Carmen P. Forte Jr. received his B.A. in Political Science from The University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. During that time, he interned in the United States Senate, served as a legislative aide in the Illinois House of Representatives, and worked as a law clerk with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Mr. Forte served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. During his time as a criminal prosecutor, he handled felony and misdemeanor matters, and tried numerous bench and jury trials.
Mr. Forte previously served as a trustee of the Village of Elmwood Park Library Board. During his tenure on the Board, he held the positions of President and Vice President, and also chaired several committees. Currently, Mr. Forte is the Secretary of the Plan and Zoning Commission of the Village of Elmwood Park. He is also an officer in the Columbian Club of Chicago, a member of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Municipal Prosecutors’ Group, and is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame Glee Club.
Mr. Forte counsels Illinois municipalities, school districts, special districts and corporate and non-profit clients. He regularly litigates in State and Federal court and various administrative venues for our clients in a range of matters. He prosecutes for the firm's numerous municipal clients in the areas of DUI and traffic citations, local ordinance violations, and business, tobacco and liquor licensing matters. He also defends the firm’s clients in workers’ compensation claims. He is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Presentations• Legal Issues Related to Library Patrons – Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) PrairieCat Users Group Session, 2017
• Library Board of Trustees Meetings: Proper Procedures and Compliance with the Open Meetings Act – Illinois Library Association Annual Conference 2017
• Employee Ethics Training - Village of Lake Zurich, February 2017
• Building Code/Code Enforcement Hearings and Final Orders - Illinois Local Government Lawyers/Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings Administrative Hearing Officer Training, October 2016
• The Do's and Don'ts of Construction and Remodeling Projects: From Drafting Bid Documents to Awarding the Contract - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, October 2016
• FOIA, OMA and Law Enforcement Requests - Area Training for Librarians and Staff (ATLAS), Annual Trustee and Staff Training Workshop, May 2016
• Crime Free Housing Ordinance Seminars - Orland Park Police Department, 2013-2015
• Medical Cannabis and Concealed Carry, One Year Later - Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, Municipal Prosecutors Group Seminar, November 2014.
• Medical Marijuana and other Marijuana Enforcement Issues - Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, Municipal Prosecutors Group Seminar, June 2013.
• Medical Marijuana and other Marijuana Enforcement Issues - Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Annual Conference, November 2013.
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Practice Volume
- “Tort Liability of School Districts”, Author, Illinois School Law, Organization, Finance and Property (2017)
- Colella v. Village of Lombard - Circuit Court of DuPage County – obtained dismissal of a complaint for personal injury based on the defective condition of a walking path inside of a Park District wooded area.
- Macchione v. City of Aurora – Circuit Court of Kane County – obtained dismissal of a complaint for personal injury caused by a criminal incident that occurred on City-owned property adjacent to a casino.
- Schroedle v. Village of Orland Park – Circuit Court of Cook County – obtained summary judgment on a complaint for personal injury from a sidewalk trip and fall, based on the Village’s lack of notice of the specific defect.