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The Village of River Forest is working with local officials and community partners to monitor the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus is a new virus identified in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, that include the common cold to more serious diseases such as pneumonia. The goal of the ongoing public health response is to detect new cases quickly and prevent community spread of COVID-19.

Click here to view a chart tracking cases in River Forest.

  • Click here to view a chart tracking cases in Cook County.
  • Click here to view a chart tracking cases in Illinois.

Effective Wednesday, August 26, 2020, indoor and outdoor dining patrons are required to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers and other employees at bars and restaurants throughout the state.

Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, including but not limited to when employees take patrons orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables. Face coverings must be worn except when eating and drinking at the table or bar. Click here to read the new guidelines in full and click here to read the press release. 

Friday, June 26, 2020, marked the beginning of Phase 4 for the State of Illinois under Governor Pritzker’s reopening plan, Restore Illinois.

  • To learn about Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, please click here.
  • For information and specifics on what is open and available, please click here and learn more from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Please remember to stay safe, wear masks, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick or at high risk.

Health Information

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure. Although this virus likely emerged from an animal source, it can also spread from person-to-person. Spread from one person to another is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Typically, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.

What are preventative measures that can be taken?

We ask for your continued partnership in preventing the spread of coronavirus by following these safety tips:

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing and certainly if your commute includes public transit.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Travel Guidance

The Cook County Department of Public Health has released travel guidance to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 from other parts of the country that are seeing a surge in new cases. The guidance includes a Suburban Cook County travel quarantine list that is updated every Tuesday. If you have traveled to or from any of the states on this list, please consider self-quarantining for 14 days. Residents should also self-quarantine if you have been exposed to a confirmed case or are symptomatic for COVID-19. 

Are there additional resources available?

You can find more facts, updates, and information on COVID-19, including symptoms and transmission of the virus, at the following links:

Coronavirus hotlines:

  • Cook County: 708-633-3319
  • Rush Hosptial: 1-888-352-RUSH (7874)

Thrive Counseling Center Services

If you are feeling overwhelmed about Covid-19, you are not alone. Thrive Counseling Center is offering phone-based counseling and medication management to address the community’s needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Their Crisis Intervention Services are still available by dialing (708) 383-7500. Their Front Desk team is ready to assist you Monday-Friday, 9am - 2pm, with requests for referrals or new services and to reschedule or cancel an appointment. Thrive is also now a proud partner of the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line Service. Text “TALK” TO 552020 (or “HABLAR) for Spanish. The Illinois "Call4Calm" Text Line is not a crisis hotline, but is a source of support for anyone experiencing stress and in need of a listening ear. Thrive is here to serve you.

Flu Shots

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health experts recommend taking extra precautions this fall and winter to reduce the spread of other respiratory diseases such as the flu. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccination if you are able in September or October. Click here for more information about this year’s flu season. Flu shots are available in River Forest at Walgreens, CVS, and Jewel.

Testing Locations

Click here for a list of COVID-19 testing locations in the State. Residents are encouraged to contact their primary physicians to coordinate testing needs.

Cloth Face Coverings

As of May 1, 2020, Governor Pritzker has required that individuals wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can't maintain a six-foot social distance, including all stores. This requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask. This requirement applies to the entire State of Illinois and supersedes previous face covering requirements in River Forest. 

In addition to practicing social distancing, cloth face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help those who may unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others. Individuals should wear a mask or face covering when they must leave their home.

This guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health explains when to wear a mask and best practices for homemade masks or face coverings.

  • The covering can be a scarf, a bandana, or a mask you make at home.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the mask. Make sure to wash your hands immediately after removing it. Clean the mask frequently by using a washing machine.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric and allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

The Village of River Forest remains committed to providing high-quality, compassionate customer service to its residents and visitors and working to make River Forest a safe place to live, work, and do business during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  To be successful in doing so, the Village will adhere to the protocol below to assist the public in creating and obtaining necessary resources to comply with the Executive Orders by President Adduci (effective April 24, 2020) and Governor Pritzker (effective May 1, 2020) which require the use of cloth face coverings. This document is also being shared with local River Forest businesses to help partner in this effort. Please click here to read the protocol.

If you are in need of a cloth face covering and unable to make your own, please contact the River Forest COVID-19 Senior Citizen Response Program at 708-613-1642 or

Village Action

On March 16, 2020, Village President Catherine Adduci declared a State of Emergency in the Village of River Forest. Please click here to read Declaration 20-1.  On March 30,  2020, that declaration expired and Village President Catherine Adduci declared a continued State of Emergency in the Village of River Forest. Click here to read the Declaration 20-2. On April 13, 2020, Declaration 20-2 expired and Village President Catherine Adduci declared a continued State of Emergency in the Village of River Forest. Click here to read Declaration 20-3. On April 27, 2020, Declaration 20-3 expired and Village President Catherine Adduci declared a continued State of Emergency in the Village of River Forest. Click here to read Declaration 20-4.

