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State of the Village
Mayor Vandenberg
As mayor of this great Village, I’m committed to working with everyone to ensure Tinley Park’s nearly 60,000 residents continue to live in a town with a dynamic business climate, picturesque residential neighborhoods and entertainment opportunities that are second to none. All of my life I have lived in and loved this wonderful town, and now I’m getting to work on its behalf. This is the beginning of a new chapter and a bright future in the Village of Tinley Park, and I hope you’ll join me in the journey.

In the coming months and years we can look forward to the redevelopment of Downtown Tinley, as well as finalizing a master plan and developing the 280 acres of land at the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center. We’ll also concentrate on and invest in infrastructure and road extension projects to better serve our business and residential communities.

We’re also in the beginning stages of building Tinley Park’s new music brand, which we believe is the launching of an exciting new chapter in the Village of Tinley Park. Part of this branding process will include the construction of a new plaza in Downtown Tinley that will feature activities 250 days a year, including winter, which will complement the great special events we already have in town.

Some of the pillars of my campaign were transparency, accountability and accessibility. In order to live up to these promises I am working to make some adjustments to how things are done here in Tinley Park. The village government of Tinley Park is becoming streamlined, with efficiency being the name of the game. 

With the help of my dedicated staff, these changes will spread throughout our local government. Village staff and I will be working tirelessly to instill these changes. However, we cannot do it without help from the residents.

I encourage our incredible citizens to get involved with their local government. There are countless ways to do this. These include, but are not limited to, attending a Village Board Meeting, asking questions, volunteering for a commission or simply following the Village’s YouTube channel. Resident input is incredibly valuable to local government, and we need your help. I believe it takes a village to run a village. 

Tinley Park residents are engaged in, educated about and dedicated to this one-of-a kind Village. We need to continue to use our collective passion to better this excellent community. To that end, I challenge everyone to stay engaged by continuing to ask questions. After all, it’s not my Village, and it’s not the Board’s Village. It’s our Village. The business-as-usual status quo has ended, and now we look forward.

Jacob C. Vandenberg
Mayor, Village of Tinley Park


'Mayor's Corner' archive
The "Mayor's Corner" columns listed below are provided for archival purposes. Users may encounter broken links and/or outdated information due to the age of the stories.

  • Mayor's Corner (Oct. 30, 2014)
    • Description: Mayor Zabrocki talks about the Tinley Park Mental Health Center property and why the Village is interested in purchasing it from the State of Illinois.
  • Mayor's Corner (Nov. 13, 2014)
    • Description: Mayor Zabrocki discusses the principles guiding development of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center property.
  • Mayor's Corner (Nov. 20, 2014)
    • Description: Mayor Zabrocki talks about how TIF districts can aid in development of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center property.
  • Mayor's Corner (Dec. 18, 2014)
    • Description: Mayor Zabrocki discusses the redevelopment of the 3.3-acre former Central Middle School property at 172nd Street and 67th Court in Downtown Tinley.
  • Mayor's Corner (Feb. 12, 2015)
    • Description: Mayor Zabrocki reviews the many developments going on around Tinley Park, as well as provides an update on the development of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center and former Central Middle School properties.
  • Mayor's Corner (March 12, 2015)
    • Description: Mayor Zabrocki talks about the Village's purchasing policy and the three purchasing categories - commodities, core services and professional services.
  • Mayor's Corner (March 19, 2015)
    • Description: Mayor Zabrocki discusses the need for all residents to oppose Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cutting the municipal share of income taxes, also called the Local Government Distributive Fund, by 50% for all communities in Illinois.
  • Mayor's Corner (April 23, 2015)
    • Description: Mayor Zabrocki introduces the three newly elected members of the Tinley Park Village Board, which include trustees Jacob Vandenberg, Brian Younker and Michael Pannitto.
  • Mayor's Corner (June 18, 2015)    
    • Description: Mayor Seaman discusses the Village's plan to address the questions raised about its water meters and billing practices.
  • Mayor's Corner (Aug. 6, 2015)
    • Description: Mayor Seaman discusses the hiring of West Monroe Partners to conduct a third-party analysis of the Village's water meters and billing procedures, as well as an Interim Public Works Director to provide short-term leadership while the Village Board searches for a permanent director.
  • Mayor's Corner (Aug. 20, 2015)
    • Description: Mayor Seaman discusses the results of State Sen. Michael E. Hastings' Utility Town Hall Meeting at Prairie View Junior High School.
  • Mayor's Corner (March 31, 2016)
    • Description: Mayor Seaman discusses the resignations of Trustee Bernie Brady and Assistant Village Manager Mike Mertens; the expansion of Conifer Health Solutions; and the treatment of Village officials and employees.
  • Mayor's Corner (April 28, 2016)
    • Description: Mayor Seaman discusses the Reserve project, the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center site, developments at the former Central Middle School property and the new monthly list of active Village projects.
  • Mayor's Corner (Nov. 23, 2016)
    • Description: Mayor Seaman gives a brief update on several key developments occurring in the Village, including the new branding effort and the status of the state property location.
  • Mayor's Corner (Dec. 22, 2016)
    • Description: Mayor Seaman reflects on 2016 and some key accomplishments, including live streaming of Village Board meetings, the status of the state campus redevelopment and the Village's new music brand.