OUT of it when you want to put the heat on others. The same goes for others, obviously, as well, but you brought up things and then tried to back away when called on the carpet.
andy skoundrianos January 03, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Dave, unlike most bloggers whoever they are ,I admit who l support and who l used to support. Politicians make deals,I don't . I have not changed positions because of backroom deals and allegiances. Mr.Streit and Mr. Heilmann have. I own everything I say or do.


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