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Posted on: March 6, 2019

2019 Winter/Spring Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

 This edition includes:

  • Mayor’s Farewell Message
  • Washington Named Business Person of the Year
  • January Breakfast Covered MicroFi...
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Posted on: October 22, 2018

2018 Fall/Winter Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

 This edition includes:

  • Mayor's Message
  • Business Person of the Year Nomination Due
  • Third AmeriCorps NCCC Team
  • Last Drawing for Water Bill ...
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Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 31

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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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2018 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 20, 2018

October Business Connection: Your Company & Cyber Security

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How to Protect Your Company from Cyber Threats

Don't miss this great informational session! Some of the material covered during this meeting include: overview on cyber history, current threats, wireless security, Endpoint Security, data backup with disaste...

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Additional information and registration... Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: July 11, 2018

2018/2019 Shopping & Services Guide is Now Available

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The 2018/2019 Shopping & Services Guide is now available online with active links to business websites. If you're in need of a hard copy, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5634 or mdelord@vopf.com. Let's think local, buy local, and be local..s...

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Click here to access the Guide.. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 27, 2018

First Raffle Drawing for Water Bill Buck Buster Program is Friday!

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Spend $150 each quarter in Park Forest and you'll be entered in our quarterly raffle for a $100 water bill credit!  Submit receipts totaling $150 or more dated within each quarter starting in April from Park Forest business(es). Win Village swag ...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 26, 2018

Grand Opening Ceremony for Park Forest Foods is Tomorrow

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Plan to attend Park Forest Foods' grand opening ceremony tomorrow, June 27 at 5:00 p.m. that will include a ribbon cutting ceremony.Grand opening specials, sample stations, music with a DJ, and Main Street Nights food specials will be highlighted that day...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: April 23, 2018

2018 Spring/Summer Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

 This edition includes:

  • Mayor's Message
  • Business Signage and the Unified Development Ordinance
  • DownTown Facility Manager Opening
  • Child Ide...
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Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Park Forest Water Bill Buck Buster Program Starts in April!

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Spend $150 each quarter in Park Forest and you'll be entered in our quarterly raffle for a $100 water bill credit!  Submit receipts totaling $150 or more dated within each quarter starting in April from Park Forest business(es). Win Village swag ...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

Park Forest Foods Conducts Hiring Event

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Park Forest Foods, located at 120 S. Orchard Drive in Park Forest, will be conducting a hiring event on Thursday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday, March 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

The grocery store is hiring for all positions...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 6, 2017

Village Board adopts Unified Development Ordinance

On December 11, 2017, the Village Board adopted new zoning and subdivision regulations that are now contained.within a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).  Storm water management regulations are forthcoming and should be adopted by Spring 2018. ...

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View UDO Ordinance Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
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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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 25, 2017

2017 Fall/Winter Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

 This edition includes:

  • Mayor's Message
  • Business Person of the Year Nomination Due October 31
  • Congratulations to 2017 Best of Chicago...
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Posted on: September 18, 2017

October Business Connection: The Power of the Inbox

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Posted on: August 21, 2017

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 31

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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 ...Read on...

2017 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 1, 2017

Park Forest Summertime Bingo Game Ends July 31

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Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer!  Complete 5 tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you'll be entered for a chance to win...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: July 20, 2017

Show Your Pride with Park Forest Logo Merchandise

Store Flyer 071817.jpg Did you know that the Village of Park Forest has logo merchandise for sale?  All items are at cost plus tax. If interested in ordering any items, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com.  All merchandise is ava...Read on... Click here to access the order form.. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 1, 2017

TWO WEEKS LEFT to Play the Park Forest Summertime Bingo Game!

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Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer!  Complete 5 tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you'll be entered for a chance to win...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 8, 2017

2017/2018 Shopping & Services Guide is Now Available

Park Forest_2017-18 Guide FINAL Cover 1.jpg The 2017/2018 Shopping & Services Guide is now available online with active links to business websites. If you're in need of a hard copy, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com. Let's think local, buy local, and be local.....Read on... Click here to access the Guide.. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 29, 2017

Park Forest Business Networking Mix is April 19

Networking pic.jpg There will be several interactive activities including speed networking to help you connect with as many people as possible at the event. Small give-aways will be handed out to activity winners including a $50 VISA Card for the person who brings the most ...Read on... Additional information and registration... Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 6, 2017

2017 Spring Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

 This edition includes:

  • Mayor's Message
  • Zoellner Named Economic Development Leader of the Year
  • Women's Empowerment Session Held in Fe...
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Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: February 10, 2017

Park Forest's Zoellner lands Economic Development Leader of the Year Award

Park Forest Assistant Economic Development Director Sandra Zoellner is the South Suburban Small Business Association’s Economic Development Leader of the Year. Zoellner received the award at the 15th Annual Summit Awards at Idlewild Country Clu...Read on... Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: December 30, 2016

Women's Empowerment Event: GO FOR IT!

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Are you feeling that life is full of opportunities and possibilities, but somehow you can never figure out how to tap into them? If so, then this is the session for you! Learn how to determine your dreams, define your moments to help you achieve your dr...Read on...

Check YouTube for additional details Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: December 21, 2016

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Connection is January 18

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Alternate Funding Sources: Crowdfunding and What's It's All About" will be presented by Elliot Richardson, CEO, ...Read on...

Register here. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 30, 2016

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 31

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 ...Read on...

2016 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 28, 2016

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Connection is October 5

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Developing the Leader Within You" will be presented by Lee Ann Piano, owner of Fine Tuning For Success.

This...Read on...

Register here. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: July 11, 2016

2016/2017 Shopping & Services Guide is Now Available

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The annual Shopping & Services Guide is available online with active links to business websites. If you're in need of a hard copy, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com.

Let's think local, buy local, and be local..shop...Read on...

Click here to access the Guide.. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: February 19, 2016

2016 Spring Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Jones Named 2015 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year• State Senator Hastings...The S...Read on...

Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: February 17, 2016

Park Forest Business Networking Mix is April 28

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This free event includes a complementary breakfast buffet. There will be several interactive activities including speed networking to help you connect with as many people as possible at the event.

Small give-aways will be handed out to activity winne...Read on...

Additional information and registration... Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: December 17, 2015

Jones receives Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award

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Yvette Jones is Park Forest’s Business Person of the Year for 2015.

Jones was presented the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award at Village Hall during Park Forest’s Board of Trustees meeting on December 14.

The annual award, sponsored b...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: November 16, 2015

Gladstone, Warner named Good Egg Awardees for 2015

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is pleased to announce that Georgette Gladstone and Caleb Warner of Park Forest are the recipients of the 2015 Good Egg Award.

