Fourteen community leaders who comprise the River Forest Council of Governments gathered May 8 to fill each other in on what was happening in their respective organizations. 

While that isn’t unusual, what made this get-together of the River Forest Council of Governments notable was that it was the first time the quarterly meeting was open to the public. 

Wednesday Journal, which urged that they be open, was the only member of the public to attend the noontime session.

“We are giving updates on what’s going on and sharing ideas. It’s all good stuff. Why not open it up to the public and let the public hear what we have to say?” said Village President Catherine Adduci. The village hosted this quarter’s meeting.

During the 90-minute meeting, administrators and/or board presidents of many of taxing districts and other River Forest institutions gave progress reports, including the village of River Forest, School District 90, Oak Park River Forest High School District 200, the River Forest Public Library, the park district, Triton College, and Dominican and Concordia universities. A representative from River Forest Township was not in attendance.

Dominican and Concordia reported graduations were taking place over the weekend. New building projects were reported by Triton and the park district. Events from summer reading programs to summer school at District 90 were on the docket as well. 

Election results also were mentioned. Jeff Weissglass, the newly-appointed president of the District 200 school board, commented that all seven seats on that board had changed over two election cycles. 

He noted that a site was selected for the new swimming pool and that there were challenges ahead, including the acquisition of the village-owned parking garage, where the new pool would be situated. 

River Forest Village Administrator Eric Palm reported progress on economic development at Lake and Park and the former Dominick’s site on North Avenue and the formation of the Tax Increment Finance districts on Madison Street and North Avenue.  

Martha Ryan-Toye, District 90’s director of student services, reported on the results of the school board election and stated that a search for a new principal at Lincoln Elementary School was progressing. 

The next session of the River Forest Council of Governments in October will be hosted by Elementary District 90.

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