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Pictured (l to r) Trustee Michael Carroll, Trustee Patricia Gira, Village Clerk John Mehalek, Mayor Daniel McLaughlin, Trustee Kathleen Fenton, Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich, Trustee Daniel Calandriello, Trustee James Dodge

Calendar of Events

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Balanced Budget

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Daniel J. McLaughlin Mayor

Property Tax Rebate Home Sweet Home Senior Happenings

Kathleen Fenton Development Services, Planning & Engineering

John C. Mehalek Village Clerk

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Police Programs

James Dodge Mayor Pro Tem; Technology, Innovation and Performance Improvement

Holidays In Orland Park

Winter Wonderland

Snow Removal

Patricia Gira Parks & Recreation

The University of Chicago Now Open Welcome to Orland Park

Carole Griffin Ruzich Finance

Winter Fitness

Veterans Day

Daniel Calandriello Public Safety

Michael Carroll Public Works


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Mayor Dan McLaughlin presented a community pride award to George Mitchell and family marking the 100th anniversary of the flower shop that came to Orland Park in 1973. Three generations of Mitchells attended the board meeting.

We were happy to once again offer the Village of Orland Park Property Tax Rebate Program for our residents. Applications began being accepted on October 31 and the deadline to turn them in was on Friday, December 16. Rebates will be mailed or credited the week of March 20, 2017. Property tax rebate questions may be directed to the village’s tax rebate hotline at 708/403-3086. We kicked off the winter season with the Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting at the Village Complex on November 27. It was wonderful to see so many of our residents, young and old, getting excited about the holiday season. Winter in Orland Park is tons of fun if you know where to go. Be sure to stop by the Winter Wonderland at Centennial Park for some ice skating, bonfires and scheduled activities that are a great time for the whole family.

There are so many new and exciting things going on around town that I do not know where to begin.

It was great to talk to so many of you during the last Telephone Town Hall. I want to thank the over 2,600 residents who participated by asking questions, just listened in or left messages about your concerns. Thank you for continuing to be an integral part of our growing community. We believe communication is key and are very pleased with the outcome and participation in the meeting. As you wrap up your Christmas shopping, be sure to visit many of the local businesses in Orland Park. Along with some long-time Orland Park businesses like Mitchell’s Flowers that just celebrated 100 years, there are several new businesses that have chosen our village as their new home. Many families are already enjoying the new Sky Zone Trampoline Park and Gizmo’s Fun Factory that opened recently near the mall. As the Illinois Department of Transportation wrapped up the LaGrange Road Widening Project, I think we all breathed a sigh of relief. The newly enhanced roadway is now better suited for Orland Park and fits the needs of our growing community, while offering increased safety and ease of travel. With a few final touches in the spring, such as shrubbery and decorative accents, we can call the entire process complete. Thank you for your patience during the construction.

As 2016 comes to a close, I wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season.


Daniel J. McLaughlin, Mayor


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SPECIAL RECREATION GARAGE SALE Saturday, March 25 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Orland Park Civic Center

CHILLY WILLIE CHILI CHALLENGE Saturday, January 28, 2017 Public Tasting begins at 2:00 PM Orland Park Civic Center THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV PRESENTS: ‘NO LIMIT LAUGHS’ Friday, January 27, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cultural Center CINDERELLA’S BALL Saturday, February 4, 2017 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cultural Center

‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ PRESENTED BY THE VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK THEATRE TROUPE Friday, March 24 – 7:30 PM Saturday, March 25 – 7:30 PM Sunday, March 26 – 2:00 PM Carl Sandburg Performing Arts Center 13300 LaGrange Road THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV PRESENTS: ‘NO LIMIT LAUGHS’ Friday, March 31, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cultural Center


Sunday, February 12 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Cultural Center

EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 8, 2017 10:00 AM SHARP! Centennial Park

CHEFS’ AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGE TEEN CENTER Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Orland Chateau 14500 S. LaGrange Road

SPORTSPLEX FAMILY HEALTH FAIR Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sportsplex THE ORLAND PARK COMEDY IMPROV PRESENTS: ‘NO LIMIT LAUGHS’ Friday, April 28, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cultural Center


‘NO LIMIT LAUGHS’ Friday, February 24 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cultural Center

MAYOR MCLAUGHLIN’S 2017 STATE OF THE VILLAGE ADDRESS Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:30 PM Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center

Locations can be found on the back cover.


