Who is Libertyville'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 Libertyville's Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”?

Or, who do you know who impacts the lives of others, and deserves to be recognized? 

Please share your pick, and the reasons why, in our comment section below. 

Dave December 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Mayor Terry Weppler, for his dedication to the village
Iluvcoffee December 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
He is the crossing guard at Garfield and Rockland Rd. I'm sorry that I don't know his name, but he has been there for many years and does a fabulous job with the kids! Gets to his corner early, stays late, even has a shovel with him on snowy day. Always has a smile...
Mary Ann Phillips December 27, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I nominate Cook Memorial Public Library Director Stephen Kershner, for the wonderful programs, events and resources that Cook Memorial Public Library District offers to everyone in the community. If you go back and look at the local news stories about our library, it's all about positive contributions to our community. Since Stephen took over as the Library's Director, CMPLD has greatly expanded its programs, which now include job hunt workshops, author readings and presentations, computer classes, cooking classes, technology tutorials, genealogy nights, and many, many programs for children and teens. Stephen is also involved in Main Street and Rotary, further demonstrating his commitment to our town. Nominating Stephen Kershner for Libertyville's "Person of the Year" is a way to recognize all the good work he has done for the people of Libertyville and the District.
Kevin Hoffmann December 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I have to nominate my good friend Jeff McClurg. He is selfless and passionate in his service and his support of the community. From PADs to Mainstreet Libertyville to youth sports to even having the best yard party for the Twilight shuffle, he is one of those quiet pillars of the community that constantly is there to help a hand or a friend in need without wanting anything in return.
Kymberlee Kaye Raya December 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I vote for Dr. Jordan Leasure - from North Shore Pro-Active Health! She, and her sister, are amazing doctors. They not only treat pain - they prevent it! They are honest, experienced and the best part!? They have enormous hearts! They recently volunteered for Thanksgiving and are consistently giving back to the community! Dr. Jordan is also a speaker and is inspiring and motivating!
Karyn Hendricks December 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
My nomination is for Dr. Kathy Putts of ADIO Chiropractic Clinic. She's a phenomenal chiropractor who has been practicing in Libertyville for many years. Dr. Kathy is loved for her great skills, caring attitude and selfless commitment to both her patients and employees. She goes above and beyond in looking out for her patients' health, which includes frequently conducting classes about important health issues. Dr. Kathy has been an asset to the Libertyville business community for years and greatly deserves to be recognized as Libertyville's Person of the Year.
Greg Franz December 27, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I agree with Jeff McClurg. Ubiquitous in his presence. Ever giving in his nature. (Greg Franz)
Helene Van Sickle December 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I nominate June McCoy. She shows her passion and energy to help others whether it's lobbying for senior housing or providing shelter for the homeless. The work this Libertyville resident does benefits so many-- she supports senior housing, mentors youth and provides a warm place for the homeless. June was featured as a Patch Profile in November, 2011.
Korrina Grom (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Hi everyone! I LOVE seeing all of these nominees! Keep 'em coming. I plan to feature each of these people in special profiles here on Libertyville Patch!
AnneMarie Brandt December 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I couldn't agree more with Jeff McClurg! He is the consummate volunteer! His hands are in a little bit of everything here in Libertyville! His dedication to the children and our community are admirable!
Kara Drumke December 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I have to agree with the Jeff McClurg nomination. Giving, motivational, selfless, ethical, and a friend to most Libertyville boys. He deserves this honor and so much more.
John McNally December 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I would nominate Jeff Welch. He is a selfless volunteer that has given countless hours of his time for the people of Libertyville, UMCOR, The United Methodist Church and all of its programs and is also a first responder for the Red Cross. He has just returned from the New York area after being one of the first responders for Hurricane Sandy. He has been on numerous mission trips to Gulfport Mississippi and Joplin Missouri to aid in the cleanup and rebuilding efforts due to damage from hurricane Katrina and the tornado that ripped through Joplin in May of 2011. The world needs more people like Jeff Welch!!
art bragg December 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I have to go with Jeff McClurg as well.
