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What Would You Improve in Grayslake in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Grayslake, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Grayslake to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Grayslake wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

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Mike January 01, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Another quality downtown restaurant. Maybe a Mexican or Italian
Jean January 01, 2013 at 03:50 PM
having turn signal lights to go south on 83 from Rt 120 & Center streets before or after the traffic going east mows you down traveling thru yellow and red lights.
Nancy Muselman January 01, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Improve the intersection of 120 & 83
Bob Miaples January 01, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Demolish the old Jack's and make it an attractive corner for other businesses. Come up with a comprehensive, new downtown plan for the Rt. 83 cooridor between Washington and Rt 120 to attract businesses and people. (Similar to Libertyville). Let the landfill contract expire and turn it into a ski hill. Stop talking about making Atkinson go through to 137, do it. Build a road to bypass Rt 120 and alleviate that nightmare traffic. Keep the Christmas decorations they did this year downtown. They were great! Really felt like Christmas downtown and that will attract people.
Lynn January 01, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Yes to all of the above. Put in more bike paths/running paths that connect- or sidewalks Get a whole foods or trader joes
Michelle January 01, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Mike, I think Last Chance will be an Italian steakhouse or something similar. Hopefully! I agree with every statement above!
Mary Till January 01, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I agree with Lynn. More sidewalks (particularly in the manor subdivision and down 83) and a trader joes or whole foods would be a dream!
Pam Navarre January 01, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Keep the Farmers Market on Center Street! Moving it to Whitney Street is a huge disappointment for the downtown Merchants.
Fifteen Year Grayslake Resident January 01, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Bring more employers to Grayslake and increase our tax base! FedEx was a great catch...there is plenty of land for more distribution or light manufacturing. Building the 120 bypass would give the area the accessibility it needs. The Village needs to ramp up their efforts to compete for this development!
Karen Hord January 01, 2013 at 08:21 PM
A D46 school board that effectively communicates with each other and works on effective compromise for the betterment of our schools. Our kids deserve it, and our taxpayers deserve it to. An additional note... More employers giving us a bigger tax base would also be a big benefit to the schools and taxpayers, too.
Pam Pavlik January 01, 2013 at 08:39 PM
All great suggestions, Mr. Miaples!
Ravana January 01, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Turn the RR crossings at 120, Center, Lake and 83 into over/underpasses. Put sidewalks all the way down 120.
Jose Cuervo January 01, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Karen Hord, you've complained bitterly and personally attacked school board members. I dont recall seeing your name on the "who's running" list. There are 3 people on the slate of 4 who are running for D46 school board that have been openly angry, vicious in some cases. Are we all holding out hope they will come in without chips on their shoulders? How about everyone stops attacking a few, put aside their personal feelings, and step up to help.
David January 01, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Bring the downtown street lighting theme out to the subdivisions to create a common look and character to all of Grayslake. Build the RT. 120 bypass, straighten the RT.83/RT.137 intersection. Get the county to widen RT. 137.
Northshore January 02, 2013 at 12:18 AM
The street intersections seem to be one huge agonizing issue with most Grayslakers,particularly Rte 120 & 83,so if I could enact improvements I would turn Grayslake back into wetlands,leave a few acres for farming and retain the Prairie Crossing compound as they do like it Au Natrual. Thankyou for the opportunity.
Karen Hord January 02, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Jose Cuervo, I do not hide behind a false name. I also did not attack anyone. I simply stated the desire to have a board who works together to achieve the highest results possible for the children. I asked for effective compromise which means I want effort from all sides.
Jennifer January 02, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Sidewalks in all the main roads. I would love to be able to ride my bike with my daughters to pick up a few groceries. Also, I have to agree with the majority on this thread... the 83 & 120 intersection is a nightmare. Some tender love needs to be given there. Maybe more concerts or family fun events in the beautiful pavilion that gets rarely used.
Doug Daluga January 08, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Get people to walk/run on the sidewalks. Can't tell you how many times I see someone in the street when there are sidewalks on BOTH sides of the street.
C Mittlestaedt January 09, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Oh yes, bike trails that connect to each other and sidewalks so we can go to stores, libraries, and Allegheny park with our bikes. The train crossing at Route 83 and Route 120 needs some major help. So many stopped trains over the past 6 months.
Linda McNeilly January 09, 2013 at 02:49 PM
sidewalks along every street - i.e. extend path along east side of lake between Washington Street and Rt. 83 so that is extends the length of the road and have easy access for walkers/bikers/etc.
Jake January 09, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Community fitness center with indoor pool
David January 09, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Open up and remove the gate on Prairie View Ave leaving the Haryan Farm subdivision to allow access to the High School from our neighborhood. http://goo.gl/maps/SRydJ
Nightcrawler January 09, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Good suggestion. I really dislike that decision when it was first made back in the 90s.
John hansis January 09, 2013 at 09:56 PM
100 per cent of efforts needs to focus on attracting businesses, taxes are forcing homeowners out, and keeping buyers away. values down, taxes up sounds like a wonderful marketing plan....4% of home value is a joke....
GL Resident January 09, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Create a unified plan for the "branding" of Grayslake, including a plan for efficient lighting, more trees, paths, unique atmosphere, etc. Exercise eminent domain on the old fairgrounds property and craft a vision for this valuable piece of land that will eventually define Grayslake.
MJ Lyon January 09, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I second Jake's suggestion, a community fitness center with an indoor pool would be a major addition to the community.
David January 09, 2013 at 10:39 PM
We should have built a indoor pool on the grounds of Grayslake North High School campus to be share between North and Central HS sports and also used by the community when not in use (most of the time). Most High Schools near us have this.
Len Koren January 09, 2013 at 11:12 PM
make a walking/bike path from english meadows to washington st metra station
My Self January 09, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Put in an indoor pool at the aquatic center.

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