Georgette's nominator states that she was both the cheerleader and conscience o...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 12, 2015

SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest Announces October & November Class Schedule

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SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest has announced their October and November class schedule. All classes will be held at 210 Forest Boulevard. The class cost is $10.00.

For registration information and/or general questions, please call (708) 283-5020. ...Read on...

Class Schedule Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 1, 2015

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 30

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 ...Read on...

2015 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 25, 2015

2015 Fall/Winter Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Do You Have a Business Succession Plan in Place?• Business Person of the Year Nomination ...Read on...

Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 3, 2015

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Breakfast is September 23

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, September 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Creative Marketing Solutions on a Budget" will be presented by Jennifer M. Murray, Murray & Associates, In...Read on...

Additional information and registration... Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 2, 2015

Foster's Kennel Celebrates Grand Opening

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Join us as we celebrate Foster's Kennel grand opening on Saturday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They are located at 2348 Western Avenue in Park Forest. (708) 748-0022.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at 11:45 a.m.

Foster's Kennel is...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 31, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Best of Chicago’s Southland

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Eleven of the annual Best in Chicago’s Southland East Region winners were Park Forest businesses! For the last 15 years, the Chicago Tribune (formerly Southtown Star) polls their readers asking them for their favorite places to shop, eat, etc. in 60 diff...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 27, 2015

Pass the Word...Manufacturing Employment Event on August 28 in Park Forest

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There will be a manufacturing employment pre-screening event on Friday, August 28 from 11AM to 3PM at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall located at 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest.

There are over 80 positions available in the Southland. Please b...Read on...

Event Details Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 27, 2015

SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest Announces September Class Schedule

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SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest has announced their September class schedule. All classes will be held at 210 Forest Boulevard. The class cost is $10.00.

For registration information and/or general questions, please call (708) 283-5020. You can al...Read on...

September Class Schedule Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 4, 2015

Park Forest makerlab wins grant for second straight year

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the 80 winners of the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest was among the grant recipients for the second year in a row. The recipients repre...Read on...

Click to read the full press release from the SBA! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 27, 2015

2015/2016 Shopping & Services Guide is Now Available

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The annual Shopping & Services Guide is available online with active links to business websites. If you're in need of a hard copy, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com.

Let's think local and buy local..shop Park Fores...Read on...

Click here to access the Guide.. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 30, 2015

5th Annual Midsummer Madness is Wednesday, July 15

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On Wednesday, July 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Village of Park Forest’s Economic Development and Planning Department will hold its annual Midsummer Madness event in the Village’s DownTown.

How It Works:
Register at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall...Read on...

Pre-register Now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 16, 2015

2015 Spring/Summer Edition of Park Forest Business News

This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Village Earns 3-STAR Community Rating• SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest Opens May 6
• ...Read on...

Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: April 24, 2015

Grand Opening Ceremony for SouthWorks MakerLab on May 6

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The grand opening celebration for SouthWorks MakerLab starts at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, on Wednesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony will start with a screening of Maker: The Movie, followed by comments from Mayor Ostenburg, Mollie Dow...Read on...

Click here to register for event. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 5, 2015

Johny's Restaurant Opens in DownTown Park Forest

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Johny's Restaurant opens their second location in DownTown Park Forest. They're located at 347 Liberty Drive (next to the Theater). (708) 481-1175 Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Their offerings include gyros...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: February 17, 2015

Black History Month Program, Feb. 21

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The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations presents a Black History Month program celebrating African-American investors on Saturday, Feb. 21, beginning at 2 p.m., at Freedom Hall. A special, live painting by talented artists will be conducted as part...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: January 13, 2015

2015 Winter/Spring Edition of Park Forest Business News

This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Bree Breedlove Named Business Person of the Year• Advertising Deadline is March 3
• Jan...Read on...

Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: December 3, 2014

Breedlove named Business Person of the Year

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Bree Breedlove of State Farm Insurance is Park Forest's Business Person of the Year for 2014.

Breedlove received eight nominations from the Park Forest community to secure the award.

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) member Phi...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 28, 2014

Nominate a Business Person of the Year

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...Read on...

Download the nomination form now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 17, 2014

Oct. 29 public meeting on Illinois Enterprise Zone

A public meeting will be held regarding the creation of an Illinois Enterprise Zone – to be named the Will-Cook Enterprise Zone – with discussion of local plans, tax incentives, and other programs established in relation to the Zone. The proposed zone wou...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 4, 2014

Park Forest one of 50 to win Growth Accelerator Fund competition

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced, after reviewing more than 800 applications, the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The acceler...Read on...

Click to watch Park Forest's pitch video! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News

News Flash

Posted on: May 2, 2019

Park Forest budget review sessions set for May and June

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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 6 at 7 p.m.

Board/Public Introduction of Budge...

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Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: March 1, 2019

Vehicle stickers on sale now, rates increase May 1

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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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Vehicle sticker and animal registration rates Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: January 29, 2018

Homewood Disposal says no increase to yard waste bags, stickers

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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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Download the Garbage and Recycling Schedule 2018 Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: February 9, 2017

Vehicle stickers on sale March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2017-18 year go on sale March 1. Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall or online by visiting villageofparkforest.com. Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Vi...Read on... Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: August 13, 2015

Village lands 19th consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

The Village of Park Forest was recently notified that its audit – also known as the Certified Annual Financial Report – for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 has been recognized to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the I...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: February 17, 2015

Vehicle stickers go on sale March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2015-2016 year go on sale March 1. Vehicle stickers must be displayed prior to May 1 on all vehicles registered with the State of Illinois with a Park Forest address, even if that vehicle is not located in Park Forest....Read on...

Click for complete vehicle sticker information! Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: November 26, 2014

Notice of proposed property tax levy

I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy for the Village of Park Forest shall be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, Board Room, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, Illinois.

Any person desiring to appear at t...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: August 14, 2014

Epay site to be down 60-90 days

Due to circumstances beyond the Village’s control, online bill pay of water bills will be unavailable for approximately 60 - 90 days. Residents have the following options for bill pay: in person at Village Hall, by check via mail or by dropping it in the ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: July 9, 2014

Park Forest Finance Director lands CFO of the Year honor

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Park Forest Finance Director Mary Dankowski has been awarded the 2014 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Year Award by the Daily Herald.

Dankowski is one of twelve to receive the CFO of the Year Award but one of only two representing government organ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: May 28, 2014

Proposed budget to be presented, discussed at June meetings

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Numerous meetings – totaling over 14 hours – have taken place over the past month between the Village Board and Village Department Heads in preparation for the 2014-2015 budget. Department Heads have presented to the Board a summary of last fiscal year's ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Finance News

News Flash

Posted on: May 17, 2019

Home Fire Sprinkler Week

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National Home Fire Sprinkler week is May 19 - 25. Most fires occur in the home and the majority of fire deaths occur in residential fires. Residential fires burn hotter and faster than ever before due to the high amount of plastics and synthetics in every...