Norman Roth December 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Roch Tranel he was instrumental in the renovation of the Cook Mansion, Held Toys for Tots Christmas Event, always gives back to the community
Ana Draa December 28, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I would nominate both June McCoy and Jeff McClerg both for their tireless volunteer hours, year round, as well, inspiring others in the community to "do their best" and regularly give back.
RobinQuivers December 28, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I believe there are a few people that deserve this honor....1st being the LHS girls volleyball team that made it to the final 4. A group made up of very dedicated players who made their high school and town very proud! 2nd nomination...and forgive me for not knowing his full name...Dr. Parker, the dentist, who retired from a very impressive and honorable career with the US Navy. His 27 years devoted to the Navy and this country is remarkable and we, as a community, should honor him with the Person of the Year.
Luke Stowe December 28, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Lots of great people on this list including Jeff McClurg. I'd like to nominate Jim Moran. As a Village Trustee, Jim has led on many issues including greater transparency, improved Village website, and better communications - including social media. Jim also serves as Vice-President of the Libertyville Historical Society as well as a board member of the Brainerd Foundation. He's also a past board member of MainStreet and remains an ardent supporter. Jim constantly promotes Libertyville especially its local businesses. Honorable mention to Brian Grano who is also a great member of the Libertyville community.
Tammy K. December 28, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Dale Eggert. Game over.
Bethanie Kraft December 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I agree with the people that mentioned Jeff McClurg. He is one the most kind and optimistic people I know. He is always willing to lend a hand and supports so many local charities and organizations - Grace Lutheran Church, PADS, Mainstreet Libertyville, LBC and many more. It is an honor to know him.
RobinQuivers December 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM
To me....person of the year should be someone that does something above and beyond the usual....something that stands out as special. Lots of people volunteer their time....that's not really unique. I agree with Robin
Kara Drumke December 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM
This is such a positive idea, seems counterintuitive to argue "who's best." With that said, I guess those of us who admire Jeff McClurg and wish he could get some special recognition do so because of the lengths at which he volunteer... first one there, last one to go home, as well as the amount of time he gives to so many social, religious, civil and sports activities. Again, seems all on this list are deserving of some special "props." A big thank you to all.
kbissing December 29, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Gotta also vote for Jeff mcclurg. The guy is always helping everyone. Including a 2 year old little boy whom didn't want to be in the nursery for Xmas eve mass. So he just held him and kept him occupied. Great kind man
Jenness Moss Stock December 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I, too, support the nomination of Jeff McClurg! Always giving of his time, involved in a wide range of community affairs from LBC football to MainStreet to PADS to his devotion to his church. And always there with a smile. I had the privilage of working very closely with him for a few years on the board for LBC, and he is always respectful and gives 100%. A great man.
Dan Timm December 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Mr. McClurg is the one. He's there to help whenever and wherever.
clovergirl December 31, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I would like to nominate Syd Holmes for his tireless recycling efforts in our community. He is always there to lend a hand at a moment's notice. Thank you Syd for all that you do.
trman January 01, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I read a comment about a young man named Syd Holmes. I happened to have the opportunity to meet Syd and want to comment. Syd is a refreshment to our community and young people in general. I know of several people that have been compromised by situations regarding their homes and vehicles and could not get anyone to respond. This young man; a jack of all trades, went beyond the norm and helped these residents restore normalcy to their life. Good for you SYD!
Susan hamilton January 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
The Hamiltons We'll add our vote for Jeff Welch, a tireless, caring, "quick responder" volunteer whether it's for a big organization like the Red Cross or a neighbor who needs help cleaning out their storage unit. Jeff is quick to get others to pitch in and help those who need them. Libertyville is richer to have people like Jeff!
Sasha Jane January 10, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Dr. Jordan Leasure from North Shore Proactive Health for sure!!
Lisa Goodman January 17, 2013 at 01:43 AM
My vote is for Drs. Jordan & Jade Leasure of North Shore Proactive Health;for their tireless dedication to health and healing. Not only do these doctors provide a service to our community but they also give back by volunteering their time to local agencies.


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