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VILLAGE BOARD

LETTER FROM THE MAYOR

Pictured (l to r) Trustee Michael Carroll, Trustee Patricia Gira, Trustee James Dodge,

Mayor Keith Pekau, Village Clerk John Mehalek, Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich,

Trustee Daniel Calandriello, Trustee Kathleen Fenton

Keith Pekau

Mayor

John C. Mehalek

Village Clerk

TRUSTEES

Kathleen Fenton

Development Services,

Planning & Engineering

James Dodge

Mayor Pro Tem; Technology,

Innovation and Performance Improvement

Patricia Gira

Parks & Recreation

Carole Griffin Ruzich

Finance

Daniel Calandriello

Public Safety

Michael Carroll

Public Works

Calendar

2

Stellwagen

4

Veterans

6

Home Sweet Home

8

New Village Manager

10

Holiday Safety

14

Winter Wonderland

18

Winter Readiness

20

Baseball 4 All

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Finance

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TABLE OF

CONTENTS

I am often asked what

it’s like to be mayor of

Orland Park. Well, I can

tell you that it’s pretty

exciting, with positive

developments and some

amazing moments.

It’s an exciting time for

the village with a lot

happening in town.

There have been

changes to the village

board and we recently announced the appointment

of a new village manager who oversees the nearly

300 full time and more than 700 part-time and seasonal

staff along with the village’s $149 million budget.

You may have seen in the media that the Village

of Orland Park submitted a response to Amazon’s

request for proposals for its second North American

headquarters. Orland Park is a viable option for Amazon

to consider because the community has so much to offer

and our I-80 Corridor would be an ideal location.

We’ve been working closely with the Will County Center

for Economic Development and the State of Illinois.

Orland Park’s proposal has received support from other

municipalities, legislators, organizations and individuals and

we’re grateful for everyone’s help with putting it together.

During my time in office, the Village of Orland Park

has experienced many positive developments. We

are building a stronger relationship with the owners of

Orland Square Mall. As you know, the mall has been the

economic anchor for Orland Park for many years. They

have made several investments including the installation

of a new camera system and new outdoor LED lighting.

Orland Square recently announced the addition of a new

restaurant, Texas De Brazil. The Orland Park site will be

the third Texas De Brazil location in the state and has an

anticipated opening in 2018. As part of the changes

to the mall, updates to the bus stop will be made and a

new layover location was added between Lowe’s and

Staples. This occurred with cooperative efforts from Pace

Bus, Orland Square Mall and the Village of Orland Park.

Outside government entities are creating challenges for

the village. The State of Illinois passed a budget that puts

an additional burden directly on you via the income tax,

but also indirectly burdens you with funding cuts to local

communities including Orland Park.

Cook County has passed many new laws aimed at both

our residents and business, including the sweetened

beverage tax. I remain committed to working with our

Cook County Commission to repeal this tax.

The village exited its involvement with the 9750 project

by accepting a buyout offer from the developers Flaherty

& Collins. This will reduce our debt by over $50 million

and will give us more financial flexibility in the future.

I have been witness to several amazing moments. The

teamwork displayed by our village staff made the Taste of

Orland Park a huge success with our largest crowds to date.

Also, a young high school student named Zachary Stack

started a not for profit called Orland Park Baseball 4 All to build

a field to be 100% accessible for ballplayers with disabilities.

In addition, every day there are people volunteering

their time for amazing organizations in Orland Park.

Nowhere was our community’s passion for giving more

apparent than during the relief efforts for the hurricanes that

battered Texas and Florida. In 24 to 48 hours, we were

able to take the hurricane relief from an idea to actual

collection, organization and readying for shipment.

Thank you to all of our amazing staff for their hard work

making this happen and to all of our Orland Park residents

and businesses for their generous donations! I specifically

want to thank Jennifer Peterson and Tom Morgan for all of

their hard work coordinating these efforts.

I look forward to serving you for the next several

years and pledge to continue helping our residents

and employees work together to keep Orland Park a

leading-edge community for the years to come.

Sincerely,

Keith Pekau

Village President