Every year, since 2005, Wednesday Journal has named a Villager of the Year in River Forest. The tradition first began back in 1985, when the Journal first started, recognizing individuals in Oak Park who have made an impact. Here’s a list of the people we’ve recognized from River Forest.

2005 Frank Paris, River Forest village president

2006 Charles “Chuck” Biondo, River Forest village administrator

2007 Steve Hoke, River Forest village trustee

2008 Frank Paris, River Forest village president, and Steve Hoke, River Forest village trustee

2009 Frank Limon, River Forest chief of police

2010 John Rigas, River Forest village president

2011 John Rigas, River Forest village president

2012 Al Popowits, citizen activist

2013 Catherine Adduci, River Forest village president

2014 John Phelan, D200 board president

2015 Kristin Carlson Vogen, Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation president

2016 Dave Franek, former chair Historic Preservation Commission

2017 Donna Carroll, president of Dominican University

2018 Dr. Edward Condon, superintendent for River Forest School D90

2019 Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, D200 superintendent

2020 River Forest residents, helpers and heroes

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