Audio of the April 6 Orland Park Village Board meeting that appeared to be destroyed

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Audio of the April 6 Orland Park Village Board meeting that appeared to be edited

S2 Ep5 Thursday April 9, 2020

(UPDATE -- The Village of Orland Park has restored the files since the column, podcast and FOIA were published and they claimed the file was not edited or deleted or replaced by the village.)

On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Orland Park Village Board held a Committee of the Whole meeting that began at 6:30 pm to review a proposal by Trustee Dan Calandriello urging the village administration to help local businesses that were suffering because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting lasted about 18 minutes, and was followed by the Village Board meeting at 7 PM.

Both meetings were conducted by teleconference, per the direction of Gov. Pritzker and both meetings were recorded by the Village of Orland Park as per the requirements of State Law.

The full unedited Audio files were placed on the Village website Tuesday morning.

I wrote a column on Monday night criticizing Mayor Pekau for his harsh, personal and vicious attacks he made during the meeting against Calandriello. I also challenged his inept handling of the meeting which violated the fundamental basics of Roberts Rules of Order, something he did on purpose to prevent Calandriello from responding to his vicious personal attacks.

The column, posted here at SuburbanChicagoland.com, included a link to the Village Audio File of the Committee of the Whole meeting on the Village website, which was complete from start to finish.

An angry Pekau, in his political newsletter on Wednesday, April 8, criticized Calandriello again and also criticized me accusing me of making up the content of the column calling it "highly fictional."

Of course, the column quoted Pekau and Calandriello precisely and was transcribed from the audio file. But, apparently to justify his false assertion that my column was "highly fictionalized," the Pekau administration removed the audio file apparently so no one could hear what he said.

The audio files of the Committee of the Whole and the Village Board meeting were working perfectly on Tuesday and on Wednesday but appeared to be altered late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. In their place were corrupted files that only played in repetitive cycle, the first 20 to 60 seconds of each of the meetings. The bottom line was that a record of Pekau's harsh attack against Calandriello suddenly disappeared

This is NOT the first Time Mayor Keith "Watergate" Pekau has done this. The audio files of his last outburst during attacking Hope Covenant Church for hosting a one-day per week homeless shelter also mysteriously vanished from the Village website.

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