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Posted on: June 18, 2019

Park Forest board members affirm support for village manager

Village Hall

Park Forest Village Manager Tom Mick will remain in his post.Following the Village’s regular meeting Monday night, board members, Mick, and Village Attorney Burt Odelson met in a two and a half hour executive session. Mick and Park Forest Mayor ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2019

Park Forest water remains safe to drink, newly released report confirms

PF Water Tower

With the recent news of high levels of lead content in the drinking water of some south suburban communities, residents should take note that this does not apply to the water supply in Park Forest. As mandated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agen...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

What to know about solicitors going door-to-door in Park Forest

Village Hall

With warmer weather here, numerous residents have reported solicitors going door-to-door to engage residents on natural gas or electrical services. It has been reported that representatives claiming to be partners of the Village ask to view resident's bil...

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

June is Resident Appreciation Month

Resident Appreciation Month - June 2019

Several resident appreciation events are slated to take place this month. The events include: • Paint 'n' Sip | June 7 at 7 p.m. | Artistic Flow, 200 Main Street• Community BBQ | June 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. | Village Green, Main Street a...

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Posted on: May 30, 2019

Village to hold public hearing on proposed budget on Monday, June 3

Village Hall

Park Forest residents are invited to attend a Public Hearing, Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, on the Park Forest Board of Trustees’ proposed 2019/2020 Budget.The Public Hearing follows budget meetings held throughout the...

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Memorial Day program on May 27 remembers those lost while serving

Memorial Day 19

The Park Forest American Legion hosts its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 27 at 11 a.m. The program takes place at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive in Downtown Park Forest and includes placement of remembrance wreaths in solemn honor of ...

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

Park Forest Aqua Center opens for 67th season on June 1

Park Forest Aqua Center - presale - 2018

The Park Forest Aqua Center opens for the season on Saturday, June 1.Since 1959, the Park Forest Aqua Center has been one of the region's most popular aquatic facilities. Amenities Include:

  • Lap pools
  • Lanes available for open swim
  • Swim Lessons
  • Water Fitness&am...
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Posted on: May 2, 2019

Park Forest budget review sessions set for May and June

Village Hall

The Village of Park Forest has approved the budget review schedule for the proposed 2019-20 budget. Residents are welcome to attend any or all of the upcoming budget review sessions at Village Hall.

Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Park Forest election results official, applicants sought for trustee vacancy

Village Hall

Park Forest officially has new elected leaders set to be sworn into their posts with the sunset of the current board in May.Voting results from the April 4 election became official Tuesday with current Park Forest trustee Jonathan Vanderbilt defeating cur...

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019 election results

Village Hall

Below are unofficial election results for the April 2, 2019 races for Park Forest village president, Park Forest trustee, and Park Forest Public Library trustee.

Results reflect votes received in Cook County, Will County, and total votes in Cook and Will C...

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

Elections in Park Forest to be held April 2, information for voters

Village Hall

Election Day in Park Forest is Tuesday, April 2. Park Forest residents will vote for candidates in mayoral, Village trustee, school board, and library board races in the Village.

For Cook County residents with questions about their voting location, visit C...

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Park Forest Aqua Center offers pre-sale discounted rates on 2019 passes

Park Forest Aqua Center - presale - 2018

Season passes to the Park Forest Aqua Center are currently on sale for a discounted rate. Specials are taking place throughout the months of March and April.

March Into Summer Special

From March 1 to March 31, season passes for a Park Forest family of three...

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Hydrant flushing begins April 8

Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant flushing will be conducted April 8 through May 8. Flushing takes place on weekdays at 8:30 a.m. No flushing is done on weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During flushing, your water may become disc...

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

Village adopts resolution signaling race, equity and leadership plan in the works

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Close to three years after launching a comprehensive review of the village’s policies, procedures, and practices, Park Forest is now taking official action to establish and implement a race, equity, and leadership plan.A resolution passed by Par...

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Posted on: March 15, 2019

Congresswoman Kelly, Park Forest Youth Commission to hold youth job fairs

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job Expo for young men and women between the ages of 16 and 23 on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, in the Media Center of Rich South High School, 5000 Sauk Trail, Richton Park.More than 50 employers w...

