Village board needs progress and productivity

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By Mike Gibbs

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Now that the celebrations of St. Patrick's Day are over, the citizens of River Forest cannot rely on "the luck of the Irish" to continue the village board's success of recent years.

The village board and village staff have worked very hard to achieve an outstanding level of progress and productivity during my time as trustee. I would like to think that you all would consider my contributions to be an integral component to that team.

The village board will be losing two fine trustees in Carmella Corsini and Susan Conti. The citizens of River Forest will miss their insight and expertise. I am the only incumbent seeking re-election. No other candidate offers the institutional knowledge and historical background of the village board that I will offer. 

The last year has been very exciting with regard to development in River Forest. Promises were made during the TIF discussions and development approvals. I am asking for the opportunity to fulfill those promises by exercising the leadership I have provided the board for two terms. 

During this campaign I have not heard a single criticism of the state of the village. I feel we have acted as fine stewards of the tax dollars entrusted to the board's care. Other candidates have entered this campaign with personal agendas they hope to instill into the board's decisions. 

The first question I always ask myself before a vote at the board table is very simple. Is this vote in the best interest of the entire village of River Forest? I have maintained one goal with regard to being a village trustee: to serve the residents of River Forest with leadership that will promote our village's prosperity while maintaining our historic sense of community. As our village motto states, "Proud Heritage, Bright Future." It is important to celebrate our past but more important to plan for our future.

Public safety, financial security, superior infrastructure and being proud to call River Forest home are what I strive to provide the villagers as a trustee. Please help me continue my efforts on your behalf.

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