Category: Community

10/5/2017 Forest Park Budget Meeting – Revenue

On October 5th, 2017 the Forest Park Village Council and staff met to discuss revenue increasing options for the village to help bridge the budget shortfall which is currently said to be around $1 million after a round of budget cuts. The previous budget cut meeting did not contain $600k in cuts from the original $1.6 million shortfall, but it has been reported that the shortfall has fallen to $1.2 million and now $1 million in the time since that workshop.

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Review: Ezra and Mike: Facing Racial Tension in Forest Park (Advanced Screening)

“Ezra and Mike” is a short (22 minute) and honest film about the racial hostility experienced by the first black family to move to Forest Park, and the one neighbor—Mike Chiapetta- who came to their aid. While the film is short, it took a concerted, even heroic effort by John Rice to get it made—and six years of his life to research the story, film the interviews and get them edited. The film previewed at Slainte on Saturday July 29. While it would be unfair to fully review a work-in-progress, it is more than fair to congratulate John on documenting a hidden chapter in Forest Park history, and to urge Forest Parkers to see the film the next time it is shown. It is eye-opening.

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Say Yes to a Vote Press Statement 11/07/2016

The Say Yes to a Vote petition movement in Forest Park has issued the following statement in advance of election day tomorrow, 11/8:

The Forest Park Village Council recently chose to lift the ban on video gambling. This, after a water bill survey that rejected gambling, an advisory referendum that rejected gambling, and a petition effort that gathered nearly 3000 signatures to put the question “Shall video gaming be prohibited in Forest Park?” on the ballot. An effort that was stymied by legal maneuvering. The village council chose to satisfy the wants of a few, instead of giving the voters a chance to decide what they want for their village. 

A renewed effort by the petition circulators is now being met with an attempt to once again subvert the chance for voters to weigh in. Paid petition circulators have been hired by people who for now are choosing to remain hidden. They are circulating petitions in an effort to crowd the gambling petition off the ballot. While the gambling petition requires 25% of active and inactive registered voters, about 2600 people, these new petitions only need 8% of people who voted in the gubernatorial election, about 350 people. Only 3 questions are allowed on the ballot, and whoever gathers their signatures first, gets on the ballot.

This is a transparent attempt to once again do an end run around the voters. We hope the citizens of Forest Park will reject this blatant attempt to usurp their choices and their right to have a voice and a vote. We hope they will recognize this underhanded ploy for what it is, and that they make their wish for a vote known by signing the video gambling petition. Volunteer petition circulators wearing green vests will be at all polling places on Election Day. Also look for them in the coming weeks going door to door. If anyone would like to volunteer to circulate a petition, please contact

Say yes to a vote!

[OPINION] Forest Park Village Council Approves Video Gaming


The live streamed video can be viewed on our facebook page here.

After several public comments against and one comment for (apparently the bar owners didn’t feel a need to sway any votes at this point.  The council proceeded eventually to the ordinance item on the agenda to allow video gaming in Forest Park.  After comments from all the commissioners, the votes were aye except for the mayor abstaining.

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