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Posted on: February 20, 2024

PFPD distribute the 2023 Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year awards

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The Park Forest Police Department honored two with special awards at Monday night’s Board Meeting at Village Hall.

Police Chief Brian Rzyski presented the department’s annual awards for top civilian employee and officer of the year.  The ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: March 28, 2014

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

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Park Forest Firefighters Local 1263 calls on residents to join them for their Disco Party Trivia fundraising event on Feb. 24., at Dining on the Green. 

This year, the union is raising money to support their internship program and Project Fire Bud...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: February 7, 2024

Cook County rolls out program to create healthy homes; what Park Forest residents should know

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Park Forest residents in Cook County can participate in an income-based program to create healthy homes for families.

Cook County has allocated $30 million to establish Healthy Homes for Healthy Families, which supports income-eligible suburban Cook County...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: February 6, 2024

The Park Forest Community Oscars winners

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The Village of Park Forest hosted its biennial Community Oscars late last month at Freedom Hall. Dozens of residents were nominated for various categories. See the list below of this year's winners. 

 

2024 Park Forest Oscar Awards

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: February 6, 2024

Early voting hours for both Cook and Will County residents

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Early voting hours at Park Forest Village Hall for Cook County Residents

Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Sat...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: February 5, 2024

Village hosts 75th anniversary cake-cutting event at Freedom Hall

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The Village of Park Forest celebrated its 75th anniversary at Freedom Hall on Thursday night.

Hundreds of people came to the Village's cake-cutting event on the unseasonably warm evening. Mayor Joseph Woods and Village Manager Tom Mick spoke to th...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: February 5, 2024

Mayor Woods releases statement about Walgreens closing Park Forest location

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The overwhelming majority of Park Forest citizens have never known a time when a local Walgreens drug store wasn’t available to service their needs.

That, however, changes on Feb. 29, when the Park Forest Walgreens location will close its doors permanently...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: February 1, 2024 | Last Modified on: March 28, 2014

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

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Park Forest residents who use the Metra to travel will notice the commuter rail has changed its passes and ticketing system starting Feb. 1.

Metra is introducing a new fare plan, which means ticket prices will increase. Metra is eliminating the promotional...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 31, 2024 | Last Modified on: March 28, 2014

Village hosts several events in February to celebrate Black History Month

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The Village of Park Forest is hosting several events in February to celebrate Black History Month. 

To kick off the month, the Village will host its annual Jazz, Wine & Chocolate event at Dining on the Green on Feb. 9, presented by the Commiss...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 25, 2024

Village asks residents to watch for localize flooding, water main breaks amid mid-winter thaw

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The Village of Park Forest Department Public Works (D.P.W.) asks residents to be vigilant of local street flooding, water main breaks, and possible ice during this mid-winter thaw.

After a week and a half of temperatures running well below normal, forecast...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 22, 2024

Village holds annual Park Pavilion Permit Lottery Feb. 5

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The Village of Park Forest Recreation Parks & Community Health Department will hold its annual Park Pavilion Permit Lottery next month.

The event is held each year to allow people to secure their preferred park pavilion at Central Park, Somonauk Park, ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Cook County Sheriff's Office hosts free vehicle light repair in the Southland

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The Cook County Sheriff's Office will host a free light repair program over the next several months. 

Anyone who lives in Cook County can bring their car by, and technicians will fix broken taillights, headlights, or license plate lights ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Park Forest brings back Neighborhood Meeting Program

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The Village of Park Forest is resuming its Neighborhood Meeting Program after a four-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic.   The program, which began in 2004, brings the Village’s leadership team into different areas of the c...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 16, 2024

The Village of Park Forest celebrates its 75th anniversary this year

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The Village of Park Forest celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Mayor Joseph Woods created the Ad Hoc Anniversary Committee to help plan various events throughout the year.

The committee includes three Village staff liaisons, including Kevin Adams, t...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 11, 2024

Village urges residents to be proactive ahead of major winter storm this weekend

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The Department of Public Works (D.P.W) in Park Forest is preparing for a significant winter storm that's expected to dump anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow across the region on Friday and Saturday morning, according to forecasters.

 

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 11, 2024

Freedom Hall hosts 'MLK Day Musical Celebration'

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Freedom Hall hosts an afternoon matinee honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan 15. 

 

The Chicago-based group, The McNary Experience, will perform various music by Tina Turner, Barry White, Lou Rawls, and Aretha F...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 9, 2024

FEMA offers assistance for Cook County residents impacted by severe weather last September

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking to help Cook County renters who were affected by severe storms and flooding in mid-September last year. 

