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Cody Konodi
· August 16, 2017
I've lived in the area my life, I remember when Park Forest was a good place to go regardless of time of day, and I've been happy in the last year or two that you've finally started to rebuild the are...a especially down town park forest instead of just letting it fall further into ruin. Me and decent size group of people have been visiting the down town area for over a year now rather regularly to play Pokémon GO with no problem. But today when a group of 15 of us were there waiting to do a gym raid we were approached by two of your village employees in there official little Park Forest Golf Cart and told us we had to move on cause the village has gotten complaints about us...a group of 15 adults who were standing in front of one of the dozens of empty business you still haven't managed to attract a tent for. And I can't help but recall that little carnival that was had this past many people were "loitering" while visiting that...more then us, I know cause I drive thru the DT area every day to and from work. I guess I can't come thru there or get food from Johnnys anymore if people minding there own business and playing a game is to disruptive for a half dead business area that could use the boost of anyone who liked the area and spending time there. Guess you guys really haven't been that interested in rebuilding your town. See More
Yoli John
· September 13, 2017
In an effort to create a safe environment for all children in the Park Forest community, I’m making a public request to South Suburban SDA Christian School. This post is after numerous complaints fro...m residents to the school for 3+ years. My hope is the school will create a policy requiring parents/guardians/caretakers to either park in the parking lot or use legal parking spaces across the street from the school.

The parents of this school park illegally every day the school is open. The school has a large parking lot which is the same distance from the school door as illegal parking, but parents don’t park there.

The illegal parking prevents residents from getting in/out of their driveways safely, blocks traffic, creates a safety issue for school children walking to designated school bus pick-up, & during inclement weather creates a narrow way for the school bus or blocks the school bus altogether.

There are child crosswalk and no parking signs posted, but the parents park in these zones each day blocking the designated cross-walk for the children walking to the bus stop. The school has an underutilized parking lot. In fact, during school hours, the parking lot has (on average) two (2) cars.

My suggestions for solving this problem are: (1) have a designated drop-off time in the PARKING LOT for parents/caretakers with disabilities or time constraints that prevent them from walking their child to the school door. An employee or parent volunteer can be available to assist with getting children in/out the car & walking children to the school door (2) create a school policy that requires parents to park in the school’s parking lot or legal parking spaces on the street during drop-off/pick-up outside of the designated drop-off times.

These are used by most private schools address safety issues with parking/driving in school areas.
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Art Pratt
· August 29, 2017
The mayor is asking that street names related to the civil war be updated. That begs the question - what about the south side with the Indian street names - I spent almost twenty years on Navajo. The... white man brutalized the Indians far more than any other group from the time white men came to this country up to the present day. Been on a Reservation lately ?? See More
Annie Stuart
· May 17, 2017
I recently graduated from Park Forest's Civic Leadership Academy. After living in Park Forest for 34 years I learned so much I did not know. I became acquainted with other residents with like intere...sts and was enriched by the knowledge and experience. I highly recommend this program to ALL Park Forest residents. It is well worth your time. You will not be disappointed and you will learn how YOU can be a better citizen right here at home! See More
Sharlene Bymun
· August 18, 2017
This township is the worse ever!! I should have never bought property here. Massa, sits in Village Hall spying on you while businesses leave the area, streets and parks closing, and streets need major... repairs!! Trustees check your own back yards... See More
Melissa Matejka Buckley
· August 31, 2016
Since the police dept won't let me post on their page I can't believe you guys took down my Garage Sale signs that I work hard on making. I'm so happy to be leaving this town. I see people with signs ...all over the place it's fine but when I do it it gets taken down. You leave crappy abandoned buildings up but you can't leave up a couple signs for a few days. Then you have the nerve to throw them out. Yeah the drug dealers apparently can hang out at the abandoned buildings but that's ok. I try to do something good and try to meet some of the residents and you guys punish us. Very disappointed in you guys. See More
Mike Scalzo
· May 12, 2015
I've complained multiple times that my water has a strong taste of chemicals and metal over the past 6 months. No one from the village or water works has responded to my calls or emails. I pay too muc...h in taxes to live here and get ignored by the village.


