Wednesday Journal to host forums for Oak Park and River Forest presidential candidates

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

See a recap from Tuesday night's River Forest candidate forum here.

The April 9 election is just a month away and the candidates running for village president in both Oak Park and River Forest are ready to square off.

Wednesday Journal will host roundtable conversations next week with John Hedges and Anan Abu-Taleb, the candidates running for Oak Park village president, and Michael Gibbs and Cathy Adduci, the River Forest candidates.

The River Forest event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. The following evening at 7 p.m., the Journal will be joined by Abu-Taleb and Hedges at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

Those who can't make the Oak Park event can follow it on, where a live blog of the conversations will be available. Anyone with a topic they'd like covered can email Editor Dan Haley, who will moderate the roundtables,

Buzz Café, 905 S. Lombard Ave. has also been hosting candidate forum nights. River Forest village board candidates were at the café last week, but Oak Park presidential candidates will be available on Thursday, March 14, from 7-9 p.m. for a brief presentation, followed by time for questions.

Candidates for the OPRF High School board will be there from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, March 7; River Forest District 90 school board candidates will present on Thursday, March 21. Oak Park library board candidates will be at the café a week later on April 4.

Stay tuned to as the election nears to learn more about the candidates.

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Gary M Sullivan from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: March 12th, 2013 12:06 PM

In answer to RF Achievement: The answer is based on split personalities. One of the personalities is pre-election then the other comes out after the election and is called the truth, Good luck to all the candidates

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 12th, 2013 10:48 AM

RF - Two presidential elections on different nights. One for RF and one for OP.

RF Achievement  

Posted: March 11th, 2013 8:31 PM

How do you get a choice of 4?

Eric Davis from Oak Park  

Posted: March 11th, 2013 10:54 AM

Actually, we had a GREAT candidates forum at the Buzz! I was also pleased to see that Terry Dean from the Journal was able to be there to cover it, to see how people reacted to the statements, asked questions, etc. This will be a hard choice; I'm just glad that voters get to pick 4 instead of just one! See or ericdavis4oprf on Facebook.

RF Watchdog from River Forest  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 4:15 PM

The Jackel - the tipoff will be if Gibbs suddenly has a rich golden tan and is wearing a cashmere sweater.

The Jackel from River Forest  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 3:55 PM

Watch for Rigas being disguised as Gibbs!

Jail Bird from Stateville  

Posted: March 8th, 2013 1:56 PM

The Big Question is what disguise will Les G. be wearing to this event? Is he really Hedges? This Anan guy? Who knows? Come on by and see for yourself!

RF Achievement  

Posted: March 6th, 2013 6:53 AM

Thanks for the heads up. How did the event go that was held last week?

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