Renters, including students, who had uninsured losses from the severe weather on Sep...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 4, 2024

Park Forest Community Oscars set for Jan. 27

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The Park Forest Community Oscars is back this year.

The biennial event will kick off on Saturday, Jan 27., at 6 p.m. at Freedom Hall. Community Relations Coordinator Evelyn Randle said the award ceremony is a way for Park Forest residents to celebrate a bu...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: January 3, 2024

Park Forest offers Christmas tree, holiday lights recycling through Jan. 16

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Now that the holiday season is over, Park Forest residents are tasked with disposing of their Christmas trees and holiday lights.

Sustainability Coordinator Carrie Malfeo asks residents not to discard the trees in the garbage but to recycle them instead.

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 20, 2023

Village announces board meeting, holiday schedules

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The Village of Park Forest announced its official board meeting and holiday schedules for 2024. The Village Board of Trustees meets the first, third, and fourth Monday nights of the month at 7 p.m. 

Additionally, the board hosts a Saturday Rules M...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 19, 2023

Cook County to issue refunds to thousands of residents that overpaid on their property taxes

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Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is sending over $30.5 million in automatic refunds to thousands of Cook County property homeowners this week who overpaid on their taxes last year.

Pappas said nearly half of the refunds will be deposited directly into pr...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 15, 2023

Village offers free COVID testing amid uptick in COVID cases in suburban Cook County

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The Cook County Department of Public Health urges residents to take precautions when gathering with their families and friends for the holidays.

Officials said that although COVID-19 hospital admissions in suburban Cook County continue to be low, they have...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 14, 2023

Winter Holiday Market trees get repurposed to add to the Village's tree canopy

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The Village of Park Forest is adding to its tree canopy by repurposing the Christmas trees that are currently on the Village Green. In the past, the Village would dispose of the trees, but now it is giving back to the environment by replanting them in var...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 13, 2023

PFPD Officer Craig Taylor grows emotional during retirement resolution at Monday's board meeting

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It was an emotional night in Park Forest during Monday night's board meeting when Village Manager Tom Mick presented Officer Craig Taylor with his retirement resolution. 

Taylor has been with the Park Forest Police Department for 20 years, receivi...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 11, 2023

Park Forest Fire Department recommends taking holiday fire safety precautions

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When you deck the halls this holiday season, the Park Forest Fire Department reminds residents to take precautions to protect their families and keep fire safety at the forefront.

Deputy Fire Chief Mark Cotrano said residents can take simple steps to preve...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 8, 2023

Winter edition of Discover Magazine set to arrive to residents next week

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The Village of Park Forest is rolling out the winter edition of Discover Magazine, which is expected to arrive in residents' mailboxes next week.

Communications Coordinator Joshua Vinson said this edition will include several feature stories on Village sta...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 8, 2023

Park Forest partners with Gifts from Liam, offers diapers to families in need

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Park Forest's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Community Health (RPCH) is partnering with Gifts from Liam to be a distribution site - giving diapers to families who are in need. 

Residents in Park Forest can request what size diapers ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 5, 2023

Park Forest Police reminds residents to be vigilant of holiday scams

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With the holiday season underway, the Park Forest Police Department reminds residents to be vigilant as scammers work to find their next victim.

Chief Brian Rzyski said now is a good time for Park Foresters to familiarize themselves with common scams.

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 4, 2023

Recycle unwanted Christmas lights through the Village of Park Forest until Jan. 19

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As the holiday season is underway, the Village of Park Forest is collecting unwanted Christmas lights for recycling.

Area residents can dispose of their working and non-working string lights in the specially marked green collection bins inside Village Hall...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 1, 2023

PFPD Officer Goycochea receives Term Award, recognized for 'outstanding' work

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Officer Giovanni Goycochea of the Park Forest Police Department recently received the Term Award for the third quarter of 2023.

The Term Award is given every three months to the most outstanding member of the Park Forest Police Department who has performed...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: December 1, 2023

Village hosts annual Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 9

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The Village of Park Forest hosts its annual Holiday Market on the Village Green on Saturday, Dec 9. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and will have live reindeer, Santa Claus, carolers, and a food truck. 

DownTown Property Manager Heather J...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: November 29, 2023

New Cook County property tax tool shows residents where their money is going as tax due date looms

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Property owners in Cook County have a new tool that will show them where their tax money goes. 

