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If this is boring, we'll gladly take it : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
If this is boring, we'll gladly take it

Life may be boring here, but we like it-a lot. That's our reaction to a report in last week's Ledger-Sentinel that the Movoto Real Estate Blog ranked Oswego eighth on its list of "10 Most Boring Places in Illinois."

Officials with the blog noted they recently ranked the most exciting places in Illinois and then decided to have "a little light-hearted fun and skewer the 10 most boring spots" in the state.

To compile their list of boring places, Movoto officials used the same methodology they used to rank Illinois' most exciting places, ranking communities on six separate criteria: nightlife per capita; live music venues; active life options (parks, etc.) per capita; fast food restaurants per capita; percentage of restaurants that are fast food and percentage of young residents between the ages of 20 to 24.

Movoto officials placed southwest suburban New Lenox and several other Chicago area suburbs on the list, alongside Oswego at No. 8.

Referring to Oswego, Movoto officials wrote: "If you don't like to take walks, workout, or some form of dance, this place really doesn't have much to offer you. And after sundown, forget it. That's bedtime, not party time for this sleep little place."

Not surprisingly, we've heard several local residents-including Village President Brian LeClercq-take strong exception to the village being described as a boring place, even if it was all-in-fun. From a news perspective, we can tell you we're never at a loss when it comes to finding news stories to put in our paper each and every week. Something of interest to the community is always going on.

But beyond the news, the village has its own kind of unique, small town vibe. If you don't understand quite what we mean, you can find it at many of the community events held throughout the year, including PrairieFest every June, the downtown Christmas Walk in December and on summer Sundays at the country markets held in the village's downtown.

We suspect that many village residents do travel to neighboring Aurora and Naperville and other communities east of here for dining and other entertainment opportunities, but that's what residents do in many other comparably-sized suburbs. The key advantage that Oswego residents enjoy over most other suburbs is the village's location. Oswego residents can have fun and play in those other communities and then return quickly home to the peace and quiet of a 21st century Mayberry. We don't consider that boring at all. To us, Oswego and its residents have the best of both worlds.

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