News Flash

Posted on: October 22, 2020

Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Are you or someone you know employed by a restaurant?  Think of all our beloved cooks, mixologists, greeters, hostesses, and waitresses, to name a few whose lives have been upended by Covid-19. In response to the hardship caused by Covid-19, the ...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Village Hall closed until Tuesday

Coronavirus update

Park Forest’s Village Hall will be closed until Tuesday, Sept. 8, due to multiple cases of COVID-19. Village officials made the decision to close late Monday out of an abundance of caution for the safety of village residents and employees.A prof...

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COVID-19 Information
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Park Forest's Village Hall to reopen June 1, face masks to be required

Village Hall to reopen June 1

After being closed just over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Park Forest’s Village Hall is set to reopen on Monday, June 1, beginning at 12 p.m.

The village will resume operations with a full complement of staff on site.

Park Forest wi...

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COVID-19 Information
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Village to continue to operate in reduced capacity through May 31

Coronavirus update

With Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement of an extension to the stay-at-home order in place for most Illinois residents, the Village of Park Forest will continue to operate in a reduced capacity until at least May 31. Park Forest is c...

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View Park Forest's coronavirus info center COVID-19 Information
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Village manager updates residents on Park Forest's coronavirus response

Coronavirus update

Dear Park Forest residents,

On behalf of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, I hope this message finds each of you well and continuing to do all that you can to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors against the coronavirus which has claimed th...

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COVID-19 Information
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Homewood Disposal asks for resident assistance in helping stop coronavirus spread

Homewood Disposal

The following update is being shared on behalf of the village’s waste collection partner, Homewood Disposal. For questions, please contact Homewood Disposal at 708-798-1004.

Dear Valued Municipal Customers:

As of today, Homewood Disposal Services ...

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COVID-19 Information
Posted on: April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Community & Business Resources

COVID-19 Park Forest business and resource update

While we don’t know what the economic impact will have in the next several months due to COVID-19, we do know that there are ways to help local businesses and community now. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many are facing information overloa...

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COVID-19 Information
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Coronavirus update for week of March 30: Village continues scaled back services with order extension

Coronavirus update

With Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement of an extension to the stay-at-home order in place for most Illinois residents, the Village of Park Forest will continue to operate in a reduced capacity until April 30, at minimum.Park Forest ...

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COVID-19 Information
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Services to be maintained despite Village Hall temporarily closed to public starting March 18

Coronavirus update

In response to rising concerns related to the coronavirus, Park Forest leaders today announced that Village Hall will temporarily close to the public beginning March 18.The decision was made by Park Forest Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt, the Park Forest Board ...

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COVID-19 Information
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Recreation facilities to close, programs canceled through March 30

Coronavirus update

Park Forest’s Recreation, Parks, and Community Health Department has released the following statement related to upcoming facility closures and programming cancellations in response to the coronavirus.As a public health precaution, Park Forest&a...

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COVID-19 Information
Posted on: March 12, 2020

Park Forest taking precautions as coronavirus concerns rise

Coronavirus update

The Village of Park Forest is taking action to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.Based on new information from the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control, the Village of Park Forest will be canceling the following programs an...

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COVID-19 Information

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: April 1, 2020

Building Department operations limited during stay-in-place order

As of April 1, 2020

Due to the Governor’s shelter in place order Park Forest’s Village Hall is closed to the public. Building Department services have been suspended or altered until the order is lifted. During this time the Building De...

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News Flash

Posted on: October 19, 2020

Webinar Invitation | Energy-saving Opportunities Through Energy Efficiency Program

Is your small business looking for ways to save money and use less energy? Learn how you can reduce costs and improve operations through energy efficiency.

This free 1-hour webinar will include the following information on the ComEd Energy Efficiency Progr...

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Register Today! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Comcast Business brings advanced network technology to Downtown Park Forest

DownTown Park Forest

Comcast Business announced last week that it has expanded its advanced network infrastructure in Downtown Park Forest, adding a half mile of fiber optic cable along Forest Blvd, Victory Drive, Main Street and Liberty Drive. The expansion, which will bring...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Free Fall Fun Day is Saturday in Park Forest

Come Join Us for Free Fall Fun Day!

Southeast Corner of Main Street & Orchard Drive

Food Truck Vendors from Joey's Red Hots & The Creamery(Sponsored by All Coast Restoration)

Saturday from 11:00AM to 2:00PM

ALSO VISIT:Main Street Market from 7:00AM-No...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Nomination Deadline for Sustainability Awards is September 25

2020 Sustainability Award

Nominations are being accepted for: General Appearance, Rain Barrels,  Rain Gardens, Raised Planter Beds (for raising produce), Solar Panels, Minimal Use of Lawn Chemicals (verified), Bike To Work, School, or Train (verified), Wildlife Habitat, C...

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Use the Online Nomination Form! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Make Your Social Media Matter : It's One Week Away!

Sue Kirchner, Brand Strong Marketing

SOCIAL MEDIA is one of the best ways to connect with people who love your brand. It’s also a great way to get noticed, reaching those who haven’t heard of your business yet. However, two important social media marketing strategies are important to achieve...

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Register Today! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

FREE Webinar | Make Your Social Media Matter!

Sue Kirchner, Brand Strong Marketing

SOCIAL MEDIA is one of the best ways to connect with people who love your brand. It’s also a great way to get noticed, reaching those who haven’t heard of your business yet. However, two important social media marketing strategies are ...

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Register Today! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Cloud Recording Available From August 18 Webinar

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Kathy Hays, Hays Digital Group, covered the best practices of creating a website or updating your established website with a fresh look via a Zoom Webinar sponsored by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department on August 18....

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Click here for the Cloud Recording Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

2020 Summer Edition of Park Forest Business News

2020 Summer Park Forest Business Newsletter

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

  • Mayor’s Message
  • Shop Local Campaign Supports Park Forest Business
  • Did You Know…There is a Pa...
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Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Tomorrow 6/24 @ 8:30am - Webinar - How to Compete with Online Retailers

Brandon Svec, CoStar Group

Develop a game plan to increase traffic and sales from the leading commercial marketing research company.   Brandon Svec, Director of Market Analytics, from CoStar Group will be our speaker.  

This free 1-hour webinar will include 2019 pe...

