By Dan Haley
In a press release from the Pride in River Forest slate, the campaign touted a successful campaign party on Feb. 12 which included the naming of a Steering Committee to guide the campaign of Mike Gibbs for village president and the trustee slate of Lissa Druss Christman, Kevin Hanley and Tom Dwyer, Jr.
Included in the release was the list of the committee members and notable on that list was John Rigas, the current River Forest village president. We asked Rigas in an e-mail if this constituted an official endorsement of Gibbs for village president over fellow village trustee Cathy Adduci?
Here's the response from Rigas:
"I am supporting the 'Pride in River Forest' team. I think all of the candidates in this group bring unique qualities and experiences to the board.
With regard to the presidential race, I was put in an awkward position as both Mike and Cathy supported me and were a part of our team that ran together. I wish they both would remain on the board. However, they have elected to run against each other. I am supporting Mike because I believe his life long experience of living in Oak Park and River Forest gives him an advantage in understanding the community and its history. It is no secret that Mike is a close friend."