'Your Tax Dollars Are Not Piggy Banks for Elected Officials’ Personal Vendettas'

Dr. Sandra Bury hits hard on ethics in campaign launch for mayor of Oak Lawn.

Dr. Sandra Bury kept her declaration speech simple and to the point: “I’m humbled and proud tonight, here with all of you so dear to my heart, to declare my candidacy for mayor of .”

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Bury is the first to publicly announce her candidacy challenging incumbent Mayor Dave Heilmann, who is running for his third term in office. The consolidated election is April 9, 2013.

Her associate, Dr. Katherine Narbone, introduced the mayoral challenger at a Wednesday reception at Bury’s optometry practice,

Watch the video of Bury's candidacy announcement.

“She’s so incredibly hardworking, when she gets involved in a project she throws herself right into it,” Narbone said. “No one is more dedicated to do right by Oak Lawn.”

Speaking to an audience of local business owners, family, friends and neighbors, Bury spoke of the

“Oak Lawn is a wonderful community. Everyone here gets together, digs in and works together except for a few people,” she said to laughter. “We’re going to change that. We’re going to take this town back.”

Bury, who filed the former Oak Lawn village attorneys, hit hard on ethics.

“Your tax dollars are not piggy banks for elected officials’ personal vendettas,” she said. “We always have to put the interests of residents first. We need transparency in village hall. Conflicts of interest need to be disclosed and accountable.”

Several local business owners turned out for Bury’s announcement, many from the where Bury has sat on the board of directors since 1997.

While not attendees at Bury’s were a younger crowd who stated that they “had enough of Dave.”

“He doesn’t patronize my business,” a business owner said.

