The Illinois Governor issued Executive Order 2020-10 concerning the COVID-19 epidemic. Pursuant to paragraph 4 of the Order, prohibited forms of travel include “automobile, motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, train, place, or public transit.” Golf carts within the Village of Forrest are considered a form of automobile travel pursuant law, as well as public ordinance. Use of golf carts for “casual strolls” around the Village as comments indicate throughout social media are direct violations of the “stay at home” provisions within paragraph 1 and paragraph 14 of the executive order, because Village residents are not using the golf carts for “essential travel.” Abuse of travel was the direct concern of the Village in allowing residents to continue operations of golf carts during the duration of the Governors executive order. Finally, numerous people on golf carts are not following “social distancing” requirements as defined by paragraph 15 of the executive order. Failure to follow these requirements places the health of Village residents at risk, and the health of Village resident is something the Village board is continually looking to protect. Violations of the ordinance will be enforced by State and law enforcement, as well as carry fines pursuant to the Village of Forrest ordinances. Cooperation during unprecedented times is paramount to the protection of all people. Continued cooperation will be expected as enforcement of the Executive Order by the Village is not discretionary.


New Meters

Village is installing new meters. In order to make sure you are on the list you must UPDATE your phone number with the office at 815-657-8226 .

It is important so the village employees can schedule a time to install the new meter.

Forrest Town Wide Spring 2020 Garage Sales

  • Friday April 17th, 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday April 18th, 8:00am-12:00pm

If you would like to be placed on the map please contact Phyllis Bellot at 815-657-8774  or Peg Vaughan at 815-657-8650 . $7 per listing. Deadline to be put on the map is April 9, 2020. Money goes to the Forrest American Legion Auxiliary.

Water/Sewer Emergency

In case of water/sewer emergency, please contact Bryan Bell at 815-878-0240 

Web Bill Pay & Debit/Credit Card Payments

We accept web bill pay as well as debit/credit card payments. Come into the office to pay your bill or go online. There is a minimum fee to use this service. , Use Pay Location Code # a000za

Dumpster Rentals

The Village of Forrest has 2 cubic yard dumpsters for rental to Forrest Residents living inside city limits. Rental fee is $20.00 per dump minimum; contact Lori in the office to fill out the rental agreement.

Golf Carts

Register your golf carts during Village office hours Monday–Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. You will need to bring golf cart and proof of insurance with you.

Village Board Meetings Notice

The Village Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 323 S Williams St (Old Catholic Church). Meeting dates are posted at the Village office, the Community Board at the Library and the Post Office. Upcoming dates:

  • 06/10/19
  • 07/08/19
  • 08/12/19
  • 09/09/19
  • 10/14/19
  • 11/11/19
  • 12/9/19
  • 1/13/20
  • 2/10/20
  • 3/9/20
  • 4/13/20
  • Annual 2020 Meeting TBA

Village of Forrest 2019 Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)

Click Here for our 2019 Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report).

About Us

Incorporated 1890

The Village of Forrest, Illinois is located at the junction of US Route 24 and Illinois Route 47. Forrest was named in honor of a Mr. Forrest of New York City, the business partner of Mr. Frost, President of the T.P.W. Railroad at the time of incorporation in 1890.

Our Mission

Village of Forrest is to be committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing our unique rural community, character, values, and quality of life. It’s sound fiscal management, attention to improving our resident’s property values and providing the community with excellent services, safety, and recreational needs shall be our guiding principles.

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