O'Connell for RF village trustee

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We highly recommend that our friend and neighbor, Bob O'Connell, get your vote for River Forest village trustee on April 2. Bob has deep ties to our amazing village, as does his wife, Holly Economos. He is honest and of the highest integrity. And importantly, he will work hard on behalf of all residents in River Forest. In fact, he is already doing just that as chairman of the River Forest Economic Development Commission.

Bob is highly qualified for the position of trustee, given his recent experience on the River Forest Economic Development Commission, his ongoing role on the Project REAP (Real Estate Apprentice Program Board of Directors for), as well as a 30-year career in commercial real estate, with 25 of those years working for a Fortune 50 company. 

These qualifications will be necessary to have on the River Forest board as the village moves forward with development of four large-scale commercial sites: Lake and Lathrop, North Avenue, Madison Avenue, Chicago & Harlem. It is imperative that the village take advantage of each and every opportunity to attract appropriate retail businesses and to enhance the vitality and sense of community that we now so very much enjoy. At the same time, we need those retail establishments to drive much-needed tax revenue to lessen our reliance on resident property taxes. 

Under Bob's leadership, we believe these goals can be achieved, making River Forest an even better community in which to live, work, raise children and come together with friends and family.

Lisa & Rick Gillis

River Forest

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