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metarzanyoujane September 09, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Way to attack people without children and people who are only children with sweeping generalizations. Of Course Dave W agrees so what does that tell you.
Dave W. September 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It tells anybody that if you do not agree with THEM, you will attack them, and use any rationale to do so...keep burning your credibility, you'll end up like ivent...
SmallManBigWoman September 09, 2012 at 03:47 PM
that childless/only child comment is really weird. why share that "philosophical viewpoint" now? that's my question. just what are you getting at?
Dave W. September 09, 2012 at 04:28 PM
It looks like 20/20 was on some sort of roll where they had a bunch of things piled up and wanted to get off their chest...even as I commented on it I thought the same thing...I would have mentioned it then, but I'm working on not be 'long-winded' to help out the short-attention span people.
pianoman September 09, 2012 at 07:13 PM
davew drum roll------symbols
pianoman September 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
20/20 how about those that want to be only child, or want to be treated as an only child.
OakLawnGuy September 09, 2012 at 07:36 PM
As in other comment sections, this one took a peculiar left turn into personal-land. Meaning people are running out of cogent points.
andy skoundrianos September 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Who is Bob Heine?? Norm chimenti??
andy skoundrianos September 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Such negative replies QC?DAVE ??? Did I touch a nerve??
metarzanyoujane September 10, 2012 at 04:27 AM
I'm sorry Dave W, I didn't read what you had to say. You know skipping your comments was a great idea since the comments lack personal knowledge, intellectual curiosity, statistics, evidence, commen sense, or even common deductions. Instead, they are filled with an attitude that says to the reader, "I am so smart I need to use every word given to me to express my inane thoughts about every subject". While peppering your commentary with useless letters you also manage to provide the reader with zero insight yet an overriding belief that something is wrong with being in closed session. You should be Sandy Bury's running mate!
anthony September 10, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Like hell it wasn't....lol
anthony September 10, 2012 at 04:38 AM
rusty tarzan pianoman 20/20 ya ip check 4 the hell of it
IP UP September 10, 2012 at 04:45 AM
IP addresses are either static or dynamic. Your at home IP address is usually static. If you're using a cellphone, it changes. People can use free wifi at mcd's, corner bakery, and the library to name a few. Patch will never go there unless a law requires it. Patch wants the hits. Generates revenue. Period. End of story.
Dave W. September 10, 2012 at 05:19 AM
metarzanyoujane, I will try to use smaller words for you. That would be unlikely: one, she lost my vote before she never had it because of the dopey and unnecessary 're-naming' of the train station. Not to mention that I have no 'friends' on the board, so at least my 'suspicion' is unbiased and generalized (as some others are...even if you fail to acknowledge them because it is inconvenient for you). Why the doctor is SO crazy about it even when she is friends with some of them and must know more than she lets on OR is actively pushing even her newfound friends for reasons unfathomable. So there is a big difference there. You obviously read the comment, else you wouldn't have mentioned that it says to skip it...so close, I know, but you couldn't resist... You can keep hurtling insults, it doesn't make me wrong or you right, it only shows you have nothing else to contribute. Like a petulant child that stomps your feet, you have no logic on your side so instead whine for attention. Neither mature nor effective, but its your fingers... IF by 'zero insight' you mean you simply do not agree with the PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT of multiple people in the EXACT field discussed, you are right, got me... Lastly... I NEVER undestand why ANYBODY is against (let alone VEHEMENTLY) openness or public knowledge...maybe since you know so much, you can explain to us what is so important that taxpayers aren't allowed to know. Instead of attacking me for wanting to know, explain why not.
Jerry September 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Your information is inaccurate. If you use Comcast as your ISP, you cannot get a static IP address. They provide static IP addresses to their business clients only. There is a premium charge for this service which is way more expensive than residential service.
metarzanyoujane September 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Dave W. You are right! I started reading it but fell fast to sleep. On this latest post, I only got to the part where you start arguing with me about whether I read your post. I'm getting sleepy just thinking about you writing again. Please let us off the hook!
metarzanyoujane September 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Dave W. I apologize. I just made it through your whole post. It took a while Dude. I'm glad to see you are consulting professionals but I can probably save you some time on my couch by providing a snapshot profile that we like to give in the business. If I had to guess,You are a man 40 years old or younger. You have a job you don't like. You would rather be a writer of novels or perhaps the Daily Southtown. As realistic as you are, you are contemplating a change in your profession. You believe that the other people working there are not as intellectual as you. YOu are not married and you don't have any ongoing longterm relationship at this time with any gender. You think that you are the most honest person that you know and you are suspicious of others. The suspicion arises from how you were treated as a child and you've been lied to by others. You easily graduated from high school but you didn't go any further academically. You like living in Oak Lawn but you think you could do a better job than the Mayor or Trustees. You would run but you believe that you have to kiss up to voters and others to win and you won't do that no matter what the reward. You've thought about starting your own blog but have become too much of a staple on Patch to leave. There, I saved you from having to consult more professionals. You are welcome.
Grunty September 10, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Although comcast issues dynamic IP addresses for residential and on the low end of business class, these dynamic IP addresses do not change very often, and require either a power cycle of the customer equipment or an experation on the server side. It is not uncommon for an IP to change once in a week, but very uncommon for it to not last many months. Cellphone address leases come from a proxy for most client connections. Although you have a dynamic IP that changes from tower to tower, your public facing IP is usually "static" but not in the classic sense of the word. The proxy is what allows you to watch a youtube video without interruption as you move from tower to tower. The avg dynamic IP address using 1 cable router on 1 connection will generally use the same IP address in a long enough period for an article's interest to wane, making the duplicate accounts from 1 individual evident. Yes they can go to mcdonalds. Yes they can go to starbucks. The idea isn't to stop it, just to make it more annoying, and in turn discourage the use. Many forums use this method to prevent the very issue we are discussing.
Grunty September 10, 2012 at 01:46 PM
In regards to "hits" patch does not make money off of "hits" they make money off of impressions. The impressions are calculated by cookies placed on a computer. Yes, you can disable all of that as well, but 1 computer, connecting via multiple IP addresses does not normally equal greater revenue. It in fact, may mean less revenue as 1 computer uses more bandwidth to load and post to the site, without generating more impressions.
Dave W. September 10, 2012 at 03:35 PM
