A village in the suburban Chicago area is standing up to Cook County's new vaccination mandate.
The Village of Orland Park, which sits about 25 miles southwest of Chicago, said it would not enforce the mandate, according to a resolution passed by village officials Tuesday.
The Orland Park Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pass the resolution, saying that no data could be presented to support the county's "political" mandate, according to a report.
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"If a mandate is going to be passed, it should be passed by law. It should be done by the legislative body, and additionally, it should be supported by data and facts," Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau said.
The Cook County mandate goes into effect on Jan. 3 and will require individuals to present proof of vaccination at gyms, restaurants, and other establishments, the report noted.
"I immediately sent a letter asking for a series of pieces of information regarding the data that supports this decision, and I've received nothing back," Pekau said.
Orland Park has a lower case rate than both Illinois and suburban Cook County as a whole, and the village has not once enforced a mask mandate, according to the mayor.
In total, roughly 94% of the village's residents are vaccinated, and several came to voice their opinions at Tuesday night's meeting.
"There is no evidence that the vaxxed versus the unvaccinated can catch this disease more," Diane Murphy said.
The new mandate could make the area unattractive for incoming businesses looking to move into Orland Park, one trustee said.
Another asked why the new rules would not affect hospitals, retail establishments, and schools.
People need to understand the pandemic cannot be controlled, Pekau said.
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"If we can learn how to live with it and conduct our lives as normally as possible with this going on — because I think this is going to be going on for the rest of our lives," he said. "I don't think it's going anywhere."