South Cook News Reports on Orland Park Debt

“When the shopping spree started back in 1998, Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin was warned.

Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin has presided over massive village borrowing that is now impacting property values. 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.”

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