River Forest Wants You!- You can apply at the bottom of this page to serve on a River Forest Board or Commission.
A message from Village President Cathy Adduci:
As Village President, I want to tap into the great wealth of talented people who live in River Forest to serve on a Village Board or Commission. Your insights, experience and expertise can help us govern River Forest more effectively and efficiently. We need you and want you to volunteer to serve on the Village's Boards and Commissions. Appointments will be purely merit-based; you don't need to know me or anybody else on the Village Board to be appointed.
So please complete the form at the bottom of this page to indicate which Boards or Commissions on which you would like to serve. Tell us why and what you can bring to the Board or Commission. And be sure to include your contact information so I can reach you to learn more about you and your interests in serving our community.
Cathy Adduci, Village President
Click Here for the 2017 Schedule of Public Meetings
Below are brief descriptions of the responsibilities of the Boards and Commissions that exist within the Village of River Forest:
- Economic Development Commission
- Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
- Development Review Board
- Historic Preservation Commission
- Local Ethics Commission
- Plan Commission
- Traffic and Safety Commission
- Zoning Board of Appeals
- Sustainability Commission
- Police Pension Board and Fire Pension Board
- Volunteer to Serve on a Board or Commission (Complete the form at the bottom of the page)
At its September 23, 2013 Board Meeting the Village Board approved an Ordinance creating an Economic Development Commission. The Commission consists of seven members who will serve four-year staggered terms and meet as-needed. The Economic Development Commission will (1) advise the Village Board on the economic and community impact of potential developments, (2) Identify and assess underutilized properties to develop strategies for their highest and best use, (3) Encourage and support development within the Village in conjunction with existing corridor plans, land uses and the Village's development goals, (4) Investigate and recommend incentives to facilitate economic growth, (5) Maintain relationships with existing businesses and make recommendations to retain, enhance and market, (6) Receive direction from the Board of Trustees and provide feedback and recommendations, (7) Coordinate economic development outreach to surrounding units of local government.
Economic Development Commission Members
|Thomas Hazinski, Chairman||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
|Nena Mass||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
|Robert Graham||5/1/16 - 4/30/20|
|Robert O'Connell||5/1/16 - 4/30/20|
|Tim Brangle||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
|Lee Neubecker||5/1/16 - 4/30/20|
|Collette English Dixon||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
|Cathy Yen, Ex-Officio|
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are appointed by the Village President with consent from the Board of Trustees. The Board has the responsibility to test, screen and appoint new members to the fire and police departments of the Village, excluding command staff. Additionally, the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners conduct competitive testing for promotional positions with the two departments, such as fire lieutenant and police sergeant. The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners functions, and conducts entrance and promotional exams, in conformity with the Illinois Compiled Statutes.
Board of Fire and Police Commission Members
|Mark J. Walsh||5/1/14 - 4/30/17|
|Michael Trucco, Chairman||5/1/16 - 4/30/19|
|John Phelan||5/1/15 - 4/30/18|
The Development Review Board holds hearings and makes recommendations to the Village Board regarding development applications. These include applications for planned development permits (projects of 20,000 square feet or more) and site plan review permits (projects between 10,000 and 20,000 square feet).
Development Review Board Members
|Frank Martin, Chairman||5/1/15 - 4/30/17|
|Mary Ann Fishman||5/1/16 - 4/30/18|
|John Griffin||5/1/15 - 4/30/17|
|Therese (Tagger) O'Brien||5/1/16 - 4/30/18|
|David Crosby||5/1/16 - 4/30/18|
|Lisa Ryan||5/1/15 - 4/30/17|
|Mike Ruehle||5/1/16 - 4/30/18|
The Historic Preservation Commission holds hearings and reviews applications for Landmark properties and Certificates of Appropriateness. The Commission also acts as a resource to the general public providing education in the areas of historic and architectural preservation.
The Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Village Hall.
Historic Preservation Commission Members
|Tom Zurowski, Chairman||5/1/15 - 4/30/19|
|Michael Pritz||12/12/16 - 4/30/17|
|Al Popowits||5/1/15 - 4/30/19|
|Carla Graham-White||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
|David Raino-Ogden||5/1/15 - 4/30/19|
|David Franek||5/1/15 - 4/30/19|
|Brian Prestes||5/1/14 - 4/30/17|
All complaints for violations of the River Forest Ethics Ordinance shall be filed with the Local Ethics Commission.
Local Ethics Commission Members
|Gary Collins, Chairman||5/1/15 - 4/30/18|
|Greg Ignoffo||5/1/16 - 4/30/19|
|Maria Cullerton||5/1/16 - 4/30/18|
The Plan Commission oversees the maintenance of the River Forest Comprehensive Plan that articulates the Village’s general land use policies. They also provide recommendations to the Village Board regarding a variety of land use planning issues.
Plan Commission Members
|Lisa Ryan, Chairman||5/1/16 - 4/30/18|
|Lisa Ryan, (Commissioner Term)||5/1/16 - 4/30/20|
|Carolyn Kilbride||12/12/16 - 4/30/19|
|Mary Ann Fishman||5/1/15 - 4/30/19|
|Elaine Kirk||5/1/16 - 4/30/20|
|Keary Cragan||5/1/16 - 4/30/20|
|Ori Gottlieb||12/12/16 - 4/30/17|
|David Crosby||5/1/14 - 4/30/18|
The River Forest Comprehensive Plan sets forth long-range recommendations for the maintenance and enhancement of the community and for desirable improvements, developments and redevelopments in selected locations.