Click below for Executive Orders issued during this State of Emergency. 

  • Executive Order 20-04 - This Executive Order requires the use of face coverings in certain public places, including employees at essential businesses.
  • Executive Order 20-03This Executive Order makes the violation of an Executive Order of the Governor a public nuisance in the Village of River Forest and subject to a fine.
  • Executiver Order 20-02 - This Executive Order provides certain financial relief for residents and businesses with regard to: utility bills, business licenses, parking passes, building department requirements, and tickets. Administrative adjudication matters shall be continued as outlined in the Order. 
  • Executive Order 20-01 - This Executive Order suspends the Village’s normal restrictions on hours of delivery of goods to grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, and other similar places of business during this declared State of Emergency.

Click below for special newsletters containing more information about the Village's response to coronavirus. 

  • April 7, 2020 - Please listen to this important statement from Village President Cathy Adduci. Do your part and support our River Forest Stays Home campaign - #RiverForestStaysHome 

  • October 8, 2020 - COVID-19 Update, Trick-or-Treating, D90 Schedule for Returning to School, Supper Club Round 2
  • September 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Update, Halloween, Census, Construction Alerts
  • September 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Campaign, RF Supper Club, USPS Appreciation Day, Senior Snow Removal Program, Hazardous Waste Collection
  • September 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Update, LemonAid, 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Construction/Traffic Updates, Trustee Bachner Spotlight
  • September 5, 2020 - Labor Day Weekend Update
  • August 27, 2020 - Masks Required for Dining, Flu Shots, Senior Response Team, Food Drive, IHDA Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program
  • August 20, 2020 - Back to School, All In Illinois, Rental Assistance Deadline Extension, Wabi Sabi Film Festival, Vote by Mail, Census
  • August 12, 2020 - Rental and Mortgage Assistance, COVID Updates
  • July 30, 2020 - Masks, D90 Back to School, Census
  • July 23, 2020 - River Forest Cases Update, Utility Scams
  • July 17, 2020 - State Mitigation Plan, CDC Toolkits
  • July 15, 2020 - River Forest Cases
  • June 25, 2020 - Phase Four of Restore Illinois, Village Hall Operations
  • May 29, 2020 - Graduations, River Forest Operations, Expiration of EO 20-2, Reminders and Village Updates
  • May 22, 2020 - Phase Three of Restore Illinois, Flooding, Waste Reminders, and Memorial Day
  • May 15, 2020 - Local Businesses, Restore Illinois Plan, Reminders, Upcoming Meetings, National Police Week, and A Special Thank You
  • May 8, 2020 - Face Coverings, Recreation Options, Restore Illinois, Local Businesses, Armed Services Registry, and Thank You's
  • April 24, 2020 - Regarding Governor's Extension of the Stay at Home Order, Face Coverings
  • April 17, 2020 - Regarding Scams and Frauds, Small Business Spotlights, and Reminders
  • April 14, 2020 -  Regarding Stay at Home and Senior Citizen Response Program Reminders, Cloth Mask Guidance, Waste Disposal, and Support for Volunteer Groups
  • April 10, 2020 - Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings, Memorial Day Parade Cancellation, Landscaping Contractors, Eggsecutive Action 20-EGG, General Reminders
  • April 6, 2020 - Executive Order 20-03, Thrive Counseling Center Virtual Town Halls
  • March 31, 2020 - Extension of Stay at Home Order, Extension of State of Emergency Declaration, CCDPH Confirmed Cases Map, and Senior Citizens Response Program
  • March 30, 2020 - Stay at Home Order, Senior Citizen Response Program, and Certain Financial Relief for Residents and Businesses
  • March 27, 2020 - Explanation of Case Reporting
  • March 26, 2020 - Message from River Forest Government Officials
  • March 25, 2020 - Details of Executive Order 20-02
  • March 24, 2020 - Executive Order 20-02, Changes to Non-Emergency Police Calls, Changes to Waste Pickup, and Small Business Assistance
  • March 20, 2020 - State of Illinois Stay at Home Order, Senior Citizen Response Program
  • March 18, 2020 - Village of Oak Park Issues Shelter in Place Order
  • March 17, 2020 - Executive Order 20-01, Virtual Village Hall, Concordia Track Closure
  • March 16, 2020 - Operations Update
  • March 12, 2020 - First Newsletter

Operational Updates:

  • Please check the Village's calendar for information on public meetings or contact Staff with questions. 

Village Hall operations are open to the public in limited capacity.