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For more information on home fire sprinlers... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: September 24, 2018

Here Comes a Parade with a New Route

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The Park Forest Fire Department will be hosting the 38th Annual Silent Parade on October 11 at 7:00. This parade has been a fixture of Park Forest's Fire Prevention Week for 38 years. The parade is a silent parade as a memorial to fallen firefighters that...

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Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: September 13, 2018

Fire Department Assist Lansing with Technical Rescue Team

On Tuesday, September 11, while the 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. A semi truck had d...

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Posted on: August 27, 2018

Home Damaged Severely by Fire

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On August 26, 2018 around a quarter after one in the afternoon the Park Forest Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the south end of town. Upon arrival fire crews where met with heavy fire conditions with flames coming through the ...

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For more information on Smoke Alarms... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: August 7, 2018

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

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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 s...

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For Additional Info... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: June 11, 2018

Structure Fire on Grant Street Provides a Reminder to Have a Plan to Survive

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  On Sunday evening the Park
Forest Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Grant Street. On dutycrews were already committed to responses on double ambulance calls when the
fire occurred. The shift lieutenant, who was the only membe...

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Additional Info... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: April 25, 2018

Appreciation for Our Administrative Professionals

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Today we recognized our fire department administrative professionals; Administrative Assistant Traci Apt and Office Technician Nicky Hallberg-Stoll. The service and support they provide the department is immensely appreciated. We wanted to take time to sh...

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Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: April 16, 2018

Rich Twp High Schools Forensic Science Classes Watch Live Burns

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On Thursday April 12 the Forensic sciences classes from the Rich Township High Schools participated in a real life experiment at the fire training site. Students from the three schools are enrolled in the Forensic Sciences class. This class gives students...

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Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: April 10, 2018

2017 Firefighters Awards Ceremony

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On April 7, 2018 at the Annual Awards ceremony Firefighter Tyler Triemstra was recognized as the 2017 Firefighter of the Year.
The fire department held it's annual awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon at Dining on the Green in Downtown Park Forest. Fire...

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Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: March 14, 2018

Briskets for Brody

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The Park Forest Fire Department's Deputy Chief Ryan Roberts son Brody was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) last fall. Since then he has been undergoing treatments at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Brody has been there since righ...

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Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

B Shift visits Mohawk School

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Today firefighters on B Shift along with Captain Myers visited with some special students at Mohawk School. The second graders in Ms. Werner's resource class had just spent time learning about Firefighters. She said the kids really seemed interested in th...

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Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: March 12, 2018

CPR Classes Offered at the Fire Department

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The Park Forest Fire Department offers American Heart Association CPR classes. We offer both the Basic Heartsaver and the BLS class for healthcare providers. They are offered the third Saturday of each odd month. Registration is easy and can be completed ...

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To Register for a CPR class Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

Change Your Clocks Check Your Smoke Alarm

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Saturday night when you think about the time change and you spring ahead remember to take time to test your smoke alarm and check its manufacture date. Replace dead or old batteries or upgrade to a ten year lithium battery and never worry about a battery ...

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For more information on installing smoke alarms... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: October 9, 2017

National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 - 14

PFFD Patch - transparent.jpg National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8 – 14. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year&rsq...Read on... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: September 25, 2017

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 - 14

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National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8 – 14. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year&rsquo...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: December 9, 2016

Park Forest first responders mull crisis preparedness with tabletop exercise

A host of area first responders took part in a tabletop exercise at Park Forest’s Freedom Hall Wednesday morning to discuss best practices in response to crisis situations. The three-hour-long meeting led by Deputy Chief Christopher Ma...

Read on... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: October 3, 2016

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15

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“Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” is the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, taking place Oct. 9-15. The focus on smoke alarm replacement is aimed at those who don’t know how old their smoke alarms...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: September 19, 2016

Saving lives in today's home fires

If you are building a new home, have you ever stopped to think about how safe it would be in the event of a fire? If your home doesn't include fire sprinklers, the answer is simple: it's not safe enough.

Due to the construction and open designs of toda...Read on...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Fire Department to take part in Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10) with special events

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Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide...Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

Park Forest Fire Department warns about the dangers of heatstroke

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Heatstroke is the No. 1 killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Park Forest Fire Department has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to attempt to ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: September 23, 2014

Park Forest Fire Department to hold events for Fire Prevention Week

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Join the Park Forest Fire Department for the following activities being held in recognition of Fire Prevention Week!

On Thursday, October 9 the Park Forest Fire Department will hold the annual silent twilight parade. This is the 34th year for this even...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: September 19, 2014

Fire Department to hold car seat check on September 20

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The Park Forest Fire Department will hold a car seat check on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Fire Station. The event is free.

The Park Forest Fire Station is located at 156 Lakewood Blvd.

Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: August 25, 2014

Tilley named Firefighter of the Year, others honored at Fire Department Awards Ceremony

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Captain William Tilley is Park Forest’s Firefighter of the Year.

The 41-year Park Forest resident was recognized during the Fire Department’s Annual Recognition and Awards Ceremony at Village Hall on Monday, August 18.

Standing before a packed ro...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: July 17, 2014

Park Forest Fire Department's babysitter/latchkey class begins July 28

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The Park Forest Fire Department’s babysitter/latchkey class teaches teenaged babysitters, and children who stay home alone, how to handle most emergency situations they may be confronted with.

First aid, infant CPR, fire safety, personal security, seve...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: July 7, 2014

Park Forest Fire Department to hold car seat check on July 9

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The Park Forest Fire Department will hold a car seat check this Wednesday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free. Click below to download the flier for more details, and be sure to call to schedule your appointment.Read on...

View the flier! Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: July 3, 2014

Fire and Police Departments remind residents about fireworks in Park Forest

The Village of Park Forest is encouraging all residents to enjoy a happy and safe July 4th holiday by refraining from using fireworks.

Park Forest Fire Chief Bruce Ziegle says to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

“Most fireworks are illeg...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: June 23, 2014

Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 23 - June 27

There are an estimated 23 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year in the United States, nearly 800,000 of which occur in Illinois alone. Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it is also extremely dangerous – it is the underrated killer. F...Read on...

Learn more about lightning safety awareness! Village of Park Forest - Fire News

News Flash

Posted on: March 1, 2018

Colon Cancer screening tests

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Stop by the Shirley Green Senior Center for a testing kit for $5.00 to screen for colon cancer. Return kit to Park Forest Health Department , results within 15 minutes.

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: March 24, 2017

Health Department to celebrate 65 years with April 25 open house

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will celebrate its 65th year anniversary with an open house on Tuesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will celebrate the history and accomplishments of the department over the years, and will high...