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Register Here Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Use New 2020-2021 Shopping & Services Guide During $hop Local $hop Safe Ca$hback Raffle

2020/2021 Shopping & Services Guide

The 2020/2021 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

Use the new Guide during t...

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Click here to access the Guide.. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Restore Illinois Phase 3 ~ Village & Business Openings

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Consistent with Restore Illinois, Phase 3, and IDPH-approved safety guidance in place, Village Hall Offices will open on Monday, June 1, at 12 noon and will continue with regular office hours going forward.

When entering Village Hall, please note that all ...

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Park Forest Shopping & Services Guide Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

APRIL 16 UPDATE ~ Essential Park Forest Businesses Open During COVID-19

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The Village has updated the list of Park Forest Businesses that are open and operating as "essential" businesses.  Let us continue to support them by shopping local during this difficult time.  This list will be updated twice a...

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Park Forest Shopping & Services Guide Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

UPDATED ~ Essential Park Forest Businesses Open During COVID-19

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The Village has updated the list of Park Forest businesses that are open and operating as "essential" businesses.  Let us continue to support them by shopping local during this difficult time.  This list will be updated twice a...

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Park Forest Business Essential Business Open List Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: April 5, 2020

Essential Park Forest Businesses Open During COVID-19

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The Village has created a list of Park Forest businesses that are open and operating as "essential" businesses.  We urge you to shop local and support them during this difficult time.   

With the current COVID-19 pandem...

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Park Forest Business Essential Business Open List Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Fiorenzo is 2019's Park Forest Business Person of the Year

Business Person of the Year - 2019

Ten years after becoming the first-ever recipient of the Park Forest Business Person of the Year Award, Janet Fiorenzo is now the first ever two-time recipient of the award.Fiorenzo was officially recognized as the 2019 Sam Montella Park Forest Business P...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: November 21, 2019

Jet Foods...We Are Giving Away 500 FREE Turkeys!

Jet Turkey

We are so excited to be giving away FREE #Thanksgiving Turkeys to the first 500 people who enter our giveaway. 

All you need to do is:1. Like our post on Facebook. 2. Comment #JetFoodsGiveaway below in the comments.3. Sign up for the give...

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Enter now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 31, 2019

Grocery store expected to open after new year now hiring

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An estimated 80-plus jobs will be filled in the coming months as a new Park Forest grocer prepares to open just after the new year.Jet Foods, to be located at 120 Orchard Drive, will anchor Orchard Park Plaza which was recently purchased by Freedom Develo...

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Click on the link to apply now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 30, 2019

JET Foods is Hiring in Park Forest!

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JET Foods will soon be opening at 120 S. Orchard Drive in Park Forest. They are currently accepting applications for full and part time positions.  We are beginning the hiring process! We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic applicants who ...

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Apply here! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 26, 2019

You Still Have Time...Nominate Your Park Forest Business Person of the Year by Oct. 31

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Park Forest's Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) is seeking nominations for the EDAG 2019 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year. 

The EDAG Sam Montella Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to recognize Park Forest busine...

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Nominate someone now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 25, 2019

SUNDAY, Grand Opening...Bounce 2 It Inflatables

Bounce 2 It Inflatables Grand Opening

Make birthday wishes come true with unforgettable celebrations. Customize your package for your child's celebration. Book us for all your party needs including showers, school parties, organization events, soft play, and more! 

Come celebrate thei...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 26, 2019

Nominate Your Park Forest Business Person of the Year by Oct. 31

BPOTY19

Park Forest's Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) is seeking nominations for the EDAG 2019 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year. 

The EDAG Sam Montella Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to recognize Park Forest busine...

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Nominate someone now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 27, 2019

Public hearing on cannabis sales in Park Forest set for Oct. 8 at Freedom Hall

Freedom Hall

On January 1, 2020, the State of Illinois will permit licensed businesses to sell, grow, and process adult use recreational cannabis. The Village of Park Forest is currently in the process of determining whether or not to permit these businesses to operat...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 6, 2019

ROBO Kids STEM Lab Celebrates Grand Opening

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Please join us as we welcome ROBO Kids STEM Lab to the Village of Park Forest. Their Grand Opening will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..  Ribbon cutting will start promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Face painting...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: July 19, 2019

Park Forest welcomes AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteers

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An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team is again set for service in the Village of Park Forest this summer.The NCCC team this week begins its first of an eight-week stay in Park Forest.“The Village of Park Forest is very happy – and fo...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 3, 2019

June is Resident Appreciation Month

Resident Appreciation Month - June 2019

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

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: May 23, 2019

New Park Forest business helps south suburban home-based food service businesses

Since opening in March, Poppin Plates Culinary Incubator, a new Park Forest business offering memberships and hourly rates for access to a 950-square-foot commercial kitchen, has already gained nine members. The business looks to continue its mis...

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Check out the full article in this week's Chica 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: March 9, 2018

Park Forest Foods Conducts Hiring Event

Details

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: 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 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

News Flash

Posted on: April 15, 2020

Park Forest using estimates for April water billing amounts

Village Hall

Due to issues resulting from the impact of the coronavirus and Illinois’ stay-at-home order, Park Forest’s water billing is undergoing temporary changes. Park Forest usually utilizes meter readers who travel throughout the community to...

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Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: March 1, 2020

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 2020-21 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 31, 2020

Park Forest wins Distinguished Budget Award a 25th consecutive time

Village Hall

The Village of Park Forest for the 25th consecutive year has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

The award represents a significant achievement for Park Forest. It reflects the co...

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View Park Forest's 2018-19 award-winning budget Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: November 22, 2019

Public hearing for proposed property tax levy, Dec. 2

Village Hall

NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST

I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy for the Village of Park Forest shall be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, Board Room, 350 Victo...

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Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: October 31, 2019

Village to hold financial update meeting, Nov. 2

Financial Update 19

The Park Forest Board of Trustees will meet with village department heads Saturday, Nov. 2, to discuss village finances.The meeting will cover several areas including:

  • Preliminary Fiscal Year 2019 Year End Results
  • Current Year Trends
  • Tax Levy Projections
  • Depa...
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Review the Financial Update information packet now Village of Park Forest - Finance News
Posted on: May 2, 2019

Park Forest budget review sessions set for May and June

Village Hall

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

Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

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

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 - 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

News Flash

Posted on: October 5, 2020

Virtual Fire Prevention Week 2020

Welcome to our virtual Fire Prevention Week. This years theme is, "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen". According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the Unite...