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THE #OPKIND STICKERS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION DESK IN THE LOBBY OF ORLAND PARK’S VILLAGE HALL, 14700 SOUTH RAVINIA AVENUE, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 708/403-6399 “When you use the hashtag OPKind, everyone can see the many acts of kindness happening daily in Orland Park,” McLaughlin added. “This is a fun way to recognize moments of kindness, both big and small.” kindness or lending a hand, reach out and thank them. Offer a sticker and take a photo with them. Inspire others by making a post about what you witnessed and use the hashtag #OPKind. “I want to invite everyone to join in Orland Park’s kindness campaign – families, local businesses, churches, schools, community groups – everyone,” McLaughlin said. “If you see someone doing something nice, take their picture and post it with the hashtag OPKind.” For those who do not use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, please share your stories with the village by emailing the Public Information Office at publicinfooffice@orlandpark.org. #OPKind is about paying it forward and celebrating others for their kindness. Get out and spread some love, Orland Park! And don’t forget to share your stories and photos online using #OPKind.

The holiday season is the perfect time to give back and bring a smile to someone else. Mayor Dan McLaughlin invites everyone to put others first by joining his social media campaign, #OPKind. Simply put, #OPKind is an invitation to get out and spread some love and joy in Orland Park and beyond. It can be as simple as holding the door open or paying for the person behind you in the drive-thru. The goal is to spread kindness, share your story on social media, and inspire others to do the same. Use the hashtag #OPKind on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to celebrate these moments. “Orland Park is Kind” is the theme of the mayor’s 2017 State of the Village Address to be held on March 9 at Carl Sandburg High School. Many of the tagged photos will be shared at the mayor’s address. “When people see someone doing something nice in Orland Park, we want them to share these stories using the hashtag #OPKind,” McLaughlin said. “We know that many of our residents and businesses are active on social media and this is one way for us to join together to make a positive difference not only in Orland Park, but all over via social media.” To help spread the word, the village is providing free “I Am #OPKind” stickers available at the info desk inside Village Hall, located at 14700 Ravinia Avenue. Share the stickers with anyone going above and beyond to do something nice. If you notice someone extending


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A BALANCED BUDGET 23 Years in a Row

“That means spending wisely, doing more with less and being committed to living within the means taxpayers are already providing. That is how we’ve been able to operate on a balanced budget for each of the 23 years I’ve been mayor. We’ve refunded more than $36 million in property taxes to homeowners and provided more than $500 million in road, street and infrastructure improvements with no additional costs to taxpayers while maintaining a flat levy for six years.”

The problem with government spending is that eventually, you run out of other people’s money. This is a concept that few government leaders seem to understand. But at Orland Park Village Hall, we never forget it. “One of our most important responsibilities is being fiscally responsible and accountable to every homeowner,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin.


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Only 7¢ on the dollar funds all of the many services you receive from the Village of Orland Park.

In addition, the mayor and the village board are committed to running an open and transparent form of government. What does that mean for residents? It is a seamless system of checks and balances where all information is readily available for viewing either on the village website or, if you prefer, by visiting village hall and simply asking. “We’re allocating dollars to programs that will help ensure a bright future for our community and we’re doing it without deficit spending,” explained McLaughlin. “Orland Park not only received a AA+ bond rating from Standard & Poors, but also received national recognition for our fiscal management, budgeting policies and financial reporting.” Why is this recognition and rating important? Every municipality from time to time must borrow dollars. Having a solid bond and credit rating, as the village does, ensures that if and when the village needs to borrow funds, we pay less interest when paying it back. In return, saving every homeowner hundreds of dollars. Since 2009, we have saved approximately $6.3 million in future interest costs by issuing refunding bonds. This reaffirms Orland Park’s credibility in being fiscally responsible. Since 2005, the village’s finance department has consistently received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Award for Excellence in Budget Reporting. Every governmental entity incurs and carries debt. The Village of Orland Park does as well. But the debt we carry is fairly minimal by most standards. Orland Park’s General Obligation (GO) and other long-term debt as of Dec. 31, 2015 was approx. $109 million, with an equalized assessed value (EAV) of more than $1.95 billion. To put the village’s debt situation into perspective, compare it to a homeowner having a mortgage balance of approximately $16,170 on a home with a market value of $400,000. During the last Telephone Town Hall Meeting, a question was posed to listeners. Most knew how much of their property tax dollars went toward the village to fund services, but some thought the amount was much higher. So, how much of your property tax dollar goes to the Village of Orland Park? The answer? Seven percent.

