Orland Park, IL –Decorated combat veteran, small business owner, and native Orland Park resident Keith Pekau today announced his intention to run for Mayor of Orland Park. “I’ve been blessed to have a great career and a great family as a result of my upbringing in Orland Park. Now I have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much,” Pekau stated. “I was born & raised in Orland Park and I think I can make a difference by ‘putting people over politics.’ I want to focus on fiscal responsibility and accountability, economic development and making Orland Park a safe and livable community,” he added.
“In the area of fiscal responsibility and accountability, a primary issue is the recent hiking of the mayor’s salary to $150,000, which spikes his pension from $30,000 per year to more than $100,000 per year paid for on the backs of hard working taxpayers. To me this is unacceptable. I will advocate for term limits for the mayor and trustees to discourage egregious actions like this and encourage new, fresh ideas,” Pekau stated.
“On economic development, Orland Park’s economy has been stagnant. The I-80 corridor has been on the top of the list for the past 8 years and little to nothing has been done,” Pekau noted. “We need to work with our neighbors to bring new and diverse industries to the region rather than focusing on adding more restaurants and retail spaces. These industries follow economic development and demographics rather than drive them,” he added.
“As for safe and livable communities, I repeatedly hear Orland Park residents say they don’t shop locally because of safety concerns. Again, this is simply unacceptable. We need fresh ideas to encourage residents to shop locally and a comprehensive plan to help them feel as safe here as they do shopping in Oak Brook,” Pekau concluded.
About Keith Pekau
Keith Pekau, 50, was born and raised in Orland Park and attended Carl Sandburg High School. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from Duke University.
Pekau served in the United States Air Force from 1989 to 1998, leaving at the rank of Captain and was an 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 a founder of Fahrenheit Consulting Group and previously was a management consultant to two International firms, Marakon Consulting, and L.E.K. Consulting.