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By Kathleen Brennan

Candidate One View

I'm running for River Forest trustee because I'm excited about the opportunities presented to the village in the next few years and I'd like to continue to play an active role in helping River Forest make the most of them.  

I've enjoyed the privilege of serving in leadership roles in River Forest over the past 6½ years as chair of the Village Sustainability Commission, president of the Park District Parks Foundation, and an active leader of the LemonAid Charity Event. I believe my leadership experience in two different taxing bodies in River Forest, my professional skills as an attorney and small business owner, and my "roll up the sleeves" work ethic uniquely qualify me for the village trustee role. 

My priorities for the village are:

Keeping River Forest a safe community: This includes providing state-of-the-art training and technology for our police and fire departments, and enhanced communication and community education to ensure our village is safe for our families.

Smart, thoughtful economic development: I will use my seven years of community leadership experience and skills honed from 20 years of legal advocacy, negotiation and dispute resolution to promote the right commercial development that fits in with River Forest's character and size and helps contain our property taxes.

Continue enhancement of quality of life in River Forest: My work to create a River Forest Bike Path Plan and make River Forest the second community in Illinois with curbside composting already enhances our resident quality of life, attracts new homebuyers, and bolsters our property values. I will continue to seek out and support projects that will make River Forest a healthier, more vibrant community.   

I believe that most of the issues before the village board are not black and white, but require careful analysis, creativity, and thoughtful consideration. I am a practical, approachable and open-minded listener and willing to thoughtfully consider all aspects of issues before the board.  

It's crucial that village trustees know how to collaborate and communicate with residents and other institutions. I've demonstrated these abilities and responsible stewardship on behalf of the village, the park district and our community, and I'm ready to apply them as a member of the village board of trustees. 

My family moved to River Forest for the schools, and we've stayed for the community. I'm excited for the opportunity to continue to give back to the community that has provided so much to my family. I'm asking for your vote.

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