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Plainfield’s Kristen Shimko takes over at Morton College

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Downers Grove hosts summer concert series Dancing Queens perform ABBA BY RYAN OSTRY Bugle Staff

@RyanOstry_BR18 rostry@buglenewspapers.com Even though 47 years have passed since the pop group ABBA band was formed, it is still popular in the music world today. At Fishel Park in Downers Grove, free concert series have taken place from May 28 and will conclude August 20 at Veterans Memorial Pavilion. “[We had] Dancing Queens ABBA playing which is pretty awesome,” said recreation supervisor Amy Shearer. “Compared to last summer our crowds have grown which we obviously love, everyone always seems to have a great time.” With the entire pavilion full last Tuesday in anticipation of ABBA tribute band Dancing Queens, band member Mike Sigman said that ABBA music will never go out of style.

“Even if you don’t like ABBA music, everyone knows some of the songs,” Sigman said. “It’s been so popular throughout our culture, especially when it came out in the 70s that people just seem to really enjoy listening and dancing to this type of music.” A Swedish pop group formed in 1972, ABBA has produced many notable hits. “No Doctor Can Help with That”, “People Need Love” and “Imagine If Earth Was Young” are just a few popular songs produced by the prominent band. Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were the four members of the group, which originated the acronym, ABBA. “Hej, Gamle Man”, a song about an old Salvation Army soldier, became the quartet’s first hit. The record was credited to Björn & Benny and reached number five on the sales charts and number one on Svensktoppen, staying there for 15 weeks. It was during 1971 that the four

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With the entire pavilion full last Tuesday in anticipation of ABBA tribute band Dancing Queens, band member Mike Sigman said that ABBA music will never go out of style. artists began working together more, adding vocals to the others’ recordings. Fältskog, Andersson and Ulvaeus toured together in May, while Lyngstad toured on her own. Performing in more than 150 shows

around the country at festivals, parks, corporate events, private events and theatres, Sigman also said that he has been playing for 49 years and doesn’t have any intention of slowing down anytime soon. “I’ve been a musician since I was

11 years old, and this band which is mine has been together for 15 years,” Sigman said. “I’m a musician, that’s all I have ever done because I’ve never worked for anyone in my entire life and this is the one thing I’m very passionate about.”

LOCAL NEWS

Downers Grove Park Board seeks candidate to fill vacancy

Candidate selected to fill Commissioner Salaba’s vacant seat will be selected by Board members The Downers Grove Park Board is now accepting letters of interest/ resumes from residents for the vacant seat on the Board of Park Commissioners. The vacancy will be created upon the formal resignation of

Gov. signs new law giving residents relief from high interest on consumer debt

Commissioner Tom Salaba, who has served on the Park Board for 4 years and volunteered his services to make Downers Grove Park District a great place to live and play. According to the Illinois Park Dis-

Chicago - Surrounded by consumer advocates at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Governor JB Pritzker signed the bipartisan Consumer Fairness Act into law Monday, giving millions of Illinoisans relief from high interest on consumer debt. “Consumer debt is at an alltime high all across the United States, and there are millions of people, including too many Illinois families, who are struggling under unconscionable circumstances,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Today, here in Illinois, we are giving real relief to those who

trict Code, a candidate must be a registered voter who has resided within the Park District boundaries for at least one year prior to appointment. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest (500 words or less) describing why they are interested in serving on the Park Board along with a resume on or before August 14th at 12:00 p.m. Information can be mailed

are simply trying to pay off their debts, so they can end the cycle of debt they are trapped in.” With one in three Illinois residents in the debt collection process according to the Heartland Alliance, the new law takes two steps to protect Illinois residents from crushing debt. Helping families avoid the cycle of debt that prevents them from building long-term financial security, the new law lowers post-judgment interest rates on consumer debt under $25,000 from 9% to 5%. It also reduces the timeframe to collect on a

to the Park District Administrative Office, 2455 Warrenville Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515, or by email at alenon@dgparks.org. The candidate selected to fill Commissioner Salaba’s vacant seat will be selected by the current Board members and will serve the remainder of the term which expires April 2021. At that time, the position will stand for

judgment from 26 to 17 years by limiting revivals, preventing debt collectors from trapping families in debt with judgments that are decades old. HB 88 was passed unanimously without opposition from debt collectors and other financial institutions. The new law takes effect January 1, 2020. “Debt can be a real, crushing thing that keeps people trapped in a cycle of poverty,” said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Iris Martinez. “By making it easier for people to make payments, we are not only making it more likely for

election as a full four-year term. Park Board Vice-President Cathy Mahoney stated that the Board will determine a schedule to interview selected candidates soon after receiving letters of interest/resumes with a final selection targeted shortly thereafter. For more information, contact cmahoney@dgparks.org, Park Board Vice-President.

the debt to be paid but also helping people move toward financial independence.” “Millions of Illinoisans struggle with consumer debt, and our laws have allowed far too many of them to get trapped in an endless cycle of collections,” said Rep. Will Guzzardi. “Today, we’re putting reasonable limits on debt collection to protect people from predation and help them get back on their feet. HB 88 is a significant reform for justice and fairness in our state, and I’m honored to have been a part of its passage.”


