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Old 11-17-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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Ok, so here is the situation.........I am strongly considering a job offer to Joliet. I am having one hell of a time trying to find a place to live. First let me tell you that I have a family of 5. My 3 young children are 9, 5, and 4. So good schools are a must!!!! I have found that most of the homes that I like are somewhat expensive. My plan was just to rent a home for a year or too, or until we were comfortable enough to purchase one. So this is what I am looking for.......3-4 bedroom house, clean and safe environment, I would like to be within 30-45 min of work and downtown Chicago. I don't mind the small towns, in fact kinda prefer them, but don't want to be out in the middle of nowhere. Here is the kicker.......is it possible to find a house, not apartment like this for around $1500 a month. I would just like to be comfortable with my bills until I can get situated. Thank you all in advance for any advice or info.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:20 AM
 
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The two problems you are going to run into is either high density population or cornfields, or you will drive farther than 45 minutes from work to get what you want. Chicago dominates. Chicagoland has 2/3 of the IL population living there.

There are some diversitfied suburbs near and just south of I-80.like Matteson, Flossmore or Homewood There is also Will county, Kankaee County (Burbonais not Kankakee). Romeoville is closer to Joliet. You can also find towns in Indiana, but not necessarily in Gary. .
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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Here is a list of villages to check
Homewood nice charming area and safe, reasonable commute to the city and a good mix of housing.
Crestwood
Tinley Park
Oak Forest
Mokena
Orland Park
Palos Heights and Palos Hills

A little further out is Crete , Beecher and Monee. More of a rural type setting but still within a reasonable drive to the city.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Northwest Indiana
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Here is a list of villages to check
Homewood nice charming area and safe, reasonable commute to the city and a good mix of housing.
Crestwood
Tinley Park
Oak Forest
Mokena
Orland Park
Palos Heights and Palos Hills

A little further out is Crete , Beecher and Monee. More of a rural type setting but still within a reasonable drive to the city.
For your circumstances you could probably add Lockport, Homer Glen, and New Lenox to this list as well.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:16 AM
 
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Default Tinley Park Schools

ok looked into Tinley Park and the homes for rent are what I'm looking for, but now how are the schools there? My wife is excited to relocate but is very nervous about finding good elementary schools for our children to attend. If anyone can let me know how the schools are there, that would be great. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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Most K-6 schools in Il provide a pretty basic education. It doesn't get too iffy until high school. I think most high schools in the US have the same type of problems with teenagers who think they are adults who do not have to follow protocal. Convesely if you move into a really bad neighborhood you may not find schools that meet your expectations. My nephews went to Lockport schools and then to college.

If you want your children to have a good education then get involved with the teacher, meetings with the teacher, principle, school activities, school board members, the School Superintendant, PTA and homework from K-12.
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: North Central Indiana
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Tinley Schools are alright, got to be wary of the high school situation though. Last I checked Tinley Park High School was not the best place to be, Carl Sandburg is definitely better.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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OK. Thank you all for the help. I am coming into the area on Monday for a couple days. So I guess I will be doing alot of driving searching out all the areas that you guys have suggested. This has to be the worst thing about moving to another state for work lol. Hopefully its worth it for me and my family. Thanks again......Please feel free to give me anymore info!!!!!
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