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas launched a new online tool on Tuesday, "Where Your Money Goes," that gives property owners a breakdown of ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: November 28, 2023

Village officials give tips to prevent pipes from freezing this winter

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As winter approaches, Park Forest officials remind residents to be proactive and safeguard their home's plumbing. 

Pipes burst in the winter when temperatures drop enough for the water within the lines to freeze. This process increases pressure in...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: November 27, 2023

Notice of proposed property tax levy for the Village

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I.   A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy for the Village of Park Forest shall be held on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, Board Room, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, Illinois.

Any person desiring to appe...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: November 22, 2023

Park Forest Police Department welcomes newest officer

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Park Forest welcomed its newest police officer to the community during Monday night’s board meeting at Village Hall. 

David Ayala was sworn in before Village board members and a roomful of onlookers. The 29-year-old was born in Harvey, Illinois, a...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: November 21, 2023

Village saves over $37K in first year since installing solar array at Water Treatment Plant

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Sustainability Coordinator Carrie Malfeo took the podium at Monday night's board meeting and provided the mayor and Village trustees with an update on the first year of the solar project at Park Forest Water Treatment Plant.

Last year, the Village...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: November 21, 2023

Nominations for the Park Forest Community Oscars are being accepted until Dec 29

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The Village of Park Forest Commission on Community Relations presents the biennial Park Forest Oscar Awards in late January.

Community Relations Coordinator Evelyn Randle says it is an excellent opportunity for residents to nominate someone who goes above ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: March 9, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions about Coyotes

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Are Coyotes in Park Forest? Yes

Over the past several years, coyote sightings have become more prevalent within the village and surrounding communities. Although you may be shocked to see a coyote running through the Park Forest, it is not unusual. Due to ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: November 3, 2023

Village to giveaway personal protection equipment to residents on Monday

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The Village of Park Forest Department of Recreation, Parks, and Community Health has partnered with the YMCA and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to give away free personal protection equipment (PPE) to residents on Monday. 

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: November 1, 2023

IDOT awards Park Forest Police with funds for reducing traffic crashes, saving lives

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The Park Forest Police Department was awarded a grant directed at saving lives and reducing traffic crashes.

For the upcoming federal fiscal year, PFPD received the 2024 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to conduct additional traffic safet...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 31, 2023

PFFD reminds residents to check smoke alarm batteries as daylight saving time ends

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With the end of daylight savings time coming on Nov. 5, the Park Forest Fire Department is reminding residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and change the batteries when they change their clocks.

This Sunday, clocks will "fall&...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 30, 2023

Safe Halloween 2023 recapped

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On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Village celebrated Safe Halloween, an event created to allow residents to celebrate Halloween in a safe environment. 

Trick-or-treaters began their journey at the Main Street Market and then made their way to the DownTown...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 27, 2023

Veterans Closet and Resource Center offers assistance to veterans who are in transition

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The Veterans Closet and Resource Center in the DownTown offers various resources for those who served.

The Park Forest Veterans Commission opened the Veterans Closet and Resource Center in August 2015. It started shortly after the Village held a community-...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 25, 2023

Rebuilding Together-Metro Chicago, Village announce grant program aimed at rehabbing homes

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Rebuilding Together - Metro Chicago and the Village of Park Forest announced their collaboration for National Rebuilding Day 2024 and the Safe at Home program earlier this week.

These initiatives aim to enrich the quality of life for Park Forest residents ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 23, 2023

Park Forest Veterans Commission hosts annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 4

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The Park Forest Veterans Commission hosts its annual Veterans Day program at Freedom Hall on Nov. 4 

The Village of Park Forest prides itself on building a community for Veterans. Park Forest began in 1946 as a dream held by Carroll F. Sweet, Sr.,...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 23, 2023

Nominations for the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award due Oct. 31

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Park Forest's Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) is seeking nominations for the EDAG 2023 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year. 

The deadline is Oct. 31.

The EDAG Sam Montella Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to reco...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 20, 2023

Nominations for the Katherine “Katie” Armstrong Sustainability Award due Nov. 15

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It's that time of year again. 

The Park Forest Environment Commission is calling on residents to nominate someone for the Katherine “Katie” Armstrong Sustainability Award. Nomination forms must be submitted by Nov. 15.

The Katherine “Katie” Armstro...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 18, 2023

Illinois Department of Public Health finds first in-state measles case in Cook County since 2019

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Illinois health officials confirmed the state’s first case of measles in four years on Friday.

