MESSAGE FROM SUPERVISOR PAUL O’GRADY
Orland Township is a dynamic community rich with children and families, seniors, and young professionals. We have embraced this diversity, multiplicity and variety of needs, and have responded with an array of programs and services to reach every person and lifestyle in our community. From our senior events and family-oriented pet parades to our resume writing workshops and job fairs, Orland Township offers something for everybody.
As Supervisor, I have worked to ensure that our programs support and raise awareness of critical services. Our annual Senior American Idol and Dancing with the Senior Stars events, for instance, raise funds for the Orland Township Scholarship Fund, which helps exemplary local youth pursue higher education. Our annual Pet-palooza parade and fair raises money, pet food, and supplies for “Crashy’s Closet,” the Township’s Pet Pantry. Our Illumin8K Run/Walk in September 2013 raised funds for the Jason Foundation, which works to prevent youth suicide through educational and awareness programs. And our annual Holiday Program raises money, food, toys, and new clothes through various activities for local families in need.
Township government plays a crucial role in promoting a greater quality of life for our residents. Orland Township strives to provide services that are useful and relevant for our community, and so we are constantly engaging with Township residents to ensure they receive the services they deem most important.
Looking ahead, we will continue working to ensure our Township prospers and enhances the quality of life for our individual residents and greater community. As we work together to build a stronger future, Orland Township will continue to provide our residents with valuable and beneficial services and programs.
Supervisor Paul O’Grady
ABOUT OUR SUPERVISOR
Paul O’Grady: Experienced Manager, Championing Investment in Local Families
Paul O’Grady was elected Orland Township Supervisor in April 2009 and was re-elected for a second four-year term in spring 2013. During his time as Supervisor, O’Grady has championed investment in children and youth while promoting initiatives that strengthen families, embrace the senior population, and build the local work force. O’Grady accomplished all of this without raising taxes and while maintaining a budget surplus. He has pushed to make information about the Township’s financial condition, budget, and expenditures accessible online so that taxpayers can evaluate for themselves whether or not their elected officials are providing responsible fiscal stewardship.
During these challenging economic times, O’Grady has worked to help unemployed citizens get back to work by implementing resume writing and interviewing workshops, job fairs and other back-to-work programs. By assertively enlisting support from businesses and other local donors, O’Grady launched and then grew such services as the Township’s Pet Pantry, which provides food and supplies for pets and families in need without asking for more from taxpayers.
A practicing attorney with the law firm of Peterson, Johnson, & Murray, O’Grady serves as a Special State’s Attorney in both Cook and Will counties. He also is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, which develops and provides quality training and education programs for Illinois police officers, as an instructional expert in various aspects of criminal law and procedure. O’Grady also received a certificate of executive management from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va.
Prior to his election as Orland Township Supervisor, O’Grady served as Commissioner and then as Chairman of the Orland Fire Protection District. He is president of the Orland Township Scholarship Foundation, which has awarded more than $84,000 in scholarship funds to local students based upon grade point average, leadership skills, community service participation, extracurricular activities, recommendations and a response to an essay question.
O’Grady was born in 1964 to Frank and Lorita O’Grady and was raised with his three siblings in south suburban Flossmoor. He attended Mount Carmel High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s and law degrees from Loyola University Chicago.
In the twilight of his parents’ lives, O’Grady witnessed the challenges many elderly people face in gaining access to transportation and other services they need to maintain and enhance their quality of life – some have no one to help them. As Supervisor, O’Grady has been a passionate advocate for senior citizens. From dancing and singing competitions to health screenings and wellness fairs, O’Grady has focused the Township’s resources on creating and implementing meaningful programming and social opportunities for older adults.
O’Grady and his wife, Debbie, live in Orland Park. They have two sons, Colin and Connor.