Orland Park’s Decades of Debt
On Chicago’s Morning Answer (560-AM), 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. Listen Here.
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.