Mayoral Candidates Statements

JeRome Brown

Grace United Protestant Church
Marital Status: Married
Children: 2
Occupation: Employment Placement Specialist/PF Trustee/Life
JeRome has been a powerful community servant for 2 decades.
• PF Kiwanis Club Member
• PF Past Planning/Development Commissioner
• PF Past President- Toastmasters Present Member
• PF Past Rotary Club Member/Program Director
• “Bears On Court” Player raising money for Firefighter Association of America
• Caps Community Liaison
• Speaker and Trainer/community job fair
JeRome is an ESP for CAPs. A not-for-profit employment agency that provides
employment training and job placement services. CAPs has proven successful
techniques in working with prospective employees to address the workforce
needs of business through strategic hiring. One of CAPs areas of expertise is
helping employers access indirect government-assisted programs to maximize
their payroll budget. CAPs will assist the employer in making informed decisions
in job placements, by providing an easy and convenient process, without the
traditional expense.
JeRome is a professional Youth Advocate, previous employed by YAP, mentoring
for at risk youths.
JeRome’s influential career include Management with several fortunate 500
companies. Citibank, United Insurance and Smith/Barney. His duties included
sales, insurance, financial planning, training and development.
JeRome’s aspiration is to bridge his life, educational and career expertise to the
Village of Park Forest. Assisting in economical development, infrastructure, education,
and safety. Furthermore, he also believes in motivating diverse communities
to grow and produce new resources.
Alderman Carrie Austin Community Award Supporting the Community
Mayor Richard Daley Ideas & Commitment to the Community
Cook County Board President John Stroger- Job/Community Resource Fair
Chicago School District Motivational & Key Note Graduation Speaker
Lamont Brown- Certificate of Appreciate -Prairie State-Pursing The Dream with
the Browns
JeRome’s Goal, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment
of man kind


John A. Ostenburg
Mayor John A. Ostenburg is seeking re-election. During
his 16-year tenure, he has led the Village in obtaining
millions of dollars – over one three-year period,
nearly $30 million – in grants and other funding for improvements to roads
and other infrastructure.
Mayor Ostenburg sees one of his roles as “door opener” for Village staff to use
its expertise to obtain federal, state, county, and other funding for important
projects. With 25 years in elected posts – as trustee, mayor, and state representative
– he has contacts with key players at national, state and local levels.
Nationally, he serves on two National League of Cities subgroups: the Community
& Economic Development Committee and the First-Tier Suburbs Council; at
the state level, on the Illinois Municipal League’s Land Acquisitions Committee;
regionally, on the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Executive Board, as cochairperson
of the Environment Committee and member of the Housing & Community
Development Committee; and locally on the South Suburban Mayors &
Managers Association Executive Board and member of the Legislative Committee.
“My involvement with these bodies and my government experience are major
assets in getting requests for funding and other assistance heard. We have excellent
staff members, but their work is made easier when I can help cut
through the bureaucracy.”
Mayor Ostenburg said years of planning finally are paying off in attracting new
business to Park Forest. “We realized long ago that we must be strategic in attracting
businesses,” he said. “It doesn’t benefit the community to have businesses
that don’t succeed.” He noted Dollar General, County Squire Foods, the
Sapphire Room, and Dunnigan’s, as examples of successful new businesses in
Park Forest.
For the future, Mayor Ostenburg lists his priorities as

  • continued economic development
  • improving water and sewer infrastructure
  • housing issues, especially regarding foreclosures and abandonment
  • job training, and property tax reform