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Posted on: February 26, 2024

Director Larrie Kerestes retires after serving the Village of Park Forest for nearly 43 years

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The Village of Park Forest presented Building and Community Development Director Larrie Kerestes with a retirement resolution at Monday night's board meeting at Village Hall.

Kerestes served the Village for over four decades and will retire on Fri...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: July 7, 2023

Park Forest housing market continues to trend upward

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With the housing market booming in some parts of the nation and leveling out in others, data shows the market is stable in the Village of Park Forest. 

In June, the average selling price for the month was $124,170. In total, 41 properties were sol...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: June 8, 2023

Village reminds residents on the proper way to discard yard waste

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With the first day of summer on the horizon, Park Foresters are in their yards, making them beautiful. As the clean-up continues, there's bound to be yard waste, meaning residents must purchase a $3 sticker.

Code Enforcement Manager Jerry Martin s...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Village hosts Job Fair on May 27

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Job seekers, listen up! The Village of Park Forest is hosting a job fair on Saturday at Village Hall.

The fair will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., with several prospective employers on hand. Community Relations Coordinator Evelyn Randle said the event is a...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: May 16, 2023

Homewood Disposal provides yard waste options for Park Forest residents

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Residents across Park Forest are spending more time on their lawns as summer nears. Yard work often has residents looking for ways to dispose of yard waste.

Homewood Disposal will pick up yard waste, but they have specific requirements: 

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: April 25, 2023

Village reminds residents that lengthy grass can lead to citations

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All across Park Forest, residents are mowing their grass and planting their gardens as winter is behind them, and the sunny, warmer days of spring and summer lie ahead.

Village Code Enforcement Manager Jerry Martin says now is a perfect time to remind resi...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: April 13, 2023

Housing Authority of Park Forest implements new incentive for property owners

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The Housing Authority of Park Forest (HAPF) has implemented a new incentive for property owners this year.

Starting April 1., the HAPF is offering a one-time $300 signing bonus for units leased to new and current Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants. ...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: April 13, 2023

Park Forest takes proactive approach to rid community of abandoned, dilapidated houses

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Name any place, and more than likely, and you'll find abandoned or dilapidated houses. Unfortunately, the Village of Park Forest has its fair share of abandoned or run-down homes. 

However, the Village's code enforcement manager ...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: April 5, 2023

The Department of Public Works announces upcoming roadwork project for Shabbona Drive

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Construction season is in full swing in the Village of Park Forest. The Department of Public Works (DPW) announced roadwork would begin on Shabbona Drive between Sauk Trail and Indianwood this summer, with crews preparing the area doing tree protection in...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: March 17, 2023

2023 Park Forest shopping & services guide is now available

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The 2023 Park Forest Shopping & Services Guide is now available online with active links to business websites. There will not be a hard copy available for this issue. Look for an updated issue later this year with hard copies available. Please contact...

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Posted on: January 19, 2023

Real estate values on the rise in Park Forest

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The prices of houses have continued to rise steadily in Park Forest over the last several years. In 2022, the average selling price of the real estate transfer tax stamp was $129,960. 

Larrie Kerestes, the community development director, said this...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development
Posted on: December 7, 2022

Honoring Larrie Kerestes on 40 years of service

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The saying goes, "if you find a job that you love, you'll never work another day in your life." That rings true for Larrie Kerestes, who's worked for the Village of Park Forest for more than 40 years. Kerestes was honored at Monday night's Villa...

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Village of Park Forest - Building Department / Community Development