Mayor of Tinley Park says village will not use resources to apply Vax

TINLEY PARK, IL – Tinley Park Mayor Mike Glotz has announced that the village will not implement Cook County’s last vaccination mandate once it goes into effect on January 3.

In a brief letter to residents, Glotz acknowledged that the onus of upholding the new mandate lay with county officials such as the Cook County Public Health Department and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Glotz’s comments come days after Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau released a statement calling for the warrant, which will require indoor sites to check customers’ vaccination cards before granting them entry, an abuse of illegal power.

“My job is to promote the local economy and make sure that everyone is safe in our village,” Glotz said.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and Glotz’s tenure as mayor, Glotz repealed former Mayor Vandenberg’s mask tenure, saying the village should not create public health mandates. Glotz can also legally choose not to enforce the county order because the Tinley Park Police Department is not responsible for enforcing a county-wide initiative.

The order is mandatory for all suburban towns in Cook County except Skokie, Evanston, Oak Park, and Stickney Township, which all have their own municipal health departments.

For now, Glotz has said the village will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including masking and social distancing when advised.

“We have all struggled in the past 21 months with this pandemic, but we can overcome this together by using common sense and respecting others,” Glotz said in a press release. “I have no doubts that our resilient community will advance in 2022 stronger and better than before.”

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