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Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: February 6, 2017

Men's Health Screening, June 8

Rich Township services, in collaboration with Park Forest Health Department, is again sponsoring its annual Health Screening Clinic.

The event takes place:

June 8 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Park Forest Health Department 350 Victory Drive Park Forest, IL...Read on... View the flyer Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: February 6, 2017

Mature Women's Health Screening, May 18

The Park Forest Health Department will hold a Mature Women's Health Screening on Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Screening tests include:

Pap test Lipid (Cholesterol) and Glucose (fast 9-12 hours) Stool Occult Blood screening w/Instru...Read on... View the flyer Village of Park Forest - Health News

Posted on: January 30, 2017

Health Dept. seeking donations for April Food Day

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The Park Forest Health Department is asking for the community’s support in an annual effort sponsored by the United Way.

The United Way’s April Food Day is a push to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing the community together...

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Forum on health care in the south suburbs, March 18

Join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for a forum on health care delivery in the south suburbs. As the debate over health care continues nationally, the quality of life in every community across the country is significantly impacte...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Health forum on stress set for Oct. 20

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A hands-on, community seminar for understanding how to minimize signs of stress takes place on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Board Room of Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Scheduled speakers at the event include Felec...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: August 22, 2016

Upcoming info sessions for seniors, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20

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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE, SEPT. 15

A program aimed to educate seniors on planning for the future will be held on Sept. 15, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Speakers from the Legal Assistance Foundation ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: April 21, 2016

Senior Fair, May 6

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The Rich Township Senior Fair is an annual fair that brings information to area seniors on a large number of available services, including transportation, recreation, restaurants, health care, and legal. In 2015, the Senior Fair was held in a new venue, ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: February 3, 2016

Community Safety Presentation, March 3

A community safety presentation will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event features speakers from the Park Forest Fire Department, the Park Forest Police Department, and the South Suburban Fa...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: October 29, 2015

Cook County resident feedback needed for community health survey

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus and the Health Impact Collaborative of Cook County are currently conducting an important community survey initiative.

Cook County residents over the age of 18 are asked to complete this important survey to...Read on...

Click to complete the survey online now! Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: October 16, 2015

Health Dept. seeks resident participation for focus groups, Nov. 12

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus is asking for participation from residents for a November 12 focus group workshop at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event will allow the Park Forest Health Department Nurse Plus to obtain valua...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: August 31, 2015

Nurses Plus named Best of Chicago’s Southland in Home Health

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Eleven of the annual Best in Chicago’s Southland East Region winners were Park Forest businesses! For the last 15 years, the Chicago Tribune (formerly Southtown Star) polls their readers asking them for their favorite places to shop, eat, etc. in 60 diff...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: July 17, 2015

Community Transportation Service Seminar, August 6

The Park Forest Senior Advisory Commission will sponsor a Community Transportation Service Seminar on Thursday, August 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, in Park Forest's DownTown.

The event will provide information about tran...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: May 1, 2015

Senior Fair, May 15

The Rich Township Senior Fair will be held on Friday, May 15 at the Richton Park Community Center, 4445 Sauk Trail, in Richton Park. Estate planning, medicare, social security and many other local health and senior service vendors will be on hand. Reduced...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: April 29, 2015

Village looks to improve community health & wellness with smoke-free housing

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Everyone deserves to breathe clean air. And in 2007, to protect the residents of Cook County and the State of Illinois from the dangers of second-hand smoke, two laws went into effect: the Cook County Clean Indoor Act of 2007 and the Smoke Free Illinois A...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: March 20, 2015

Health Dept. aims to donate 300 pounds of food by April 1

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Last year, the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus served as one of several drop-off locations for food donations as part of the United Way’s April Food Day initiative.

April Food Day is an event to promote awareness of food pantries by bringi...Read on...

Watch a video on donating food at the Health Dept! Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: March 3, 2015

Prostate & Testicular Cancer Screening, March 13

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White Crain’s Wellness Nurse and the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will present life-saving information on prostate and testicular cancer. This interactive workshop will also offer a free prostate (PSA blood test) screening for men over the ag...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: January 13, 2015

Free Hearing Screenings at Health Department

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold a free hearing screening on Thursday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Due to limited space, residents are encouraged to call early to schedule an appointment.

To schedule your appointment...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: November 20, 2014

Have You Gotten Your Flu Vaccine Yet?

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It seems that every place you go to nowadays is offering to give flu shots. Why is there such an emphasis on getting a flu shot? What are the benefits? What are the risks if you don’t get your flu shot?

Influenza is one of the most common respiratory ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: November 26, 2014

Health Insurance Theft, Identify Theft Seminar, Dec. 4

The Park Forest Senior Advisory Commission will host an event on health insurance theft and identify theft Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Health Insurance theft is a rising occurrence that may aren't awa...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: November 5, 2014

Health Department to host info session on Ebola virus, Nov. 17

The Park Forest Health Department will host an information session on the Ebola virus Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd.

Learn how you can protect yourself against the virus and what the latest news is on...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2014

Farmers' Market update

Park Forest thanks all of the vendors and supporters of the Park Forest Farmers' Market for another great season!

The 42nd Annual Park Forest Farmers' Market is scheduled to start on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Any prospective...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: October 28, 2014

Health Department announces date for 2015 Senior Fair

SAVE THE DATE!

The 2015 Rich Township Senior Fair will be held on Friday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Location is yet to be determined.

More information will be available in the coming months.

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: October 15, 2014

Health Department Director addresses Ebola virus

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Recently there have been multiple reports in the news about a new viral infection which started in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Between March 24th 2014 to September 23rd, 2014 close to 6600 cases emerged in the above men...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Health News
Posted on: June 19, 2014

School physicals to be offered this summer

The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold school physicals for children on the following dates this summer:

July 11
July 19July 25
August 8August 9
August 15August 23

* Times vary. Appointments required. Call for an appointme...Read on...

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News Flash

Posted on: February 8, 2019

Parking ticket rate increases to $50

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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 - Police News
Posted on: September 27, 2018

Police issue community alert following reported paintball attacks

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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 wh...

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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Park Forest to recognize Officer Tim Jones Monday with honorary street

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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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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: February 22, 2018

Park Forest police officer pens article about career in law enforcement

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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 - Police News
Posted on: February 19, 2018

Park Forest hosts youth providers summit

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

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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: January 19, 2018

Village welcomes new deputy police chief

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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 18th year...

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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: April 25, 2017

P.A.A.C. program registering now

The Park Forest Police Department’s summer youth program, celebrating 20 years this year, is registering now. The Police Athletic Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) is an athletic-based summer youth program for ages 10 to 15, beginning held June 10 ...Read on... Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: January 9, 2017

Police Honors Ceremony set for Jan. 14

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The Park Forest Police Department will hold its annual Honors Ceremony on Saturday, January 14 at 9 a.m. at Freedom Hall.