The Cook County Health Department reported the suspected case to the Illinois Department of Public Health late last week. IDPH officials said the person was unva...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 17, 2023

Park Forest hosts Safe Halloween event Oct. 28

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The Village of Park Forest hosts a Safe Halloween event DownTown on Saturday, Oct 28.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children out to participate in the various events and activities. DownTown Property Manager Heather Jones said there's so m...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 11, 2023

Village accepting applications for the Hometown Heroes Banner Program

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With Veterans Day just around the corner, the Village is still accepting applications for its Home Town Heroes Banner Program.

The Park Forest Hometown Heroes Banner Project allows residents to honor local military members and those who have served their c...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 11, 2023

Village hosts blood drive amid sickle cell disease epidemic, blood shortage

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The Village of Park Forest is partnering with the American Red Cross for a community blood drive. 

The blood drive will occur at Village Hall, 350 Victory Dr., on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Assistant Director of the Recrea...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 11, 2023

Village hosts several events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, stressing early detection

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Village of Park Forest is hosting several events over the next couple of weeks to educate and inform residents about breast cancer.

Margaret Lewis, the Assistant Director of the Recreation, Parks, and Commu...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 5, 2023

Village officials urge residents not to rake leaves in the streets to prevent flooding

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With fall weather finally arriving in the Village of Park Forest, officials remind residents not to rake their leaves into the streets.

Leaves, like other yard waste, can clog storm drains, which can cause street flooding. The drains are vital during storm...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 5, 2023

Take the Village's website redesign survey

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The Village of Park Forest is asking residents to participate in a survey to inform officials what updates they want to see on the Village's official website.

The Village rolled out a survey earlier this week, which consisted of several questions ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 3, 2023

Village spends $9 million on roughly six miles of roadway over the last year

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If you've driven around the Village lately, you'll notice some of the area streets have been repaved. Over the last year, the Village of Park Forest has spent nearly $9 million on roughly six miles of roadway.

Assistant Public Works Direc...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 3, 2023

PFFD hosts open house on Oct. 13, for Fire Prevention Week

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While fall is known for enjoying the cool crisp air, getting cozy, and celebrating holidays, the Park Forest Fire Department often sees it as a time to brush up on fire safety.

On Friday, Oct. 13, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., the Park Forest Fire Department will k...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: October 2, 2023

The grand reopening of Somonauk Adventure Park and Fall Fest recapped

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On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Village celebrated Fall Fest and the grand reopening of Somonauk Adventure Park, a complete remodeling several years in the making.

The new park allows guests to experience nature unlike anywhere else in the south suburbs, boasti...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 27, 2023

Village urges residents to keep storm drains clear amid recent rains to prevent street flooding

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As forecasters call for more rainfall this week, the Village of Park Forest is asking residents to pitch in and assist in keeping storm drains clear of litter and debris.

The grated storm drains that you see on almost every street corner allow rainwater to...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 26, 2023

Village hosts several events in October

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The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health starts the month with a trip to the Studebaker Theater to watch "The Color Purple" musical on Sunday, Oct 1. 

For $130, you can travel via a luxury coach bus departing from Villa...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 22, 2023

Public Works prepares for upcoming winter with various projects

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The Department of Public Works continues to improve the Village's infrastructure with various ongoing projects this week. Crews were out in full force doing hydrant flushing and crack sealing. 

Department of Public Works Director Roderick Ysaguirr...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 22, 2023

Officials remind drivers to use caution as deer season approaches

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In Illinois, deer mating season begins in October and runs from rough January, with a peak in the middle of November, according to Wildlife Illinois

 

Between the months of October and December, deer become more active, especially at daw...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund program closing late next month

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Homeowners have a little more than a month to apply for a state grant that can assist with mortgages, property taxes, insurance, and HOA fees.

Illinois will no longer accept applications on Oct 31., for the Homeowner Assistance Fund Program.

Illinois Homeow...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 19, 2023

Park Forest board members recognize 10-year-old pageant winner

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Village board members Monday night recognized a ten-year-old Park Forest girl who let no obstacle stop her from becoming a beauty pageant winner. 

Kiera Armstrong, who's in the fifth grade, has been a pageant participant each year since 2021. But ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Freedom Hall announces fall/winter concert series, tickets on sale now

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Individual ticket sales for this year's Freedom Hall series are currently on sale. 