  • Virtual Village Hall will continue to be available Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm.
  • Village Hall lobby and customer service windows are available Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm. People entering will continue to be required to wear a mask or face covering. 
  • Senior residents and vulnerable individuals needing to do business without leaving their homes can call Village Hall for assistance at 708-366-8500. 
  • The exterior drop-box is available and the Village Hall lobby is open for drop off & pickup.
  • All meetings held with in-person attendance will be limited to 50% room capacity and may not exceed 50 people. All Village Board and Commission meetings will continue to be offered to the public virtually during Phase 4.
  • The Police Department is utilizing alternative procedures to handle non-emergency calls and reports. 

Community leaders, healthcare professionals, public agencies and others, from the federal to the local levels, have all come together to keep our communities safe.   We are also working together with other River Forest taxing bodies (D90, Library, Township, Park District) and our first responders to continue to monitor this situation and are prepared to respond if needed.  The Village’s first responders and leaders participate in training within River Forest and with surrounding agencies on a regular basis and have emergency operations plans in place. 

COVID-19 Senior Citizen Response Program

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Village of River Forest, River Forest Township, and Township Senior Services want to support the health and safety of you, our older adult residents regardless of health conditions.  Township Senior Services is continuing to provide services to seniors in River Forest, even though offices are closed to the public.

If you are an older adult needing services, please contact the River Forest COVID-19 Senior Citizen Response Program at 708-613-1642.

Although on-site dining and group activities are suspended, Township Senior Services (708-383-8060) is continuing the following

  • Lunch program meals, available for pickup in the parking lot at the 130 S. Oak Park Avenue building,  
  • Home delivered meals, with delivery modifications to protect workers, volunteers and clients,
  • Senior bus transportation, by appointment, for dialysis and medical appointments, with verbal health pre-screening,
  • Care management team to help the most vulnerable seniors, and Information team to assist with info requests and referrals.

             **Please note: these services are subject to change.

In addition to the Township Senior Services, we have created a River Forest COVID-19 Senior Task Force to support our existing services and provide volunteers to our community members.  This new team can help support you by assisting with:

  • Grocery and prescription pickup,
  • Dog walking,
  • Library returns or pickups
  • Snow removal and other non-direct contact needs.

We understand that COVID-19 has created extraordinary times, and please know that we are here to support your needs.  If you do not need to go out, then don’t.  Just call us and we will help you!

  • Read the letter sent to all River Forest seniors here

Send an email to to volunteer. 

Senior citizens will be invited to grocery shop at the following stores and times to limit their exposure:

  • Fresh Thyme: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 6AM-8AM
  • Jewel: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7AM-9AM
  • Whole Foods: every day from 8AM-9AM 

All residents, including seniors, are encouraged to review necessary paperwork including a Illinois Medical Power of Attorney form.  The Villlage has provided a sample document below, but always encourages individuals to contact their own attorney for more advice and counsel.  

Virtual Village Hall - How to Pay and Apply Online or Over the Phone

The Village will continue to operate a Virtual Village Hall, in addition to being open to the public. Persons needing to conduct business with the Village are encouraged to do it virtually if possible. 

Essential operations and services offered through the Police, Fire and Public Works will continue.  The Village is committed to serving its residents, and staff will be available virtually via phone and email.  

The Village strongly encourages residents and customers to use the convenient online or phone payment systems to transact Village business. Please see the links below for more information. If you must submit paper documents or to pay by check, please utilize the green drop-box in front of Village Hall or the drop-off bin in the second floor lobby. Please note, a customer service representative will still be available during normal business hours to answer your calls.  To speak with staff, please dial 708-366-8500. 

Click here for Building Department Operations

Click here for Real Estate Transfer Tax Operations

Click here for Business License Operations

Click here to Pay a Utility Bill

Click here to Pay a Ticket

Click here for all Other Business

Click here for Staff Contact Info

Other Topics 

Water Infrastructure

The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) treats and distributes drinking water, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) manages stormwater and treats wastewater for much of the Chicago regional area. Both agencies are continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and all facilities are operating normally. For important facts and tips, please click here


ComEd will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options to address their specific needs for customers unable to pay their bills. To learn more, click here

Business Resources

The Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce continues to update their Covid 19 Information and Resources page for the latest news for area businesses. 

Unemployment Benefits

Please click here for information from the Illinois Department of Employment Security regarding the federal stimulus package and unemployment benefits. 

Landscape Contractors

The Village has received inquiries from concerned residents regarding landscape contractors operating in the community. Under the Governor’s Executive Order landscape contractors are allowed to operate in order to maintain private residents and businesses. However, the Village has asked these contractors to ensure that they are abiding by social distancing guidelines, providing hand sanitizer and handwashing abilities for their employees, and to utilize face coverings within the CDC’s guidelines if employees are unable to maintain social distances. The Village has informed landscape contractors that failure to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order could result in consequences including fines and the possible revocation of their contractor’s license.

