Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Joins Mayor Kyle Hastings and Thousands of Orland Hills Residents to Mark its 50th Anniversary

Jun 25, 2011
Press Release

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CHICAGO –– Under bright blue skies and amid the food, fun and fellowship of thousands of residents, this afternoon U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush joined in the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Village of Orland Hills while also honoring the leadership of Orland Hills Mayor Kyle R. Hastings and other community leaders.  Rush presented the Mayor with a permanent congressional recognition that honors the vision of Orland Hills' founders and the effective leadership by Hastings and others whose combined efforts have enabled the village to grow from less than 500 residents to more than 7,100. 

Today’s event occurs almost 50 years to the date the village was incorporated on June 30, 1961.  Originally known as Westhaven, the village boundaries were 167th Street to the north, 169th Street to the south and was located within the narrow confines of 90th and 94th avenues.   Congressman Rush entered a tribute that recognizes the growth of this dynamic American city in the Congressional Record of the United States.  The document, known as an Extension of Remarks, is an expression of Rush’s admiration for Mayor Hastings, Orland Hills’ original founders, the village’s current leadership and the contribution this growing community continues to make to the State of Illinois and to our nation.

In part, Rush’s tribute said this, “…It is my sincere honor to enter into the Congressional Record this heartfelt tribute to the residents of Orland Hills, their Honorable Mayor Kyle R. Hastings, the trustees and appointed leadership of Administrator John A. Daly, and the Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Committee, an Orland Hills Trustee and the Mayor's son, Kyle R. Hastings II.

“I also want to pay tribute to the thousands of Orland Hills residents who spend significant social capital every day to make their village a true social network—a real place to live and work and raise families.

“At a time when so much of our nation is beset with tough budgets or less than stellar policy and political leaders, the Village of Orland Hills has much to celebrate. I am deeply proud to serve the interests of this thriving community and I pray for the good health and prosperity of its citizens.”

Here’s a link to Congressman Rush’s 50th anniversary tribute in its entirety. 

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NOTE:  Here's a link to a photo catalogue of today's celebration as posted on Congressman Rush's Facebook page.