After neighbors complained about a new municipal style guard rail constructed June 25 in the alley protecting the fence of Forest Park mayor Anthony Calderone, a reader noticed another similar traffic barrier protecting a different building tied to Calderone.
A municipal-grade guardrail was recently installed in the alley protecting the wall of a home at 1134 Circle Avenue. The house was formerly the home of Calderone’s mother-in-law Audrey M. Fosco. Fosco died in 2012.
When asked about the guard rail, Calderone texted, “I have no idea what you’re asking about.”
According to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, the title of the house transferred to Lois Fosco, Forest Park’s first lady in 2012. The house is now owned by a corporation called Fosco-Calderone Properties, LLC, registered to the mayor’s place of business at 7340 15th St.
“You would have to ask my mother in law,” the mayor texted, “except that she is deceased. Sorry I cannot provide any information. Thanks.”
New cement is evident around the base of the 8-footguard rail, which sits in the alley on public property similar to the rail at the mayor’s home at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Thomas Avenue.
Neighbors of Calderone reported five public works employees, as well as several work vehicles installed the Jackson Boulevard guard rail.
A Google Streetview photo from 2011 shows no guardrail, but damage can be seen near a window and siding now protected by the guard rail. An apartment building parking lot abuts the alley across from the home.
A FOIA for documentation about the date of the rail’s installation was not immediately answered, as Vanessa Moritz, village clerk, was on vacation.