Residents Want Leaders that Will Always Put People Over Politics
he People Over Politics team, including Mayor Keith Pekau, trustee candidates Sean Kampas, Joni Radaszewski, and Brian Riordan, and clerk candidate Constantine “Gus” Lekas congratulate the One Orland Party on the announcement of their candidates.
The people of Orland Park deserve to have a choice during local elections and in this election, the choice couldn’t be clearer: The People Over Politics team is committed to ending political games once and for all so we can lead our village through the pandemic and continue Orland Park’s forward momentum. Orland Park residents want lower taxes and to feel safe in their community—our team has a proven track record of success, unlike our opponents.
On the other hand, the One Orland Party slate is led by career politician Dan McLaughlin (two terms as trustee, six terms as mayor and an unsuccessful run for Illinois State Treasurer in 1998). During his time as mayor, Dan McLaughlin and his village trustees voted to raise his pay an astounding 275%. This increased his taxpayer-funded pension by $2.1 million with our hard-earned tax dollars. The People Over Politics team is committed to no pensions for Orland Park elected officials and wholeheartedly supported the term limits referendum approved by voters 89% to 11% just last month.
We stand with our heroic police who keep us safe every day and the policies that have resulted in crime going down each of the past four years. In 2019, we had the lowest number of crimes in the past 25 years, and in 2020, it’s down another 35%. Even while surrounding communities were threatened with active rioting and looting, our village proactively kept our residents and businesses safe. Orland Park is rated one of the safest towns in America. Under the leadership of Mayor Pekau and the incumbent People Over Politics trustees, we’ve had the lowest or 2nd lowest violent crime rate in towns of our size in Illinois for three straight years.
“While we welcome competition and rigorous debate on the issues, it’s unfortunate for the residents of Orland Park that one of the One Orland Party candidates is Chris Kasmer. This is the same Chris Kasmer who led the unsuccessful election rigging efforts to get me and my fellow trustees kicked off the ballot, and distributed several defamatory cartoon videos about Mayor Pekau in the last election,” stated Trustee Cindy Nelson Katsenes.
Mayor Pekau, said, “We look forward to a fact-based, issues-oriented campaign as the positions of our respective slates offer a clear choice to the voters. The residents of Orland Park want leaders that will put people over politics.”