The leader of a mysterious petition drive against a planned Orland Park mosque has been identified as an Orland Park woman who has used at least four aliases during the contentious public debate.

The woman has told newspapers, television stations, village officials and even some of her fellow mosque foes at different times that her name is Mary Nolan, Mary Redmond, Mary Smith and Colleen Nolan.

In fact, she is Colleen Lanigan, 45, a mother of two who lives in a stately home in the Mallard Landings subdivision about a mile from the planned mosque, 16530 104th Ave.

“Nothing really surprises me any more,” said Malik Ali, one of the mosque’s key organizers and an Orland Park resident. “Why some people would lie and spend so much time to hurt someone who lives in their community, I don’t understand it.”

No one answered the phone or door at Lanigan’s house this week. She also did not return e-mails for comment…


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