Forest Park Mayor Calderone

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Forest Park Mayor Calderone Ends Two Decade-Run In Office

February 16, 2019 - 5:25 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A west suburban mayor is approaching the end of his long run in office.

Anthony Calderone was born and raised in Forest Park and has been mayor since 1999, but has chosen not to run for reelection.

He told WBBM that he "simply thinks that it's time to move on to another chapter," although he knows the job of mayor is "never complete."

Calderone said he is proud of a lot of what he's been able to accomplish in two decades in office, saying that, most notably, Madison Street was about 50 percent vacant when he became mayor but is now a thriving stretch of restaurants, bars, shops and other businesses.

Forest Park Mayor Calderone
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Calderone said one lesson he has learned is that if you want to see changes in your community you can't "stand on the outside...if you want to effect change you have to get involved."

Mayor Calderone said that despite his efforts some people still don't know, exactly, where Forest Park is, noting that it's often confused with far southwest suburban Park Forest or as that place "near Oak Park."

Forest Park voters will elect Calderone's replacement in April.

Written and reported by Terry Keshner.