Thank you for visiting the Village of River Forest's Transparency and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) page. Below are summaries of and links to the Village's most important and frequently requested documents. If you cannot find the desired documents, please submit a FOIA request.

Financial Information/Documents

Click here for detailed financial information including:

  • Village Budgets
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Compensation & Benefits Report
  • Financial Policies
  • Tax Information

Monthly disbursements are available in the Finance Department monthly report.

Building Permits

All building permits which required a Village inspection are included below.






Village Board Meetings

The Village Board meets on the second and third Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Community Room. Agendas, Packets that accompany the agendas, and Minutes are posted on the Village website.

Contracting with the Village

The Village website provides for:

Department Information

Each month the Building & Zoning, Finance, Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments submit monthly reports to the Village Board. The reports are available for viewing in the monthly Village Board packets.

Water Quality Reports

Each year the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency requires the Village to publish a Water Quality Report. Click the links below to view past reports:


The Village Board and Village Administrator's Office closely monitor legislation at the local, state and federal levels to stay abreast of issues that may affect the community. The Village President is the official spokesperson of the Village in all political and legislative affairs. The Village of River Forest is a dues paying member of several associations that may conduct legislative advocacy initiatives at the state and federal levels. These associations include West Central Municipal Conference Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Illinois Municipal League.

Red Light Cameras

The Village has installed Red Light Cameras at the following intersections (click here for map):

  1. North Avenue at Harlem (Eastbound on North)
    • The RLR 1 Year Follow-Up Evaluation Report is available here.  
  2. Harlem Avenue at Lake Street (Southbound on Harlem)

The cameras will identify red light violations in the left turn lane, straight through lane(s) and right turn lane. Click here to view Red Light Camera FAQs.

Click here to pay a red light ticket or to view a violation.

Click here to view Safe Speed Agreement.  

Freedom of Information Requests

Any person requesting access to information as permitted under The Freedom of Information Act (House Bill 234, P.A. 83-1013) should follow the steps below:

  1. Submit a request, being as specific as possible with regard to the information you seek. Please click here for a sample request form.

  2. Return the completed form to Village board by mail, email or in person, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  3. Within 5 business days of receipt of the request (21 days for commercial requests), the Village will indicate in writing its response to the request. The Village will respond in one of the four following manners:

    • Inform you of when the information may be inspected or how a copy may be obtained

    • Indicate that additional time to fulfill the request is needed, factors prompting the delay and when the response will be forthcoming

    • Deny the request, stating reasons for the denial

    • Failure to respond by the Village within 10 days is deemed a denial

  4. You have the right to appeal any decision to deny access to records. Appeals must be submitted in writing to: Village Administrator, 400 Park Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305

  5. If the Village Administrator upholds the decision to deny access, or does not respond within 5 days, you may file suit in circuit court for injunctive or declaratory relief.

Copies of requested public records in black and white, legal or letter size are free for the first 50 pages. Beyond 50 pages, the Village will charge $0.10 a page for letter and $0.25 a page for other sizes. Commercial FOIA requesters are subject to the same reproduction fees as public requesters.

Click here to submit a Freedom of Information Request online.

Click here to submit a Police related Freedom of Information Request online.

Click here to view previous Freedom of Information Requests and corresponding records.