Left message, no one got back to me since this posting was responded to. Also I noticed while doing research that we're paying a huge amount in property taxes to do a 3rd round of renovations on a middle school but the water pipes throughout the village are from mostly from the 1950s. I'd rather my kid drink water that does not have a strong chemical taste than enjoy a slightly updated classroom that still uses books from the 1990's
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Steve Gifford
· December 19, 2014
Epay has been down since September. Very inconvenient. Shouldn't be that hard to fix. All I want to do is pay my water/trash bill electronically like I do with all the for profit utilities. Seems there is no sense of responsibility to make things work for the good of the tax paying folks. $6,200 a year in property tax for a home that might have a market value today of $40k if I'm lucky is a lot. My family is supportive of Park Forest organizations and businesses and we have lived here for 26 years so I'm not a person that bashes leadership without merit. It just seems like the current village president and other elected folks are satisfied with things as they are and would rather focus on political rather than practical things. Thanks to all who work hard to make Park Forest a better place. My issue is not with village employees, See More
Elise Benjamin
· January 15, 2018
The current administration including the Mayor needs to be voted out! Instead of focusing on what Park Forest needs they would rather waste much needed tax dollars on changing street names. This is un...acceptable! See More
Tamika Shajuan
· June 23, 2017
Loved sailor the dog and his handler and the music is always good. These events are good for the entire family, keep it up.
Joan Young
· May 27, 2017
I have lived in Park Forest For over 30 years, raised my kids here. I was very sad when parks and Rex's removed a playground and replaced it with an untended butterfly garden/weedpatch! The dogs have ...a better playground! See More
Christy Taylor
· November 4, 2014
At the poll this morning (in a room a little larger than a bedroom) at Rich East HS, the women were chatting incessantly about everyday things. In this small room, it was very distracting. I was a lit...tle (lot) annoyed with it, but minded my own business. Completed my elections and began to remove the card from the machine when one of the attendants jumped all in my space rather panicked saying "don't remove the card!"

I gave her one of the most annoying looks I could drum up and asked why. She explained I am not suppose to remove it until the screen said to and my screen doesnt say that.


1. Why is she looking at my screen?

2. And if she was paying attention instead of chatting it up, she would not have had to react that way.

When I finished, I said to her "there's a lot of non-related distracting chatter in here"

Her response came with a twinge of attitude "reeeally". I said "YES, really". She said "well sooorryy"

Good job VOPF or whoever is responsible for training the election team to be considerate of the voters and aware of how chatter in a small room can be distracting.
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Cheryl Lovelace-Bass
· July 20, 2017
Beautiful evening, the music was good! I love how Park Forest has community events.
Nick Stephenson
· May 4, 2015
Park forest is one of the worst places too live nowhere to eat no stores no shopping totally sucks absolute zero economy in this town parking sucks everything sucks in park forest never move here wors...t place too live in Illinois See More
Tehillah PrayersongofPraise
· July 28, 2017
The amount that u have to pay for water every month is insane!
Valerie Perry
· November 5, 2016
Early voting for residents in Will County were told we could vote at the Village Hall of Monee today until 5pm today per slip of paper you are handing out. Drove over there at noon to a locked door a...nd snippy woman who thought I couldn't read. And when I told her for the umpteenth time your office sent me there, she walked off and said "Those people had better get it together". See More
Kevbigsta Cowan
· August 12, 2017
Im here visiting from NYC I stayed on Nassau Street it was clean quiet lovely community I will come back
Ronald E. Adolph Jr.
· June 23, 2014
It takes a really tough cop to shoot to death a unarmed 95 year old World War II vet with a bean bag gun. I bet you have a proud bunch of cops there. I bet the shooting "officer" got a shiny new ribbo...n for his uniform for the murderer he did. You know as in the same way a Neo-Nazis gets his red boot laces by killing someone. What I would like to know because of my years in EMS. How in the hell could you "officer" feel so threaten by a unarmed 95 year old man? Even if he was armed with a cane, how my damage can he do to you? None. Officer, you should give up your firearm and badge. You clearly are in the wrong line of work... See More
Marva Campbell-Pruitt
· July 6, 2017
I loved the economic development and growth over the last ten years!
Meike Beirmann
· March 26, 2015
the best part of Park Forest is the Food CO-OP, a great place to shop and be. I also like the art studios all can be found in downtown park forest, can't wait for the farmers market to come back
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Check out this video featuring Park Forest’s Cultural Arts Supervisor Chuck Sabey, who invites you to enjoy the outstanding acts coming to Freedom Hall this season. Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute happening Nov. 15! For more information, call 708-747-0580, visit, or stop by the Box Office at 410 Lakewood Blvd.

The Park Forest Board of Trustees Monday evening will officially designate a section of Lakewood Boulevard, from Forest Boulevard to Orchard Drive, as Honorary Officer Tim Jones Way.

A dedication will take place at 6 p.m. just outside of the Park Forest Police Department with a resolution to be read immediately following at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

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Find out how you can take advantage of Park Forest Aqua Center pre-season specials happening now and save big on passes for you and your family

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Spring is in the air and the ballfields at Central Park will soon be filled with the sounds and chatter of youth baseball. While the calendar just turned to the month of March, the registration period for Park Forest Baseball is now underway.

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The next Neighborhood Meeting takes place tomorrow, Feb. 28, at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. at 7 p.m.