The Plan is River Forest's official policy guide for land-use and development. It considers not only the immediate needs and concerns of the community, but also projects improvement and development 10 to 15 years in the future.
The Plan is "comprehensive" in both scope and coverage. It encompasses the use of land and buildings, the movement of vehicles and pedestrians, and the provision of public facilities. It also addresses residential neighborhoods, commercial areas, public and institutional lands, and public rights-of-way.
The Comprehensive Plan establishes the "ground rules" for private improvement and development. It provides guidelines by which the Plan Commission, Development Review Board, and Village Board can review and evaluate private development proposals.
The Comprehensive Plan was last updated in November 2003.
The function of the Traffic and Safety Commission is to review transit, parking and potentially hazardous traffic matters of the Village that have been referred to them. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Village Board of Trustees and is comprised of seven members, who are residents of the Village, and are appointed by the Village President with consent from the Board of Trustees.
The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of alternate months at 7:30pm in the Community Room of Village Hall.
Traffic and Safety Commission Members
|R. Douglas Rees, Chairman||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
|R. Douglas Rees, (Commissioner Term)||5/1/14 - 4/30/18|
|Jack Cleary||12/12/16 - 4/30/17|
|John Osga||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
|Frederick (Rick) Gillis||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
|Arun Jayalaman||5/1/14 - 4/30/18|
|David Valenti||5/1/14 - 4/30/18|
|Steven Wade||5/1/13 - 4/30/17|
The Zoning Board of Appeals holds hearings and makes recommendations to the Village Board regarding applications for zoning variations, rezoning, zoning code text amendments, appeals and special use permits.
The Zoning Board meets on the Second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm in the Community Room of Village Hall.
Zoning Board of Appeals Members
|Frank Martin, Chairman||5/1/12 - 4/30/17|
|Gerry Dombrowski||5/1/16 - 4/30/21|
|Therese (Tagger) O'Brien||5/1/16 - 4/30/21|
|David Berni||5/1/12 - 4/30/17|
|Mike Ruehle||5/1/15 - 4/30/20|
|John Griffin||5/1/12 - 4/30/17|
|Charles Lucchese||5/1/13 - 4/30/18|
The Village Board approved an Ordinance creating the Sustainability Commission at the February 13, 2017 meeting. The Sustainability Commission's purpose is to enhance the quality of life of its residents through the study and promotion of sustainable practices that conserve natural resources and protect the environment.
The Sustainability Commission shall consist of seven members, to each serve for terms of four years on a staggered basis. Commissioners appointed for initial terms shall serve two-year terms with their successive terms being four years. All Commission members shall be residents of the Village, except that one member may be a non-Village resident who is an owner or manager of a business located in the Village.
The Intent and purpose of the Commission shall be to (1) Promote the protection of the public's health, safety and welfare as it relates to environmental sustainability, (2) Promote the conservation of natural resources and protection of the environment, and (3) Acquire and disseminate technical information relative to the environment and natural resources. The duties of the Commission shall be to (1) Collect general environmental and/or technical information as may pertain to the quality of life within the Village as it relates to environmental sustainability and to make such material available to the President and Board of Trustees, (2) Alert the President and Board of Trustees to State and Federal laws and regulations relative to environmental sustainability which may require attention and/or action on the part of the Village, (3) Make recommendations to the President and Board of Trustees for adoption of policies, programs and/or goals which would improve or sustain the environment of the Village and which would not conflict with State or Federal laws or regulations, and (4) Perform such duties and functions as may be requested of it by the President and Board of Trustees which are within or reasonably related to the Commission's general powers and duties.
The Village is now accepting applications for members of the Sustainability Commission.
The Village has a Police Pension Board and a Fire Pension Board, each comprised of one Village Resident (a different resident on each board), the Village's Finance Director and three current or former members of the Police or Fire Department. The pension boards manage the investments of each fund, review pension applications and make recommendations concerning funding levels.
In addition to the quarterly meetings, pension board members must completed State of Illinois mandated training of 32 hours in the first year and 16 hours every year thereafter.
Police Pension Board Members Fire Pension Board Members
|Joan Rock, Village Treasurer||5/1/15- 4/30/17||Joan Rock, Village Treasurer||5/1/15- 4/30/17|
|Heath Bray||5/1/15 - 4/30/17||Sean Condon, Trustee||5/1/15 - 4/30/18|
|James Greenwood, President||5/1/15 - 4/30/17||
Lester Telkamp, Trustee
|5/1/15 - 4/30/18|
|Michael Swierczynski, Secretary||5/1/16 - 4/30/18||John Carter, Secretary & Trustee||5/1/14 - 4/30/17|
|Bruce Higgins, Annuitant & Trustee||5/1/16 - 4/30/18||Steve Fischer, President||5/1/16 - 4/30/17|
Click Here for the Board of Trustees approved meeting schedule for 2017.
The Village President appoints members to boards and commissions with the consent of the Village Board. The first step for any resident interested in serving in such a position is to complete the form below. As vacancies arise, the Village President will review submissions and make appointments, with the consent of the Village Board.