 

Park Forest’s own Freedom Hall, located at 410 Lakewood Boulevard, is a premier performing arts venue in Chicago’s Southland. Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manil...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 14, 2023

Public Works reminds residents hydrant flushing begins Monday, Sept. 18

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The Department of Public Works announced earlier this week that crews will begin fall hydrant flushing next Monday, Sept 18., on the north end of the Village.

 

Residents can track where crews are flushing hydrants by using the interactive...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 13, 2023

Village of Park Forest celebrates National Hispanic American Heritage Month

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The Village of Park Forest is celebrating National Hispanic American Heritage Month.

 

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept 15 to Oct 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citize...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 12, 2023

Park Forest Fire Department hosts poster contest ahead of Fire Prevention Week

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The Park Forest Fire Department encourages children to participate in this year's poster contest as the department prepares for Fire Prevention Week next month.

 

The contest is for children ages seven to 12 who live in the Village or atte...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: September 7, 2023

West Nile Virus reported in and around Park Forest

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The Village of Park Forest received notice last week that multiple cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the south suburban area. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports an uptick in West Nile cases in the region. Based on guidelines fro...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 25, 2023

ComEd renews, invests EV Readiness Program which includes Park Forest

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ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus announced the continued investment in the EV Readiness program earlier this week. The program was launched to help the Village of Park Forest and other local governments prepare to meet the growin...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 23, 2023

Park Forest hosts family-friendly 'Night on the Town' event on Saturday

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The Village of Park Forest hosts "Night on Town" Saturday on the Village Green from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., giving residents another opportunity to enjoy summer. 

Park Foresters are invited to the game night-themed event, offering giveaways, c...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 22, 2023

Village paints, adds logo on water tower near Blackhawk Drive

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The Department of Public Works is giving the water tower off of Blackhawk Drive a fresh new coat of paint.

Earlier this week, crews were out power washing the water tower and will continue to prep it for the paint job over the next several weeks. ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 21, 2023

Village to open cooling centers as dangerous heat wave is expected mid-week

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The Village of Park Forest is opening cooling centers as record-breaking temperatures are expected during this week's heat wave.

The Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard, and Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, will serve as cooling ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 15, 2023

Several high-ranking members of the PFPD sworn in at Monday night's Board meeting

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Several high-ranking members of the Park Forest Police Department were sworn in during Monday night's Board meeting at Village Hall. 

Sergeants James Kessler, Kristopher Kush, Commanders Julius Moore, Paul Morache, Deputy Chief Kristopher...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 14, 2023

Park Forest residents asked to delay showers, use less water ahead of strong storms today

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Residents across the Chicagoland area, including in the Village of Park Forest, are being asked to limit their water usage today ahead of severe weather that could drench the area with several inches of rain this afternoon and evening.

The Metropolitan Wat...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 11, 2023

Somonauk Park's grand re-opening schedule for Sept. 30

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The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Community Health announced on Friday that Somonauk Park's grand reopening is scheduled for late next month.

The grand reopening of Somonauk Park will happen during Fall Fest on Sept 30. The event will have ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 10, 2023

Village Manager Tom Mick explains why some trees are removed from the parkways amid construction

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The Village of Park Forest is working towards resurfacing about five miles of roadway this summer. With that work, the Village is also replacing curb aprons, sidewalks, and streets. 

Some residents voiced their concerns about the Village removing ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 7, 2023

DPW announces water main construction project that scheduled for Aug. 21

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The Department of Public Works (DPW) will start a new water main construction project later this month that could cause water service interruption for some residents. 

Officials sent mailers to residents last week who live near the intersection of...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 4, 2023

Park Forest hosts several events in August

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The Village of Park Forest will host a variety of events throughout August.

August is "Resident Appreciation Month," with the Village offering weekly raffles for residents. Community Relations will host a "Pioneers Resident Brunch" on S...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 3, 2023

Village of Park Forest receives highest award in governmental accounting, financial reporting

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The Village of Park Forest was awarded the Certificate of Achievement (COA) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 20...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: August 1, 2023

Park Forest Police Department hosts National Night Out, Unity Day

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The Park Forest Police Department is participating in two events this week, focusing on bringing the community closer together.

On Tuesday night, the P.F.P.D. is hosting "National Night Out." According to its website, National Night Out is an ann...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 27, 2023

Park Forest Bark District at Winnebago Park to close Aug. 2 for maintenance

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The Park Forest Bark District at Winnebago Park is closing due to maintenance beginning Wednesday, Aug 2.

