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Vision for the Future </TD> </TR> </TABLE> <TABLE BORDER="5" BORDERCOLOR="663333" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="7" CELLSPACING="3" WIDTH="100%" align="center"> <TR> <TD>Chicago - 93m. NE</TD> <TD>Bloomington - 43m. SW</TD> <TD>Champaign - 51m. S</TD> <TD>Peoria - 65m. W</TD> <TD>Pontiac - 20m. 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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. <br> </font> </td></tr> </table> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="8" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><td valign="top" align="center"> <font face="Verdana"> <br><strong>Web Bill Pay & Debit/Credit Card Payments</strong><br><br> The Village of Forrest will be offering web bill pay as well as debit/credit card payments. You can come into the office to pay your bill or go online. There is a minimum fee to use this service.<br> <span class="inlinelink"><a href="http://www.GovPayNow.com" target="_blank">www.GovPayNow.com</a>. Pay Location Code # a000za</span> <br> </font> </td></tr> </table> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="8" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><td valign="top" align="center"> <font face="Verdana"> <br><strong>Baseball Diamond / Baseball Field Usage</strong><br><br> Anyone wanting to use the Baseball Diamond/Field needs to call the village office to reserve it. <br> </font> </td></tr> </table> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="8" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><td valign="top" align="center"> <font face="Verdana"> <br><strong>Hampsher Hotel Lunch/Brunch</strong><br><br> The Historical Society is again hosting Lunch/Brunch at the Hotel on the second Tuesday of each month. These lunches will be held on the following dates: April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, 2018. There is a donation of $12.00 per person to attend. Contact Joyce Gulliford to make reservations at 815/657-7548. You can also enjoy browsing at the  Inspired gift shop in the Hampsher Hotel while there. <br> </font> </td></tr> </table> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="8" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><td valign="top" align="center"> <font face="Verdana"> <br><strong>Forrest All-Town Garage Sales 2018</strong><br><br> April 20 & 21<br> Fall Dates TBA<br> <br> </font> </td></tr> </table> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="8" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><td valign="top" align="center"> <font face="Verdana"> <br><strong>Dumpster Rentals</strong><br><br> The Village of Forrest has 2 cubic yard dumpsters to rent. You will need to contact Lori in the office to fill out the rental agreement. Rental fee is $20.00 per dump minimum. Dumpster Rentals are for Forrest Residents living inside city limits. <br> </font> </td></tr> </table> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="8" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><td valign="top" align="center"> <font face="Verdana"> <br><strong>GOLF CARTS</strong><br><br> <!-- Golf Cart Season has begun.<br> Reminder: ALL Golf Carts must be registered with the Village! If you haven t done so please do! Register your golf cart during Village Office hours (to see office hours, click <span class="inlinelink"><a href="GOV.html">Government</a></span> at the left). You will need to bring Golf Cart and Proof of Insurance at that time.<br> --> 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. <br> </font> </td></tr> </table> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="8" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><td valign="top" align="center"> <font face="Verdana"> <br><strong>Village Notice</strong><br><br> The Village Board meets on the second Monday of each month. Meeting dates are posted at the Village office and the Community Board at the Library.<br> <br> Upcoming dates are 07/09/18, 08/13/18, 09/10/18, 10/08/18, 11/12/18, 12/10/18, 01/14/19, 02/11/19, 03/11/19, 04/08/19. Annual Meeting will be posted at a later date.<br> <br> Beginning March 12, 2018, the Village Board will be meeting at 323 S Williams St (Old Catholic Church).<br> </font> </td></tr> </table> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="8" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><TD> <font face="Verdana"> <br><strong>The Beginning of a Village</strong><br> <br> 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.<br> <br> <div class="inlinelink"><a href="HISTORY.html">Click here for more History</a></div> <br> <i>"As told by an old railroad man, George Rex Clarke" - The Forrest News, Friday, August 11, 1972 - page 3 & 4<br> <br> </font> </TD> </TR></TABLE> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE WIDTH="68%" BORDER="0" bgcolor="d2b48c" CELLPADDING="4" CELLSPACING="" align="center" font="Verdana"> <TR><TD width="100%"> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="4" align="center"> <tr><td width="50%" align="center" valign="top"> <font face="Verdana" size="3"> Village of Forrest Historical Museum<br><br> Click on the link below:<br><br> <a href="Village_of_Forrest_Historical_Museum.html"><img src="Border copy.jpg" width="195" height="450"></a> </font> </TD> <TD valign="top" width="50%" align="center"> <font face="Verdana" size="3"> The Hampsher Hotel has been restored and is now operating as a Bed & Breakfast!<br><br> Click on the link below:<br><br> <a href="HampsherHotel.html"><img src="HampsherHotel_logo_web.jpg" width="190" Height="290"></a><br><br> </font> </TD> </tr></table> </td></TR></TABLE> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE width="68%" align="center" bgcolor="d2b48c" bordercolor="000000" cellpadding="8"> <TR> <td><font face="Verdana" size="3">NEW ATTRACTION!<br>Jerry's Hat Museum</font><BR><BR> <font face="Verdana" size="3"> 201 N Beech St in Forrest<br> Phone: 815-374-0336<br> Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00am-4:00pm by appointment<br> Owner: Jerry Roth<br> <span class="inlinelink"><i class="fa fa-facebook-square w3-xxlarge"></i><a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/jerryshatmuseum/">Click Here to Visit Us On Facebook!</a></span><br> </font> </TD> <TD><center><img src="Hat-Museum-Hats.jpg" width="200"><br></td> <td><center><img src="Hat-Museum-Pens.jpg" width="200"><br></td> </TR> </TABLE> <hr color="#000000" size="3"> <TABLE width="68%" align="center" bgcolor="d2b48c" bordercolor="000000" cellpadding="8"> <TR> <TD><center><img src="Caboose south.jpg" width="560" height="350"><br> <font face="Verdana" size="3">Our Restored Caboose<BR><BR></center> </TD> </TR> <tr><td align="center"><img src="Welcome Sign.jpg" border="0"><br><font face="Verdana" size="3">Welcome to Forrest!</font><br><br></td></tr> </TABLE> <br> <TABLE width="100%" bgcolor="d2b48c" bordercolor="000000"> <TR><TD align="center" valign="middle"> <a href="http://www.freehitcounters.net/"><img border="0" src="http://www.hostfreenow.net/forrestilorg-v119-Hit_Counter.jpg" alt="Hit Counter"></a> </TD></TR> </TABLE>