Susan Conti (file)

Two current River Forest village trustees and a candidate who came within 16 votes of getting elected in 2009, have announced they will run for seats on the village board this April 7.

Susan Conti, an ally of Village President Catherine Adduci, will seek her third term. Carmela Corsini will run for her second four-year term. Both told Wednesday Journal about their plans in separate telephone interviews Tuesday.

Rick Gillis, who has served on a number of task forces and commissions before and after he ran for trustee, announced his plans in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

The only other incumbent from 2011 who will not seek re-election is Trustee Colleen Horrigan, who cited personal reasons. It would have been her second term on the board. 

“I would do it again, but it doesn’t fit in with my timing right now. It’s unfortunate because I know how strong the board of trustees is now, and I’d be leaving at a point where we are making headway on a lot of issues. They are great people to work with,” Horrigan said.

After much soul-searching, the 54-year-old Conti said she decided earlier this month to run again, saying she wanted to support the inroads that Adduci has made since her election as village president in 2013.

Conti pointed to economic development including the RFP process for Park and Lake, TIF streetscapes on Madison Street and the prospective transformation of the Dominick’s site into a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. Conti said she wants to help bring these projects full circle.

“I enjoy working with Cathy,” she said. “She’s very good and I’m impressed with the way she’s taken the reins. Her momentum and leadership are positive for the village.” 

Conti said she still enjoys her role in village government and noted there is a lot of work she can contribute to. River Forest needs to “round out the edges,” she said. The village has made great inroads in bringing about financial stability and maintaining its quality of life. She noted that the village maintains a strong administration. She said her “institutional memory” – her experience of eight years as a trustee – will be beneficial toward those ends, and her fellow trustees and the village as well.

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