Meet Keith Pekau

1989

Joined the US Air Force

Keith Pekau is a decorated combat veteran and Air Force Instructor Weapons System Officer in the F-15E. He has over 1,500 hours of flight time, including 45 combat sorties and 150 combat hours over Southern Iraq.

2003

Started a Business

As a small businessman, Keith knows what it takes to grow jobs. He started GroundsKeeper Landscape Care, a full-service landscaping and tree service company, and later co-founded Fahrenheit Consulting which specializes in helping businesses develop market growth strategies

2017

Elected as Mayor

In just one term as Mayor of Orland Park, he cut operating expenses by 14%, paid down over $50 million in debt, and lowered property tax rates by 28%. During his tenure, crime has been reduced to the lowest levels in over 27 years and Orland Park was named the safest city in Illinois in 2020.

Keith Pekau is a local leader, decorated veteran, and successful small businessman.

Keith was first elected Mayor of Orland Park in April 2017 in his first ever run for elected office and was re-elected in 2021. Born and raised in Orland Park, he has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Duke University, as a Fuqua Scholar.

Keith is a decorated combat veteran and Air Force Instructor Weapons System Officer in the F-15E. He has over 1,500 hours of flight time, including 45 combat sorties and 150 combat hours over Southern Iraq.  

After leaving the Air Force, Keith was a management consultant for two international consulting firms. In 2003, Keith started GroundsKeeper Landscape Care, a full-service landscaping and tree service company. In 2009, Keith co-founded Fahrenheit Consulting which specializes in helping businesses develop market growth strategies.

In one term as Mayor, Keith has worked with the Orland Park Village Board to reduce the operational budget by 14% and debt by over $50 million. He refused to take a pension and worked with the new, recently elected board to eliminate pensions for all Village of Orland Park elected officials. Additionally, he worked to ensure that a binding term limit resolution was on the ballot in November of 2020, which passed 88.5% to 11.5%.

During his tenure, crime has been reduced to the lowest levels in over 27 years and Orland Park was named the safest city in Illinois in 2020. Keith works closely with regional municipal and business partners and co-founded an I-80 corridor development group, Chicago Southland Interstate Alliance and is on the board of the I-80 coalition. Keith has worked tirelessly for the business community helping to save the Orland Square Mall, and to keep businesses open and life as normal as possible during COVID. During his first term, over 600 businesses opened in Orland Park.

Mayor Pekau will bring his diverse experience as a combat veteran, business owner, and mayor to Congress and put the people of the 6th District over politics.