Michael F. Carroll

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Michael F. Carroll is an American politician (Democrat) and attorney from Orland Park, Illinois. He currently serves as a trustee on the Orland Park Board of Trustees.


Carroll went to high school at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park and graduated in 1981. He attended Northern Illinois University for his undergraduate education. He later received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1995.[1]

In April 2017, Carroll was inducted into The John Marshall Law School "Hall of Distinction", an honorarium that recognizing graduates from the law school who have become judges or elected officials.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Carroll began his career as a police officer for the Orland Park Police Department.[2] After leaving the police department, he went to work as an attorney at a criminal defense firm, working his way up to a partner.[3] He left and opened his own solo law practice, specializing in DUI defense.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 2013, Carroll ran for public office, seeking a term on the school board of the Orland School District 135. He won the election and served until 2015.[2][3] When he was first elected, he was elected within the school board to serve as vice president.[4]

In 2015, he ran for trustee of the Village of Orland Park.[2][3] Then-mayor Dan McLaughlin assembled a slate of candidates under the name First Orland Party ticket. Prior to 2015, McLaughlin included an incumbent trustee named Ed Schussler. However, in 2015, McLaughlin left Schussler off the ticket and replaced him with Carroll. Carroll went on to win the election.[5]

Politically, he serves as a committeeman for the Democratic Party in Orland Park, occupying the committeeman seat once held by former mayor Dan McLaughlin.[4]

Pension and pay hike vote for Mayor McLaughlin[edit]

On October 17, 2016, the Orland Park Board of Trustees held its regularly scheduled meeting. One of the items up for a debate and vote was whether to increase the salary of Mayor Dan McLaughlin from $40,000 per year to $150,000 per year (a 375 percent increase). After two hours of debate, the measure passed, with Carroll voting yes.[6]

Over 100 angry residents crowded the village hall during the debate and vote. Many residents at the meeting "said they were deeply disturbed that the issue was brought up so quickly and without public discussion, and that the salary change should be made by the voters."[6]

The following spring, long-time incumbent McLaughlin lost his race for re-election to a political newcomer, Keith Pekau.[7]


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External links[edit]

  • ^ a b "Orland Park Village Trustee Michael Carroll Inducted into The John Marshall Law School Hall of Distinction". Chicago Tribune. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  • ^ a b c "Michael Carroll". firstorland.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  • ^ a b c d "Michael F. Carroll, Attorney at Law | DUI, Criminal & Civil Litigation Attorney". mikecarrolllaw.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  • ^ a b "Michael Carroll - The Daily Line's Cloutwiki". clout.wiki. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  • ^ Zumbach, Lauren (2015-03-30). "Orland Park trustee seeks re-election without mayor's support". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  • ^ a b Hanania, Ray (2016-10-17). "Orland Park approves 375% increase in mayoral salary". American Daily News - INNOnline. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  • ^ Nolan, Mike. "Apparent winner of Orland Park mayoral race hopes to find 'common ground'". Daily Southtown. Retrieved 2017-06-30.