Village Upholds Revocation of Sky Zone License

Village Upholds Revocation of Sky Zone Business License
Posted on 03/01/2021

Village Upholds Revocation of Sky Zone Business License

 

Orland Park, IL (March 1, 2021) – After a September 12, 2020 incident at Sky Zone Orland Park, the Village of Orland Park conducted a hearing to review evidence and determine the possible revocation or suspension of the business license issued to the local indoor entertainment venue.

 

“We take very seriously the safety of residents and guest of Orland Park,” said Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell. “The incident that occurred in September presented a clear and present danger to the health, safety and welfare of those present.”

 

The initial hearing, which took place on September 30, October 6 and October 16, 2020, included the testimony of ten Village-called witnesses as well as two witnesses who were called by Sky Zone for testimony.

 

The witnesses presented by the Village Prosecutor provided firsthand account testimony that the conditions, practices, operations and processes which were in use in and by Sky Zone that night placed people’s welfare and safety at serious risk.

 

After careful review and deliberation, Orland Park Village Manager George Koczwara, serving as the Village’s Hearing Officer, found that the Village Prosecutor had established each of the violations set forth in the notice sent to Sky Zone and ordered that Sky Zone Orland Park’s business license be revoked pursuant to Section 7-1-16 of the Village Code.

 

The Hearing Officer’s Order revoking the business license found that Sky Zone enticed children into their facility, took their money and had a duty to take reasonable steps to provide security to ensure their young customers are safe from unreasonable risks of harm. “Sky Zone failed miserably in that regard on September 12, 2020,” reported Village Manager George Koczwara. 

 

It was determined that the occurrence of activities on the premises, including the grounds and common areas of the premises, have unreasonably interfered with the peace, safety, security and general welfare of those innocent children who were Sky Zone guests and with the peace, safety, security, comfort and welfare of the surrounding area of the community and the general public.

 

Sky Zone filed a formal appeal to the Board of Trustees of the order of revocation.  An appeal hearing was held on February 22, 2021 before the entire Board which was broadcast live on the Village’s YouTube channel.

 

Sky Zone presented their appeal of the original determination. Village Prosecutor Donna Norton defended the Hearing Officer’s decision, citing the numerous safety concerns and occasions of Village Code violations. After Sky Zone’s rebuttal, the Village Board adjourned into closed session to deliberate. 

 

At the March 1, 2021 meeting of the Village Board, after considering the appeal of Sky Zone’s representatives, the Village Board upheld the revocation of Sky Zone’s business license.

 

Absent judicial appeal, the revocation of Sky Zone Orland Park’s license is effective immediately.