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Community Health Director Kevin Adams said crews are laying down new asphalt for the walking path leading to W...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 27, 2023

Police Chief Rzyski gives residents advice on unwanted solicitation: 'Call the police'

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Some residents took to social media and complained about unwanted solicitors coming to their doors over the last couple of weeks.

While the Park Forest Police Department confirmed no recent upticks in solicitation complaints, Chief Brian Rzyski says there ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 24, 2023

Village opens cooling centers amid upcoming heat wave

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The Village of Park Forest is opening cooling centers as precariously high temperatures are forecasted this week. 

The Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Boulevard, and Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, will serve as cooling centers for th...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 21, 2023

Winfrey, Elliot retire from PFPD after serving nearly 50 years combined

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Chief Paul Winfrey and Detective Commander Lee Elliot retired from the Park Forest Police Department this week. 

The veterans collectively gave almost 50 years of service to the Village of Park Forest. Winfrey retired last Friday, and Elliot&a...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 20, 2023

Captain Phil Myers retires from the Park Forest Fire Department after 30 years of service

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Captain Phil Myers is retiring from the Park Forest Fire Department after serving for roughly three decades.

Myers was recognized during Monday night's Board meeting with a retirement resolution honoring his 30 years of service with the department...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 19, 2023

PFFD promotes, swears in three members, including the department's first female lieutenant

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The Park Forest Fire Department promoted Michelle Paradise to Lieutenant, making her the first female lieutenant in the department.

Lieutenant Paradise was one of three firefighters sworn in and promoted during Monday night's Board meeting. Her fi...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 17, 2023

The Village, Solstice highlight accomplishments of solar program

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The Village of Park Forest announced on Monday the achievements of its partnership with Solstice, a leading community solar provider. Through this collaboration, the Village has achieved substantial milestones in community solar enrollment, providing clea...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 14, 2023

Youth Commission announces Youth Day backpack giveaway on Aug. 12

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The Youth Commission announced earlier this week its annual Youth Day event will take place on Saturday, Aug 12.

Adina McCollough, the Recreation Supervisor of the Department of Park and Recreation and Community Health, said the day will be filled with var...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 12, 2023

Main Street Nights canceled July 12 due to severe weather

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The Main Street Nights concert series is canceled this evening due to the threat of severe weather.

Village officials said the goal is to reschedule, but at this time, it is still being determined if and when that will happen.

Forecasters said a low-pressur...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 11, 2023

Park Forest Tennis and Health Club tennis courts closed this week for resurfacing, maintenance

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The Park Forest Tennis and Health Club tennis courts are closed this week for resurfacing and maintenance. The work started on Monday and should continue through Saturday. 

Brad Skoryi, the club's manager, said the tennis courts should re...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 10, 2023

Village hosts annual Ice Cream Social and Line Dancing event on Saturday

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The Village of Park Forest hosts the annual Ice Cream Social and Line Dancing event this Saturday. Presented by the Commission on Human Relations, the event will run from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. with something for everyone. 

Evelyn Randle, the staff ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
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 - Administration News
Posted on: July 6, 2023

Village to distribute Farmer Market coupons to eligible seniors next week

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The Village of Park Forest will distribute Farmer Market coupons to eligible seniors next week. 

Distribution begins on Tuesday, July 11; coupons will be available while supplies last.

Below are the qualifications: 

  • You must be 60 years and...
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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: July 5, 2023

Village celebrates 4th of July; reminds residents fireworks are illegal in Park Forest

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Thousands came out to celebrate Independence Day in Park Forest on Tuesday. The Village hosted a parade, concert, and the annual fireworks show to cap off the evening.

Residents began lining the streets along the parade route right before 6 p.m. Many peopl...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 30, 2023

Park Forest hosts several events in July

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The Village of Park Forest will host a variety of events throughout July. The Village hosts its annual 4th of July parade on Tuesday to kick off the month.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Orchard Drive. Later that eve...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 29, 2023

Park Forest participates in "Plastic Free July"

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The Village of Park Forest is participating in "Plastic Free July," a global movement to encourage people to reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use. 

Sustainability Coordinator Carrie Malfeo said her department would post daily...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 28, 2023

Park Forest Aqua Center hosts teen-only event on Friday

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The Park Forest Aqua Center will host an "H20 Glow Teen Event" this Friday. Event organizers said the event is one of three planned for young people this season.

In addition to the pools, the events offer themed base activities, games, and photo ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 27, 2023

Village officials warn drought conditions make fireworks a major fire hazard

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Fireworks are illegal in Illinois, and Village officials remind residents to leave the firework displays to the professionals. Park Forest is in a moderate to severe drought, with an elevated fire risk.

