Orland Fire Protection District Board President James Hickey and friends are hosting a fundraiser July 28 at , with proceeds going toward Hickey’s campaign fund.
An electronic flier for the event calls upon all red-white-and-blue-blooded locals to join “in Honoring The New President of the Board.”
Hickey said this will be the second fundraiser he has held in his name. Public records show that Orland Professional Firefighters Local 2754 donated $1,600 to his campaign in 1999 and another $1,600 in 2009. Other contributors over the years include Coach's Corner in Orland Park and Office Max in Orland Hills.
Tickets for this fundraiser are $50 individually and $75 per couple. Sponsorships for the event, ranging from $500 to $3,000, can be purchased ahead of time. They carry with them such patriot-themed titles as “Son’s of Liberty” and “Stars and Stripes."
More than once, Hickey has compared his actions to those of this nation’s forebears. He and trustees Christopher Evoy and Blair Rhode have declared financial transparency and budget cuts their mandate, often at the entreaty of other board members.
“I see us as rebuilding the fire district just like how America reinvented itself,” Hickey said.
His seat expires in 2015.
“If I’m still needed to make changes at that time, I will stay on board,” Hickey said. Otherwise, he would consider running for a higher office, he said, though it's too early to decide on which.
“A lot depends on if I prove myself and prove to taxpayers that I can get the job done that they want to have done,” he continued. “But you never close any doors, and you take one day at a time.”