This meeting is intended for residents living on, or in the vicinity of, the following streets: Apple Lane, Cherry Street, Chestnut Court, Chestnut Street, Hemlock Street, Indianwood Boulevard, Lester Road, McGarity Road, McCarthy Road, Oak Lane, Orchard Drive, Peach Street, Sauk Court and Sauk Trail.

At a Neighborhood Meeting, residents receive updates -- specific to t...hings happening in your part of town -- from elected officials and senior staff members.

Since 2004, a Neighborhood Meeting has been held in each section of Park Forest to allow residents an opportunity to have their voices heard and questions answered. Park Forest is proud to offer a unique program of this kind to better serve residents. For a list of upcoming Neighborhood Meetings, visit

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The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations presents Superman, BlackMan, Me -- a one man show in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth -- this afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. at Freedom Hall. Admission is free.

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Village of Park Forest

Park Forest proudly celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth2018 with a special program on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. Full details:

A memorial service for former Village Trustee Katherine Armstrong is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at University Park Golf Club, 23520 Crawford Ave. in University Park.

A resident of Park Forest for over six decades, Armstong served as a member of the Park Forest Environment Commission from 1999 to 2004. She was elected to the Park Forest Board of Trustees in 2002, serving in the role of trustee until 2005.

Memorial bunting currently hangs on the south... façade of Park Forest’s Village Hall in tribute to Armstrong.

Contributions in Armstrong's name may be made to Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL 60466.

Park Forest salutes Katherine Armstrong for her service to the Park Forest community and expresses heartfelt condolences to all who feel her loss.

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Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre

Calling all moms, dads and grandparents. This #Friday our Children's Theatre will present...

Nugget and Fang
Friday, February 23, 2018
7:00 p.m. – Tickets $10


#ArtsPower’s colorful new musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly — until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. Nothing goes as planned. Fang is moping in deep waters when he notices that Nugget and his minnow schoolmates are caught up in some big trouble (and one very big net). Holy mackerel! Can Fang save the day and prove he’s a true friend?

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This month, 15 Chicago-area communities joined us at Argonne National Laboratory to celebrate their achievements as SolSmart designees! Congratulations to all, ...and to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus for their work as a SolSmart Advisor!

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Park Forest proudly celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth2018 with a special program on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. Full details:

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The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department holds the Annual Park Permit Lottery this Saturday, Feb. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. at Village Hall. Residents should arrive by 8:45 to check-in.

This event is held each year to allow members of the public the opportunity to secure their preferred Park Forest park on their preferred date. Complete details:

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Park Forest congratulates all of the recently hired and promoted officers of the Park Forest Police Department, including new deputy chief Brian Rzyski.

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Park Forest Police Department

On January 14, 2018, the Park Forest Police Department saw three promotions in the wake of the retirement of Chief Peter Green last October. The first promotion... we will highlight is the promotion of Brian Rzyski to Deputy Chief of Support Services.

Deputy Chief Rzyski is currently in his 18th year of service with the police department with twelve of those years in the Investigations Division, where he held the positions of Detective, Detective Corporal and Detective Commander. Deputy Chief Rzyski has also held the ranks of Patrol Corporal and Patrol Commander. He served as a Homicide Investigator with the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force and is also a certified Fire Investigator. He was a member of the Park Forest Police Special Operation Group (SWAT team) and also served as the Department’s Field Training Coordinator. During the course of his career, Deputy Chief Rzyski has earned twenty-six Outstanding Service Awards, two Term Awards, six Meritorious Awards and was voted by his peers as the 2008 Officer of the Year. He is a proud graduate of the 261st session of the FBI National Academy located in Quantico, Virginia. Deputy Chief Rzyski holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from South Suburban College and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at Governors State University.

Congratulations, Deputy Chief Rzyski!

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Did you know the Park Forest Fire Department offers CPR certification classes? Classes are held at the fire station 6 times per year (in odd numbered months) a...t 9 am on the third Saturday of the month.

Our next class is this Saturday, January 20th and there are still a few spots available. If you are interested, please visit our website for more information and to register.

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This Saturday, the Park Forest Police Department holds its annual Police Honors Ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. at Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre.

This free event, open to all members of the community, recognizes police officers and residents for acts of bravery and vigilance that contribute to the welfare and safety of the community.

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Unforgettable: A musical tribute to Nat King Cole comes to Park Forest's own Freedom Hall on Feb. 2.

If you like #NatKingCole, you'll love of next show Unforgettable: Falling In Love with Nat King Cole starring Evan Tyrone Martin. Chicago's leading man Evan Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole live in concert.

Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole
Friday, February 2
7:30 p.m. – Tickets $30

#concert #music #FreedomHall #Chicago #ParkForest

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Chicago leading man Evan Tyrone Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole live in concert. Presented by Artists Lounge ...

Park Forest residents can drop off their Christmas trees for recycling in the parking lot of the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive. The trees will be turned into mulch to be used in Park Forest parks this summer. For questions, call 708-748-2005.

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