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VIDEO: Mayoral Candidate Forum Opening Statements

Watch Dave Heilmann's and Sandra Bury's opening statements from Tuesday's mayoral candidate forum before it hits the airwaves on Ch. 4.

Catch a video preview of Dave Heilmann's and Sandra Bury's opening statements from Tuesday's mayoral candidate forum before it hits the airwaves on Oak Lawn's government access channel.

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Residents packed the cafetorium at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School to watch the two candidates face off against each other after earlier attempts to schedule a candidate forum fell apart.

Tuesday's forum was organized by the Palos-Orland League of Women Voters and moderated by the league's president, Barbara Pasquinelli.

Heilmann was the first candidate to make a 10-minute opening statement after rolling a two on the die (Bury rolled a one). The candidates went in reverse order for their closing statements.

Watch the videos of their opening statements.

The two candidates exchanged ideas and the occasional jab for a little over an hour. The delayed broadcast of the forum is expected to be up on Oak Lawn's government access TV channel sometime Wednesday afternoon.

Residents can watch the forum in it's entirity on Ch. 4 (Comcast/Xfinity) or Ch. 99 (AT&T).

After you've viewd our videos and/or the forum come back and tell us how you think both candidates performed in the comments.

Come back later for a full recap and more video of the mayoral forum.

For the latest news and information about the Oak Lawn elections, visit Patch’s Election Central 2013.

