River Forest park president to run for village board

Tom Cargie says he would focus on economic development if elected


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Tom Cargie, president of the River Forest Park District board, became the second person last week to announce he is running for the village's board of trustees in April 2013.

Cargie, 50, joins Village Clerk Roma Colwell-Steinke in the running to fill three trustee seats up for grabs in the April election. Cargie will have served six years on the park board, including two as its president, when his term expires in April.

He has found it "fascinating" learning what people care about and getting their input during his time on the park board, Cargie said. Like the village board several years ago, the group leading the park district was divided when he began serving on it. Cargie said it's his demeanor — possibly influenced by his career as an attorney — to maintain a civil tone, even during disagreements.

Cargie said he likes the problem-solving aspect of government and hearing people voice different ways of arriving at a solution. But he said no government body should ever be so far apart that its members can't work together to achieve something for the community.

Economic development is one issue that Cargie said he would emphasize if elected to the village board. The goal, he said, should be to maximize every source of revenue that does not come from property taxes.

"We can't be as solely reliant on property taxes as we are," he said.

Cargie plans to live in River Forest for as long as he can and would not want anyone to be unable to afford to stay in the village. He has been a resident of the village for about 11 years, and has a 14-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.

If it's doable, Cargie said he'd like to push the village to be more involved in spurring commercial development at Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue.

With the economy picking up, he hopes to help figure out how the property there can better benefit the community.

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Vandy from Oak Park  

Posted: October 11th, 2012 6:54 PM

John, two more words for you...Dan Rostenkowski.

Vandy from Oak Park  

Posted: October 11th, 2012 6:52 PM

John, I have two words for you...Ted Kennedy.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: October 11th, 2012 6:35 PM

It is better he was arrested for DUI,took care of the matter and didnt hurt anyone than having him use his office to get out of the offense.

Marty from RF  

Posted: October 11th, 2012 5:55 PM

@Joh, - a very low and un called for punch. People make mistakes. Why, if memory serves me correct, and there are Many people in this town that are aware of this, the former RF president was arrested for drunk driving and reisting arrrest. Where were you on that one - or was that ok because you supported him. Focus on the Issues John - or is that to hard.


Posted: October 11th, 2012 4:04 PM

Cargie was arrested for drunk driving and failing to signal this year. Is that someone you entrust with village government and funds? See: http://riverforest.suntimes.com/news/crime/11277743-418/river-forest-police-blotter-march-5-12.html

Marty from RF  

Posted: October 11th, 2012 10:33 AM

Economic Development of course is important. The residents of RF should know and get on the record what these candiates postion is on the Home Rule Referendum in November. That includes this gentleman, the one that is current clerk and the onces looking to become RF next President. Why is the paper not asking those questions?

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