The extreme dryness sweeping the Chicagoland area is ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 22, 2023

Village releases statement about dispute between contractor, union workers at Somonauk Park

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The Village was notified on Wednesday, June 21 that members of Cement Masons Local 502-Area 5 were present at the Somonauk Park Pavilion construction site. 

After speaking with union representatives, staff became aware of their concerns that the c...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 22, 2023

Village calls on community to help those displaced by last Friday's fire

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The Village of Park Forest is calling on the community to come together and help several displaced families after a fire on Friday night. 

The Park Forest Police Department responded to a structure fire in the 0-100 block of Indianwood Blvd. aroun...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 21, 2023

The Village of Park Forest announces the winners of last week's basket raffle

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The Village of Park Forest announced the winners of last week's basket raffle. The giveaway is part of "Resident Appreciation Month." 

Last week, the Village hosted a raffle where residents could come to Village Hall and enter their name...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 15, 2023

Discover Magazine returns after three-year hiatus

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The Village of Park Forest is rolling out a summer edition of Discover Magazine, which will be the first time it's been published since before the pandemic.

Jason Miller, the assistant to the Village Manager and former communications coordinator, ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 15, 2023

Hundreds of Park Foresters attend Resident Appreciation BBQ

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Hundreds of Park Foresters gathered for the annual Resident Appreciation  BBQ on Wednesday. The event doubles as the official kick-off to Main Street Nights - the summer-long concert series on the Village Green.

Village staff and elected officials...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 14, 2023

The Village of Park Forest announces the winners of last week's water bill raffle

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The Village of Park Forest announced the winners of last week's water bill raffle. The giveaway is part of "Resident Appreciation Month." 

Last week, the Village hosted a raffle where residents could come to Village Hall and ent...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 13, 2023

Resident Appreciation BBQ, Main Street Nights kick off on Wednesday

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The Village of Park Forest hosts its annual Resident Appreciation BBQ on Wednesday, June 14, on the Village Green at 6 p.m.

The event has been going on since 2014 with Village employees and elected officials serving residents. 

Village Manager Tom ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 12, 2023

'Where is Away?' display at the Park Forest Library educates residents about recycling

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The Park Forest Library is home to the "Where is Away?" display encouraging people to "rethink where to throw away your waste and where is away." The new display came to the library earlier this month and will remain until the end of J...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
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 - Administration News
Posted on: June 7, 2023

United Way of Metro Chicago and Cook County’s “Transforming Places” Partnership Expands

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United Way of United Way of Metro Chicago, in partnership with Cook County and with support from the Nicor Gas Foundation, has announced the expansion of its Neighborhood Network Initiative in Park Forest and Richton Park, among various other communities ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 6, 2023

Waste recovery volunteers needed for resident BBQ, June 14

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The Village of Park Forest is once again hosting a low-waste Resident Appreciation BBQ on Wednesday, June 14.

  •  Volunteers needed to educate attendees on which bin to throw their waste.  
  • No experience necessary, training on-site.
  • Volunteers...
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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 6, 2023

Park Forest PD participates in Special Olympics Illinois Torch Run, unveils newest squad car

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Park Forest Police Department is participating in the Special Olympics Illinois Torch Run on Wednesday. In addition to the run, PFPD will unveil the newest squad car with a "special" theme.

The Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraisi...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 2, 2023

Municipal Fixed Rate Aggregation Program update and ComEd rate change

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The Village recently renewed a municipal aggregation program in April with 100% renewable energy at a 7.99 cent rate, which was a significant drop from the previous ComEd rate of 9.7 cents when the program went into effect. However, in June, ComEd lowered...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: June 1, 2023

Park Forest hosts several events in June

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Summertime Park Forest is in full swing, so there are plenty of events for the entire family.  

The fun kicks off on Saturday, June 10, with the Juneteenth Celebration at the Village Green at 10 a.m. The Commission on Human Relations and Community...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
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 - Administration News
Posted on: May 15, 2023

PFPD calls on residents to participate in the 2023 Cop on a Rooftop campaign

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The Park Forest Police Department is once again participating in the 2023 Dunkin' Cop on a Rooftop campaign. The statewide event to raise money for Special Olympics of Illinois takes place this year on Friday, May 19, from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Last year, the ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: May 5, 2023

Village hosts Housing Fair on May 6

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Have you ever thought about home ownership but need help navigating the process? The Village of Park Forest is hosting a Housing Fair on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at Village Hall, to help residents interested in buying homes.

