Mayor's Corner

Mayor Jake Vandenberg

In today’s America, it can seem like we are becoming more divisive and less connected to our neighbors and communities. As a direct response to that divisiveness and disconnection, my office partnered with a few organizations in Tinley Park to put on an event that combats this divisiveness with messages of love and positivity. The Love is Harmony event was created as an opportunity for members of our community to get together and show that Tinley Park is a community built on love, mutual respect, togetherness and harmony.

I want to thank the event’s partners, the Tinley Park / Orland Hills Ministerial Alliance, the Tinley Park Park District and the Tinley Park Public Library for their help in putting on the Love is Harmony event. This event was held over the course of the weekend of September 7 to 9. The idea behind this event was to have people from throughout Tinley Park design a small flag with a message of love and positivity. We then attached each flag to the same string, thereby taking these individual messages and creating a mosaic of positive messages. Over the course of the weekend we had nearly 100 flags made!

The flags will be assembled and displayed at the locations who hosted the Love is Harmony Event - Tinley Park Village Hall, the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, the Tinley Park Public Library and at various houses of worship throughout the community. I also want to thank everyone who took the time to stop and design a flag. This event would not have been the success that it was without the participation of Tinley Park’s many wonderful residents.

In addition, we are coming to the end of the summer event season and the beginning of the fall event season. I want to thank the Marketing, Public Works, Police and Fire departments for all of their hard work putting on the Downtown Tinley Block Party, the Farmers Market, National Night Out, Cruise Nights, the Third Fridays Flicks, the Music in the Plaza events and the Benches on the Avenue program over the last few months. It has been a pleasure to go downtown in the evenings and to see everyone enjoying these remarkable events. As the weather and the leaves change, we at Village Hall are gearing up for an incredible fall event season.

Over the next few weeks the Village of Tinley Park will be assisting the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce with their second annual Oktoberfest event. Last year was a major success and we are looking forward to what this year brings! The Marketing, Public Works, Police and Fire departments will also be putting on an impressive fall event line-up, including the Fire Prevention Open House and the annual Boo Bash. The Veterans Commission will also be hosting a Veterans Day event. Please check out the Special Events tab on the Village website for more information on each of these events.

While I will miss the summer weather, I know there are some incredible things in Tinley Park’s near future. I am very impressed with our summer event line-up and am excited to see what we have in store for the fall! 

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Jacob C. Vandenberg
Mayor, Village of Tinley Park