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Serve up fire safety with A shift... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Virtual Fire Prevention Week 2020

2020 has been quite a different year. So we had to change our way of doing Fire Prevention activities. Click on the link below to learn more...

Additional Info... Village of Park Forest - Fire News
Posted on: February 24, 2020

Firefighter Kevin Grove Named 2019 Firefighter of the Year

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Kevin Grove has been selected as the Park Forest Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year for 2019. On Saturday February 22, 2020 the Fire Department held it’s Annual Awards Ceremony at Dinning on the Green in Downtown Park Forest. Th...

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Village of Park Forest - Fire News

News Flash

Posted on: October 25, 2019

70 Years of the Park Forest Police Department program, Nov. 10

Historical Society - Police program

On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Park Forest Historical Society will host retired Chief Cliff Butz and current Park Forest Chief of Police Christopher Mannino to discuss 70 Years of the Park Forest Police Department.  Park Forest's Public Safety Departmen...

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Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: August 29, 2019

Park Forest Police set to hire new officers, accepting applications through Oct. 10

Park Forest Police looking for applicants

The Park Forest Police Department is looking to add new officers.The 55-member police force with 41 sworn officers began a new recruitment period Monday and will accept applications through Oct. 10.The department is encouraging those in pursuit of an exci...

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Click to download the application packet now Village of Park Forest - Police News
Posted on: July 24, 2019

Take a stand against crime on August 6 for National Night Out

National Night Out 2019

The Park Forest Police Department invites you to join them, along with 16,000 other communities across the country, in celebrating National Night Out Against Crime on August 6.Organize a gathering on your block, invite your neighbors to take part, and joi...

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Village of Park Forest - Police 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 - 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: 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

News Flash

Posted on: February 17, 2020

Metra releases proposed changes to Metra Electric schedule

Metra Electric Changes

Metra today unveiled proposed revisions to its Metra Electric Line schedule and has asked its riders for feedback in an online survey. The new schedule includes changes made necessary by the implementation of the new Positive Train Control (PTC) ...

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Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: February 17, 2020

Metra releases proposed changes to Metra Electric schedule

Metra Electric Changes

Metra today unveiled proposed revisions to its Metra Electric Line schedule and has asked its riders for feedback in an online survey. The new schedule includes changes made necessary by the implementation of the new Positive Train Control (PTC) ...

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Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: November 15, 2019

Street sweeping begins Nov. 18

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Street sweeping begins Monday, Nov. 18, in Park Forest.  

How Street Sweeping WorksThe 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/...

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Village of Park Forest - Public Works News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Homewood Disposal asks for resident assistance in helping stop coronavirus spread

Homewood Disposal

The following update is being shared on behalf of the village’s waste collection partner, Homewood Disposal. For questions, please contact Homewood Disposal at 708-798-1004.

Dear Valued Municipal Customers:

As of today, Homewood Disposal Services ...

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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Mandatory boil order lifted, residents may resume normal water usage

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Park  Forest is no longer under a boil order.The boil order, which began Friday afternoon, was lifted Monday at 1:50 p.m. after village water samples taken over the weekend all came back clear.Residents may now resume normal water usage.Village o...

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Hydrant flushing begins April 8

Hydrant Flushing

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

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Posted on: 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...

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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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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:

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News Flash

Posted on: August 18, 2020

BLS Healthcare Providers CPR Class November 21, 2020

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The BLS Healthcare Providers CPR class is intended for Healthcare Professionals who may require a completion card for their job, but anyone can register for the class. Topics include CPR and AED, Basic or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Stroke train...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Park Forest Tennis & Health Club Tennis Lessons begin October 19, 2020

The Tennis & Health Club offers lessons to every member of the family, from youth to tournament level juniors and adults. Our professional instructors are top-notch players who take a personal interest in you, regardless of your level of play. Both gr...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Line Dancing - October 12-November 16, 2020

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Line Dancing Beginners Line Dance is a moderately paced dance that combines exercise and dance into one. The dance steps will target/exercise the hips, legs, knees and feet. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace and to have a good t...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Just Ballin’ Bitty Camp - Sept. 24-Oct. 29

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Just Ballin’ Bitty CampThe Just Ballin’ Bitty Camp is a 6-week basketball camp for youth grades 1st-2nd.  This instructional program will teach your young hoop star the basics of the sport including dribbling, shooting and def...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Blood Drive - October 22, 2020 at Dining on the Green, Park Forest, IL

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Consider saving 3 lives with just one pint of blood. Schedule your appointment at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or contact Margaret Lewis at 708-283-5663.

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

2020 Beautification Awards Announced

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Earlier this summer, residents were asked to nominate any home or business that they considered to be an outstanding example of careful maintenance, good stewardship and curb appeal. Nominated properties were judged by the Beautification Awards Committee ...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Village of Park Forest - Parks & Playgrounds Phase 4 – Restore Illinois Plan

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PARKS MAINTENANCE

During the COVID-19 health crisis, the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health has continued serving the community while remaining fiscally responsible by reducing expenses and managing resources. This has included a reduct...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Ms Adina's Thursday Art Moments

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Every Thursday join Ms Adina for different art projects you can complete at home with your little ones. Click on link below or visit https://www.facebook.com/pfrecandparksVideo Links: June 25, 2002 project is inspired by glass sculpture creator...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Thorn Creek Nature Center Upcoming Programs

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Thorn Creek Nature Preserve trails are open to the public and visitors are urged to adhere to the state’s guidelines for their safety and the safety of others.

Thorn Creek Nature Center will remain closed to the public. The previously scheduled p...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Recreation, Parks & Community Health - April 7, 2020 Update

In compliance with Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, Village Hall and all Village operations are closed through the end of April.  This includes all Recreation, Parks & Community Health facilities and programs.  As th...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Closure of Facilities Includes Playgrounds, Basketball and Tennis Courts

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The Department of Recreation, Parks and Community Health’s closure of facilities includes playgrounds and basketball and tennis courts.  For your own health, the health of our children and others, residents are asked to keep children of...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Using Parks and Open Spaces While Maintaining Physical Distancing

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) prepared the following statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 27, 2020, more than 1,000* organizations have signed on to voice support.

