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Why Park Forest is called home


Mayor John Ostenburg at Park Forest's 2015 4th of July parade. Photo courtesy of the Village of Park Forest.

Mayor John Ostenburg at Park Forest’s 2015 4th of July parade. Photo courtesy of the Village of Park Forest.


Heading back from our annual family venture to Colorado, passing the aftermath of a month of storms — dry irrigation ditches turned into flowing streams, placid streams swolen into small rivers and rivers into torrents overflowing their banks – got me thinking about home.

Friends sometimes ask why we stay in an area often ignored and red-lined by those whose vision stops at the dollar sign above the numeral 4 on their keyboard of life. Why Park Forest, they ask, hinting the community’s day is over, its history done…Please click here to read Jerry Shnay’s column in the Daily Southtown/Tribune.

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