Nothing staid about River Forest in 2005

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With elections for three local boards and a 125th Anniversary celebration, 2005 promises to be an eventful year in River Forest.

? Candidate filings for the village, park district and District 90 boards are due to be forwarded to the County Clerk's office by Jan. 18. 

? Also in April, the long awaited opening of Keystone Park, will occur.

? The village's 125th birthday will be celebrated from early April  through its actual birthday on October 24.

? The village board will also likely approve creation of a Historic Preservation Committee, and possibly a Historic Preservation ordinance.

? Re-development will continue to be a staple of village news in 2005, with redevelopment at 416 Thatcher and construction on the Madock development on Madison Street. That's likely be just the first of several redevelopment projects to occur over the next several years along the long-ignored Madison Street corridor. Significant streetscape and landscape improvements will also be implemented this spring and summer near Lake and Harlem as part of the ongoing River Forest Lake Street Corridor Plan.

? Keystone Park, which officially opens in April, will be both a source of community pride and a continuing bone of contention in 2005. The park district can expect hard questions from the Development Review Board and ardent opposition from neighbors if it reapllies for west field lighting approval.

?Trial or settlement of the discrimination suit filed by three River Forest officers in March, 2003 is likely.

? And River Forest schools will likely decide by next autumn whether or not they'll be gearing up for a tax referendum in 2006.

?#34; Bill Dwyer

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