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Mayor Eidam honors former public works employee and policeman Peter Krilich

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (January 21, 2021) – The first item under the Mayor’s Report during the January 19 meeting of the Village Board was to recognize the passing of “Former public works Deputy Superntendent, former part-time police officer/paramedic, and current Fire and Police Commissioner Peter Krilich.”

Emotional at times, Mayor Eidam made the following statement:

Mayor Patty Eidam

Peter began his full-time career with the Village of Lansing in June of 1985 when he was hired as electrical inspector by the Building Department. In September of 1987, he moved to our Public Works Department, where he served in many roles, but more notably as electrician, part of the snow plowing team, and was eventually made Deputy Superintendent. He retired from Public Works in April 2011 after 26 years of dedication in a position he loved.

He also served as a part-time special Lansing Police Officer for 38 years, 1979–2017, where he worked as a patrol officer and was also a Lansing paramedic.

Peter could often be seen at a Thornton Fractional South High School sporting event manning an ambulance or providing security.

Commissioner Krilich was appointed to the Police and Fire Commission in 2017, a role that he took with extreme pride and dedication. The Krilich family deeply appreciates all the kindness and condolences shown to them over the last few days. They ask for your understanding as they have a private funeral for Peter. Due to the pandemic, they will have to wait some time before they can plan and schedule a proper celebration of the man we knew to be so devoted to his family, his friends, and our village.
Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. Thank you Mayor Eidam for the kind and thoughtful words expressed on behalf of my brother, Peter Krilich, at both your Village Board Meeting, and also in the eloquent eulogy you delivered at his funeral on Friday, January 22. Our family was deeply touched by the special Lansing Police escort to the church and for the police, fire and public works personnel who were lined up on either side of the entrance to St. Maria Goretti’s Parish when the funeral cortege arrived. Peter grew up and lived in Lansing for 59 of his 63 years. He loved this town and all of the people he came to know and worked with over his 38 years of public service. “Big Pete”, as most folks in town fondly knew him, will be missed by his family and friends, and by all who knew him. Rest in Peace my “little” brother!

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