Orland Park Trustee Brian Riordan said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office is ‘reckless’ and crime is bleeding into the village. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park Trustee Brian Riordan said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office is ‘reckless’ and crime is bleeding into the village. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park goes Foxx hunting with new resolution

By Jeff Vorva

Orland Park trustees and Mayor Keith Pekau continued to pile on complaints against Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

Board members say she is letting too many criminals run free and it is affecting their village.

“I’ve been an attorney for 25 years and in law school before that and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Trustee Brian Riordan said. “The population in jails is the lowest it’s been in 40 years and that’s on purpose and there is a political purpose to what they are doing.

“This is absolutely reckless and it’s bleeding into Orland Park. Every week, we get a report about what’s happening in Orland Park and guns are being found…and our police are having physical altercations with these people.”

The board on Monday night unanimously passed a resolution urging the Illinois Legislature to pass House Bill 4176 to provide local law enforcement override of a felony rejection or a designation of a felony as a continuing investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Trustee Michael Milani criticized Foxx’s stance that electronic monitoring is helping to cut down on crime in Chicago and the county. But he read stories aloud at the meeting about recent horrific crimes that were committed by those who were electronically monitored and how that system is not working.

“Repeat offenders need to be accountable for their actions,” he said. “They need to go where they belong – in prison. They say that prison doesn’t always reform a criminal. But neither does letting them back out.”

Pekau continued to worry about Orland Park citizens even though he praised the Orland Park Police Department for being pro-active.

“We keep hearing from [Foxx] and others about needing to do something about gun violence,” he said. “Our officers are getting an illegal gun off the streets every five days. I’m thankful we’re finding them before they commit another one of those violent crimes. There are 1,761 percent more felons that were in possession of a gun [from 2016 to 2021], which is yet another felony. But she cares about gun violence.”

Pekau said he and Police Chief Joseph Mitchell received an e-mail from an FBI official lauding the village for its role in an investigation and helping them get a conviction of a minimum sentence of five years in prison for a criminal who was arrested in Orland Park.

“This is someone who Kim Foxx didn’t charge,” Pekau said. “Did not charge. And the feds charged him. A minimum of five years imprisonment. And he pled to it. He didn’t even have to go to trial. And Kim Foxx didn’t even charge him.

“How many other felons are walking the streets in the street that she didn’t charge? This was a case that Kim Foxx refused to take from our police department. Enough is enough.”

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