Press Release: Mayors Endorse Keith Pekau for Congress

Orland Park, IL — In the midst of consecutive successful terms as Orland Park’s Mayor, Keith Pekau has built a reputation as a leader who puts people over politics. Mayors from throughout the 6th District and surrounding area believe that reputation is well-deserved, endorsing Pekau’s run for Congress. This group of leaders expressed their support for Pekau’s candidacy this week, highlighting aspects of his qualifications and experience.
  • Tim Balderman, Mayor of New Lenox: “In my experience working directly with Keith Pekau as mayor, he makes decisions based on what he believes is best for his community’s safety, economy, and growth first. That’s the type of local leadership we need in Washington.”
  • Michael Einhorn, Mayor of Crete: “Under Keith Pekau’s leadership, his community has led the charge in reducing violent crime in neighborhoods. I know he’ll bring those same solutions to Congress which is why he has my full support.”
  • John Egofske, Mayor of Lemont: “Over the past four years I have seen firsthand Keith’s work ethic and progress in recruiting and developing new economic development into Orland Park. I am supporting Keith because of his hard work in growing quality businesses along with his fiscally responsible policies. Both of these qualities are much needed in Congress.”
  • Frank Fleischer, Mayor of Mokena: “Having worked with Keith Pekau the last four-plus years, I have been very impressed by what he has accomplished in his first term as mayor. His instincts as a successful small businessman have served him well and will continue to do so in Congress.”
  • Bob Kolosh, Mayor of Thornton, President of South Suburban Mayors and Managers: “Keith Pekau is a true leader who knows what it takes to grow jobs and bolster the economy. He has my full support as he runs for Congress.”
  • Gary L’Heureux, Mayor of Midlothian: “Keith Pekau and I share a deep concern about growing violent crime trends in and around Chicago. That’s why we’ve fought to keep our residents and businesses safe. That’s why I support Keith Pekau for Congress.”
  • Steve Streit, Mayor of Lockport: “Keith Pekau is one of those rare political figures that can critically think about a situation, formulate a plan, and then have the courage to act upon it. Keith would be a pragmatic and tireless advocate for the people of the 6th Congressional District.”
  • Mary Werner, Mayor of Worth: “Keith Pekau’s approach to fiscal and economic policy is sorely needed to push back against high taxes and runaway inflation. I support his candidacy, and I look forward to seeing what he’ll do to help grow the economy and create good-paying, middle-class jobs.”
  • George Yukich, Mayor of Homer Glen: “Keith Pekau simultaneously managed to cut taxes and invest in local infrastructure using his experience as a successful small businessman. He has had a positive impact on our entire region as mayor and will be able to do even more for the region in Congress. We need a man like this and he keeps his word.”
  • Ed Zabrocki, Former Mayor of Tinley Park: “With the extremism we’ve seen from many in Washington, a common-sense voice like Keith Pekau’s will be a welcome and necessary change. He’ll fight back against those who put ideological partisanship first—and he’ll put people over politics.”


This list is a “who’s who” of south suburban local leaders, and their endorsement of Keith Pekau reflects a deep belief in his proven track record as an effective leader. For a full list of endorsements and quotes, visit

“I sincerely appreciate the kind words of my colleagues and fellow mayors,” Pekau said. “I look forward to having the opportunity to show that their belief in me is well-founded. By putting people over politics, we can bring a welcome change to Washington.”

About Mayor Keith Pekau: Keith Pekau was elected Mayor of Orland Park in April 2017 in his first run for elected office. During his tenure, Keith proactively worked to reduce crime in Orland Park, leading to the lowest village crime rate in over a quarter-century. He works closely with regional municipal and business partners, co-founded the Chicago Southland Interstate Alliance, an I-80 corridor development group, and is on the board of the I-80 Coalition. Keith is a decorated combat veteran and Air Force Instructor Weapons System Officer. Born and raised in Orland Park, he has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Duke University, as a Fuqua Scholar.