About Rory Hoskins

Rory Hoskins was elected Mayor of Forest Park on April 2, 2019. He was the first African-American to have ever been elected to any public office in the Village of Forest Park when he was elected to serve as a village commissioner in 2007. Hoskins assumed the Office of Mayor on May 13, 2019.

Mayor Rory Hoskins has served in his position since May of 2019.  He and his wife (Monique) have lived in Forest Park since 1999. They have four children (25, 23, 21, & 12).  Rory’s local involvement began as a volunteer to youth soccer coach in 2005.  He has remained involved in this community’s youth soccer program ever since.  In 2006, was appointed to the village’s Traffic and Safety Commission.  After serving serve two consecutive terms as an elected village commissioner (2007-2015), Hoskins declined to seek a third term. 

In 2009, Hoskins and a group of volunteers established Forest Park’s annual Juneteenth celebration.   While serving as a village commissioner, he pushed for the creation of Forest Park’s Diversity Commission (established in 2015).  During Mayor Hoskins’ first term the village held its first ever events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, and Pride Month and a special recognition event at Village Hall that honored Veterans who served in Korean and Vietnam wars.

Mayor Hoskins graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with a B.A. in Government.  Hoskins earned a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 2012.  Hoskins is a member of the Illinois Bar and was selected for the Edgar Fellows program in 2022 (a bipartisan executive leadership forum that recognizes exceptional state and local leaders).  Hoskins has also been appointed to the Inter-Governmental Policy Advisory Committee serving the Office of the United States Trade Representative.