During this ceremony, the Park Forest Police Department will honor and recognize Police Department personnel members along with area r...

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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: December 9, 2016

Park Forest first responders mull crisis preparedness with tabletop exercise

A host of area first responders took part in a tabletop exercise at Park Forest’s Freedom Hall Wednesday morning to discuss best practices in response to crisis situations.

The three-hour-long meeting led by Deputy Chief Christopher Mann...

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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Suspect arrested in connection with recent home invasions

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In recent weeks, the Park Forest Police Department have alerted the public to four reports of a male suspect forcing entry into the homes of women there alone, battering and tying them up, and leaving with valuables. Similar incidents were reported on Jac...

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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: November 17, 2016

Community Alert

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Police in Park Forest are investigating several home invasions that have occurred in recent weeks. The crimes could potentially be linked, police say.

Park Forest Police Chief Pete Green today alerted residents of two more recent incidents via a pre-r...Read on...

View the previous community alert Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: October 28, 2016

Community Alert

On the evening of October 27, 2016 around 6 p.m., a woman was confronted by a man armed with a knife who entered through the unlocked back door of her home in the West Lincolnwood neighborhood. The man tied up and battered the victim and stole items befor...

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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: May 13, 2016

Police Department's summer youth program registering now, starts June 13

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The Park Forest Police Department's summer youth program is registering now.

The Park Forest Police Department’s Police Athletic Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) is an athletic-based summer youth program for ages 10 to 15, being held this year June 13 to ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: May 14, 2016

Super Hero Fun Run & Walk to benefit Officer Tim Jones, May 28

Break out your super hero costumes and take part in a run/walk event on Saturday, May 28, inspired by and benefiting Park Forest’s own super hero, Officer Tim Jones. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall.

The run is a non-timed, fun ...Read on...

Create your account & register! Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: May 24, 2016

Statement regarding Rich Court incident

The Park Forest Police Department has released the following statement regarding this morning's incident that took place on Rich Court in Park Forest:

Regarding this morning's incident on Rich Court in Park Forest, the FBI has made the following state...Read on...

Read the FBI's press release on the incident Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: April 27, 2016

Drug Take-Back at Park Forest Police Department, April 30

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Drop off your unused medications at the Park Forest Police Department on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for safe disposal. Help prevent medications from being accidental ingested, abuses, and disposed of in unsafe ways.

All medications acc...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: March 19, 2016

Police-involved shooting leaves suspect dead, officer wounded

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On March 19, 2016, at approximately 5:40 a.m., Park Forest Police were on scene at a vacant residence on the 300 block of Neola St. investigating a break-in to the structure and a stolen vehicle found at that location. When it was learned that a person wa...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: February 10, 2016

Community Alert: Police investigating string of robberies along Western Avenue

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The Park Forest Police Department is actively investigating three separate incidents that occurred between January 30 and February 9, 2016 where a lone female resident of a multi-family housing area on the Western Avenue corridor was robbed or attempted t...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: February 9, 2016

Park Forest Police search for bank robbery suspect

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The Park Forest Police Department and the FBI are investigating the robbery of First Midwest Bank located at 2 Main St., Park Forest, on February 8, 2016 at approximately 4 p.m. A black male believed to be in his 20s entered the bank and demanded money a...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: January 19, 2016

Police Dept. Honors Ceremony, Jan. 23

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The Park Forest Police Department will hold its annual Honors Ceremony on Saturday, January 23 at 9 a.m. at Freedom Hall.

During this ceremony, the Park Forest Police Department will honor and recognize Police Department personnel members along with...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: January 8, 2016

Police search for clues in case of woman last seen Jan. 3

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The Park Forest Police Department has concern about the whereabouts of a 31-year-old resident who has not been seen or heard from since late Sunday evening. On January 5, 2016, Brenda Jackson, of the 200 block of Arcadia St. in Park Forest, was reported m...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: January 5, 2016

Join a discussion with Police Chief Pete Green at the Park Forest Public Library, Jan.9

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A new speaker series titled Our Village Circle kicks-off at the Park Forest Public Library this Saturday, January 9 at 1 p.m. This new series features notable names in Park Forest leading conversation over light refreshments. This month’s featured speak...Read on...

Click to download the flyer! Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: December 16, 2015

Community Alert | Residential Break-ins

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In the past five weeks, there have been nine Residential Burglaries reported in the multi-family areas of Park Forest. These incidents occurred throughout the co-operative areas and Central Park Townhomes. Most of these incidents occurred on weekdays, in...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: November 16, 2015

Police taking part in toy drive, donations accepted through Dec. 21

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The Park Forest Police Department is proud to again be taking part in a toy drive to benefit needy children this holiday season through the Toys for Tots charity.

Interested residents should drop off their unwrapped gifts at the Park Forest Police Depa...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: September 23, 2015

Missing Park Forest senior located

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UPDATE: Pauline Patton has been located and is back with her family. (9/24/15)

Police in Park Forest are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing elderly woman. Pauline Patton, 79, walked away from her residence on Antietam Street in...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: September 23, 2015

Police searching for missing senior, asking for public's help

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Police in Park Forest are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing senior woman. Pauline Patton, 79, walked away from her residence on Antietam Street in Park Forest where she resides with her daughter. Patton was last seen on Sept. 22, 2015 a...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: September 14, 2015

Police station to be drop-off site for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sept. 26

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The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-off unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs and/ or other medications at the Park Forest Police Depart...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: September 14, 2015

Police investigating fatal shooting

The Park Forest Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the evening hours of Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

At approximately 9:10 p.m., Park Forest Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Allegheny St. in reference to a sho...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: August 20, 2015

Police investigating report of missing woman

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The Park Forest Police Department is investigating a report of a missing person.

Jerrica Laws, also known as “Ric- Ric”, was last seen walking in the 200 block of Lee Street in Park Forest on Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Laws was reported missing by f...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: June 10, 2015

Two dead, one injured in single-car crash on Algonquin Street

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a Park Forest Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle driving southbound on Western Avenue at a high rate of speed. Prior to the officer being able to turn around and stop the speeding vehicle...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: June 8, 2015

Close to 20 vehicles burglarized in recent rash of break-ins

The Park Forest Police Department today issued a community alert after close to 20 vehicles -- mostly unlocked -- were burglarized in town. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they see or hear anything suspicious and are reminded to always lock their...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: May 13, 2015

Police youth program accepting applications, begins June 15

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The Park Forest Police Athletics and Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) program is a summer youth program supervised by Park Forest Police and adult leaders from the community. The program provides area youth ages 10 to 15 with structured activities that build ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: March 17, 2015

Park Forest Police plan to conduct roadside safety check Sunday night

The Park Forest Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Will County during the hours of 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, until 2 a.m. on Monday, March 23. The RSC will be held along Western Avenue, north of Sycamore Drive.