In addition, part of the 7 percent is refunded via the village’s Property Tax Rebate Program. Eligible residents who submitted completed applications have received refunds of a portion of their property tax dollars in 11 of the last 14 years. The total amount rebated since 2002 is $36.7 million, not considering the $2.2 million that was approved for the current rebate checks to be mailed out in March of 2017. The annual rebate is possible due to the village’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, doing more with less and avoiding deficit spending. “The village’s dedication to its residents, fiscal responsibility and maintenance of 100 percent transparency and accountability are something we take very seriously and strive to maintain,” said McLaughlin. Questions about village finances can be directed to 708/403-6100. insure a bright future for our community and we’re doing it without deficit spending.” Mayor McLaughlin “We’re allocating dollars to programs that will help


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“The online process makes it more convenient for those who are familiar with computers and uploading documents,” McLaughlin said. “However, we have paper applications for those who don’t use computers.” Eligible residents were able to choose to receive their rebate via check, credit to a water bill account, donation to the Open Lands of Orland Park Foundation, or direct deposit into a checking or savings account. The dollar amount of an individual applicant’s rebate will be determined when all applications received by the due date have been processed and approved. Rebates will be mailed or credited the week of March 20, 2017.

For 2016, the village board has approved a property tax rebate in the amount of $2.2 million. Including the upcoming rebate, the village will have rebated property taxes for 12 of the last 15 years. “We began rebating property taxes to residents in 2003, and despite a suspension of the program during the economic downturn, we’re pleased that the village is again in a strong financial position to offer the rebate,” said Mayor McLaughlin. In total, the Village of Orland Park will have rebated approximately $38.9 million since 2003. “Even though the village’s portion of the property tax bill is only about seven percent of the total, the rebate does give some relief for residents,” McLaughlin said. “We’re fortunate to be able to provide the rebate utilizing the village’s Home Rule Sales Tax collections, while continuing to provide a large number of valuable services and projects for village residents.”

Online and paper applications were available beginning at 8am on Monday, October 31. Deadline for applications was December 16 by 5pm. Along with the required application, residents were required to include copies of their 2015 second installment property tax bill, driver’s license and a utility bill. Those who applied online were able to scan and upload copies of the documents or take a picture of them with a cell phone or tablet. “Even though the village’s portion of the property tax bill is only about seven percent of the total, the rebate does give some relief for residents.” Mayor McLaughlin



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Second generation families, continuing the tradition of living and working in Orland Park.

Mayor Melvin Doogan and the late Village Trustee, William Vogel. “The village was a lot smaller back then,” DiGiorgio recalls. “I enjoyed the small community feel of Orland Days and getting to know Vogel. He was a very nice and warm man.” As a young doctor just starting out in Orland Park, DiGiorgio says the chamber introduced him to the “pillars of the community,” who offered support as he grew his business. In addition to working in Orland Park, DiGiorgio and his wife, Cathy, raised their family in the village. Their children, Stephanie & Joe, attended St. Michael Elementary School and community, DiGiorgio says he has built a bond with his patients, as they know him both as a doctor but also as a neighbor or friend. “It’s rewarding to have second and third generations of patients,” he said. Carl Sandburg High School. By living and working in the

Vision Source first opened its Orland Park doors in 1982. The family-owned eye doctor’s office was originally housed on the second floor of the United Savings Bank building (now Chase Bank), located at 151st and LaGrange Road, before relocating to its current location at 9031 W. 151st Street. A native of Chicago, owner Dr. Joseph DiGiorgio moved to Orland Park with his parents in 1976 and says he knew he was here to stay. “This was the community I wanted to live and work in,” DiGiorgio said. “It made sense to want to build in Orland Park.” Soon after he opened his eye care practice, DiGiorgio became active in the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce where he served one term as a board member. It was during this time he got to know members of the community, including Orland Park’s then mayor, the late

“Beyond the eye exam, it’s rewarding to know they have confidence in you and are bringing their children or grandchildren here.” In June, that feeling of community is what led Stephanie DiGiorgio to join her dad at the family practice, working alongside him as the office’s second optometrist. The office was a familiar place for the recent graduate, as she grew up spending many Saturdays helping her dad by filing and doing other office duties. “I grew up here and to be able to work here now is a privilege,” she said. Both doctors shared an excitement for melding their specialties and being able to offer state of the art technologies to their patients. “We collaborate on things and that’s what’s makes it fun,” Stephanie added. Dr. DiGiorgio senior says he never pushed his daughter to become an eye


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Dr. Joseph and Dr. Stephanie DiGiorgio inside their Vision Source practice located at 9031 W. 151st St. in Orland Park.

