Lisa Gillis (1,770 votes, 28.4 percent), Respicio Vazquez (1,615 votes, 25.9 percent) and Ken Johnson (1,456 votes, 23.3 percent) were elected on April 6 to fill three open trustee seats in River Forest. Johann Buis, who came in fourth and will not serve as village trustee, trailed Johnson by only 56 votes.
Gillis, a 23-year resident, raised three children in town and brings over 30 years of advertising and business experience to the board. She currently serves as chair of the River Forest Sustainability Commission, has been a member of the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society for over 20 years and is an adjunct professor and lecturer at Dominican University. She plans to focus on COVID recovery, equity and inclusion, and affordability.
Ken Johnson, 15-year resident, raised two daughters in town. Johnson has practiced law for over 25 years and opened his own firm in 2003. Johnson wants to see the village continue to be “one of the most desirable places to live in the Chicagoland area” and plans to focus on community engagement and ensuring the long-term economic success of River Forest.
Respicio “Res” Vazquez, the only incumbent in the race, will serve a second term as a village trustee. He plans to focus on COVID recovery, equity and inclusion, and maintaining the financial stability of the village.
In the contested race for two seats on the River Forest Park District board of commissioners, Mike Grant (1,576 votes, 33.4 percent) and Carl Bade (1,316 votes, 27.9 percent) were victorious over Brad West (990 votes, 21 percent) and incumbent Mark Brown (831 votes, 17.6 percent).
Three candidates sought two positions as River Forest Library trustees, and the winners were Ann Berens (1,856 votes, 45.7 percent) and Cathryn Ruggeri (1,171 votes, 28.8 percent). Katherine Bevan received 1,039 votes.