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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Will County early voting locations

Village Hall

Early voting in Will County is from March 18 to April 1. Park Forest's Village Hall is no longer an early voting site for Will County residents. This decision was made by Will County. The below information is being provided for Will County residents inter...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Vehicle stickers on sale now, rates increase May 1

Village Hall

Sales of the Village of Park Forest vehicle sticker begin each year on March 1. The 2019-20 vehicle sticker may be purchased now at Village Hall or online.Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Village ...

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Posted on: January 14, 2019

Upcoming forums allow residents to hear from candidates running for P.F. office

Village Hall

Several forums will be held over the coming months for candidates running in the April 2 election. The forums are sponsored by various community organizations and allow residents to learn more about the candidates and where they stand on various issues.Up...

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Posted on: February 21, 2019

Village adopts new Climate Action and Resilience Plan

Park Forest Sustainability

Park Forest is taking action to prepare the community for the future impacts of climate change.Park Forest board members Monday night unanimously approved a Climate Action and Resilience Plan.The new plan builds on Park Forest’s Sustainability Plan adopte...

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Posted on: February 8, 2019

Parking ticket rate increases to $50

Violation Increase

After nearly 30 years, the $25 parking ticket rate in Park Forest is going up.The move comes after an analysis conducted by Park Forest Police found the village at the bottom of a list that compared fines levied by 12 area municipalities. Eight of the 12 ...

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Read the memo to board members on page 49 Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: January 29, 2019

Warming centers available in Park Forest

Village Hall

Officials in Park Forest are urging residents to stay indoors, if at all possible, Tuesday evening through Thursday morning as potentially record-breaking temperatures are expected to sweep thru the area.All Village services, including Village Hall, will ...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Village amends ordinance to include anti-nepotism language

Village Hall

Park Forest is hoping to eliminate any possibility of improper hires.Village board members voted unanimously Monday night to adopt an amendment that adds anti-nepotism language to an already existing ordinance outlining the responsibilities of the Village...

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Read the full memo and amendment on pages 54-58 Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Ostenburg named chair of Metropolitan Mayors Caucus

Ostenburg to speak at housing conference

Mayor John A. Ostenburg of Park Forest has been elected to serve as chairperson for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. The decision was made by members of the MMC Executive Board at its November 19 meeting. Mayor Ostenburg will serve in the post through the ...

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Posted on: October 11, 2018

Village seeks additional resident feedback with survey

Polco

In June, Park Forest announced its intent to conduct surveys via Polco, an innovative engagement platform where residents can directly provide input to the local government decision-making process. By using Polco, the village looked to make public partici...

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Go to Park Forest's survey page now Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: October 11, 2018

Congresswoman Kelly to Host 6th Annual Hiring Event and Job Readiness Workshop

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host her 6th Annual Hiring Event for residents of the 2nd Congressional District on Friday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lan-Oak Park District, 2550 178th St., Lansing. More than 50 employers with active job op...

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Posted on: September 21, 2018

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by Oct. 31

Czupryn is Park Forest's Business Person of the Year for 2017

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

Park Forest celebrates Halloween with numerous events

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Park Forest celebrates Halloween with several events beginning on Oct. 26 and running through Oct. 31. See below for information on each event.Please note trick or treating hours in Park Forest this year are 3 to 8 p.m. 

Haunts Against Hunger Haun...

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Posted on: September 27, 2018

Police issue community alert following reported paintball attacks

Community Alert

Park Forest Police today released the following community alert after reports of numerous paintball attacks in the Village. In the evening hours of Wednesday, September 26, and the morning hours of Thursday, September 27, there were several incidents in w...