Park Forest Communit...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: May 4, 2023

Village swears in new mayor and trustees

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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 f...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: May 3, 2023

Main Street Market kicks off this weekend, May 6

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It's that time of year again: Main Street Market is roaring back to DownTown Park Forest, giving area residents fresh options to eat.

Victor Blackful, overseeing the event, said the Market is a great way to unite the community.

"This year, we ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: May 2, 2023

Park Forest Police Department takes proactive approach to combat speeding

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Many residents have complained that some drivers are speeding on area roadways putting themselves and others in danger. Park Forest police are aware of speeders, and Chief Paul Winfrey said his department would remain proactive and issue citations to thos...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 27, 2023

Road work continues along Shabbona Drive with curb and driveway apron removal

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The Department of Public Works (DPW) is alerting residents that crews will begin removing the curb and driveway apron on the north and east side of the street from lndianwood Boulevard to Seneca Street starting Wednesday, May 3.

This work is a part of the ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 26, 2023

Chuck Sabey walks down memory lane, recalling his 45 years of service to the Village

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If you have ever attended a performing arts event in Park Forest, you have likely seen Cultural Arts Supervisor Chuck Sabey.

Many would consider Sabey a staple in Park Forest. He's served the Village in numerous capacities since the age of 17 when he took ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 26, 2023

DPW announces restriping project for Orchard Dr. slated for Monday, May 1

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Heads up, motorists!

Superior Road Striping will start a restriping project on Orchard Drive on Monday, May  1.

Officials say the project will be from Lincoln Highway (Route 30) to Lakewood and last a few days. There will be no road closures. Howev...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
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 - Administration News
Posted on: April 24, 2023

Village officials urge residents to purchase vehicle stickers as deadline looms

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Time is ticking for residents of Park Forest to purchase their vehicle stickers.

Assistant Finance Director Sharon Floyd reminded residents to purchase stickers by May 1.

"Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles regist...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 21, 2023

The Village of Park Forest partners with IHDA to provide roofing repairs to homeowners

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The Village of Park Forest has partnered with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) to provide roofing repair and replacement loans of up to $21,500 to eligible homeowners.

Village Planner Andrew Brown said Park Forest had been hoping a program...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 20, 2023

Village secures millions in grants to improve infrastructure across Park Forest

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Construction season is underway, and the Village of Park Forest plans to utilize nearly $4 million in grant funds to make improvements in the community this year. 

The Department of Public Works Assistant Director Nick Christie said the Village ap...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 19, 2023

Park Forest Police Department reminds drivers to ‘Drop it and Drive’

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Did you know nationwide 3,522 people lost their lives because of distracted driving? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in 2021, more than three thousand people died because of a growing epidemic of people texting, driving, an...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 17, 2023

Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Park Forest as Tree City USA for the ninth time

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The Village of Park Forest received its 9th Tree City USA award in 2023. The Tree City USA program, awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation, provides communities with a four-step framework to maintain and grow their tree cover. It also gives them an avenue to...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
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 - Administration News
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 - Administration News
Posted on: April 12, 2023

Boil Order Advisory remains in effect for Lincolnwood area; Village thanks residents

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Park Forest's newest water tower is one step closer to being online, and the Department of Public Works (DPW) completed Phase 2 of the water tower connection project on Tuesday night.

Officials with DPW noted things went better than expected, and most of t...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 11, 2023

Understanding a Boil Order Advisory - a list of FAQ's

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On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 2 p.m., the Village of Park Forest will be under a Boil Order Advisory. However, many residents have called Village Hall and asked what that means and how it will impact them.

A Boil Order Advisory (BOA) is a public statement...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 7, 2023

Boil Order Advisory to go into effect Tuesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. - for the entire Village

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The Department of Public Works (DPW) will start the second phase of the water tower connection project - which will connect the new water tower to the water distribution system and could cause some water service inconveniences throughout the Village.

The e...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 7, 2023

Breaking down where your tax dollars go

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Often, residents ask, "Where are my tax dollars going?"

Citizens often express their concerns about taxes paid to the Village. A common thought is the Village is responsible for its entire tax bill. Nevertheless, that's not the case.

The reality i...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News
Posted on: April 4, 2023

April 4, 2023 election results

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Below are unofficial election results for the April 4, 2023, 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 ...

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Village of Park Forest - Administration News