Village of Orland Park Junior High Students Invited to Participate in Student Government Day 2017

Village of Orland Park Junior High Students Invited to Participate in Student Government Day 2017
Posted on 01/17/2016

The Village of Orland Park invites village residents in sixth, seventh and eighth grades to participate in its Student Government Day 2017. Youngsters who live in the village --- regardless of where they attend school --- are invited to write essays describing what they like best about Orland Park.

"On May 31, 2017, the Village of Orland Park will mark 125 years as a municipality in the State of Illinois," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Having the future leaders of our community be a part of local government is a great way to celebrate this milestone," the mayor added.

Co-chaired by McLaughlin and Trustee Jim Dodge, chair of the village's Technology, Innovation and Performance Committee, the mock committee and village board meetings with students in charge will be held Monday, March 20, 2017.

"We held our last Student Government Day in 2012 when Orland Park turned 120 years old. We're happy to bring it back in time for the village's 125th birthday," McLaughlin said.

"This is always a fun evening for the adults and the kids. The kids see how local government works and the adults get to see how very bright our young people are," he added.

Participants are invited to write a 100-150 word essay describing what they like best about one of eight village related topics --- community planning, local government, police, public services, recreation programs, special events, veterans' services and village history.

A bonus question is included for 2017 asking young people how the village should celebrate its 125th anniversary.

"A lot of Orland Park's young people have visited the Village Hall on school field trips or to meet their scout requirements so many of them already understand local government," McLaughlin said.

"Having the kids run the show is always a good time and it gives them a firsthand perspective," Dodge said. "When I was first elected village clerk, I did a number of mock board meetings with different scout groups and the kids always had fun," he added.

Essays will be rated by an impartial panel of judges and those having the best grasp of the chosen subject matter will be selected to serve as either an elected official or department director on March 20.

Winning students must be available Monday, March 20th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Only one entry per student will be accepted and all entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017.

"We're hoping to get a good cross-section of the community with kids from all different schools, public, private and home schooled." the mayor said.

Entries must include the student's full name, home address, home phone, village subdivision, name of school, grade level and parent's email address. Essays may be emailed to and delivery of the essay will be confirmed with a response email. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Hard copies may be delivered to the village's Office of Public Information in the Village Hall prior to the deadline. Information sheets appear on the village's website at and questions may be directed to the village's Office of Public Information at 708/403-6150.

Student Government Day 2017 Information