October 27, 2016 - Update

On October 24, 2016, the Village Board held a public hearing regarding the proposed Madison Street TIF District.  Three residents spoke to the Village Board and provided questions and comments.  At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Village Board voted to close and adjourn the public hearing. Click here for the full audio of the meeting. 

On November 28, 2016, the Village Board will consider adoption and creation of the proposed of Madison Street TIF District.  The Village Board will consider three separate ordinances regarding the matter.  The three ordinances are available to view by clicking on the links below.

Previous Updates   

There was a Joint Review Board Meeting held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Community Room of River Forest Village Hall - Click here for the Public Meeting Notice and Agenda.  To hear the full audio of the meeting, please click here.

At the August 8, 2016 Village Board of Trustees meeting, the Village Board announced the availability of revised plans and reports regarding the implementation of a proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district on the Madison Street corridor. These draft reports are accessible by clicking here.

On July 25, 2016, the Village Board of Trustees voted to formally introduce the amended TIF plan regarding the proposed Madison Street TIF District at its next Village Board meeting - August 8, 2016.  The revisions to the plan were made based on feedback received from residents.  A copy of the staff memorandum and the revised documents can be found here.  The main change to the amended plan is in regards to the use of eminent domain on single family dwelling units that do not front Madison Street.  The amended plan states that eminent domain will not be used on these single family dwelling units.  After the Village Board introduces and makes the plans formally available on August 8, 2016, it will then set the date for a new public hearing and a new JRB meeting at its August 22, 2016 meeting.  If you have questions, please contact Village Administrator Eric Palm by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On June 27, 2016, the Village Board of Trustees directed the Village Staff to amend the proposed Madison Street TIF plan to include language that single family properties will not be the subject of acquisition by the Village under eminent domain during the term of the tax increment financing district.  This work is underway and revisions will be brought back to the Village Board in late July/early August.  The Village Board will then set dates for a new public hearing and joint review board meeting.

There was a Joint Review Board meeting concerning the River Forest Madison Street TIF District on Tuesday, June 28th 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Community Room of Village Hall, 400 Park Avenue, River Forest, IL.  To view the meeting announcement and agenda, please click here. To hear audio from the meeting, please click here.

To listen to the audio from the Friday, June 3, 2016 Joint Review Board meeting, please click here.  For the June 3, 2016 Meeting Notice and Agenda, please click here.

                - Madison TIF Frequently Asked Questions

                -2015 Village North and Madison Market Study

                 -River Forest Comprehensive Plan

                 -River Forest Corridor Plan                 

Listen to the audio from the 04-28-16 public meeting.  Click here. 

To learn more about TIFs, please click here for a video from the Cook County Clerk's Office.  Or, click here to read TIFs 101 - A Taxpayers Primer for  Understanding TIFs, also courtesy of the Cook County Clerk.