Boards & Commissions
River Forest Wants You!- You can apply at the bottom of this page to serve on a River Forest Board or Commission.
A message from Village President Cathy Adduci:
As Village President, I want to tap into the great wealth of talented people who live in River Forest to serve on a Village Board or Commission. Your insights, experience and expertise can help us govern River Forest more effectively and efficiently. We need you and want you to volunteer to serve on the Village's Boards and Commissions. Appointments will be purely merit-based; you don't need to know me or anybody else on the Village Board to be appointed.
So please complete the form at the bottom of this page to indicate which Boards or Commissions on which you would like to serve. Tell us why and what you can bring to the Board or Commission. And be sure to include your contact information so I can reach you to learn more about you and your interests in serving our community.
Cathy Adduci, Village President
Below are brief descriptions of the responsibilities of the Boards and Commissions that exist within the Village of River Forest:
- Economic Development Commission
- Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
- Development Review Board
- Historic Preservation Commission
- Local Ethics Commission
- Plan Commission
- Traffic and Safety Commission
- Zoning Board of Appeals
- Police Pension Board and Fire Pension Board
- Volunteer to Serve on a Board or Commission (Complete the form at the bottom of the page)
At its September 23 Board Meeting the Village Board approved an Ordinance creating an Economic Development Commission. The Commission will consist of seven members that will serve four-year staggered terms and meet as-needed. The Economic Development Commission will (1) advise the Village Board on the economic and community impact of potential developments, (2) Identify and assess underutilized properties to develop strategies for their highest and best use, (3) Encourage and support development within the Village in conjunction with existing corridor plans, land uses and the Village's development goals, (4) Investigate and recommend incentives to facilitate economic growth, (5) Maintain relationships with existing businesses and make recommendations to retain, enhance and market, (6) Receive direction from the Board of Trustees and provide feedback and recommendations, (7) Coordinate economic development outreach to surrounding units of local government.
Anyone interested in serving on the Commission should complete the form at the bottom of this page.
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are appointed by the Village President with consent from the Board of Trustees. The Board has the responsibility to test, screen and appoint new members to the fire and police departments of the Village, excluding command staff. Additionally, the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners conduct competitive testing for promotional positions with the two departments, such as fire lieutenant and police sergeant. The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners functions, and conducts entrance and promotional exams, in conformity with the Illinois Compiled Statutes.
Development Review Board (Meets as needed on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)
The Development Review Board holds hearings and makes recommendations to the Village Board regarding development applications. These include applications for planned development permits (projects of 20,000 square feet or more) and site plan review permits (projects between 10,000 and 20,000 square feet).
Historic Preservation Commission (Meets on the 4th Thursday of the month)
The Historic Preservation Commission holds hearings and reviews applications for Landmark properties and Certificates of Appropriateness. The Commission also acts as a resource to the general public providing education in the areas of historic and architectural preservation.
The Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Village Hall.
Local Ethics Commission (Meets as needed)
All complaints for violations of the River Forest Ethics Ordinance shall be filed with the Local Ethics Commission.
Plan Commission (Meets as needed)
The Plan Commission oversees the maintenance of the River Forest Comprehensive Plan that articulates the Village’s general land use policies. They also provide recommendations to the Village Board regarding a variety of land use planning issues.
Traffic and Safety Commission (Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of alternating months)
The function of the Traffic and Safety Commission is to review transit, parking and potentially hazardous traffic matters of the Village that have been referred to them. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Village Board of Trustees and is comprised of nine members, who are residents of the Village, and are appointed by the Village President with consent from the Board of Trustees.
The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of alternate months at 7:30pm in the Community Room of Village Hall.
Zoning Board of Appeals (Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month)
The Zoning Board of Appeals holds hearings and makes recommendations to the Village Board regarding applications for zoning variations, rezoning, zoning code text amendments, appeals and special use permits.
The Zoning Board meets on the Second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm in the Community Room of Village Hall.
The Village has a Police Pension Board and a Fire Pension Board, each comprised of one Village Resident (a different resident on each board), the Village's Finance Director and three current or former members of the Police or Fire Department. The pension boards manage the investments of each fund, review pension applications and make recommendations concerning funding levels.
In addition to the quarterly meetings, pension board members must completed State of Illinois mandated training of 32 hours in the first year and 16 hours every year thereafter.
The Village President appoints members to boards and commissions with the consent of the Village Board. The first step for any resident interested in serving in such a position is to complete the form below. As vacancies arise, the Village President will review submissions and make appointments, with the consent of the Village Board.