News Flash

Village of Park Forest - Top Story News

Posted on: May 4, 2023

Village swears in new mayor and trustees

swearing in nf size

It was standing room only at Village Hall during Monday night's Board meeting when new Park Forest trustees John Moore and Randle White, along with new Village mayor, Joseph Woods, were sworn into office.

Speaking to a sea of supporters in their first public comments since being elected on April 4, Moore, White, and Woods all expressed appreciation to the community they will serve over the next four years.

Moore, who was raised in the Village before moving away for a period of time, returned in 2014 and immediately looked to get involved. Moore credited his mother for providing him with a passion for serving Park Forest. 

"Mom really taught me to love this Village," Moore said. "She taught me how the Village works." 

Moore expressed his hope that residents feel good about Park Forest. 

"I want you guys to be excited about Park Forest," Moore said. "We've had our challenges. We've had some outrageous challenges. And any other community facing the challenges we've faced would be in trouble."

White, also raised in the Village and who most recently served as a school board member for District 163, credited a host of residents he said made his election to the Village board possible. 

"I'm here because of the support that you all did throughout this campaign," White said. 

"Thank you to the Village of Park Forest and its residents for standing with me and staying patient with me on my journey as I grow to be the best version of myself." 

With three Village trustee seats to be decided, and former trustee Candyce Herron not seeking re-election, Moore and White finished second and third, respectively, with incumbent Tiffani Graham placing first at the polls in April's elections. Graham was not in attendance Monday due to a scheduling conflict. 

Newly elected mayor Joseph Woods previously served as Village trustee for four years and ran unopposed after former mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt dropped out of the race in February. In an impassioned speech, Woods vowed to work with legislators and assessors to address issues surrounding how properties in the Village are assessed. He said he'd also like to readopt the Board's rules of procedures, reestablish the neighborhood meetings program, and reestablish the Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy. 

Woods closed his comments by recalling a conversation he once had with famed poet Maya Angelou who encouraged him always speak emphatically about his community and never to 'bow down.' 

"So, Southland, let's stand up in all our glory," Woods said. "Park Forest, let's stand up in all our glory."

"Board of Trustees, leaders, and representatives of this community let's stand up in all our glory."

Click here to watch the Board meeting of May 1 and to view other past Board meetings. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Village of Park Forest - Top Story News

Fire station nf size

Park Forest Firefighters Local 1263 hosts disco-themed trivia fundraiser on Feb. 24

Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: March 28, 2014
Park Forest Community Oscars

The Park Forest Community Oscars winners

Posted on: February 6, 2024

Metra ticketing changes take effect Feb. 1; What Park Forest commuters should expect

Posted on: February 1, 2024 | Last Modified on: March 28, 2014
Safe halloween 2023 nf size

Safe Halloween 2023 recapped

Posted on: October 30, 2023
Youth Day  2016 news flash size

Village hosts several events in October

Posted on: September 26, 2023
GSU Job Fair Pic nf size

Village hosts Job Fair on May 27

Posted on: May 23, 2023
Village Hall

April 4, 2023 election results

Posted on: April 4, 2023
Electric Aggregation

Illinois Solar for All program rolls out

Posted on: February 8, 2023

Candidate forums begin Jan. 29

Posted on: January 20, 2023
Sustainability NF Size

Join the Environment Commission

Posted on: December 19, 2022
lights NF size

Holiday Light & Tree Recyling

Posted on: November 12, 2022
Yard waste NF size

Last day for yard waste pick-up, Nov. 30

Posted on: November 10, 2022
Street Sweeping image NF size

Final street sweeping Monday, Nov. 14

Posted on: November 8, 2022
nicor gas news flash image

Nicor natural gas meter relocation program

Posted on: September 27, 2022
Village Hall

Early voting hours and locations

Posted on: October 12, 2022
BC Awarness image news flash size

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 4, 2022
Halloween in Park Forest 2020

Safe Halloween, Oct. 29

Posted on: October 12, 2022
blood drive Oct 2022 flyer news flash size

Blood drive, Oct. 20

Posted on: September 30, 2022
Engine 56 and A shift members news flash size

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15

Posted on: October 6, 2022
Child Composting News flash size

Compost food waste with Urban Canopy

Posted on: September 15, 2022
Farmers Market

Main Street Market continues

Posted on: August 12, 2022
Police logo New flash size

Kia and Hyundai thefts

Posted on: September 9, 2022
Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant flushing, Sept. 6 - 23

Posted on: September 3, 2022

Village-wide Garage Sale, Sept. 24 - 25

Posted on: August 24, 2022
Solar at the Water plant News flash size

Solar project unveiling, Sept. 19

Posted on: September 7, 2022
September 2022 Business Breakfast Flyer PNG

Quarterly Business Breakfast, Sept. 15

Posted on: August 16, 2022

Senior resource book launching, Sept. 1

Posted on: August 30, 2022
Paint n Sip sm news flash size

Main Street Fest, Paint n' Sip, Aug. 20

Posted on: August 10, 2022
Electric Aggregation

Grow Solar Power Hour event, Aug. 17

Posted on: August 8, 2022
Youth Day  2016 news flash size

Unity Day canceled

Posted on: August 2, 2022
2022 RecycleFest Flyer

Volunteers Needed for RecycleFest!

Posted on: June 6, 2022
Halloween in Park Forest 2020

Park Forest celebrates Halloween

Posted on: October 21, 2021

Park Forest remembers Edwin J. Fizer

Posted on: October 28, 2020
Village Hall

Will County early voting locations

Posted on: October 7, 2020
Village Hall

Curfew ends in Park Forest

Posted on: June 2, 2020
street sweeping

Street sweeping begins Nov. 18

Posted on: November 15, 2019

Park Forest remembers Steve Campbell

Posted on: November 13, 2019

Park Forest remembers Harold Brown

Posted on: November 5, 2019
Resident Appreciation Month

November is Resident Appreciation Month

Posted on: November 1, 2019
Village Hall

April 2, 2019 election results

Posted on: April 2, 2019