andy skoundrianos April 04, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Thou doest protest too much Dave fan because it is true read the article again. Dave does insinuate that being a parent gives him better insight than Dr. Bury his words not mine
andy skoundrianos April 04, 2013 at 04:43 PM
You tell em Lorraine
Bob April 04, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Just received letter from Odelson & Sterk law firm for Bury. Boy if elected I wonder who the next legal team in Oaklawn would be.
NotRightForMayor April 04, 2013 at 06:15 PM
I was hearing snide comments at the debate and didn't know what they were talking about until I went through my pile of mail and saw the mud-slinging flier where Bury claims Heilmann said that. Since she quoted his questionnaire in The Patch as the source, I looked it up. She twisted words around to make herself look like the victim. She also made it look like it was an actual quote. Smart move keeping the quotation marks from the sentence. Any parent will tell you that when you have kids your perspective changes. Your world becomes about them and the world around them. That's what I took from it. This is typical garbage that Phelan would create. She has chosen the wrong person to run her campaign. He's filled with so much hate and it's consuming him. It was obvious at the debate that she has no plan for the village. She's aligned herself with the people who brought a criminal investigation into the village and fight at the board meetings. She keeps adding Jane Quinlan to her list of running mates and makes sure there's a Jane picture in her mailings. Jane looked like she couldn't get far enough away from Sandy at the debate! When I saw Jane hesitate to walk up to the front to shake Sandy's hand that alone spoke volumes. Jane's aligned with them but didn't put her name on signs with them because she knows Sandy won't win. She hates Dave, that's obvious by the jabs she tells her BFFs. They then blab to everyone else what Jane said about him.
Judy Royer April 04, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Mayor you work for me! I don't work for you! Its my right as a citizen of this country to make sure things are run ethically. I'm tired of politicians who take my hard earned money for their own use, their special interest groups or their friends. What are we teaching our children. I'm tired of politicians who make a career of a duty our fore fathers wanted to stop. You as a politician are not one of the people anymore you need a change to bring you down a bit. We need someone an everyday person who knows what the seniors, parents, in the villiage are facing. I'm all for term limits. They bring people back down to earth with the rest of us. I resent just because you have children you are more qualitied for the job. Well that's the oldest campaign trick in the book, use your child to make a point. We, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles we all care. What about people who can't have children, are they not qualitied? WE SHOULD ALL BE SAFE IN THE VILLIAGE WHERE WE LIVE. Let someone else have a chance to help Oak Lawn, two terms too much. JRoyer
zvagg April 04, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Smmmooochy smmmooochy as usual from Andy
Bob April 04, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I have a question since i received the letter from Burt Odelson today. Does he still live in his house in Oaklawn or does he live with his wife in Burr Ridge. That question has do with the credibility of his letter. Is Burt trying to get the legal business in Oaklawn?
myOL April 04, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Nope Burt is long gone. A letter from him speaks volumes in many many ways regarding the status of Dr Bury.
JohnEggert April 04, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Through the rabbit hole, I think. This just gets curiouser and curiouser. How in the world can a law firm that could possibly get village legal business in their right minds actually endorse a candidate for mayor? The Odelson & Sterk law firm should be ashamed of themselves. Apart from Odelson and Sterk, who are the lawyers there? If they get legal work, will it be the Illinois way like the Query & harrow deal before, no requests for proposals, no bids, just good ol boys?
myOL April 04, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Just noticed that Burt's "personal letter" is dated April 1st. Seems appropiate.
OakLawnGuy April 04, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Watched a bit of the debate on Channel 4, not really impressed with either candidate. I don't think that one out-shined (out-shone?) the other, and doubt any minds were swayed. Guess we'll have to wait for next Tuesday and see who gets more supporters out to the polls
Judy Royer April 04, 2013 at 08:30 PM
From my experiences, anyone who would want to do business with a government entity is just plain crazy. If approached, I'd tell them to run and run for your life as far away from them as possible. Nothing good comes from being attached to politics. In fact after reading some of the comments on patch, I'm done with it. I'm not Andy, Jroyer
andy capped April 04, 2013 at 08:56 PM
DH 3/8/13 “I have lived here 50 years, my entire life. I know Oak Lawn as a child growing up here, as father of four children being raised here, and a son whose mother has been here 57 years and is a senior. Right there is a big difference between my opponent and me. Raising my children here is important because any parent will tell you that those life experiences are invaluable in providing insight into the needs of families in Oak Lawn.” I see how that could be misinterpreted, but really people he is not saying Bury cannot be mayor because she doesn't children. S Bury 3/8/13 “My office is in Oak Lawn and it is a very simple matter to be on hand for the variety of meetings and events that an effective Mayor should attend.” So since I work outside of Oak Lawn I cannot be Mayor????? HOW DARE SHE. SB 3/8/2013 "Without a doubt, the people of Oak Lawn are what I love best”. She only loves people???? WHY DOES SHE HATE DOGS??? See I can twist words around too. Pretty stupid, right?