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Officer Tim Jones stars in police lip sync video

Officer Tim Jones stars in lip sync challenge video

Earlier this year, videos of police departments across the country putting on their best lip-syncing faces began to surface on the internet. The craze, dubbed the #lipsyncchallenge, showed the lighter side of policing as officers provided entertaining vis...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Park Forest Fire Department assists Lansing after semi crashes into building

PFFD assists Lansing following crash

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, while the Park Forest Fire Department was preparing for a moment of silence in memory of the 9/11 attacks, a request for the MABAS Division 27 Technical Rescue team was dispatched to assist the Lansing Fire Department after a semi tr...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

211th Metra commuter lot to close, users directed to near lot

Metra lot closes Sept. 1

The 211th Street Metra commuter parking lot, owned and maintained by the Village of Park Forest, will be officially closed at the end of the businesses day on August 31.Park Forest anticipates this to be a permanent closure unless other circumstances call...

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View location of the lot now using Google Maps Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: August 7, 2018

Children to be required by law to ride in rear facing car seats until age 2

Rear-Facing-Car-Seat-Installed_web

A new law was signed on Friday and will go into effect in January 1, 2019 that requires all children must ride rear facing in a car seat until the age of 2.It is well documented that the safest position for a young child to ride is in a rear facing car se...

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Posted on: July 16, 2018

Download the Village of Park Forest app today

Park Forest App

The Village of Park Forest mobile app is now available! This new digital tool provides an on-the-go connection for individuals seeking resources, news, and information from their smart phones or tablets.

The Village of Park Forest app can be used to enjoy ...

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

Main Street Nights, free entertainment downtown this summer

Main Street Nights - 2018

A summertime favorite in Park Forest has returned. Main Street Nights, the free outdoor concert series, takes place every Wednesday evening in downtown Park Forest.Grab a blanket and position yourself in the Park Forest Downtown Village Green (Cunningham ...

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View this summer's lineup! Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Park Forest budget review sessions set for May and June

Park Forest Budget Review 2018-19

The Village of Park Forest has approved the budget review schedule for the proposed 2018-19 budget. Residents are welcome to attend any or all of the upcoming budget review sessions at Village Hall.

Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Board/Public Introduction of Budge...

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Posted on: March 9, 2018

Park Forest Aqua Center pre-sale offers discounted rates on season passes

Park Forest Aqua Center - presale - 2018

Season passes to the Park Forest Aqua Center are currently on sale for a discounted rate.Specials are taking place throughout the months of March and April.

March Into Summer Special

From March 1 to March 31, residents and non-residents of Park Forest pay t...

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Learn more about the Park Forest Aqua Center Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: April 12, 2018

Vehicle stickers on sale, rates increase May 1

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Sales of the 2018-19 Village of Park Forest vehicle sticker begin March 1. Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall or online.

Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Village of Park Forest by the end of...

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Posted on: March 29, 2018

Park Forest Environment Commission presents Earth Week 2018, April 14-22

Park Forest Earth Week 2018

April 14

Gardening Series: Basic Beginning Gardening 2: What’s the difference between annual/perennial, or raised bed vs.digging in the ground? Also basic tools. 10:30 a.m.Wetland Discovery Center | 30 N. Orchard Drive

Opening of the Eart...

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Posted on: March 16, 2018

Park Forest to recognize Officer Tim Jones Monday with honorary street

Honorary Officer Tim Jones Way

The Park Forest Board of Trustees Monday evening will officially designate a section of Lakewood Boulevard, from Forest Boulevard to Orchard Drive, as Honorary Officer Tim Jones Way.

A dedication will take place at 6 p.m. just outside of the Park Forest Po...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

Park Forest mayor to co-chair national group on race, equity and leadership

Ostenburg to speak at housing conference

Mayor John A. Ostenburg of Park Forest has been appointed co-chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council for 2018. The council has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s strategic focus on elimin...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

Congresswoman Kelly to speak in Park Forest on gun violence

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will address issues of gun violence, both mass shootings and street incidents from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest.

The program is sponsored by the interfaith Park Forest People of Faith. ...

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Posted on: March 1, 2018

Early voting details for Park Forest residents

Early voting in Park Forest - 2018

COOK COUNTY EARLY VOTING

Please note, Park Forest's Village Hall is only an early voting location for Cook County residents. Early voting information, including early voting locations, for Will County residents is below.Early Voting for Cook County residen...

