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Jane Quinlan Wins, As Does Olejniczak

Incumbent Oak Lawn Village Clerk Jane M. Quinlan, running as an independent, won a decisive victory on Tuesday over Melissa ÒMissy” Moran, a teacher at St. Germaine School who ran on Mayor Dave Heilmann’s Mayor’s Independence Party slate.

In fact, no one on Heilmann’s slate won election, including the two-term mayor, who lost to Dr. Sandra Bury, a local optometrist. {{more}}

According to Cook County Board of Elections data, with all 41 precincts reporting, Quinlan received 66.86 percent of the votes (6,872), over 33.14 for Moran, or 3,406.

Quinlan, who was first elected in 2005, was celebrating her win Tuesday night alongside Bury at the Stony Creek Clubhouse.

ÒThere are some very smart voters in Oak Lawn. I am just thankful that I can continue to work for the people of Oak Lawn, and move this community forward. This is a big night for Oak Lawn,” said Quinlan.

Like Bury, Quinlan expressed happiness about the election overall, noting that in addition to Trustee Alex Olejniczak returning to office for a third term (2nd), three new trustees were elected. Most if not all of them were at the election night party.

ÒWe’ll all work well together with Sandy. You won’t see any negativity Ñ just positive from now on. Oak Lawn deserves that,” said Quinlan.

In the trustee races, incumbent Cynthia Trautsch, a Heilmann appointment to fill the seat vacated by Jerry Hurckes, lost to local business owner Tim Desmond, who was elected to a two-year term. Desmond won with 62.46 percent, or 797 votes, to 497 votes for Trautsch.

In the 2nd District, incumbent Olejniczak, an ally of Bury’s, won with more than 66 percent of the vote (66.61), 1,091 votes, over Julie Misner, who ran with Heilmann, and received 547 votes.

ÒI’m just humbled,” said Olejniczak. ÒThe residents of the village have spoken and I am happy to serve on the board with the first female president in the history of Oak Lawn. The people have spoken. I am just so appreciative.”

In the 4th District, incumbent Thomas Duhig, who ran as an independent, lost his bid for a second term to Terry Vorderer in what was a three-way race with Tim Reilly, who was allied with Heilmann. The unofficial tally showed Vorderer, an independent, winning with 785 votes, or 47.4 percent, to 460 votes for Reilly (27.78 percent) and 411 (24.82 percent) for Duhig.

In another three-way race, Mike Carberry won the 6th District seat left open by Thomas Phelan, who decided to focus on Bury’s campaign instead of running himself.

Carberry, a former state representative allied with Bury, won with 41.75 percent (921 votes) over Carol Sheahan, a Heilmann ally, with 30.05 percent (663 votes), and independent Joseph Sorrentino. He came in third, with 622 votes (28.2 percent).

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