Dear Resident:

The assessed valuation of your property is an important factor in determining the property taxes you pay each year. 

On average, the assessed valuation of properties in River Forest increased twenty-four percent (24%) since the last triennial assessment.  The real estate market is healthier. Better market value results in increased assessed value.

But increased assessed value also may result in higher property tax bills. As you review your triennial assessment, you should make sure that it is based on accurate information about your home and that you feel the assessed valuation is a fair reflection of your home’s value. The market value of your home is determined by the recent sales of properties in your neighborhood that have similar characteristics (age, square footage, and type of construction).

Should you have any questions, please contact the River Forest Township Assessor’s Office at 708-366-2787 or the County Assessor’s Office at 312-443-7550.

How the Village Board affects your property value and your tax bill

Carefully reviewing your property assessment is one way to ensure that your tax bill remains fair and stable. As strengthening property values and stabilizing property taxes are principal concerns of River Forest, we also can stabilize your tax bill by managing Village funds prudently and encouraging long-term economic development.

Each year, the Village government sets a property tax levy for the entire property tax base, both commercial and residential, to fund Village operations. Village operations consist mainly of Police, Fire, Public Works and Administration. Think of the total assessed valuation of all properties in River Forest as a pie, and your individual assessed valuation represents your share of the pie.    By managing our levy (the budget) responsibly and continuing to work hard at economic development to add new assessed valuation (make the pie bigger), we can stabilize and in some cases decrease your share of the pie.  

This effect is especially pronounced when we add new commercial properties.  The taxes paid by commercial properties are based off 25% of their assessed valuation versus 10% for residential properties. Economic development initiatives, whether they are long-term (the Madison and North Avenue Street TIF) or short-term (the Lake and Lathrop and Lake and Park redevelopment), are an instrumental part of our effort to improve property values while stabilizing our property taxes.

The Village is committed to building strong property values combined with stable and fair taxes.  We will continue to keep you informed of ways that the Village Board is working to deliver on these important goals.

Finally, the Village is just one of ten (10) government entities that tax you and me.  Village government overall percentage of our tax bill is 11.73%. The other nearly 88% of our tax bill is spread across the other nine (9) government entities  -- such as D90, D200, River Forest Township, River Forest Park District, Triton College,  and Cook County that levy our property.

I hope this explanation has been helpful.  As always, please feel to call me or Village Hall with any further questions.


Catherine Adduci

Village President

Village of River Forest 


Coyote Information

On occasion, the Village has received reports from residents of coyote sightings. Residents are cautioned that coyotes are generally not dangerous to humans, but they are can be territorial when protecting their young, and should not be approached.

Small pets may be considered prey by coyotes, please do not leave your pets outside unsupervised.

Tips to protect your family and pets from coyotes include:

  • Never feed coyotes- Feeding lures coyotes into neighborhoods
  • Do not leave small pets unattended outside, even in a fenced in yard
  • Keep dogs on a short leash while walking outside
  • Yell, clap hands or blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if a coyote approaches
  • Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child

Coyote Information from the Cook County Department of Animal Control

Avoid Conflicts with Coyotes from Urban Coyote Research - Cook County

Urban Coyotes - Tips on Keeping Your Pets Safe 



On Monday, February 13, 2017, the Village Board approved an Ordinance creating the Sustainability Commission.  The Sustainability Commission's purpose is to enhance the quality of life of its residents through the study and promotion of sustainable practices that conserve natural resources and protect the environment. 

Would you like to volunteer to serve on the Sustainability Commission?  This is an exciting opportunity to use your insight, experience, and expertise to help shape your Village now and for the future!  If you are interested in serving, please complete the form at the bottom of the “Boards and Commissions” page by clicking here.  Please indicate which Board(s) or Commission(s) on which you would like to serve. Tell us why you are interested in serving on a Board or Commission. And make sure to include your contact information so we can reach you to learn more about you and your interests in serving our community.

Thank you very much!

To learn more about the mission of the Sustainability Commission, simply click here.


Concordia University is beginning the next phase of construction on its new dormitory on the Southeast portion of their campus. The construction will require the 1000 Block of Bonnie Brae to be closed for two days while a crane is erected. Access to streets and sidewalks will be restricted from 7 AM – 6 PM on March 8 and 9. Should weather impact the work, March 10 will be used as a make-up date.

For full details, including maps with closure and access specifics, please click here.  

Concordia University Chicago is making their parking garage available to any resident who will be impacted by the street closure. Overnight parking will also be allowed during this time. A Concordia-issued parking permit will be required to park in the parking garage. To obtain a parking permit from the university, please call or email Dave Witken, Director of Public Safety at 708-209-3629, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have questions or concerns, please call Ragnar Benson Construction – Anne Woods at 224-567-1877, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Randy Nelson, 224-567-2724, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Oak Park and River Forest High School
invites you to attend the
Superintendent’s Listening Tour

What is OPRF doing well?
How could we improve?

Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams,
new superintendent
of District 200,
invites all
community members
 to attend a session and
 share your thoughts!

Free babysitting provided.

River Forest Tour Dates

 Enjoy a complimentary light meal during the first half-hour, followed by dialogue.

Click here to RSVP. 

Mon., Feb. 6, 2017
RSVP by Jan. 30
Roosevelt Middle School
7560 Oak Ave., River Forest
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sat., March 18, 2017
RSVP by March 11
Roosevelt Middle School
7560 Oak Ave., River Forest
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.