The Park...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: February 26, 2015

Meet the Park Forest Police Department's new chief and deputy chief

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Pete Green (pictured left), a 25-year veteran of the Park Forest Police Department, was named Park Forest’s new police chief earlier this month. Green succeeds former Police Chief Cliff Butz who retired from the department.

Green holds a masters degr...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: February 6, 2015

Community Alert

The Park Forest Police Department is investigating a suspicious circumstance that occurred this morning, Feb. 6. 2015, at around 7:30 a.m. when a junior high school student walking to school on Wilshire St. near Wilson St. reported that a man in a vehicle...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: September 17, 2014

Community Alert

On September 16 at approximately 5 p.m., a teen-aged female juvenile reported that as she was walking on Gentry St. from Indiana St., a male walking past her in the opposite direction had his genitals exposed while touching himself. There was no conversat...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: September 3, 2014

Park Forest Police take part in ALS Challenge

Park Forest Police Department Deputy Chief Pete Green challenged fellow police chiefs and commanders of the Department to participate in the ALS Icebucket Challenge. All agreed but had no idea what they were in for.

Deputy Chief Green has now ch...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: August 15, 2014

Tip leads to arrest of man for involuntary sexual servitude

A Park Forest Police Department and FBI joint investigation has led to two counts of Involuntary Sexual Servitude of a Minor being filed against a 30-year-old Park Forest man.

On Monday August 11, 2014, Park Forest Police acted on a lead regarding a mi...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: August 4, 2014

Park Forest Police make arrest in groping incidents

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The Park Forest Police Department has made an arrest in a series of groping cases that begin in March in Park Forest and two other neighboring communities.

A press conference was held Monday regarding the arrest.

Click below to see the full statemen...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: July 3, 2014

Fire and Police Departments remind residents about fireworks in Park Forest

The Village of Park Forest is encouraging all residents to enjoy a happy and safe July 4th holiday by refraining from using fireworks.

Park Forest Fire Chief Bruce Ziegle says to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

“Most fireworks are illeg...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: June 30, 2014

Community Alert

On Sunday, June 22, 2014 at approximately 10:49 p.m., the Park Forest Police Department responded to a woman who had been accosted by a male subject in the 300 block of Gettysburg Street. The woman, who had been walking her dog in the neighborhood, was ap...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Police News

News Flash

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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View the hydrant flushing map now Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
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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Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
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 bel...

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Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Hydrant flushing begins May 1

The Department of Public Works will conduct hydrant flushing from May 1 to May 31, beginning at 9 a.m., weekdays only. No flushing will be done on the weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During flushing, yo...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: April 17, 2017

Resident near S. Orchard and Osage to experience water disruption Tuesday

Residents in the area of South Orchard Drive and Osage Street in Park Forest will be without water service on Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., due to water main replacement. As a result of this temporary disruption in service, residents in the i...

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Water service interrupted on Ash Street Monday due to main replacement

Park Forest residents in the Ash Street Cooperatives will be without water service until 5 p.m. as crews install new water main in the area. As a result of this temporary disruption in service, residents in the impacted area may experience water discolor...Read on... Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: April 14, 2017

Precautionary boil advisory issued has now expired

The precautionary boil advisory has been canceled for residents in the impacted areas announced Wednesday. 

For questions, please call 708-503-7702.  Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: April 12, 2017

Update on precautionary boil advisory

A precautionary boil advisory remains in effect for residents near the area of Fir Street and Forest Boulevard, which includes multi-family cooperative units, senior living centers, and downtown businesses. This precautionary boil advisory will remain in...Read on... Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: April 11, 2017

Precautionary boil advisory to be issued for area near Fir and Forest, April 12

The Park Forest Public Works Department is issuing a precautionary boil advisory in the area of Fir Street and Forest Boulevard for Wednesday, April 12, beginning at approximately 1 p.m. and remaining in place through -- at earliest&...

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

Public Works, construction updates for Week of April 10

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Numerous projects are currently taking place throughout Park Forest. Residents in several areas impacted by construction should be aware of the following:

  • Crews could potentially work on Saturdays but generally do not.  
  • Water service will not be...
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Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: April 7, 2017

Construction to prevent parking on several streets beginning April 11

Beginning Tuesday, April 11, and lasting until approximately April 26 (weather dependent) no parking will be allowed on the following roads between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. due to construction: Sherman, Chase, Hamlin, Homan (east of Indiana) Waverly, Suwanee, M...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Temporary water outage on April 3 near Illinois School

On Monday, April 3, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., residents on the following streets may experience a disruption in water service due to water main replacement work happening in their area: Illinois Street (near Illinois School) Sandburg Street (between Il...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House, April 27

The Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House is scheduled for the following date, location and times. Thursday, April 27, 2017Joliet Area Historical MuseumCaterpillar Auditorium (lower level)204 North Ottawa StreetJoliet, IL 60432 Official...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House, April 27

The Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House is scheduled for the following date, location and times. Thursday, April 27, 2017Joliet Area Historical MuseumCaterpillar Auditorium (lower level)204 North Ottawa StreetJoliet, IL 60432 Official...

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Posted on: March 2, 2017

Temporary water outage on Friday, March 3

On Friday, March 3, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., residents on the following streets may experience a disruption in water service due to water main replacement work happening in their area:

Apple Lester Road Monee Road Oak Lane Oakwood Onarga Osage Osw...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Final street sweeping of 2016 begins Monday

Street sweeping in Park Forest begins Monday, Nov. 21, and lasts approximately 10 days. The street sweeper normally begins in the north part of Park Forest and continues south. The number of streets cleaned each day depends on the amount of leaves and/o...Read on... Click for more on street sweeping in Park Forest Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: October 14, 2016

Street sweeping begins Monday, Oct. 17

Street sweeping in Park Forest begins Monday, Oct. 17, and lasts approximately 10 days.

The street sweeper normally begins in the north part of Park Forest and continues south. The number of streets cleaned each day depends on the amount of leaves and...Read on...

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

CodeRed issued for residents near Somonauk Park

A CodeRed alert was issued for a small portion of Park Forest early this afternoon in the area of Central Park Avenue, Nauvoo Street, and Blackhawk Drive near Somonauk Park. The message to residents was as follows:

On Friday, October 14, residents may...Read on...

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

Hydrant flushing begins April 20

Hydrant flushing begins on April 20 and will continue through Memorial Day.

Flushing begins at 9 a.m., on weekdays only. No flushing will take place on weekends.