St. Mike’s still. I can see that she’s deeply rewarded to have them come here for eye care.” “I knew I wanted to come back here and work in the family practice,” Stephanie added. “Everyone is Orland Park has been so welcoming. It’s a very rewarding feeling to come back.”

2006, before studying health science at the University of Iowa. Most recently, she graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “She’s had deep roots in Orland Park since kindergarten,” her dad said. “She has her best friends from

doctor, but he is proud she has joined the practice. “We’ve always gotten along well and we work together nicely,” he said. “She’s brought back some new and great experiences and perspective to the office.” Stephanie graduated from Michael School in 2002 and Sandburg in


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PICKLEBALL Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball courts are now available at the following parks: • Eagle Ridge Park • Cachey Park • Ishnala Park Pickleball is also available indoors at the Sportsplex Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. upon availability and by request only. SPORTSPLEX FEE: (R)$4.00/(N)$15.00/(M) FREE For court reservations, Sportsplex hourly rates apply.


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PASSPORT SERVICES Planning a vacation during retirement that includes overseas travel? Apply for a passport at Village Hall. The Clerk’s Office is an authorized passport acceptance agent and offers passport services by appointment, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call (708)403-6150 to schedule an appointment or inquire about passport services.

STRENGTH & STRETCH FOR SENIORS Need a little help with getting items into and out of those hard to reach places? Strengthening and stretching all those everyday muscles is key to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Participants will learn the techniques of safely lifting light weights and stretching the muscle groups as well. No class April 6. INSTRUCTOR: Kelly Kenny DAY: Thursday TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. AGE: 55 & up

LOCATION: Sportsplex—Aerobics/Dance Studio FEE: Resident $73.00 / Non-resident $110.00 Sportsplex Member $68.00 PROGRAM# / DATE: #81576 (January 12 to March 2) #81577 (March 9 to May 4)

Orland Park Senior Card I would like to be contacted/informed about upcoming senior events/programs and alerts in Orland Park.

Name:_ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone:_ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Email:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mail to: Village of Orland Park, Village Hall, Office of Mayor McLaughlin, 14700 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462


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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP “A lot of people don’t know about all that the Police Department offers for different groups,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “They go out to talk to and train businesses, work with seniors, offer events in the neighborhoods, introduce law enforcement to teens and bring kids through the station for tours to learn about the department.” “Our personnel work closely with residents, seniors, and businesses to create and maintain working relationships that benefit the entire community,” said Chief Tim McCarthy.

The Orland Park Police Department was created shortly after the village was incorporated in 1892, yet was not among the three original departments. Orland Park’s one police officer was responsible for lighting the street lights and starting the water pumps. What began as a one person department has grown into a nationally recognized, award-winning professional law enforcement agency with 101 full-time sworn officers, nine part-time sworn officers and 75 civilian personnel. “The Orland Park Police Department is the best department in the State of Illinois, if not the country,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “The list of accomplishments and outreach programs that our police department offers is second to none.”


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SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHING – NOW! The Department of Homeland Security began the national “See Something – Say Something” campaign and the Orland Park Police Department uses it as well. Hand-outs were created specifically for the thousands of dog walkers in the community encouraging them to be the eyes and ears of the department by reporting anything on their routes that seems amiss. One of the most visible village departments, the police department employs different modes of travel for its officers. The easily recognizable red, white and blue squads are familiar as are the bicycle patrol officers. The department has a motorcycle unit and officers who patrol on foot. SPECIAL OLYMPICS The Orland Park Police Department has long been a law enforcement partner helping Special Olympics Illinois with a number of fundraisers throughout the year. Police personnel volunteer for a number of events including the annual bike ride, Torch Run, Cop on a Rooftop and other Special Olympics events. Photo, opposite page: Employees of the Orland Park Police Department participated in a bicycle ride for Special Olympics Illinois hosted by the department in August. Pictured are (left-right): Officer Bill Sanchez, Officer Tony Carone, Officer Brandon Eppolito, Officer Jackie Priede, OPPD Clerk Marybeth Shaughnessy, Officer Kristina Fitzgibbons and Officer Chris Losurdo.

