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A Model Mayor To Be Replicated: Orland Park's Keith Pekau

If the culture change can happen in Orland Park, what about other cities across the state? How was he able to end pension benefits for part-time politicians? Orland Park Mayor, Keith Pekau joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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What's The Future Of The IL GOP?

Who will lead the Illinois Republican Party to better electoral outcomes to advance conservative reform policies in the state? If GOP insiders have their way, they'll maintain control. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Brian Timpone hear the details of a rigged process to elect new leadership for the state party, and a lawsuit challenging just that. They also discuss a debate on the future of the party between Proft and former GOP Chairman Pat Brady. And at the local level, Proft and Timpone talk to Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau on his fight for good government.

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Orland Park Revolts Against Ruling Class, Installs Pekau

What message does the Orland Park Mayor's race send to the political ruling class? Voters revolted in Orland Park, are they ready to revolt statewide? Keith Pekau, Mayor-elect of Orland Park, joins Dan & Amy to discuss his victory over a 24-year incumbent and how things will change for the better.

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Orland Park's Decades Of Debt

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.

The South Cook News took an in-depth look at Orland Park and Mayor McLaughlin's record:

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.

Read more here.

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