Hydrants are flushed to remove rust and sediment from the water system. During hydran...Read on...

View the hydrant flushing progress map! Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: January 5, 2015

Be prepared for the cold

Last Tuesday, the Public Works Department received its first frozen water line report of the season. Public Works was able to thaw the water line and restore service to the resident.

Due to low temperatures, the potential for freezing pipes is there ...Read on...

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Posted on: December 15, 2014

Water Main Project Public Notice

PUBLIC COMMENT NOTICE

IEPA FUNDING OF WATER MAIN IMPROVEMENTS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS

VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS

1. Purpose of the Project. The purpose of this Project is to install approximately 22,000 lineal feet of new water main i...Read on...

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Last yard waste collection of 2014 is Nov. 25

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The final yard waste pick-up day of 2014 is November 25. Be sure to stop in to Village Hall, prior to November 25, to pick-up your yard waste bags and stickers, and round out your seasonal clean-up of fallen leaves and other yard waste before winter!

L...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: September 26, 2014

Construction to impact Village Hall traffic flow

An on-going construction project on Victory Drive continues next week with major work taking place just outside of Village Hall. For Tuesday only, parking will be moved to the west side of Village Hall. The pavement will be rough but walkable. Resident...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: August 1, 2014

Storm clean-up completed

The Department of Public Works recently completed a lengthy clean-up process following a powerful storm that hit Park Forest earlier this summer.

Crews collected debris – in some areas several times – brought to the curb by residents throughout town.
...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: July 16, 2014

Storm clean-up continues

The Department of Public Works this week continues its efforts to clear debris left behind from a powerful storm that caused major damage earlier this month.

Crews are currently moving through the Lincolnwood neighborhood and will then continue work o...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: May 21, 2014

Metra parking in Park Forest to increase July 1

Metra commuter lot parking rates in Park Forest increase July 1 from $1 per day to $1.25 per day. Users of the stations at 211th & North Street are advised.

Village of Park Forest - Public Works News

News Flash

Posted on: May 13, 2019

New Trip! - Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul Tribute

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Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul Tribute - Just Added!!Join us at Theater at the Center in Munster, IN for Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul starring Donica Lynn. Award-winning Chicago “Dreamgirl” Donica Lynn triumphs in an awe-inspiring hom...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation and Parks News
Posted on: May 13, 2019

2019 Main Street Nights Begins Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Grab a blanket and position yourself in the Park Forest Downtown Village Green (Cunningham and Main Streets) for eight FREE nights of entertainment, rain or shine! Vendors on hand selling food and drinks! The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with an opening ac...

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Posted on: May 2, 2019

Clean Up Our Parks Day - Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9 am-12 pm

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Save the Date!

Join the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board for Clean-up Our Parks Day on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00 am to Noon at Central Park.

Plan now to spend the morning with friends and family helping spruce up some of the Village’s parks and th...

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Posted on: April 30, 2019

Village of Park Forest - Recreation & Parks - Trips!

Check out the new trips offered by Park Forest Recreation & Parks.  Click on the links below or contact the Recreation & Parks Department at 708-748-2005 to be place on the trip mailing list.  Recreation & Parks Trip Flyer

Rec...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation and Parks News
Posted on: April 12, 2019

Garden Club of Park Forest Meeting & Kay MacNeil's Garden Tour, May 14, 2019

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Join the Garden Club of Park Forest for a tour of well-known garden writer and serious perennial gardener, Kay MacNeil’s Frankfort, Illinois spring garden. Kay’s one acre lot is designed to promote wildlife. You will be amazed at her plant collection of w...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation and Parks News
Posted on: January 28, 2019

Just for Girls Sports Camps

These 6-week camps are designed to foster a love of sport and physical activity through the introduction of various programs throughout the course of a year. These low-cost programs include Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer and Flag Footbal...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation and Parks News
Posted on: January 24, 2019

Warrior Circuit - New Exercise Program

The Warrior Circuit is for individuals who want to get off their couches to lose those pouches.  The
active older adult warriors, moms and dad warriors, corporate employeewarriors, weekend warriors, beginning warriors and intermediate...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation and Parks News
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Available Now! 2019 Winter/Spring Recreation & Parks Brochure

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The 2019 Winter/Spring Recreation & Parks brochure is available at the Recreation & Parks Department or click on the link below for the pdf version of the brochure. 2019 Winter/Spring Recreation & Parks Brochure

Park Forest household...

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

New Recreation & Parks Trips!

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Park Forest Recreation & Parks just released their upcoming trips!  Click on the links below for more information or call 708-748-2005.  

Recreation & Parks TripsDiamond Tours (click on links below) New Orleans - March 10...

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News Flash

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Park Forest Environment Commission presents Earth Week 2019, April 13 - April 22

The Park Forest Environment Commission celebrates Earth Week with the following events: 

April 9 - 30

Recycled Art ExhibitionTuesdays from 10 - 3, Wednesdays from 12 - 4, Fridays from 1:30 - 4, and Saturdays from 1 - 4Being held in conjunction with...

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Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: February 21, 2019

Village adopts new Climate Action and Resilience Plan

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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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View the new Climate Action and Resilience Plan Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
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 Earth Week Rec...

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Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Gardening series continues Aug. 12

The Saturday Morning Gardening Series continues Aug. 12 with a session on heirlooms: plants, vegetables, and herbs that have stood the test of time. The session begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Wetlands Discovery Center located inside the Park Forest Aqua Cente...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: April 19, 2017

May 6 recycle events available to Park Forest residents

Two upcoming events offer an opportunity to Park Forest residents looking to dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics. See below for full details on each. 

Will County Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Drop-Off Event On Sat...Read on... Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: December 13, 2016

Deadline for residents to order free rain barrels, Dec. 19

Since Park Forest first alerted residents several months ago to an opportunity to order free rain barrels, close to 350 have placed orders. For residents who have not placed orders but are interested in taking advantage of this free rain barrel program, s...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: October 17, 2016

Final gardening course of the year, Oct. 22

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission concludes for the season on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Have you ever bought seeds with every intention of planting them and never getting around to it? Have you suffered...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: September 6, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on canning, Sept. 17

The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a presentation on canning.

Now that you have worked so hard in the garden, the rewards are overflowing your pantry and coun...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: August 10, 2016

Free rain barrels available to Park Forest residents in Cook County

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Free rain barrels are available to Village residents in the Cook County section of Park Forest through the end of 2016. The rain barrel program is a cooperative effort by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Village of P...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: July 18, 2016

Growing Green Recycle Fest, July 30

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The Growing Green Recycle Fest, an event for the disposal of televisions, household batteries, used shoes, used eyeglasses, document destruction, and more, is scheduled for Saturday, July 30.