Grocery Stores

The Village of River Forest is committed to partnering with its residents and business community to provide a safe and healthy environment for all. The following guidance is intended to provide recommendations for doing essential shopping, such as at grocery stores. 

Please click here for COVID-19 Guidance for Grocery Shopping

Waste Collection Information

Disposing of Medical Equipment and Personal Protective Equipment: Please remember that plastic gloves, masks, and medical tubing cannot be put in the recycling bin at home. Please dispose of medical equipment appropriately, by placing items directly into the garbage. Maintenance workers, particularly at shopping centers, will be exposed to unnecessary dangers when having to clean up medical litter.

Wipes and Paper Towels: Please do not flush any kind of wipes (even flushable) or paper towels down the toilet. These materials clog sewer lines and could lead to backups.

Electronics Recycling: The Village of Burr Ridge and eWorks Electronics Collection Facility drop off location is located at the Burr Ridge Public Works Facility, 451 Commerce Street, and its hours are Monday – Friday, 7 AM to 3 PM. To assist municipalities, residents and business with their electronics recycling needs, eWorks has opened up their facility in Elk Grove Village to collect electronics. eWorks is located at 1201 Estes Street, Elk Grove Village. As in Burr Ridge, there is a fee for televisions and monitors. You can also pay online in advance to avoid contact. Both locations will also be accepting clothing/textiles.  Items such as: clothing, sheets, bedding, towels and other household textiles are accepted.  No wet or heavily soiled items please.  All clothing/textile items must be bagged. For more information please visit:

Scams and Fraud

Stay alert to scams and fraud. Unfortunately, scammers are trying to take advantage of consumers during this challenging time using scam emails, hoax text message campaigns, and scam robocalls. Some of these messages are offering free home COVID-19 testing kits, promoting cures, selling health insurance and preying on virus-related fears. Others are related to the IRS requesting banking information related to federal stimulus checks. Click here for information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about federal stimulus checks.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers the following tips to help you protect yourself from scams, including coronavirus scams: 

  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
  • Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
  • Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding.  Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
  • Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating.

Cook County Department of Public Health Confirmed Cases

The Cook County Department of Public Health has made available data representing reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in suburban Cook County. Its jurisdiction excludes the following municipalities, which have their own state-certified local health departments:  Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, and Stickney Township. Click here to view the data about River Forest by clicking on the map and hovering your mouse over River Forest.

Violation Reporting Form

Click here for the COVID-19 Violation Reporting Form

If you are experiencing an emergency, please do not use this form.
Please call 9-1-1.

If you believe a business in River Forest is not complying with the cloth face covering and/or social distancing requirements, you are encouraged to report your concerns to the business owner or manager. You may also report completing the form below. Examples of Executive Order violations include:

  • A business located in River Forest that is not implementing or requiring compliance with cloth face covering or social distancing requirements
  • A contractor working in River Forest whose employees are not adhering to social distancing or cloth face covering requirements
  • An individual or group of people who are not wearing cloth face coverings or practicing social distancing as required
  • A prohibited gathering of people

If you submit a violation form, rest assured we will follow up on your complaint with an email or phone call.

Restore Illinois

On Tuesday May 5, Governor Pritzker announced “Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State”.  This plan includes a five-phased approach to re-opening the State of Illinois. The plan divides the State into four regions and allows for each region to move through the phases of the plan independently from the other regions. River Forest, as a part of Cook County, is in the Northeast Region which includes Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties. All regions in Illinois are currently in Phase Four as of June 26, 2020. 

Click here for the Restore Illinois Graph.

Reopening River Forest Municipal Operations Plan

The Village of River Forest is working with the other taxing bodies to create a joint framework to provide the community with information regarding how each agency plans to safely and gradually move toward resuming normal operations in a manner that protects the health of those that live, work, and visit River Forest, including our most vulnerable residents. The Reopen River Forest Municipal Operations Plan provides guidance specific to Village Hall operations. This Plan is organized into five phases and aligns with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan. Under the State’s plan, River Forest is included in the Northeast Health Region and must meet certain health metrics in order to move from phase to phase. The Village and its partner agencies will continue to monitor these metrics, which are available at

River Forest will continue to look to the data and guidance provided by the Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health, as well as the Centers for Disease Control, in identifying the steps that must be taken to reopen to the public in a manner that balances the needs of the community with the top priority of protecting public health. As a result, the plan to reopen municipal operations will be evaluated and refined when needed, and the Village and its partnering agencies will keep residents informed of this important information.

The public can continue to stay informed regarding the measures the Village has taken, and will continue to take, to address this unprecedented situation by visiting or signing up to receive the Village’s e-news alerts at

Click here to view the Plan.