“Our Retail Detail includes uniformed officers walking around the commercial areas, greeting people and keeping an eye on things,” McCarthy explained. “This program has received a great response because people enjoy talking to the officers. They send their kids over to say hello and it’s a great way for the officers to get to know the community.” CRISIS INTERVENTION The department’s Crisis Intervention Team trains officers who volunteer for specialized training on how to respond to incidents involving a person with mental illness. The objective is to get these individuals the mental health services they need rather than sending them to jail. “Orland Park is one of the few departments in the area to have specially trained, certified officers who are able to help people in crisis,” Calandriello said. The department was also a charter member of the mayor’s Orland Park Substance Awareness Forum (OPSAF), joining agencies from throughout the region to help battle addiction. It was within the past few years that Orland Park police personnel were trained to administer the overdose antidote Naloxone also known as Narcan to stop heroin overdoses. “Narcan is widely used now and it’s very safe,” McCarthy said. “Most of our officers are trained and equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and Narcan. They are proven life savers.”

ORLAND PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS Beat Meetings Bike Patrol Business Safety Talks Church Safety Talks Citizens’ Police Academy Coffee With A Cop Cook Out With The Cops Crime Free Rental Housing Crisis Intervention Team DARE Dog Walkers’ Program Drone Drug Take Back Housing Groups Safety Talks ILEAP Tier II Accreditation Internet Safety Seminars K-9 Unit Motorcycles Narcan National Night Out Orland Park Substance Awareness Forum Public Education Retail Detail Senior Groups Safety Talks Senior Luncheon Special Olympics Events

Station Tours Storm Ready Teen Citizens’ Police Academy Traffic Safety Vacation Watch


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The theme of this year’s Village of Orland Park holiday lights is “whimsical,” showing childlike wonder but also timeless elegance. Different types of lights have been placed throughout the community for the enjoyment of residents, businesses and visitors. Orland Park’s new displays invite people to shop, dine and play in Orland Park. The green gemstone lights feature the village’s new brand identity. Like other communities, Orland Park has created a custom logo that incorporates the history, brand and identity of the town. The logo was created with the input of hundreds of residents who volunteered to be a part of the process last year. Read more about the creation of the village’s new brand at www.orlandpark.org/brandinginfo. For the pole décor, the village chose a simple yet celebratory champagne-like design. The décor also maintains a color scheme that is consistent with the village --- pure white and green. And, rather than using the standard green/red lights or warm white lights, the poles are sprinkled with pure white lights, which shine brighter than the yellow-tinted warm

white ones and have a crisp – even icy – look perfect for winter. All of the village’s lighting displays use LED lights. The minimalist look of the pole designs comes together to create an elegant, wintry look that blankets the bustling streets of Orland Park. CELEBRATE THE SEASON IN ORLAND PARK Everything was created to celebrate the season and to invite people to shop and dine in Orland Park. We’ve received many favorable comments about the lights on the main and side streets and we hope that you’re able to see and enjoy all of them. The Village Center also includes more traditional Christmas pieces including gifts, a Teddy Bear and an ornament that people can walk through. Many visitors have come to the Village Hall

to take their Christmas pictures. Beautiful displays can also be found at the 143rd Street Train Station and its adjacent Crescent Park as well as at Centennial Park. There are nearly 130 lighted trees throughout the village. Harlem Avenue has also been decorated as well with more traditional pieces. And, the lights used in the past have all been re-purposed and are now on display at Centennial Park for those enjoying the village’s sledding hill and ice skating rink. Traditional themed decorations will return to the village’s street lights next year with the final aesthetics being completed on LaGrange Road. While the lane construction has been completed for this year’s shopping season, the greenery and medians will add to the scenic boulevard like appearance that will showcase the community, its many stores and fine restaurants. The village’s wish with its lights display is to offer a fun-filled, memorable holiday experience within an exciting community that cherishes its small town traditions.


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Bundle up and join us at the Centennial Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink for these special events.