Con...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Services to be maintained despite Village Hall temporarily closed to public starting March 18, 2020

Services to be maintained despite Village Hall temporarily closed to public starting March 18, 2020.

In response to rising concerns related to the coronavirus, Park Forest leaders today announced that Village Hall will temporarily close to the public begin...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Facility Closures and Suspended Programs as of March 16, 2020

As a public health precaution, the Village of Park Forest, Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health has made the decision to close its public facilities and to suspend all programs effective 10:00 pm, March 16, 2020 to help limit public gath...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Recreation facilities to close, programs canceled through March 30

Coronavirus update

Park Forest’s Recreation, Parks, and Community Health Department has released the following statement related to upcoming facility closures and programming cancellations in response to the coronavirus.As a public health precaution, Park Forest&a...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Hand washing tips: How to clean your hands to protect against coronavirus.

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The best line of defense against getting the flu, a cold or
coronavirus is to wash your hands. Click on the link below for more information. 

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-wash-your-hands-to-protect-yourself-from-coronavirus/ 

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: January 24, 2020

Illinois Department of Public Health - Health Alert

IDPH Health Alert - 1/24/20 A confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been detected in a hospitalized patient in Chicago. Please click on the link below for more information.Novel Coronavirus 

For additional information or que...

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News Flash

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Park Forest ranks 13th in the nation in green power percentage of electric use

Electric Aggregation

Park Forest is one of the top communities in the country in green power usage.Park Forest was officially recognized as a Green Power Community at the Sept. 6 board meeting held via Zoom.Green Power Communities are communities where the local government, b...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Growing Green Recycle Fest, Sept. 26

Growing Green Recyclefest 2020

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, Sept. 26. Click below to view the flyer. 

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Free trees available to Park Forest residents

Park Forest tree giveaway

The Village of Park Forest has free trees available to residents. Pick up a free tree or two from Village of Park Forest Recreation and Parks yard located at 75 Park Street. The trees can be found along the outside fence line for a no-contact pick-up and ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Park Forest cautions residents on energy supplier letters

Electric Aggregation

The Village of Park Forest is aware of letters residents have recently received from alternative electricity supply companies. These letters are not associated with Park Forest’s recent electrical aggregation program. MC Squared, Park Forest&...

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Posted on: February 20, 2020

Park Forest goes green with renewable energy

Electric Aggregation

Park Forest is looking to go green with renewable energy.Residents this week are receiving letters in the mail alerting them to an electric aggregation switch approved by village board members last month.  Residents will continue to receive their...

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Posted on: November 1, 2019

Recycle Holiday Lights and Christmas Trees!

Christmas Tree and Light Recycling

This holiday season, don't let your broken string lights and dead trees go to waste. Drop off holiday lights in the marked bins at Village Hall and the Library from November 26th to January 10th. Christmas trees can be dropped off in the Aqua Center parki...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Pumpkin Smash

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Bring your pumpkins/jack o'lanterns to smash or catapult! Enjoy hot chocolate and s'mores. All pumpkins will be composted on a farm nearby.

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Posted on: June 18, 2019

Book Drive Going On Now!

The Village of Park Forest is having a book drive to support it's FREE Pop-Up Bookstore. Please place your used books in the Village Lobby for collection and sorting by the Sustainability Staff Members.

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Posted on: June 18, 2019

FREE Pop-Up Bookstore

Come to get some FREE used books during Recycle Fest on July 27th from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and during Main Street Nights on July 31st from 5 pm - 8 pm and August 7th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

FREE Pop-Up Bookstore Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: June 18, 2019

Park Forest Growing Green Recycle Fest July 27th!

Park Forest's annual recycle event allows residents to recycle televisions (for a fee), document shredding, eyeglasses, books, and much more. See flyer for full details.

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Posted on: March 1, 2020

Free BioSolids Available to Park Forest Residents

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The Village of Park Forest offers free mulch and Exceptional Quality Compost (through a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District program) to its residents. You can pick it up for free or, for a delivery fee, the Village will deliver the mulch and compost t...

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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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Posted on: February 21, 2019

Village adopts new Climate Action and Resilience Plan

Park Forest Sustainability

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

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Posted on: 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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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

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News Flash

Posted on: October 22, 2020

llinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Are you or someone you know employed by a restaurant?  Think of all our beloved cooks, mixologists, greeters, hostesses, and waitresses, to name a few whose lives have been upended by Covid-19. In response to the hardship caused by Covid-19, the ...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Nominate Your Park Forest Business Person of the Year by Oct. 31

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Park Forest's Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) is seeking nominations for the EDAG 2020 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year. 

The EDAG Sam Montella Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to recognize Park Fore...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

No village-sponsored Halloween events in 2020, but trick-or-treating to go on

Halloween in Park Forest 2020

No village-sponsored Halloween activities will take place in Park Forest this year due to COVID-19. The village has however established trick-or-treating hours in the community from to 2 to 5 p.m. Residents are encouraged to be mindful of the Illinois Dep...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Will County early voting locations

Village Hall

Though Cook County selected Village Hall as an early voting location for Cook County residents this year, Will County did not select any locations in Park Forest for early voting for Will County residents. . 

Park Forest residents located in the W...

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

Early voting for Cook County residents begins Oct. 19 in Park Forest

Early voting in Park Forest - 2018

Park Forest is set to again have an early voting location.Early voting at Park Forest’s Village Hall is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 19 for residents of Cook County.Voters will be required to follow all COVID-19 precautions in place at Vi...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

Comcast Business brings advanced network technology to Downtown Park Forest

DownTown Park Forest

Comcast Business announced last week that it has expanded its advanced network infrastructure in Downtown Park Forest, adding a half mile of fiber optic cable along Forest Blvd, Victory Drive, Main Street and Liberty Drive. The expansion, which will bring...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Park Forest ranks 13th in the nation in green power percentage of electric use

Electric Aggregation

Park Forest is one of the top communities in the country in green power usage.Park Forest was officially recognized as a Green Power Community at the Sept. 6 board meeting held via Zoom.Green Power Communities are communities where the local government, b...

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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Growing Green Recycle Fest, Sept. 26

Growing Green Recyclefest 2020

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, Sept. 26. Click below to view the flyer. 

