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Wauconda wants to do away with complaints

WAUCONDA – Mayor Frank Bart and the village board have declared Oct. 28 “Complaint Free Day” and the entire month of October declared to establishing a “Complaint Free Community.”

“A complaint free world may be a dream, but it is a dream worth having," Bart said in a release issued by Wauconda Area Library, which is promoting the day. "The movement is about being positive. This will be something that we can do that is right and good and worthy of our best efforts. This effort will unite us as a community, and that’s a very good thing.

"Citizens in Wauconda, and also in the surrounding communities of Island Lake and Volo, are going to try to go the entire day, and the month, eliminating complaint.," Bart said.

To show their support, local businesses plan to “light the town purple,” and 8,000 “Complaint Free World” bracelets have been ordered. 

The Complaint Free challenge, which has been taken on by more than 10 million people in 106 countries, has been featured on "Oprah," "The Today Show," People magazine and more than 100 stories around the world. 

“This is the first time an entire city has agreed to take on the Complaint Free challenge,“ said Will Bowen, founder of A Complaint Free World and author of the international bestselling book by the same name. “I’m looking forward to seeing this suburb of Chicago become even happier and more productive.” 

People can hear Bowen speak at 7 p.m. Oct. .28 at the Wauconda High School auditorium. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the library in exchange for a gift of school supplies for children in need. 

Call Terri Suda, coordinator at the library at 847-526-6225 or visit for information.

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