I have an account with Fifth Third that I set up through their Lake Forest location. I live much closer to this branch on Sunset and was happy to have a branch so nearby. My checks arrive by mail, and I wanted to deposit through the ATM. Well, I kept checking the ATM for deposit envelopes and found it always empty. I would frequently end up going to the Grand Ave branch which is further for me, and less convenient, but more convenient that being unable to deposit my money. Well, finally, I went through the drive thru on a Monday having tried to make my deposit again that weekend...and commented to the teller that it would be a great deal easier to make ATM deposits if they ever had the envelopes in the box for our use. I was told that since the ATM isn't very busy, they do deposits through their ATM and that is why they never had envelopes there. It seems to me it is a great deal worse to not offer it to customers that to find it occasionally empty (void of deposits). I was irritated at this lack of service at my nearest location and told most everyone I knew about it. Completely ridiculous in my opinion.
CONS: No deposits through the ATM??
A couple years ago, they were working with a radio station (99.5 US99) in Chicago and participating in their contests. You had to go to Delf's to get a playing card that had a code to give you points. Well, there was NO obligation, no purchase necessary, no need to test drive or anything...and so many of the radio's promo sites were closer to Chicago and difficult for me to get too. So, I was soo happy to see a business in my area participating. I went to collect the playing card, my daughter ran in to get it..the guy was angry and refused to give it to her. I went in to get it and he mumbled something about wasting his time....(there were no customers in the deserted dealership). That gave me a bad taste in my mouth and on the occasions that we have been in the market for a car or in need of repair on our existing vehicles, I have decided not to give my business to a dealership that had no interest in extending their good nature to a possible future customer when I came in without intention to buy that day.
PROS: very nearby
CONS: Found the stagg surly
I remember this mall's heyday. It had major stores on each end and was a thriving and competitive mall. Over the course of the last 10 years it not only lost it's major stores, but now has nothing worth going in for. It has been improved a bit on the outside, but is the same ugly, dingy, dirty mall inside. It would be better to knock it down and build something that isn't an eyesore. Time to retire the Belvidere Mall!! I think the loss of the movie theatre (which in the end was offering $1 movies) was really the end of the end.
My family (parents/sisters/kids) have been attending St Paul's for about 21 years. The pastors are very kind and do very interesting sermons. They offer children's sermon before they send the kids off to the Sunday school (for the smaller ones) most Sundays. There is a child care room with volunteers that watch your children too young for Sunday school (babies/toddlers). There is also a "crying room" where you can attend services with your baby...you can hear the sermon through a loud speaker in the room and see through the glass window, but the rest of the congregation on the other side can't hear your crying baby. I think that is a GREAT thing to offer mother's of babies that don't want to turn their little ones over to the nursery, yet want to tend church regularly. Two services are offered every Sunday, there is also a choir or bell choir to join if you are musically inclined. They offer a "live Manger" scene to participate in if you choose every December. It is quite a memory for your children to dress up in appropriate costumes and participate in a living manager!!
Both my husband and myself have attended this school at one time. The professors that we had were easy to work with and well informed. They offer classes not only at the Grayslake campus, but in downtown Waukegan, and online as well. It is very convenient to have so many options of where to attend. The hours are from early morning into evening. Basically, if you are a working student, or a parent that returns to school and needs convenience to be able to attend, College of Lake County is a great option for you.
I recently had surgery preformed by one of the Surgeons that treats me from the Rosalind Podiatry Clinic. I found the students VERY enthusiastic and VERY eager to learn. The surgeons (Dr Wu and Dr. Yorath) and very kind and knowledgable and have been nothing but excellent in providing patient care to me. It is a little unnerving initially to be seen by 3-4 students at a time prior to the Docs entrance....but you get used to it quick. I have spoken to a number of students on my many visits to the school's clinic and never heard a disgruntled word from one of them. BTW, for those that need it, this clinic preforms surgery at no price to the patient (if it is done at the clinic). These days, that is amazing, it is difficult to get specialized care these days if you are poor or uninsured.
The best thing about the Waukegan Public High School is BY FAR the availability of the College Studies Program. This program is available for about 25% of the students and is by application only. They attend school about a half an hour earlier than the rest of the student body in order to get an extra class into their day. They are required 4 years of Math and Science rather than the 2 and 1 (prospectively) required by the state. Attendance in this program and successful participation in it nearly guarantees that your child will not just be a high school graduate, but rather a high school graduate with the educational background to succeed at any university.
PROS: College Study Programs
All 3 of my children attended Cooke. My oldest is entering the Waukegan High School in the fall, I have had a child in Cooke every year since 1997. When my oldest entered Cooke, the science teacher they had was exceptional. He had been with Cooke for years and was an integral part of their staff. He left a few years after my first child entered the school, and they haven't had the same science teacher 2 years in a row since. There have been alot of changes in the last years that are threatening Cooke and I hope that they are able to stay afloat. The main one being that the graduates of this magnet school will no longer be fed directly into the accelerated school (as they always have been) but will be sent to their neighborhood Middle Schools. This is a very unfortunate change for Cooke grads. One of the Kindergarten teachers (Mrs. Brummitt) is, in my opinion, one of the best in the country. She is fair, and stern, and also in my opinion, brilliant. She relates to the kids brilliantly, and is able to answer even the toughest questions at their level. Entrance to this school does require testing and Kindergarten testing is done the winter before for the fall entrance.
PROS: Best Kindergarten teacher anywhere
CONS: May not be offering the opportunity to continue at the accelerated level up
My daughter attended Whittier when she was 4. It is more of a pre-K than a preschool. It is a free school to attend as it is a public preschool, but it is hard to get into it as there is ALOT of demand for it's services. The screening process to go there in the fall usually is done the January before, so, if you want your child to attend, it is wise to begin calling the Dec the year before. It is geared toward children that could end up "at risk" or unprepared for Kindergarten, so, you are better off being blunt and honest if your child has a special need or if you have a special concern for your child. This is NOT the time to sugar coat your child's behavior or reading abilities. The teacher my child had was competent, but she had troubles keeping up with my child. Overall, my and my child's experience was positive.
PROS: Free to the Public (Waukegan residents)
CONS: Lengthy testing process to get in