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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Nominate someone for the Sustainability Award, deadline Sept. 25

Sustainability Award

The Park Forest Environment Commission is currently seeking nominations for the 2020 Park Forest Sustainability Award. 

Nominations are accepted for three possible awards: 

• Most Sustainable Resident• Most Sustainable Bu...

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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Vanderbilt urges residents to be counted before census deadline in CodeRed message

Vanderbilt

Late Thursday afternoon, residents enrolled in the CodeRed notification system received a recorded message from Park Forest Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt. In Park Forest’s continued effort to urge every resident to be counted in the 2020 census, May...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Park Forest makes census push with three events this month to aid residents

Be Counted in 2020

With three weeks remaining before the deadline to Be Counted In 2020, Park Forest urges all residents who have yet to be counted to log-on today. Those in need of assistance may attend one of three upcoming census pop-up events where staff will be on hand...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

After tornado sweeps through town nearly 600 remain without power, seek tree services

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The Park Forest community is continuing clean-up efforts following Monday’s storms that produced an EF-0 tornado with winds in excess of 110 mile per hour and caused extensive damage to trees and power lines.Following the storm Monday evening, a...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Park Forest readies for clean-up following severe storms, some remain without power

Village Hall

Nearly six hours after severe storms swept through the area, an estimated 45% of Park Forest residents remain without power. ComEd crews continue to work on downed power lines in effort to restore service to area residents.Park Forest would like to make r...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Aug. 10 board meeting rescheduled following strong storms

Village Hall

Tonight’s meeting of the Park Forest Board of Trustees will be rescheduled for next Monday due to today’s severe weather which resulted in extensive damage, including multiple downed trees and power lines. An estimated 50 percent of Pa...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

IHDA offering $5,000 Emergency Rental Assistance, applications accepted Aug. 10 - Aug. 21

Village Hall

IHDA Emergency Rental Assistance

Help is on the way! Keep reading to learn more.

Have you been having difficulty paying rent since the pandemic began earlier this year? You may qualify for one-time assistance of up to $5,000. 

The Illinois Housing D...

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Posted on: August 4, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau to end end counting Sept. 30, Park Forest currently at 67.2% counted

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Yesterday the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would end census counting a month early on Sept. 30.

Park Forest is currently tracking at 67.2% counted. The state of Illinois by comparison is tracking at 67.8% counted.

In 2010, Park Forest finished with a res...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Park Forest launches Community Cares Fund

Community Cares Fund

Park Forest residents having difficulty paying their water bill may be able to tap into a new village fund aimed at providing some relief during the coronavirus pandemic.The new Park Forest Community Cares fund allows residents recently unemployed or unde...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 66.2% of households counted as of July 13

Census Tracker - 7-13-20

Park Forest is currently at 66.2% counted in the 2020 census. Completion rates have increased by just four percent over the last two months. The areas of Park Forest with the lowest completion rates are:

• 44.5% - The Autumn Ridge area

• 6...

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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Crime Free Housing license and Alarm Permit deadline, Aug. 31

Village Hall

Two important deadlines are approaching for landlords and for residents with home security alarms. 

Crime Free Housing licenses due August 31

Rental property owners in Park Forest are required to submit an annual Crime Free Housing application. Thi...

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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 65.8% of households counted as of June 30

Census Tracker 6-30-20

As of June 30, 65.8% of the Park Forest community has been counted in the 2020 census.

For those who still have yet to complete the census, it’s not too late. Park Forest encourages all residents to be counted today. Millions of dollars, which ca...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

My Street Nights to begin four-week run on July 1

My Street Nights begins a four-week run July 1

The Village of Park Forest’s Recreation, Parks, and Community Health Department is getting creative with bringing the arts to the community.From July 1 to July 22, the village will, literally, bring the arts to the neighborhood with a new mobile...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Census event hosted by Mike Love and Dizz set for June 27

Mike Love and Dizz to host census event June 27

Chicago media personalities Mike Love and Dizz host a special census event this Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Park Forest’s 7-11, located at 425 Sauk Trail.The live event, which will also stream on Park Forest’s Facebook page, aims to i...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 65.1% of households counted as of June 11

Census Tracker 6-11-20

Census completion rates in Park Forest have begun to slow considerably over the past month. As of June 11, just over 65% of the community has been counted.

For those who still have yet to complete the census, it’s not too late. Park Forest encour...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Vehicle sticker, animal license, crime free housing license, and alarm permit deadlines approaching

Village Hall

Several deadlines extended in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic are now approaching. Read more about each below.

Vehicle stickers and animal licenses due June 30

The 2020-21 Park Forest vehicle sticker must be purchased and properly displayed on...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Beautification Awards Committee seeks nominations and volunteers

Village Hall

The Park Forest Beautification Awards Committee is seeking property nominations for the 2020 Beautification Awards. The Committee needs your help to make this season a great success! Nominate Park Forest properties, including your own, that are examples o...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Residents alerted to peaceful protest planned for June 4 at 4 p.m. in Chicago Heights

Village Hall

The following message was sent minutes ago via the CodeRed notification system:

The following is an important message from the Village of Park Forest: A peaceful protest is planned this afternoon, beginning at 4 p.m., in Chicago Heights. Traffic issues sho...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Curfew ends in Park Forest

Village Hall

The daily curfew instituted in the Village of Park Forest late Sunday has now expired. All residents may resume normal activities.

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Rich Township offices and Jolly Trolley service to remain suspended thru June 29

Village Hall

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Rich Township offices will remain closed to the public thru June 29. Jolly Trolley service will also continue to be suspended until Rich Township resumes normal operations. 

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Park Forest's Village Hall to reopen June 1, face masks to be required

Village Hall to reopen June 1

After being closed just over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Park Forest’s Village Hall is set to reopen on Monday, June 1, beginning at 12 p.m.

The village will resume operations with a full complement of staff on site.

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 64.4% of households counted as of May 27

Park Forest Census Tracker 5-27-20

Have you been counted in the 2020 census yet?

Last week, 64% of Park Forest households had officially been counted. This week, 64.4% of Park Forest households are now counted. 

For those who still have yet to complete the census, it’s not...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Park Forest cuts $2.2 million from budget in response to coronavirus impact

Village Hall

The Village of Park Forest is implementing cost saving measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Park Forest will shave more than $2.2 million in expenses from its proposed $55 million dollar budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.A combination of progra...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 64% of households counted as of May 19

Park Forest Census Tracker 5-19-20

Have you been counted in the 2020 census yet?