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Posted on: February 26, 2018

Neighborhood meeting program continues with Feb. 28 meeting at Freedom Hall

Park Forest Neighborhood Meeting Program - 2018

Park Forest continues its Neighborhood Meeting Program in 2018 with several meetings this year, beginning with a Feb. 28 meeting at Freedom Hall.Upcoming neighborhood meetings are as follows:

Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m.  |  Location:...

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

Park Forest police officer pens article about career in law enforcement

MVold

Park Forest Police Officer Meghan Vold penned an article for the police news website TenTwoTimes this week detailing why she serves in law enforcement.In the article, Vold shares her love for kids, her belief in empathy and acts of kindness, and her missi...

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Read Officer Vold's essay on TenTwoTimes.com Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: February 21, 2018

Park Forest remembers Katherine Armstrong

Armstrong

A memorial service for former Village Trustee Katherine Armstrong is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, from 4 p.m. to  8 p.m. at University Park Golf Club, 23520 Crawford Ave. in University Park.A resident of Park Forest for over six decades, Armsto...

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Posted on: February 19, 2018

Park Forest hosts youth providers summit

Park Forest Youth Summit ཎ

Close to 60 local organizations that provide service to area kids attended a summit Friday in downtown Park Forest at Dining on the Green banquet hall.Participants included Park Forest staff members, schools, public service agencies, local civic groups an...

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Posted on: January 30, 2018

Ostenburg participates in 'State of the County' event

Ostenburg to speak at housing conference

Mayor John A. Ostenburg of Park Forest represented the South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA) at the “State of the County Community Breakfast” held at Nehemiah Christian Center in Harvey on Jan. 26. The event was sponsored by Cook County...

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Posted on: February 2, 2018

Park Forest 1 of 4 to receive highest designation for efforts in solar

Park Forest receives special recognition from SolSmart

Today, the national SolSmart program recognized 15 Chicago-area municipalities and counties for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for residents and businesses to go solar.

These communities have taken bold steps to encourage solar energy growth...

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Posted on: February 2, 2018

Board members to consider future of Health Dept. at Monday meeting

Board to discuss Health Department future, Feb. 5

On Monday, Feb. 5, Park Forest board members will consider a resolution to discontinue the home healthcare and clinical services of the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus.A special workshop was held Jan. 29 to begin to discuss the future of the dep...

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Posted on: January 29, 2018

Homewood Disposal says no increase to yard waste bags, stickers

Homewood Disposal

Homewood Disposal recently announced that there will be no increase in the cost of yard waste bags and stickers in 2018. The garbage disposal service says it will experience a three percent increase in the amount they are charged to dump at the compost si...

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Posted on: January 26, 2018

Mayor named panelist at February housing conference

Ostenburg to speak at housing conference

Mayor John A. Ostenburg of Park Forest will serve on a panel discussing the topic “Clean It or Lien It: Dealing with Vacant and Blighted Properties” as part of the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing Feb. 21 and ...

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

Park Forest wins best tasting water award in regional competition

Park Forest wins Best Tasting Water in South Suburbs

Park Forest has the best tasting water in Chicago’s south suburbs according to the Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA).Taste Contest Chair Chuck Lawrence presented Park Forest's Chief Water Plant Operator David Vavrek with the award...

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Posted on: January 22, 2018

Board approves electronics recycling agreement with Homewood Disposal

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Park Forest board members on Jan. 16 approved a measure that now allows residents to place electrics at the curb on garbage day for pick-up by Homewood Disposal at no extra charge. To have electronics picked up at your home, residents should review the be...

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

Village welcomes new deputy police chief

Ryzki

The Park Forest Police Department’s Brian Rzyski, who since October has assumed the role of deputy chief following the promotion of former deputy chief Christopher Mannino to police chief, was officially sworn in Monday evening.Rzyski is in this...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Czupryn is 2017's Park Forest Business Person of the Year

Czupryn is Park Forest's Business Person of the Year for 2017

Ed Czupryn of the Park Forest Currency Exchange is Park Forest’s Business Person of the Year for 2017.

Czupryn was presented the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award Monday at Village Hall during Park Forest’s Board of Trustee...

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