You have our commitment: we will be the three candidates who work the hardest for our village

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Lissa Druss Christman

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Tuesday, April 9 we have the chance to enhance our village. We have the ability to elect a team that acknowledges our village's key topics, has a command of critical issues and has the blended experience to do what is right for the residents of River Forest. The Pride in River Forest (PRF) team is comprised of current, active village trustee Mike Gibbs, running for president; attorney and CPA Tom Dwyer, Jr.; and myself, a communications professional with extensive experience in working with local, state and federal governments.

The PRF team looks at issues and problems head on. We will not make false campaign promise, especially about our village's finances. We won't promise the village won't incur new expenses because we are facing the village's most critical and expensive project in the history of River Forest: the North River Forest sewer project. We are taking this topic head on. Presidential candidate Mike Gibbs is extremely well versed on this topic and, on request, has been speaking to residents about this project. The sewer project is estimated to cost the village $19M. To put this in perspective, building village hall cost $6M. Gibbs is the candidate who knows the most about this project.

PRF team can't predict the future, but we can plan for it. We have a five-point PRIDE plan to help lead River Forest into the future.

Pledge- All revenue from red light camera violations go to public safety.

Recruit- Solicit more residents to join existing village communities.

Inform- Open new communication channels and enhance new technology to improve village services.

Develop- Seek untapped developers for TIF-district options.

Enhance- Initiate a promotion campaign for the village to the business community.

We, as a team, are most concerned with the financial future of River Forest. We are not going to waist time forming new committees or retreading old ground. We pledge to take diligent work already done by the village and enhance it while opening new doors for economic progress and prosperity.

You have our commitment: we will be the three candidates who work the hardest for our village.

On behalf of the Pride in River Forest team, I am asking for your vote on April 9.

Sincerely, Lissa Druss Christman

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Bait and Switch  

Posted: April 5th, 2013 10:17 AM

Really, the red light camera revenue will go to public safety? Will their budgets rise proportionally, or will there be "cuts" in other areas to balance off that revenue? BTW, Ironic has it pegged, if you cannot even spell correctly why should we vote for you?

Mary from River Forest  

Posted: April 5th, 2013 8:03 AM

Sounds like Gibbs should be the Public Works Director instead of President!


Posted: April 4th, 2013 4:57 PM

Remarkable how many spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors can come from one who purports to be a communications professional.

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