Last week, 63.2% of Park Forest households had officially been counted. This week, 64% of Park Forest households are now counted. Park Forest remains on pace with all communities in the state of Illinois.

For th...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Park Forest announces changes to summer offerings due to coronavirus pandemic

Village Hall

In accordance with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s five-phase plan to re-open Illinois, the Village of Park Forest is announcing significant changes to summer offerings for 2020. In a letter to Park Forest residents this week, Village Manager To...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 63.2% of households counted as of May 12

Park Forest Census Tracker 5-12-20

Have you been counted in the 2020 census yet?

Last week, 61.9% of Park Forest households had officially been counted. This week, 63.2% of Park Forest households are now counted. Park Forest remains on pace with all communities in the state of Illinois.

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 61.9% of households counted as of May 5

Park Forest Census Tracker 5-5-20

Have you been counted in the 2020 census yet?

Last week, a total of 58.7% of Park Forest households had officially been counted. This week, 61.9% of Park Forest households are now counted. Park Forest remains on pace with all communities in the state of Il...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Village to hold budget review sessions beginning May 11

Village Hall

The Village of Park Forest will hold budget review sessions for the proposed 2020-2021 budget on the dates noted below. These meetings are not open to the public but will be broadcast live for transparency purposes. Residents may watch the meetin...

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View the 2020-21 proposed budget document now Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Free trees available to Park Forest residents

Park Forest tree giveaway

The Village of Park Forest has free trees available to residents.Pick up a free tree or two from Village of Park Forest Recreation and Parks yard located at 75 Park Street. The trees can be found along the outside fence line for a no-contact pick-up and a...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Village to continue to operate in reduced capacity through May 31

Coronavirus update

With Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement of an extension to the stay-at-home order in place for most Illinois residents, the Village of Park Forest will continue to operate in a reduced capacity until at least May 31. Park Forest is c...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Village to distribute free masks to Park Forest residents in need on May 1

Mask On Park Forest

As part of the extension of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, a new requirement will take effect May 1 mandating that anyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask in public when unable to maintain a distance of six feet from others.

The Villag...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 58.7% of households counted as of April 27

Park Forest Census Tracker 4-28-20

Have you been counted in the 2020 census yet?

Last week, a total of 53.9% of Park Forest households had officially been counted. This week, as of April 27, 58.7% of Park Forest households are now counted. Park Forest is now on pace with all communities in ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Pritzker extends stay-at-home order through May 30, masks to be required beginning May 1

State of Illinois

Illinois Governor JB Prtizker has release the following information regarding an extension of the stay-at-home order currently in place for all Illinois residents:Based on data from scientists and health experts and after consulting with stakeholders acro...

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Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Park Forest cautions residents on energy supplier letters

Electric Aggregation

The Village of Park Forest is aware of letters residents have recently received from alternative electricity supply companies. These letters are not associated with Park Forest’s recent electrical aggregation program. MC Squared, Park Forest&...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 53.9% of households counted as of April 20

Park Forest Census Tracker 4-21-20

Have you been counted in the 2020 census yet?Last week, a total of 51.1% of Park Forest households had officially been counted in the 2020 census, 1.9% behind all residents of the state of Illinois at 53% counted.This week, as of April 20, 53.9% of Park F...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Park Forest using estimated usage for April water billing

Village Hall

Due to issues resulting from the impact of the coronavirus and Illinois’ stay-at-home order, Park Forest’s water billing is undergoing temporary changes. Park Forest usually utilizes meter readers who travel throughout the community to...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Village manager updates residents on Park Forest's coronavirus response

Coronavirus update

Dear Park Forest residents,

On behalf of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, I hope this message finds each of you well and continuing to do all that you can to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors against the coronavirus which has claimed th...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: 51% of residents counted as of April 13

Park Forest Census Tracker -4-14-20

Have you been counted in the 2020 census yet?Last week, a total of 48.1% of Park Forest households had officially been counted in the 2020 census, 1.7% behind all residents of the state of Illinois at 49.8.% counted.This week, as of April 13, 51.1.% of Pa...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Homewood Disposal asks for resident assistance in helping stop coronavirus spread

Homewood Disposal

The following update is being shared on behalf of the village’s waste collection partner, Homewood Disposal. For questions, please contact Homewood Disposal at 708-798-1004.

Dear Valued Municipal Customers:

As of today, Homewood Disposal Services ...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Park Forest Census Tracker: Community currently stands at 48.1% counted

Park Forest Census Tracker for April 7

Have you been counted in the 2020 census yet?Last week, a total of 37.7% of Park Forest households had officially been counted in the 2020 census, 1.7% behind all residents of the state of Illinois at 39.4% counted.This week, 48.1% of Park Forest househol...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Community & Business Resources

COVID-19 Park Forest business and resource update

While we don’t know what the economic impact will have in the next several months due to COVID-19, we do know that there are ways to help local businesses and community now. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many are facing information overloa...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Coronavirus update for week of March 30: Village continues scaled back services with order extension

Coronavirus update

With Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement of an extension to the stay-at-home order in place for most Illinois residents, the Village of Park Forest will continue to operate in a reduced capacity until April 30, at minimum.Park Forest ...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Park Forest celebrates Census Day, residents urged to be counted today

Park Forest celebrates Census Day

Today, April 1, is Census Day. Have you been counted yet? Now’s the time to #BECOUNTEDIN2020

Park Forest is encouraging all residents to be counted today. With most indoors as part of a stay-at-home order, the time is ideal to fill out your censu...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Services to be maintained despite Village Hall temporarily closed to public starting March 18

Coronavirus update

In response to rising concerns related to the coronavirus, Park Forest leaders today announced that Village Hall will temporarily close to the public beginning March 18.The decision was made by Park Forest Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt, the Park Forest Board ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Recreation facilities to close, programs canceled through March 30

Coronavirus update

Park Forest’s Recreation, Parks, and Community Health Department has released the following statement related to upcoming facility closures and programming cancellations in response to the coronavirus.As a public health precaution, Park Forest&a...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Park Forest taking precautions as coronavirus concerns rise

Coronavirus update

The Village of Park Forest is taking action to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.Based on new information from the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control, the Village of Park Forest will be canceling the following programs an...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Village begins strategic planning process, residents needed for important April 7 meeting

Park Forest Strategic Planning 2020

Park Forest residents are needed to help create a new road map for the future of the community. 