Click to download the flyer Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: June 10, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on container gardening secrets, June 25

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, June 25, with a presentation on container gardening secrets.

Whether you live in an apartment, condo, town home, or a single-family home, ...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: April 12, 2016

Park Forest’s policy for safer, more convenient streets named among the nation’s best

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In 2015, Park Forest, IL made a formal commitment to safer streets that work for everyone by passing a Complete Streets policy. Now, this policy has been named one of the best in the nation from last year.

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015, an...Read on...

View winning policies, evaluation criteria & more Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: April 4, 2016

Household Hazardous Waste & Motor Oil Collection Event, April 16

Household Hazardous Waste & Motor Oil Collection Event in Frankfort
April 16 | 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open to Will County Residents Only

Lincoln-Way East High School Parking Lot201 Colorado Avenue
Frankfort, IL, 60423-1333815-727-8834

Coll...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

Final gardening lecture of season, Oct. 17

Park Forest’s final lecture of the 2015 gardening series happens tomorrow, October 17, with a session on the basics of composting. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

The free lecture s...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: August 13, 2015

Document destruction event, Sept. 12

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The Village of Park Forest will hold a document destruction event on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in DownTown Park Forest at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive. The event is free and limited to Park Forest residents only. ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 10, 2015

Gardening lecture on backyard fruits, August 15

Park Forest’s gardening lecture series continues on Saturday, August 15 with a session on backyard fruits. Dr. James Theuri from the University of Illinois will teach attendees how to successfully raise different fruit varieties in your own backyard.

...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

Learn to recycle paints at Farmers' Market, July 25

Learn how to recycle water based/latex paint at the Park Forest Farmers' Market, Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Park Forest Farmers' Market is located at 271 W. Lakewood Blvd., just across from the Park Forest Police Department.Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

Park Forest lands 3-STAR Community Rating for sustainable practices

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The Village of Park Forest is pleased to announce its new 3-STAR Community Rating for leadership in sustainable practices by STAR Community Rating System (STAR).

The STAR Community Rating System is a robust sustainability rating system for cities, t...Read on...

View STAR's point breakdown for Park Forest Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: April 8, 2015

Recycling tour Earth Day celebration, April 22

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The Park Forest Environment Commission invites you to see what happens to your recycled items after they leave the curb. View the recycling process at Homewood Star Disposals state-of-the-art sorting and processing facility in Homewood.

This FREE tour...Read on...

Register now! Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: April 1, 2015

Village adopts complete streets policy

The Park Forest Board of Trustees adopted the Park Forest Complete Streets Policy on March 23, taking another step toward more sustainable practices.

The Complete Streets movement aims to develop integrated, connected networks of streets that are safe...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: January 2, 2015

Christmas tree disposal at the Aqua Center

If you're looking to dispose of your Christmas tree, the Park Forest Aqua Center is a drop-off site, now through Jan. 31.

The north side of the parking lot of the Aqua Center is sectioned off where residents should look to drop their trees.

Resident...Read on...

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Posted on: December 12, 2014

Village adopts Bike & Pedestrian Plan

The Park Forest Board of Trustees adopted the proposed Park Forest Bike & Pedestrian Plan at the Dec. 8 Village Board meeting.

A Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance grant application was written and awarded f...Read on...

View the Park Forest Bike & Pedestrian Plan! Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: December 1, 2014

Cook County to hold Long Range Transportation Plan open houses

Nine months into the development of Cook County’s first Long Range Transportation Plan in 70 years, the County is hosting several open houses seeking resident and business input on transportation priorities and potential long-range scenarios. Cook County ...Read on...

Learn more about the project! Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: November 3, 2014

Public Open House for Park Forest Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, Nov. 19

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On Wednesday, November 19, the Village of Park Forest will host a public open house for its draft bicycle and pedestrian plan at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The draft plan will guide the Village's deci...Read on...

View more details about the plan! Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: October 17, 2014

Final gardening lecture for season, Saturday, Oct. 18

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series concludes for the season on Saturday, October 18, with a presentation on caring for hand tools.

Bring a hand tool, learn how to sharpen and clean them like a pro.

The lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. at Park...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: September 19, 2014

Park Forest sustainability plan to be featured at Sept. 25 conference

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Did you know…

That Park Forest was ahead of its time? As a planned community built in the 1950s and 60s, Park Forest was conceived of as an early model for smart growth (decades before the term “smart growth” was popularized). The Village was specific...Read on...

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Posted on: August 6, 2014

Food Co-op to hold discussion on organic food, August 19

The South Suburban Food Co-op will host a discussion on organic foods and healthy families on Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Shannon Chidlow-Williams will lead the discussion.

For more information, contact the South Suburban Food Co-op at 708-747...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2014

Solar Chicago available to Park Forest residents in Cook County

Thinking about installing solar on your home but don't know where to start or think it's just too expensive?

Cook County is participating in Solar Chicago to help residents simplify the process of researching installation options for your home, while h...Read on...

Click for more information! Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: August 4, 2014

Just announced: FREE Document Destruction Event, September 13

The Village of Park Forest, in partnership with the Will County Land Use Department, will hold a document destruction event on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in DownTown Park Forest at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive.

R...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: July 24, 2014

Free lecture on herbs, August 16

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues Saturday, August 16, when Pam Bassu presents a lecture on herbs.

Throughout human history, herbs have been used as flavorings, medicines, decorations, scents, and protective garden plants. Herbs de...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures! Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: July 14, 2014

Butterfly Gardens lecture to be held July 19 at Village Hall

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues this Saturday, July 19, when Bill and Jennifer Tobin, U of I Master Gardeners, present a lecture on butterfly gardens.

Find out the basic needs of the common Illinois butterflies so you can design ...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures! Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: June 17, 2014

Pollinator insects lecture to be held June 21 at Village Hall

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues this Saturday, June 21, when Kelly Allsup, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, presents a lecture on pollinator insects.

Learn to identify the most common beneficial insects in your garden, th...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures! Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News

News Flash

Posted on: May 2, 2019

Park Forest budget review sessions set for May and June

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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.

Board/Public Introduction of Budge...

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Park Forest election results official, applicants sought for trustee vacancy

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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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View full description of Village trustee position Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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View the hydrant flushing map now Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Vehicle sticker and animal registration rates Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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View the new Climate Action and Resilience Plan Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Cold Weather Safety Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: November 7, 2018

Receive $50 for completing an important transportation survey

CMAPSurvey

From now until May 2019, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will conduct the My Daily Travel survey, asking households in northeastern Illinois to share trips they make for work, school, shopping, errands, and socializing with family and ...

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Click to get started now! Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
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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Posted on: August 7, 2018

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

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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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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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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

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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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Posted on: February 21, 2018

Park Forest remembers Katherine Armstrong

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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

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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

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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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