Gibbs announces trustee slate to join him in River Forest race

Presidential hopeful Gibbs heads slate of River Forest natives looking to maintain town's ways


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Michael Gibbs, a current River Forest village trustee and candidate for village president next April, announced last week that he will run atop a slate of three other River Forest residents seeking election as trustees.

The first-time trustee candidates are Lissa Druss Christman, Tom Dwyer Jr. and Kevin Hanley. They were all raised in River Forest and want to preserve what they've always enjoyed about the community.

"We are all committed to the village and to where we live and where we grew up, and we just want what's best for our children, which is what we have right now," said Druss Christman, 43, who owns a communications firm based in River Forest.

She also works as a consultant with a Chicago public affairs and communications firm.

Dwyer, 34, is a certified public accountant and runs a law firm with his father. He also sits on the village's Traffic Safety Board. Hanley, 37, has worked in the financial services industry and currently works at Merrill Lynch.

"I think we all complement each other in our professional experiences to give the incoming board more of a variety of experiences that can help the village," Druss Christman said.

The candidates said that while they love the way the village is right now, they won't be blind to challenges and changes the future may bring. They'd like the future to reflect the past, but want to stay head of the times as well.

Gibbs said one advantage of running together is knowing that the trustees are like-minded but not lock-step. He said if elected they hope to promote the village to developers without taking ownership of areas to develop.

The financial experience that Dwyer and Hanley bring makes them a huge asset since the next board will need to watch its finances, Gibbs said.

To learn more about these candidates, visit their website at Residents vote for individual candidates and not for a slate of candidates.

Potential candidates have until late December to file nominating petitions to get on the April ballot. So far, in addition to the trustee slate announced Oct. 16, announced trustee candidates are Roma Colwell-Steinke, the current village clerk, and Tom Cargie, currently president of the River Forest Park District. Gibbs will challenge Trustee Cathy Adduci in a race for village president in the April 9 election.

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RF Achievement  

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 11:18 PM

@ Dan Lauber - why should we believe with what you post - since it was you who were given a post by Rigas. After you got that post, you became soft on your previous postions. We can see, and so can the voters. There is NO trust with Jim W - who claims to be a self professed finance wizard. Well last week, I heard he got caught in a big lie -- and had to walk it back. Now tell us about that one?

Gary M Sullivan from River Forest  

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 5:01 PM

To:Jim and RF Achievement- I have known Mike Gibbs for many years and didn't realize that my comment might be taken seriously. Mike is a very passionate person about R.F. and he would only want the best for his family and the residents. He has no hidden agenda and when Mike finds the time he will post his resume to let all of us see what qualities he brings as President. I believe Mike will consult with many and then come to a conclusion that he sees as being right. That's ok with me Mike Gibbs

Dan Lauber from River Forest  

Posted: October 21st, 2012 3:38 PM

Thanks to the anonymity of these comments, folks can post any lie they want. Anybody who thinks that John Rigas has been a front man for Frank Paris is simply delusional. I may disagree with President Rigas on some issues and agree on others, but I can categorically state that he is no front man for Frank Paris in any way, shape, or form. The anonymous "Jim" is just making it up (hmm sounds a lot like Willard "Mitt" Romney's campaign strategy).

Jim from River Forest  

Posted: October 20th, 2012 10:19 AM

@Gart S - why is he nuts - and what are the alternitives. It seems like Gibbs could be the lessor to two unknowns and possible the lessor of two .....? At least we know that Gibbs is a Very Big Proponent of Home Rule and his polices are tightly linked with those of Rigas. In fact, I had heard at a social function that Gibbs would be Pres in name only and that Rigas would be the real Pres - just like Paris was for Rigas. All I know is we tried the best we could.

Gary S  

Posted: October 19th, 2012 7:30 PM

In answer to RF Achievement and his query about Mr. Gibbs and his life experiences:The answer is simple sir: HE'S NUTS

RF Achievement  

Posted: October 17th, 2012 6:06 AM

Congratulations to the new faces. It will indeed be nice to get to know all of them over the coming months. Clearly since they are runing as a "Slate" they all support the side of Home Rule. It would be nice to know why, and hear their reasons. What are the experiences that Mr. Gibbs has that makes him someone to consider for President?

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