McLaughlin Too Busy to Attend Veterans and Senior Forums



Contact Keith Pekau Telephone 708-670-9573



March 13, 2016 McLaughlin Too Busy to Attend Veterans and Senior Forums Hopes to Run Out The Clock Without Facing Opponent Orland Park, IL –Taking a page from the playbooks of Hillary Clinton and Speaker Mike Madigan, Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin continues to refuse to address key voter groups alongside his opponent Keith Pekau. In a letter dated March 6th, Pekau invited McLaughlin to appear with him at a Veteran’s forum March 12th and a senior’s forum March 19th. McLaughlin declined stating “I will not be altering my schedule, on short notice, to participate in your campaign’s forums.”

“Given the tremendous response we have received for these forums, I thought it would be a great opportunity for the Mayor to address these groups,” said Pekau. “Apparently he is too busy to speak to our veterans and seniors and is using ‘short notice’ as his excuse, even though he was invited six days prior to the veterans event and thirteen days prior to the senior’s event,” Pekau added.

The forum refusals are part of a systematic pattern by the Mayor of avoiding any debate prior to the election. This is the same tactic that Speaker Madigan is using to run out the clock on Governor Rauner until his hand picked candidate Chris Kennedy can try to reclaim the mansion in Springfield and the same tactic Hillary Clinton employed while sitting on a lead she thought was safe last November. “I’m not sure what the Mayor is afraid of. I’m out here talking to the people about issues important to Orland Park,” continued Pekau. “If his record is so great, why won’t he face me?”

In addition to not facing Pekau in any public forums McLaughlin is even avoiding questions from the public at his own taxpayer-funded events such as the State of the Village event last Thursday. At the few events where he takes questions, the questions are pre-screened. “Instead of the mayor facing me in public, and answering real questions, he’d rather spend our taxpayers hard earned money running self-promoting tele-town halls and city newsletters,” offered Pekau.

Copies of both Pekau’s invite and McLaughlin’s response are attached.

#### About Keith Pekau Keith Pekau, 50, was born and raised in Orland Park and is a Sandburg High School Graduate. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from Duke University. Page | 2 Pekau served in the United States Air Force from 1989 to 1998 where he rose to the rank of Captain and became the youngest Mission Ready Navigator and youngest Instructor Weapons System Officer in the F-15E fighter jet. He is a decorated combat veteran serving 3 tours to Southern Iraq where he flew 45 combat sorties and logged 150 combat hours in Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. Pekau is currently a small business owner and entrepreneur. He purchased a tree service business in 2003. Today, GroundsKeeper Landscape Care is a full service landscaping and tree service company with over 25 employees during peak season. Under his leadership, the business has grown over 600%. He is also the founder of Fahrenheit Consulting Group and serves as a management consultant to two International firms, Marakon Consulting, and L.E.K. Consulting. Pekau’s full platform and bio can be found at: –

Page | 3 March 6, 2017

The Honorable Dan McLaughlin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Village of Orland Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            14700 Ravinia Avenue Orland Park, Illinois 60462

Dear Mayor McLaughlin: I am writing today to invite you to join me at forums I am hosting for two of Orland Park’s most valuable groups of citizens, our veterans and our seniors. Due to the overwhelming response I am getting from these groups, we expect a large turnout at both events. I am hereby extending this invitation to you as a courtesy to address these groups with me and participate in question and answer sessions as well. The veteran forum takes place on March 12th from 3-5 at the Riviera Country Club and the senior forum takes place on March 19th from 3-5 also at the Riviera Country Club. It is my sincere hope you will be able to join us as we look to learn more about the issues facing these important groups.

Please respond not later than March 9, 2017 at 4PM. Due to the tight time line, you can email all correspondence to so that you don’t need to rely on regular mail. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Keith Pekau

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