Orland Park Invited to Send Team to WGN TV Morning News "Battle of the Burbs"

Orland Park Invited to Send Team to WGN TV Morning News "Battle of the Burbs"
Posted on 05/15/2015

Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin will lead a team of three on the WGN Morning News “Battle of the Burbs” on Friday, May 15. Orland Park will face the City of Batavia, competing for bragging rights while competing in Olympic style games.

“We’re looking forward to the competition and facing our counterparts from Batavia,” McLaughlin said, adding that the last time he visited the WGN TV Studios on West Bradley Place in Chicago was more than 50 years ago for a taping of “Bozo Circus.”

“I was there to see Bozo Circus when I was a kid and it’s fun to be going back with two of Orland Park’s community leaders,” the mayor said.

McLaughlin’s team includes Priscilla Steinmetz, co-founder and director of The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park and Rob Wehmeier, owner of Wehmeier Portraits in Orland Park and the immediate past president of the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m excited to help represent Orland Park,” Steinmetz said. “We have a great community and I’m hoping we can make everyone proud.”

Rob Wehmeier is a familiar face in Orland Park with his being a resident, owning a local business and being active in the community.

“I’m looking forward to representing the business community on the mayor’s team,” Wehmeier said.

This will be Orland Park’s second “Battle of the Burbs” this year with the village having won a Chicago radio station’s suburban battle in April.

“The Orland Park community rallied in April and voted for Orland Park through each of the brackets, taking us to the final round and eventually to victory,” McLaughlin said of the radio contest. “We’re hoping that everyone tunes into the WGN Morning News on television Friday and cheers us on.”

Teams will be introduced on the air at 7:55 a.m. on Friday during Channel 9’s WGN Morning News with the first game taking place at 8:20 a.m. The second contest will air at 8:55 a.m. with game three airing at 9:20 a.m. The winning town will be crowned at 9:50 a.m. on the air.