State reinstates Community Center's nonprofit status

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By Deborah Kadin

The River Forest Community Center's is once again classified as a charity in good standing, the Illinois attorney general's office said Friday, April 7.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office said the status was reinstated on April 5, when the paperwork was received.  

Material on the organization has been restored to the attorney general's online Charitable Data Base, which contains financial and other information about all the registered charities operating in Illinois.

A paperwork snafu prompted the Illinois Attorney General's Office to cancel the charitable status of the community center last month.

In early February, the Charitable Trust Bureau informed the community center in writing that it needed to refile its 2016 annual financial statement because the initial documents were so illegible that they could not be posted on the bureau's listing of charitable groups.

The spokeswoman noted that low toner in a scanner could have caused the documents to be unreadable. The snafu was found on Feb. 9, when the state agency processed the paperwork. 

According to GuideStar, a website devoted to providing information on nonprofits, the last financial information about the organization was filed in 2015.

Illinois law requires charitable organizations to file annual financial reports with the attorney general's office. These reports help ascertain a charity's programs, activities, grants, finances and priorities. All the information is posted on the Charitable Database, which allows users to search for public charities and private foundations registered in Illinois.

The community center is also called the Civic Center Authority Building, 8020 Madison St., which has been owned by the River Forest Metropolitan Exposition, Auditorium and Office Building Authority since 1993.

River Forest Township trustees comprise its governing board. Its principal occupant is the River Forest Community Center, a non-profit overseen by a separate board of directors.

Deborah Kadin

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