BONFIRES December 9 - February 19 Fridays– 5 PM to 8:30 PM Saturdays– 3 PM to 6 PM Sundays– 3 PM to 6 PM

SNOWMAN BUILDING CONTEST Saturday, January 28 • 2 PM

Weather (snow) permitting. Off-ice activity. Bring your family, friends, and snowman supplies for our snowman building contest! Carrot noses will be provided. VALENTINE’S DAY SKATE Sunday, February 12 • 3-6 PM Come on out with your sweetheart to skate. Bonfire 3-6pm. Free hot chocolate and a special treat. HUMAN SHUFFLE BOARD Saturday, February 18 • 2 PM Teams of two will compete in this wacky event. All supplies will be provided. Prizes to the top winners. Free hot chocolate.

SKATE WITH SANTA & COMMUNITY TREE TRIM Sunday, December 11 • 12 PM Come skate with Santa and enjoy cookies, holiday music and hot chocolate. TURKEY BOWLING Sunday, January 15 • 2 PM Back by popular demand! Come on out and bowl with a turkey for a chance to win...a (frozen) TURKEY! Free hot chocolate and popcorn.


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Roadway Lighting Displays Ground Holiday Displays Village Christmas Tree Lighting Displays Traditional Holiday Displays


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Village ordinance prohibits parking on village streets once two inches of snow has fallen. Parked vehicles must be kept off of streets for ten hours after it has stopped snowing. When clearing driveways, residents should place snow on either side of the driveway on the lawn and never in a recently plowed street. Residents should keep garbage cans and recycle bins from rolling into the street on garbage pick-up day. Mark edges of curbs and mailboxes with stakes available for free from the Public Works Department. Digging from the street, clear out fire hydrants and storm drains near your home. Do not clear your driveway at the curbline until the snowplow driver has made his last curb pass in front of your residence. Be patient. Every storm is different with many variables. Streets may need to be plowed more than once. Clear the snow from storm sewers in front of your home so melting snow can easily drain, preventing ice patches. To ensure mail delivery, residents must clear the snow from around their mailboxes after the streets have been plowed. Mailboxes should be kept in good repair and be placed at least one foot behind the curb to avoid damage.

The Village of Orland Park Public Works Department has been gearing up for the upcoming season and is prepared to tackle whatever Mother Nature sends our way. When a storm begins, day or night, Public Works crews are promptly mobilized and dispatched. The type of storm, anticipated accumulation, expected duration and other variables such as wind, drifting and temperature dictates how our specific snow plowing operations will progress. The snow removal process includes a prioritized implementation schedule in order to ensure public safety. It is imperative to clear main roads first to provide mobility and access for police, fire and ambulatory activity. All village-owned streets will be plowed with main streets cleared first, followed by side-streets, and finally cul-de-sacs and dead ends. When heavy snowfall demands additional resources, the village will dispatch contractors to assist with clearing snow from elbows, courts and cul-de-sacs. Not all roads within Orland Park are maintained by the village. Some state, county and privately maintained roads and properties are maintained by other agencies. Please use the following phone numbers to find out about state and Cook County roads: • State Roads, 847-705-4161 • Cook County Roads, 708-448-8006 To clear the roads as quickly as possible residents’ cooperation is needed. Those with questions regarding snow removal can contact the Public Works Department at 708-403-6350.


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The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Advanced Care NOWOPEN

The facility hosted an all-day Community Open House on December 9. The facility is currently scheduling appointments and welcoming patients. THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICINE CENTER FOR ADVANCED CARE AT ORLAND PARK

The University of Chicago Medicine’s largest off-site facility, the Center for Advanced Care at Orland Park is now open in downtown Orland Park. The 108,000-square-foot, four-story outpatient medical facility is located at the northwest corner of 143rd and LaGrange Road. The project has generated more than 200 construction jobs, and the center has employed more than 100 people, 70 percent of whom are newly hired employees. The facility has 80 exam rooms that support services such as primary care, medical oncology, radiation oncology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, cardiology, women’s health and comprehensive diabetes. Rotating specialties such as urology and surgical consulting will also be offered.

