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Wheaton mayor praises city’s high 2012 Money Magazine ranking, looks forward to future developments

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(Mark Busch — mbusch@shawmedia.com)
Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk stands in front of Wheaton City Hall in December, as 2012 draws to a close.

Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk has lived in the city of Wheaton for 38 years, becoming mayor in 2007 after living in the city off and on since 1964.

Gresk said he decided to run for mayor out of a desire to serve his community.

Now, after five years of serving the people of Wheaton, Gresk looks back on some of the city’s best moments from 2012 and looks forward to 2013.

What were the greatest accomplishments by city of Wheaton government in 2012? I believe that there have been two “great accomplishments” for the city in 2012: a) Moody’s Investment Services raised our municipal bond rating from AA+ (double A plus) to a rating of AAA (triple AAA) and b) CNN/Money Magazine named Wheaton one of the top 100 Cities in America in which to live. These accomplishments are outside validation of all the hard work expended by our city staff and the City Council, along with a high level of commitment and professionalism exhibited by CUSD 200 and the Wheaton Park District. These combined efforts make Wheaton a great place to live and to work.

What were some of the most difficult challenges faced by city leaders this year? All municipalities in Illinois are dealing with a decreasing level of revenue (from sales tax and from income tax) and steadily increasing expenses/costs, especially labor. Our challenge continues to be to maintain the expected level of services to our citizens within those fiscal  constraints.

What are your personal New Year's resolutions for 2013, and why? Personally, I am resolving to me more “mindful” of every situation. It is important to remain focused on the issue or task at hand and not become distracted. Being mindful of your situation allows a person to complete the task quickly and efficiently.

What is your No. 1 New Year's resolution for the city of Wheaton? We need to resolve to transmit our city to the next generation in a better condition than it was transmitted to us.

What are you most looking forward to in 2013? In 2013, I am truly looking forward to the opening of the Mariano’s Grocery Store at Roosevelt and Naperville roads and the completion of the apartment complex in downtown Wheaton at Cross and Front streets.

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