A MAYOR FOR ALL SEASONS
JOHN A. OSTENBURGEXPERIENCE – KNOWLEDGE – DEDICATION
John Ostenburg has served the residents of Park Forest as a Village Trustee, as a State Representative, and as Mayor. He knows our town!
During his 16-year tenure as mayor, John Ostenburg 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 co-chairperson 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. That experience is invaluable!
“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 Dunagain’s Irish Pub, 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.