Every five years, village leaders develop new strategic planning goals. These goals are created through a series of strategic planning sessions facili...

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Posted on: March 1, 2020

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 2020-21 vehicle sticker may be purchased now at Village Hall or online.Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Village ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2020

Early voting locations for Park Forest residents

Village Hall

Early voting has begun for the primary elections at the state and national levels. Routinely over the past decade, Cook County selected Park Forest’s Village Hall as an early voting location. Unfortunately, Park Forest was not selected as an ear...

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Posted on: February 20, 2020

Park Forest goes green with renewable energy

Electric Aggregation

Park Forest is looking to go green with renewable energy.Residents this week are receiving letters in the mail alerting them to an electric aggregation switch approved by village board members last month.  Residents will continue to receive their...

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Posted on: February 17, 2020

Metra releases proposed changes to Metra Electric schedule

Metra Electric Changes

Metra today unveiled proposed revisions to its Metra Electric Line schedule and has asked its riders for feedback in an online survey. The new schedule includes changes made necessary by the implementation of the new Positive Train Control (PTC) ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Residents near Dogwood Street and Western Avenue asked for feedback on 2021 water main replacement

Feedback requested for Water Main Replacement Project

Residents in the area of Dogwood Street, Cedar Street, and Western Avenue are being asked for there feedback as part of an environmental study related to an upcoming water main replacement project.The Village of Park Forest is currently working with the U...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Park Forest wins Distinguished Budget Award a 25th consecutive time

Village Hall

The Village of Park Forest for the 25th consecutive year has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

The award represents a significant achievement for Park Forest. It reflects the co...

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Posted on: January 13, 2020

Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues with Dee Alexander LIVE at Freedom Hall, Feb. 14

billy-branch-pf

Alligator Records Recording Artist, Billy Branch, was discovered by Willie Dixon, the "father of modern Chicago Blues” and began touring with the Willie Dixon Chicago All-Stars. Billy has played on over 150 different recordings, including 1...

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Park Forest religious leaders come together for census meeting

Census Meeting of PF Clergy

Park Forest welcomed in 2020 by holding a meeting of local clergy at Village Hall on the 2020 Census.Park Forest Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt coordinated the Jan. 4 information session to enlist the help of Park Forest churches in outreaching to community me...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Fiorenzo is 2019's Park Forest Business Person of the Year

Business Person of the Year - 2019

Ten years after becoming the first-ever recipient of the Park Forest Business Person of the Year Award, Janet Fiorenzo is now the first ever two-time recipient of the award.Fiorenzo was officially recognized as the 2019 Sam Montella Park Forest Business P...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Park Forest offers holiday lights, Christmas tree recycling

Tree and Light Recycling

This holiday season, don't let your broken string lights and dead trees go to waste. Drop off holiday lights in the marked bins at Village Hall and at the Park Forest Public Library through January 10. Christmas trees can be dropped off in the Aqua Center...

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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Public hearing for proposed property tax levy, Dec. 2

Village Hall

NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST

I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy for the Village of Park Forest shall be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, Board Room, 350 Victo...

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Posted on: November 18, 2019

Park Forest lands Governor’s Hometown Award for service to veterans

Veterans Closet

Park Forest is one of 21 communities in Illinois to receive a 2019 Governor’s Hometown Award.The Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life throug...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

Street sweeping begins Nov. 18

street sweeping

Street sweeping begins Monday, Nov. 18, in Park Forest.  

How Street Sweeping WorksThe 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/...

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Posted on: November 13, 2019

Park Forest remembers Steve Campbell

Campbell

Former Park Forest trustee Steve Campbell has passed.Campbell was a local businessman who owned Campbell Furniture and Bingo City in the Norwood Square Shopping Center on Western Avenue in Park Forest for several years. Subsequent to that, Campbell served...

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Posted on: November 5, 2019

Park Forest remembers Harold Brown

HBrownPF

Former Park Forest trustee Harold Brown has passed.

Brown served as village trustee from 2001 to 2006 before relocating to Arizona. Prior to the move, Brown and his wife, Rose Carol, were residents of Park Forest for over 50 years.

In addition to his servic...

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Posted on: November 1, 2019

November is Resident Appreciation Month

Resident Appreciation Month

Several resident appreciation events are slated to take place this month. The events include:• Community Raffle | November 1 - 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive• Experience the Flavors of Park Forest food tasting | November 9 from...

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View the Resident Appreciation Month flyer now Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: October 31, 2019

Grocery store expected to open after new year now hiring

Jet19

An estimated 80-plus jobs will be filled in the coming months as a new Park Forest grocer prepares to open just after the new year.Jet Foods, to be located at 120 Orchard Drive, will anchor Orchard Park Plaza which was recently purchased by Freedom Develo...

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

70 Years of the Park Forest Police Department program, Nov. 10

Historical Society - Police program

On, Sunday Nov. 10, the Park Forest Historical Society will host retired Chief Cliff Butz and current Park Forest Chief of Police Christopher Mannino to discuss 70 Years of the Park Forest Police Department.  Park Forest's Public Safety Departmen...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Village to hold financial update meeting, Nov. 2

Financial Update 19

The Park Forest Board of Trustees will meet with village department heads Saturday, Nov. 2, to discuss village finances.The meeting will cover several areas including:

  • Preliminary Fiscal Year 2019 Year End Results
  • Current Year Trends
  • Tax Levy Projections
  • Depa...
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Read the financial update information packet now Village of Park Forest - Top Story News
Posted on: October 23, 2019

Village to hold Halloween, fall fest events

Halloween events and Fall Fest

Several events sponsored by the Village of Park Forest are schedule over the final week of October.  View details on each below. 

Please note: Trick or Treating hours in Park Forest this year are from 3 to 8 p.m. 