14290 S. LAGRANGE RD. ORLAND PARK, IL 60423 (773) 795-3336


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CLINICAL SERVICES • Primary Care • Oncology • Orthopedics • Cardiology

AMENITIES • Onsite CVS Pharmacy with a minute clinic for fast care and convenient prescription pick-up. • Self-check-in kiosk for easy appointment facilitation • Same-day appointments for specific clinical specialties • Extended hours, including Saturdays, for flexible scheduling

PARKING • Free parking in a

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Looking for indoor family fun this winter? Look no further than Orland Park’s two newest additions, Sky Zone Trampoline Park and Gizmo’s Fun Factory. Both are located on the out lots of Orland Square Mall. WELCOME TO ORLANDPARK


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GIZMOS FUN FACTORY has something for everyone with 47,000-square-feet of entertainment including laser tag, zip lines, go-karts, bumper cars, climbing walls, plus 75+ arcade games and redemption-style games. Seven party rooms are available for those wishing to celebrate a special occasion or corporate event at the facility. Two party packages are available and range from $325 for the Basic and $425 for the Plus. Prices start at $22.99 for a wristband that is good for four hours of unlimited play (excludes laser tag). The Orland Park location is open seven days a week. Monday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Check the website at www.gizmosfunfactory.com for special holiday and summer hours. GIZMOS FUN FACTORY 66 ORLAND SQUARE DRIVE, SUITE D ORLAND PARK, ILLINOIS 708-949-8948

SKY ZONE ORLAND PARK is an indoor trampoline park that offers “fun fitness” by way of a workout while having healthy fun. The trampoline center boasts 30,000 square feet of jumping fun and features a Main Court for free jumping, a Foam Zone foam pit, Ultimate Dodgeball courts and Sky Slam basketball courts. The Orland location opened Oct. 26 and is the company’s fifth location in Illinois. All ages are welcome and a Sky Zone waiver is required for each jumper. Those under age 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Three different party packages are available for celebrations that range in price from $269 for the basic to $529 for the Ultimate. Prices start at $16 for a 60-minute activity pass. Sky socks are required and are available for $3. Find them online at www.skyzone.com/orlandpark



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IT’S COLD OUT THERE! It can be difficult to reach those step goals when snow and ice cover the sidewalks and walking trails. Luckily for those in Orland Park, there are many options for continuing your exercise routine indoors.


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VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK SPORTSPLEX 11351 W. 159th St. | 708-645-7529 FACILITY HOURS Monday - Friday | 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.


The newly acquired Orland Park Health and Fitness, formerly Palos Health and Fitness, is located at 15430 West Avenue, just north of Centennial Park. OPHFC is approximately 78,000 square feet and is a multi-purpose facility with state of the art equipment, multiple group exercise studios, a walk jog track, gymnasium, spa, a lap and therapy pool, conference rooms, and outpatient therapy spaces.

Saturday | 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Sportsplex is a state-of-the-art fitness facility with much to offer for all ages and interests. Spanning over 90,000 square feet, the Sportsplex offers an array of fitness and recreational opportunities.

FACILITY HOURS Monday - Friday | 5:00 a.m. - 10 p.m.

• Fitness • Yoga • Pilates

• Rock climbing • Exercise classes • Birthday parties

Saturday | 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday | 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

• Weight lifting

• Hitting & Pitching Lessons

• Cardio • Running

• Golf cages

RESIDENTS Individual



• Open gym time


$200 $300 $350 N/A $100 $150

• Basketball • Volleyball

• Childcare

Couple Family

$126 $161 N/A

• Special Events

• Soccer

Add’l Family



Senior Couple





Another option for indoor fitness is the Franklin E. Loebe Recreation Center, located in the Orland Park Village Center Complex, 14650 S. Ravinia Avenue.

• Dance studio

• Two meeting rooms

• Five preschool rooms

• Walking track • Wrestling room

• Gymnasium

• Indoor playground

BUILDING HOURS May 28 - September 5, 2016 Monday through Thursday | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday | Closed September 6 - May 26, 2017 Monday through Friday | 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday | 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The indoor track and playground are open to the general public.


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The Village of Orland Park hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. The ceremony was held at the Orland Park Veterans Memorial, Ara Pace – Place of Peace, at the Orland Park Village Center. “Orland Park’s Veterans Day Ceremony is the community’s way to publicly thank the many veterans who bravely served our country,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “I am glad so many of our veterans and their families were able to join us for the ceremony as we honored the veterans whose names have been added to the village’s memorial.”

McLaughlin read the names and publicly recognized the more than 50 veterans and their families whose names have been added to the village’s memorial since Memorial Day.

