Dan & Amy discuss the Village of Orland Park's Mayoral Race and 24-year incumbent Dan McLaughlin's efforts to spike his pension by quadrupling his salary.
When the shopping spree started back in 1998, Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin was warned.
One trustee asked village leaders “not do something comparable to going to Disney World on a credit card.”
They would do that, and then some.
A recreation center. A pool. A fund to buy vacant land. Renovating a shopping district. More employees. Higher salaries.
Two decades and some $234 million in debt later, the bill for McLaughlin’s borrowing and building, hiring and public employee pension-increasing has come due.
The mayor, 63, is preparing for retirement. Orland Park property owners are girding themselves for years of suffocating property taxes.