Haunted House

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Village seeks applicants for trustee vacancy, application deadline Oct. 25

Village Hall

The Village of Park Forest Board of Trustees seeks qualified candidates for the position of Trustee to fill a vacancy for an 18 month term.  It is anticipated that the process will unfold to seat the new trustee no later than the Nov. 25, 2019 bo...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Nominate Your Park Forest Business Person of the Year by Oct. 31

BPOTY19

Park Forest's Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) is seeking nominations for the EDAG 2019 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year. 

The EDAG Sam Montella Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to recognize Park Forest busine...

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Park Forest Complete Count Committee aims to boost census participation, population numbers

Complete Count Kickoff Meeting

Park Forest's newly formed Complete Count Committee met Tuesday evening at Village Hall to lay the groundwork for maximum Park Forest participation in the 2020 Census.The group of nearly 40 Park Forest stakeholders – comprised of village employe...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Public hearing on cannabis sales in Park Forest set for Oct. 8 at Freedom Hall

Freedom Hall

On January 1, 2020, the State of Illinois will permit licensed businesses to sell, grow, and process adult use recreational cannabis. The Village of Park Forest is currently in the process of determining whether or not to permit these businesses to operat...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

68th Annual Pancake Day Oct. 5 at Rich East High School

Pancake Day

The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest’s 68th Annual Pancake Day takes place on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail.Pancake Day has been a proud community tradition for decades. Attendees enjoy all-you-can-eat golden ...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Park Forest teens pursuing careers in fire service awarded scholarships

Fire service scholarships

Three Park Forest teens aspiring to careers in the fire service are the recipients of a new Rich East High School Fire and EMS Scholarship. Marshon Baines, David Palmer, and Kyle Young will each receive a share of $1,700 raised last year as part of a fund...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Congresswoman Kelly to Host 7th Annual Hiring Event and Job Readiness Bootcamp

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host her 7th Annual Hiring Event for residents of the 2nd Congressional District on Friday, October 4, 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 ope...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Park Forest remembers Robert McCray

McCray

A public memorial gathering for Park Forest Trustee Robert McCray has been scheduled for Thursday, September 26, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, in Park Forest.McCray, a resident of Park Forest for over 40 years, was first el...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Village-wide Garage Sale, Sept. 21-22

VillageWideSale19

Park Forest’s Village-wide Garage Sale takes place on September 21 and 22 with over 70 homes participating.

Click on the link below to view a listing. 

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Park Forest Art Fair returns for 64th year, features Music Fest and Plaque Dedication

Park Forest Art Fair 2019

The 64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. 

The Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest juried art fair in the Chicago area. The finest artists in the Midwest...

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Posted on: September 11, 2019

Village encourages resident participation at upcoming District 227 board meetings

Rich East High School

Residents in Park Forest this week will receive a mailing from the Village of Park Forest encouraging resident participation at upcoming School District 227 board meetings following months of discussion and speculation on the future of the district which ...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Park Forest Police set to hire new officers, accepting applications through Oct. 10

Park Forest Police looking for applicants

The Park Forest Police Department is looking to add new officers.The 55-member police force with 41 sworn officers began a new recruitment period Monday and will accept applications through Oct. 10.The department is encouraging those in pursuit of an exci...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Registration open for Village-wide Garage Sale happening Sept. 21 & 22

VillageWideSale19

Do you have items you no longer need that could be sold for a few dollars? Do you love discovering a great deal at a garage sale? Park Forest’s Village-wide Garage Sale is back in 2019. The sale takes place the weekend of the Park Forest Art Fai...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Take a stand against crime on August 6 for National Night Out

National Night Out 2019

The Park Forest Police Department invites you to join them, along with 16,000 other communities across the country, in celebrating National Night Out Against Crime on August 6.Organize a gathering on your block, invite your neighbors to take part, and joi...

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Posted on: June 18, 2019

Park Forest Growing Green Recycle Fest July 27th

Growing Green Recycle Fest

Park Forest's annual recycle event allows residents to recycle televisions (for a fee), document shredding, eyeglasses, books, and much more. See flyer for full details.

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

Park Forest welcomes AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteers

NCCC

An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team is again set for service in the Village of Park Forest this summer.The NCCC team this week begins its first of an eight-week stay in the community.“The Village of Park Forest is very ha...

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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Mandatory boil order lifted, residents may resume normal water usage

PF Boil Order

Park  Forest is no longer under a boil order.The boil order, which began Friday afternoon, was lifted Monday at 1:50 p.m. after village water samples taken over the weekend all came back clear.Residents may now resume normal water usage.Village o...

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy seeks applicants for fall program

Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy

The Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy is currently accepting applications for the fall program.The program helps area residents further their understanding of the community and its leadership by:• Exposing participants to a host of current and...

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Posted on: June 20, 2019

District 227 considering closure of Rich East, other options to address deterioration, student body

Rich East High School

Park Forest’s Rich East High School could be closing.  

Tuesday evening, District 227 board members considered options for remedying the district’s deteriorating buildings and a student body district officials say no longer war...

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Posted on: June 18, 2019

Park Forest board members affirm support for village manager

Village Hall

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

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

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

Village Hall

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

June is Resident Appreciation Month

Resident Appreciation Month - June 2019

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

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Posted on: May 30, 2019

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

Village Hall

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

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Memorial Day program on May 27 remembers those lost while serving

Memorial Day 19

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

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

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

Park Forest Aqua Center - presale - 2018

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

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

Park Forest budget review sessions set for May and June

Village Hall

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

Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Park Forest election results official, applicants sought for trustee vacancy

Village Hall

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

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019 election results

Village Hall

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

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

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

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

Village Hall

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

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

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

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

Park Forest Aqua Center - presale - 2018

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

March Into Summer Special

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

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Hydrant flushing begins April 8

Hydrant Flushing

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

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

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

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

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Posted on: March 15, 2019

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

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

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

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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Will County early voting locations

Village Hall

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

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Vehicle stickers on sale now, rates increase May 1

Village Hall

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

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Posted on: January 14, 2019

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

Village Hall

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

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Posted on: February 21, 2019

Village adopts new Climate Action and Resilience Plan

Park Forest Sustainability

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

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Posted on: February 8, 2019

Parking ticket rate increases to $50

Violation Increase

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

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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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Posted on: November 30, 2018

Ostenburg named chair of Metropolitan Mayors Caucus

Ostenburg to speak at housing conference

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

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Posted on: 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: 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: January 19, 2018

Village welcomes new deputy police chief

Ryzki

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

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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