What Would You Improve in Chicago Heights in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Chicago Heights, 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 Chicago Heights to make it an even better place to live?

Perhaps you would like to see major retailers come to the Heights. Maybe you want to see a big reduction in burglaries. What about tree removal? Everyone, including the mayor, seems to be ready for improvement there. 

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

Tell us in the comment section below!

JoeCakazote December 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Crack down big time on drugs and gangs, REMOVE section 8 and all the nonsense garbage stores like cash for gold and put in retailers like Walmart and Target. AKA remove the ghetto stereotype this city is known for and make is someplace you would be proud to call your home. Also, STOP catering to illegal immigrants. They need to learn the language like everyone else in this town. Gimme a break.
Edward Husker December 31, 2012 at 03:09 PM
How about the city trying to help the local public schools? If the problems can be fixed there, maybe other criminal problems could disappear from the city.
mick December 31, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I believe things such as section 8 need to be removed, it is bringing the city down and giving it a terrisble reputation. Also the streets need to be fixed, so many streets are so far beyond repair yet they still just try to patch it up, or do nothing to it at all. Also we need more buisness, and buisnesses that will support the community and provide a large tax base. Too many buisnesses in this town bring down the image a nd make it look ghetto looking. We need a whole new landscape that is clean, and professional looking, maybe then people would give this town the respect it deserves.
Jerry Smith December 31, 2012 at 10:02 PM
%0 years ago when I moved to Chicago Heights I was proud of our city. Just yesterday I spoke to 2 people and mentioned that I live here. They both said they used to live here but they moved because of the drugs, gangs, and the slime that is moving from South Chicago into OUR town and making it unsafe. I agree with them. contracentrateon these people alone and business and people will come back....ask Radio Shack, Mobile gas station, gas station on rt 30 and Ashland and on and on. STOP THESE ISUES AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS MR MAYOR.
Mark January 01, 2013 at 01:32 PM
I think the good citizens of Chicago Heights should resolve to stop living in the past and move on. For example, admit that you lost the race for big box stores to Homewood and Matteson and try to figure out what you are going to do without them now that the big-box boom days are over. Stop longing for a return to the 50's and before and try to figure out how to make this town work in the 21st century. Stop blaming your problems on "tenants" or even "section 8" and recognize that without an educated population quality of life cannot be improved. Begin to improve both our personal quality of life and that of the community by opening our mind and filling it with new skills.
Lester Scanland January 01, 2013 at 04:56 PM
@Mark - It is because of the "Section 8" "Tenants" that the schools have gone down hill. "Better" teachers dont want to teach in this school district because of the quality of the "tenants" that occupy the schools and the quality of the attention given by the parents. I have lived in CH for 25 years. I went to WJH & BHS and things were different then. I dont expect for those times to come back, but I do expect out officials and our residents to do something about where we are going now. As I said, Ive lived here for 25 years and I never shop here. The only places to shop in this town are liquor stores, cash for gold, pawn shops, gas stations and the occasional local grocery store. There are very few restaurants and even less big businesses that bring in revenue or jobs. We need to stop pretending that our neighboring towns are the same as us and we need to stop letting them win those big businesses. If you want better education, you need better educators. If you want better educators, you need better tenants for them to want to educate. If you want better residents, you need a better, thriving environment. There are more closed, boarded up or torn down businesses in CH than there are open and thriving businesses. That wont bring in anyone but people who dont give a S***. Time for a change, cuz this way just aint workin!
Denice January 01, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I agree with you, Lester!
NotBuyingIt January 02, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I'd say a good start would be to cut the Chicago Heights Library budget which is A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR in half, and use those funds for additional law enforcement. How in the name of God can Chicago Heights justify spending A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR on a library?!?!?!?!?!? By the way, half of that is salaries!!! Complete and utter disregard for the taxpayer, and a vehicle used to line the pockets of connected individuals I would imagine.
siciliangal January 02, 2013 at 04:05 AM
I have emailed the Mayor and Christopher Paicely a few times already asking for a meeting. I have a way for the merchants of Chicago Heights to bring in more customers to their businesses. Also a way for the citizens to bring in a few extra dollars every week. Neither has responded to my emails! This is a free program to benefit the citizens. This city needs to bring more money to our merchants so they can prosper! This is a way to do that and to KEEP the money in our city instead of spending it on unnecessary things! One Mayor and the Officials have started to participate in this opportunity and it has already helped their city. You are asking us what we would do to improve the city, but when someone tries to shows you a way for that to happen.....you don't respond! The professional thing to do would be for the Mayor to at least give me the opportunity to explain how this can be done!
siciliangal January 02, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Lester, if they approve my comment below, I would like you to read it. You are absolutely right about the shopping in the Heights. I have a proven way to get people to shop in our city and to get people back to helping our merchants. We need the revenue to stay in our city to improve it. Nobody wants to come to Chicago Heights anymore for anything! I have a way to bring them back and even more in. But, I can't do it if nobody in the Mayor's office will hear me out!
tim January 03, 2013 at 11:07 PM
I would like to see new streets on my block.I have only lived here ten years and the street on my block is filled with pot holes.
Lester Scanland January 03, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Be careful of what you wish for. My street had so many potholes that they came and filled them all with asphalt. Now it went from being like the surface of the moon to a street made of braille It seems when they do actually resurface streets, its one street per neighborhood at a time. Your best bet is to call your alderman/woman and ask them to repair your street or even set up a petition in your neighborhood and present that to your alder-person.


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