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Who is Grayslake's Person of the Year?

TIME magazine named President Obama their person of the year for the second time. Tell us who you think should win from our town!

On Dec. 19, Time magazine named President Obama their Person of the Year, again!

The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including the president, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. But, the president took the title again four years after he first won the award as president-elect in 2008.

But who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is Grayslake's Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”?

Tell us your pick in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: This is not an official Patch competition with judging for a "winner." Readers are invited to share in the comments who they feel influenced or made a difference in their community this year.

Leslie Kaiser December 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Ichoose Brendan Rafferty for hiis tireless work for the kids in our community. His unwavering support of the skate park, the 100's of Easter baskets made for underprivelged children and the Ugly Sweater contest to raise toys for Toys for Tots. This young man is truly amazing!
Pam Coleman December 28, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Joyce Campbell for her continuous, selfless devotion to the community and the Oasis. She kicked 2012 off right with a huge, successful "Welcome Home to all our Veterans" in early January. And, she continues to engage the community in unique, fun ways to support our youth.
hotgossip December 28, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I would also choose Brendan Rafferty. He has a heart for everyone. Between the Grayslake Skate Park, Bar Crawl, and Ugly Sweater/ Toys for Tots Charity, He HANDS DOWN deserves Grayslake's Person of the Year!
Bill Morris December 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I would nominate Melinda Bush, who ran an excellent and successful campaign to be elected to the Illinois Senate from the 31st District, which includes Grayslake. A big part of her campaign was to point to her involvement with the Village of Grayslake working on projects such as the creation of the Rollins Savanna and serving on the Lake County Board. She won in a Senate District that favored the Republican Party, but won with over 42,000 votes because she is a true independent who will serve all of us well in Springfield. Bill Morris
Joshua Sklar December 29, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Rafferty. No question.
Good Neighbor December 29, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Greg Koeppen for all he does with the fire dept, as well as his full time gig as the head of the Lake County Farm Bureau. The man is a tireless worker for all of Grayslake!
James McArthur December 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
For all Mike Pruitt and The Vine, does in the Grayslake community. And for the Grayslake community I nominate him hands down.
Joyce Campbell December 29, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Mike Pruitt hands down. He works to involve every business along with the community to raise countless dollars for charity while employing numerous local residents and constantly looking for ways to make Grayslake life better. He has helped Brendan with the Skate Park, helped me with The Oasis, worked on the library board, is president of the Exchange Club and is starting a JCs chapter. There is no end to Mikes energy. My vote goes to him
Jeff Pritchard December 29, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Brendan Rafferty. There many citizens that deserve a vote for Grayslake Person of the Year (Joyce and Mike included); however, Brendan receives my vote for 2012. I admire Brendan for the countless hours and effort that he invests in the skatepark and his nonprofit events. His openness to cultivate the community's ideas/input into his work should also be noted. Cheers Brendan!
Michelle December 29, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Brendan Rafferty!!
Mike Bond December 29, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Living over 600 miles away I still see and hear about the great things Brendan Rafferty has done, and continues to do, for the community! He seems to have a knack for finding fun ways for the adults to give back to the youth while still enjoying themselves in the process!! I'm sure there are many worthy candidates that deserve equal praise, however, I fully support Brendan this year!! Keep on rockin in the free world, brotha!!
Eddie Trask December 29, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Brendan is a clear leader in terms of civic and community involvement. I have had the pleasure of working with him on multiple occasions, and have found no equal in terms of effort and genuine concern for the cause at hand.
Angela Sykora (Editor) December 29, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions guys! If they are agreeable, I'd like to write profiles on each one to give them the credit you feel they deserve :)
Grant December 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Brendan Rafferty all the way!!!
Rudy garza December 29, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Brendon Rafferty goes out of his to help skate park & other business in grayslake
Alex December 29, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Brendan Rafferty is the obvious choice!! He does incredible things for Grayslake.
Karen Trush December 29, 2012 at 08:10 PM
It should be Mike Pruitt. I agree with all of the above comments. Mike is an asset to the Grayslake community. He deserves this.
brendan rafferty December 29, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I am honored to even be considered in this line up of great people. Thank you all for the kind words. I am even more blessed to live in such a great community where people are willing to be unselfish and give back. We all are so lucky to have people like Mike , Joyce and Greg. You are all winners and inspiration in my book. I would also like to take this moment to thank all the people that come out and support our events. It is you that make it all possible, not just on person. I am proud to call Grayslake my home and look forward to working together with you all to keep giving back to our wonderful community. Thanks

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