prophet12155 April 04, 2013 at 09:01 PM
24.2 percent of the people in ol are under the age of 19 and 23.6 are over the age of 60. More kids than seniors. Maybe kids should count to elected officials but since they can’t vote they don’t count http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk
prophet12155 April 04, 2013 at 09:08 PM
that's exactly what i've been sayin, bury just twisted what dave said to make it sound awful...!
andy capped April 04, 2013 at 09:17 PM
With friends like that who need enemies. You think Dave asked Burt to endorse Bury :)
OakLawnGuy April 04, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Got the Odelson letter today Dr Bury not a politician? Mr Phelan not operating in her campaign? Wrong on both counts. Odelson is connected to so many school districts and working with so many state pols that she has to be getting help from some traditional political avenue.
Honestly IPO April 04, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Andy insinuating is not stating, I have waited to see debate and was on the line. Not now I do not want Bury for mayor. The most pressing reason is that YOU are involved. I have never had the displeasure to meet you just reading your rants here are enough to convince me that I want nothing to do with Dr. Bury and her ranting supporters. Funny side note 3 of my neighbors HAD Bury for mayor signs pre-debate POST-DEBATE GONE. I am NOT wondering why.
Honestly IPO April 04, 2013 at 10:11 PM
No mayoral election signs in my yard, just in case your wondering Andy.
Honestly IPO April 04, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I also received this mailing I want to know how he got our name?? It is addressed to us personally then " Current resident". I have never done business with law firm. Did the addresses really used come from the water useage rolls??
btorules April 04, 2013 at 11:15 PM
The rats are leaving Dave's ship Keep complaining Dave lemmings it just means the message is working. As Randy Bachman would say... You ain't seen nothing yet!!!
btorules April 04, 2013 at 11:16 PM
It's working Ha Ha Ha Keep the complaints up jealous
btorules April 04, 2013 at 11:16 PM
That letter really stings doesn't Dave???
btorules April 04, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Too Bad Bobby Davey must really be mad!! Keep up the " supposed outrage " it's working!!!!
btorules April 04, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Who knows Dave better than another Long time Oak Lawn attorney with municipal experience ?? Bad news for Dave really bad
Mary P. O' April 05, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Odelson, Stillman & O'Grady! Jennifer, "Tom Phelan Politics"
Mary P. O' April 05, 2013 at 02:23 AM
The 38-page report compiled by Odelson and Sterk—with assistance by Trustee Tom Phelan, chair of the village board’s finance committee—provides a deeper look into the practices and billings of Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney & Priess, This Guy and Tom? Oh no sayit isn't sooo.
Mary P. O' April 05, 2013 at 02:56 AM
http://provisoinsider.blogspot.com/2008/06/proviso-board-president-chris-welch_26.html Thursday, June 26, 2008 Proviso Board President Chris Welch Sues Former Proviso Lawyers Burt Odelson and Mark Sterk. Welch Also Sues Former Employer James J. Roche!!! On information and belief, on May 21, 2007, District 209 fired Odelson & Sterk. On information and belief, on or about May 21, 2007, Odelson & Sterk called James Roche, blaming Welch for their impending dismissal as attorneys for District 209, and requested that Welch be fired in retaliation for his role in uncovering Odelson & Sterk’s alleged overbilling and unauthorized charging. On May 21, 2007, after Odelson & Sterk called James Roche, Roche called Welch and left a message for him to report to Roche’s office to discuss his employment status.
Mary P. O' April 05, 2013 at 03:02 AM
On May 21, 2007, Roche told Welch that, if District 209 fires Odelson & Sterk, for allegedly billing the district for legal work that was either not done or not authorized, not to report to work ever again. On May 22, 2007, Roche fired Welch in retaliation for Odelson & Sterk’s firing as counsel for District 209. As a result of his illegal termination, Welch suffered a loss of income. On information and belief, Odelson, Sterk and Roche agreed to try to use Welch’s employment position as leverage to try to coerce him to use his position as Board President of District 209 to get the District to continue to use Odelson & Sterk, despite the fact that Odelson & Sterk were overbilling the District and, when that did not happen, agreed to have Welch terminated at Roche’s firm. It is against pubic policy in Illinois for an individual or group to condition a person’s employment on his approval, in a role unconnected to his employment, of fraudulent billing of a government entity. Based on information provided by the superintendent, Cox said he understood that Odelson and Sterk was attempting to bilk the district out of money. "Basically, they were billing for services that weren't requested but were being handed down," Cox said
Patricia Vlasis April 07, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I have lived in Oak Lawn for over 50 years. I am proud of this Village. There is so much more to discuss. We have wonderful people who give back to this community via Volunteering. They are involved with their Church, the PTO, Little League Baseball, Advocate Hospital and The Ronald McDonald House and of course more including Soup Kitchens, Pantries and Meals on Wheels. I see our High Schol students emulating their parents. They too Volunteer. I see our local high school students helping Seniors and Volunteering at the Hospital. We are a destination for our neighbors with our Children's Museum and Parks. Our children and grandchildren have Park District Activities, Sports, Pools and great schools to attend. We have attracted strong business's and continue to grow. Get involved and care about your surroundings. Be thankful and participate. We are a Village blessed and should be proud.

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