metarzanyoujane, Can't stop yourself, can you? Unable to answer my question, you resume your personal attack to deflect why you like secrecy. Understandable, since it is a pretty unttenable position to mantain. You got that I graduated high school. I not only find my job rewarding, but REALLY like my coworkers and think many of them intellectually equal or superior to myself. I do not mind that because I cannot learn or grow by surrounding myself by people who are otherwise. Saying somebody is an adult and has been lied to by others is like mentioning they have been breathing air the whole time as well... By "providing a snapshot profile that we like to give in the business," do you have a high rate of success with such amazing insights? Are you a medium or a carnival worker? Can you guess my weight? You guess broad generalities and miss the specifics too much to be in the medical or law enforcment fields (we hope). I could have come up with a profile for me, or you, or most of the people on here with the same parameters, and I've only got watching Tv shows as my 'formal' training... I'm sure your intellectual curiosty (such as it is) would like to know more details of my life, but for just that reason they will stay not your business...(Okay, a hint...you missed more than half, but that is all I'm saying...oh, and that you are clearly a hack job if you AREN'T the carnival worker.) Let us know when you can explain why you like government secrecy so much, okay? Thanks.
metarzanyoujane September 11, 2012 at 03:17 AM
DAVE W, Dave W, Dave W, Wow, you really do get angry when people question you. I'm guessing that the ladies love that about you. But I digress into the stuff you didn't want to talk about. I know, I know, you are in charge of this board big guy. I'm guessing you come in at 165 lbs. In any case, I don't like secrecy as you put it but I also don't like blowhards who attack government officials with innuendo and little else. I think of myself as the good cop protecting the others from bullies. Do you know who you are in that scenario? By the way, way to give props to the knuckleheads you work with by saying that some are smarter than you. No kidding!
let freedom ring September 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Shame on dave W for "she lost my vote before she never had it because of the dopey and unnecessary 're-naming' of the train station." The newly named Patriot station and the Sept 11th memmorial represents all that's good in America. God bless the U.S.A.!
Dave W. September 12, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Patriots fight for their country or work for their country...they needn't necessarily be heroes. The people that ran into those buildiings, ran around for days helping people, helped clean up afterward...none of them did it because they were thinking "Wow, I'm proud to be an American." They may very well be heroes (thinking the people running into falling, burning buildings here), but it is a confusion of words (if indeed we still speak English as a first language in Oak Lawn) to say they were patriots. Are the local police and firefighters and paramedics "PATRIOTS'" everytime they put out a blaze or pull somebody from wreckage? No more than a teacher helping a student become the next great captain of industry or statesman...or a FEMA worker piling sandbags in a flood. They may all well be heroes, but they aren't doing their jobs for love of country, or to protect our borders from hostile invasion. Words have meaning, and when we misuse them, it dilutes the meaning of them, distracts from what we are trying to say, and confuses people about the topic or subject matter. It wasn't that re-naming the station itself was such a terrible idea, but something more in line with 'Heroes of September 11th' or honoring our emergency workers would have been more apropos, especially given our town's high profile due to the hospital. "Patriot" is thrown around too much for want of sounding pro-American or something...it loses the power it should have. Forcing the issue lost my vote.
andy skoundrianos September 12, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Dave W. everyone has their opinion, Sept. 11th is called Patriot Day I find no problem in naming the station patriot station.I believe the word means different things to different people. I don't think the " issue was forced " But I am very proud Oak Lawn is home to this monument and to all the first responders who helped and gave the ultimate sacrifice on that day
Dave W. September 12, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Andy, I would have been fine with First Responders...but it wasn't my monument either...I'm just a geek for English and think it misplaces what it was/is supposed to honor. The word might mean different things to different people, but it has a defintion in a book for a reason, like all words do. Once we are going to slide away from that premise, we end up with less communication, which the opposite of what we need in this country and this world right now. Nobody got hurt with this, but there was some resistance to the name change, bvut people were sort of bullied with the whole 'If you don't agree with me, you're anti-American, aren't you?' thing. The monument, the thought behind it, are great, no dispute...just didn't like how it was handled...whether it was by the doctor, you, the mayor, my dad...just not right, to me and some others. Not the end of the world, and we have bigger things to move onto now, don't we? Seems like they are going to release the 'secret' report...watch it all be about something silly and small that we can't believe was ever a secret...
Grammar Police Patriot September 12, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Those who can do, those who can't play grammar police. Patriot station is concise and understandable unlike Dave Ws rambling. Dave W proposed naming it "'Heroes of September 11th Station" or "Honoring Our Emergency Workers Station". How impractical and quite frankly, pompous. Armchair elitists alwys think they can do much better than others after the fact. These talkers never fail to remind the do-ers of their shortcomings and rarely give praise. Thank you to all of our community leaders for rollling up your sleevesgetting this done. Superb job.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 06:29 PM
QC, be nice. No name calling.
Dave W. September 12, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Considering, Grammar Police Patriot, that you failed on grammar, at least you are consistent. Also, proponents of the name took the trustees to task for wanting to give residents a fair chance at input. It was renaming an existing train station, not voting for medical supplies to an arctic outpost. How un-American is that, for the wants of the few to run over the rights of the many? The monument was a great public-private work, with a lot of work by the doctor. Nobody ever said not to build/erect it. The contribution is fantastic...no doubt about it...throwing around 'patriot' only lessens its meaning to people who fit the description. Same with calling sports figures as 'role models' or 'heroes'...for playing a game. I'm pretty sure I could NOT do as well as the Rotary folks did...but this wasn't a monument on the doctor's front doorstep. It is representative of the whole town...the name goes on every train map, Google maps, etc...to not even want discussion was elitist and presumptive to say the least. We will agree to disagree on this, I'm sure.
Grammar Police Patriot September 12, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Dave W you are way off base again. You say the rights of the many were trampled on by a few. How? 7 trustees elected to represent this entire village discussed and voted on the matter. Just because you do not agree with it doesn't mean your rights were trampled. How was anything related to this matter Un-American? Un-American is you on Nine Eleven Patriot Day bashing the well meaning Rotary Club for not adhering to your very strange language standards. If Nine-Eleven can be called Patriot Day why can't a train station be similiarly named given the monument? Police and fireman work for our country. They are patriots day in and day out. I don't know what type of sad person would be so callous on Nine Eleven. A very sad person indeed.
QC September 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Lorraine I wasn't calling names. The post you took down was actually a Quote BY Sandy Bury. Please re-read it. Thanks


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