Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Families and supporters pack Oak Lawn Village Hall to watch the changing of the guard.
There was a lot of swearing at Tuesday's meeting of the Oak Lawn Village Board -- swearing in that is. New trustees were seated after being administered their oaths of office by fellow Oak Lawn resident and Cook County Judge Denise K. Filan. Jane Quinlan held her mother's hand as she was sworn into her third term as the village clerk. Sign up for Oak Lawn Patch breaking news alerts and follow us on Facebook. Terry Vorderer said becoming the fourth district trustee and sitting on the dais was the "culimination of a dream" after his many years of watching village board meetings as an Oak Lawn police officer. During one of the oaths, Alex Olejniczak, had to correct Filan when she attempted to swear him in as the Dist. 1 trustee. "You mean …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Out with the old, in with the new, village board members will change seats and get down to business.
A new era in Oak Lawn begins as the village’s first woman to be elected mayor takes her oath of office at tonight’s (Tuesday’s) regular village board meeting. Cook County Judge Denise K. Filan will administer the oath of office to the new village board members, including political novice Dr. Sandra Bury, who beat two-term incumbent Mayor Dave Heilmann last month. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and follow us on Facebook. In their last action together as a village board, the Heilmann and outgoing trustees Cindy Trautsch (Dist. 1), Tom Duhig (Dist. 4) and Tom Phelan (Dist. 6) will approve the minutes from last month’s regular and special village board meetings. Room has been left on tonight’s agenda for remarks from the outgoing …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
One incumbent retained, another incumbent out. Three new trustees elected to serve on Oak Lawn Village Board.
Independents dominated Oak Lawn’s trustee races on Tuesday night, defeating Mayor Dave Heilmann’s slate of candidates. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and follow us on Facebook. The mayor’s slated candidate Cynthia Trautsch lost to independent Tim Desmond in the first district. Trautsch had been appointed two years ago to fill the unexpired term of former trustee Jerry Hurckes. Desmond beat Trautsch 775-466, winning 62 percent of the vote in the first district, to fill a two-year term. Alex Olejniczak was re-elected to his third term as the Dist. 2 trustee on the Oak Lawn Village Board, trouncing Mayor’s Independence Party challenger, Julie Misner, by capturing 66 percent of the 1,525 votes cast in the second district. Olejniczak…
MVCC board candidate Joe Skibinski recommends Terry Vorderer for Dist. 4 trustee on the Oak Lawn Village Board.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Trustee Tom Duhig says opponent never showed up to community or planning commission meetings on Advocate Christ Medical Center expansion.
By TOM DUHIG I am writing in response to a letter written by one of my opponents and published in the Patch Thursday morning. In the letter, he asks “What has happened” in the last four years in regards to the Advocate Christ Medical Center expansion. Since Mr. Vorderer has not attended a single planning or community meeting involving the hospital until he launched his political campaign, it is no surprise that he is clueless as to the strides the Village has taken to ensure that the responsible growth of Christ Hospital will not come on the backs of Oak Lawn taxpayers. I would like to take this opportunity to inform the residents exactly what has happened over the past four years and my plan for the next four years. I have attended …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Oak Lawn trustee candidate Terry Vorderer says current trustee has failed to outline a plan addressing Dist. 4's concerns about Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Thursday, April 4
By TERRY VORDERER With your vote on April 9, you will be choosing a trustee for Dist. 4. Christ Hospital and its expansion is a major issue for Dist. 4 and certainly even more for the residents that live in its shadow. I, too, live within two blocks of its front door, so I am well aware of its impact on our neighborhood. It is my opinion that our current trustee has failed to address many of our concerns with the hospital. He may argue that he has worked to effect change, but I suggest he has failed to accomplish change. No individual politician controls the agenda. To be effective, a trustee needs to understand that there are many others involved in the process that also have ideas and concerns. In order to accomplish the objectives of…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Read where the Dist. 4 trustees stand on the issues, then take the poll.
Friday, March 8, 2013
A guide to the April 2013 village board trustee race pitting one-term incumbent Tom Duhig against challengers Terry Vorderer and Tim Reilly.
Tom Duhig is running for his second term as Dist. 4 trustee on the Oak Lawn Village Board. Duhig is a 40-year resident of Oak Lawn and is currently an assistant to the chief of Court Services for the Cook County Sheriff's Office. He counts 30 years of experience in sales and leasing of high-tech equipment, including computers, MRI imaging equipment, software, and consulting services for Fortune 500 companies. He and wife, Marilyn, have five children and eight grandchildren. Terry Vorderer is making his second run for Dist. 4 trustee on the village board, having lost in 2009. Vorderer is a lifelong resident of Oak Lawn and a retired police officer and chief of patrol for the Oak Lawn Police Department. He has previously held elected office…
Tom Duhig is running for his second term as Dist. 4 trustee for the Oak Lawn Village Board.
Friday, March 8
Name: Tom Duhig Position sought: Trustee 4th District Campaign contact information: Use as much space as you need. 1. What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I have always used common sense and worked with our residents to ensure outcomes that minimize tax implications while getting the best financial outcomes for our tax dollars concerning the hospital, our water system, and new retail as well as mixed development projects. 2. Why do you deserve to be elected/reelected? What sets you apart from the other candidate(s)? I don't believe I deserve to be re-elected. I believe I have to earn the respect and confidence of the residents and voters who put me in office four years ago. I have always said, "If it's …
Challenger Tim Reilly is running against the one-term incumbent village board and another independent challenger. Reilly is running on the Mayor's Independence Party slate.
Friday, March 8
Name: Tim Reilly Position sought: 4th District trustee Campaign contact information: Use as much space as you need. 1. What is the primary reason you are running for this office? Representation in the 4th District has been a real tragedy the last 4 years. There have been no monthly resident meetings, None! There have been no resident updates or mailings (except requests for re-election fundraising…amazing!) Contact with and in the name of residents has been virtually non-existent unless tied to some political motive. It is Time for a Change. 2. Why do you deserve to be elected/reelected? What sets you apart from the other candidate(s)? First, I am the only candidate with business AND board experience; the other two candidates are …