VETERANS’ REGISTRY The Village of Orland Park is creating a veterans’ registry so that area veterans can be notified of upcoming events and programs. All veterans living in Orland Park are invited to visit www.orlandpark.org and click on “Veterans’ Registry” to complete the form and be added to the registry. Those who do not use computers may obtain hard copies of the form at the Village Hall.


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Veterans added to the memorial are:

Rorik W. Larson - ARMY James A. Wall - MARINES Andrew P. Wall - ARMY Thomas L. Heidegger - AIR FORCE Phillip Anthony Cygan - ARMY Edward J. Calgaro - COAST GUARD Michael Richard Mrdalj - ARMY Robert H. Gnass - ARMY Herman Edward Burkholder - ARMY Allan Eugene Hollingsworth - ARMY James Hofer - ARMY Roy F. Tiggelaar - ARMY Adolph Joseph Janus - ARMY Eugene Felix Janus - AIR FORCE Harold F. Neubauer - ARMY Glenn Allan Larson - NAVY Theodore John Skirnick - NAVY

Thomas Francis McLaughlin - NAVY David A. Delach - ARMY Paul Kocolowski - ARMY Thomas Carl Altman - MARINES Michael John Ryan - ARMY Richard L. Raddatz - COAST GUARD Raymond L. Peterson – ARMY Robert Dinaro - NAVY Richard Harley Jennison - MARINES Richard James Spindler Sr. - NAVY Joseph P. Griffin - NAVY Harold Earl Shifrin - ARMY Frank S. Ciurej - ARMY Louis F. Saggione - NAVY Leo C. Bialek - ARMY Albert P. Rulis - MARINES Edward J. Rulis - AIR FORCE

Michael B. Leake - NAVY Jerome J. Bojan - AIR FORCE James Michael Barry - NAVY Guy R. Barry - ARMY Joseph J. Maschek Jr. - MARINES Jordan P. Bucci - ARMY James Martin Clarke - NAVY James J. Clarke - ARMY John B. Clarke - ARMY Thomas F. Clarke - AIR FORCE Kayed “Edward” Hassan - ARMY Ralph E. Rosynek - ARMY Ronald F. O’Brochta - AIR FORCE Richard T. Breternitz - NAVY Herbert D. Adamson - ARMY Eugene Dennis Kress - ARMY AIR CORPS


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Prsrt Standard U.S. Postage PAID Orland Park, IL Permit Number 33

14700 SOUTH RAVINIA AVENUE ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 orlandpark.org

ECRWSS - POSTAL PATRON Orland Park, IL 60462 and 60467


FREDERICK T. OWENS VILLAGE HALL 14700 South Ravinia Avenue • (708) 403-6100 Monday thru Friday • 8am to 5pm Cashier • Open until 7pm 1st & 3rd Monday ORLAND PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT 15100 South Ravinia Avenue • (708) 349-4111 non-emergency Dial 9-1-1 for police, fire or ambulance service

in the Village of Orland Park. PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 15655 South Ravinia Avenue • (708) 403-6350 PACE Bus Service • (708) 403-6355 ORLAND PARK CIVIC CENTER William R. Vogel Memorial 14750 South Ravinia Avenue • (708) 403-6200 RECREATION DEPARTMENT Recreation Administration 14600 South Ravinia Avenue • (708) 403-PARK Franklin E. Loebe Recreation Center 14650 South Ravinia Avenue Village of Orland Park Sportsplex 11351 West 159th Street • (708) 645-PLAY Centennial Park Aquatic Center 15600 West Avenue at Fun Drive • (708) 349-4386 Cultural Arts Center 14760 Park Lane • (708) 349-1402 Robert Davidson Center 14700 Park Lane • (708) 403-6361 Inclement Weather Hotline (708) 403-6290


INTERIM VILLAGE MANAGER Timothy J. McCarthy ASSISTANT VILLAGE MANAGER/ PUBLIC INFO OFFICER Joseph S. La Margo EDITING AND DESIGN Nabeha Zegar GRAPHIC DESIGN Kristin Klinger TELEPHONE 708.403.6150 EMAIL publicinfooffice@orlandpark.org

ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE SATELLITE DRIVER’S LICENSE FACILITY Board Room of the Village Hall (800) 252-8980 Monday thru Friday • 9am to 5pm Address/Name Changes • Vision Tests State Identification Cards • Plate Stickers

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