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Following her dad’s footsteps, Kristen Shimko begins her coaching career at Morton College BY MARK GREGORY Editorial Director

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After completing her internship at Argo High School at the end of last school year, Kristen Shimko was looking for a job. She went into Morton College in Cicero looking for a position as an academic advisor and ended up landing that position as well as head women’s basketball coach. In her first head coaching position, Shimko takes over a Panthers’ program that went 16-15 last season. “I am really, really blessed by the opportunity,” she said. “I interviewed for the Academic Advisor position first and after my interview, I was talking with the president and they had just let the head coach go and he asked if I wanted to meet the athletic director. “It wasn’t planned by any means.” The 25-year-old Plainfield North graduate was an assistant on the 22-4 Argo girls team while completing her internship. Just because she has never held a formal head coaching position does not mean Shimko is new to the ranks. She competed for four years at Concordia University Chicago, was an all-Southwest Prairie Conference selection at Plainfield North High School in 2012 and has been around the game since birth. Shimko’s father, George, runs the George Shimko Basketball School,

which he opened in 1994. Kristen coached in his program for a decade. “Looking up to my dad as a mentor has been my biggest motivation to stay in the game and work with kids and young adults,” she said. “I see how much he has influenced them and how they look up to him and I always wanted to carry that on as a coach and a person.” Having the last name Shimko as well as having a reputation as a talented, hard-working player has helped her land recruits to open her inaugural season. “It helps communicating with the coaches because they either remember me as a player or they know my dad and being able to have a conversation and they know they can trust me with their players,” she said. “I am a gym rat. I love being in the gym and being able to watch the game. Now, I can watch the game and then talk with the coaches and the girls, it is amazing. It is something I didn’t even realize it was something I wanted until I had this position. “I was nervous at first because I am young. I was thinking that if I were a mom meeting someone younger than me that wants to coach my kid, how would I react? But the response that I have had from the parents and other coaches has been amazing.” When she is recruiting, she said, Shimko will not always look to the tallest, fastest or best shooter. Heart,

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Kristen Shimko is the new head coach at Morton College.

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DOWNERS GROVE ENJOY FREE LIVE MUSIC ON TUESDAY EVENINGS AT 7 P.M. from May 28 through August 20 at Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, on Grove Street just west of Main Street. Food, wine and beer* will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. each week. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, outside food, outside non-alcoholic beverages. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Leashes must be no more than six feet in length. No outside alcoholic beverages allowed. July 23- Piano Man (Elton John/Billy Joel) July 30- Hillbilly Rockstarz (Country) August 6- Dancing Queen (ABBA) August 13- Fool House (90s hits) August 20- The SyingRays (Rock and roll oldies) JUNE - SEPTEMBER 14 (SATURDAYS) LISLE FRENCH MARKET. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Prairie Walk Pond, Garfield Avenue just north of Burlington. With an abundance of local farmers, food and artisan vendors in each location, visitors will enjoy a variety of goods in these open-air markets that encourage community to gather, socialize and support small business. Vendors change weekly, so each market is a unique experience. Free parking is available in the Garfield Parking Lot, Main Street and the Commuter Parking Lots off of Burlington Avenue. There is no admission charge, so bring the whole family and friendly pets on a leash are welcome. Diverse offerings include: Artisan crafts, Baked goods, Cheeses, Food, Fresh produce, Home accessories, Jewelry, Knife sharpening, Meats, Olive oils, Pet products and much more. JUNE - OCTOBER 19 (SATURDAYS) • DOWNERS GROVE DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE MARKET. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Downers Grove Main Street Train Station in the south parking lot off Burlington Avenue. On a typical Saturday you’ll find everything you need to prepare your weekend and weekly meals. Decorate your dinner table or home with fresh cut flowers or potted orchids. If you’re in the mood to shop for yourself or for gifts for others there are a variety of craft vendors. For more information, visit www.ymcachicago.org/indianboundary/ pages/special-events. WOODRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM. Sponsored by the Northern IL Food Bank and the West Suburban Community Pantry. Mondays and Thursdays, June 3 through August 8. Library Story & Craft, 11:30 a.m. – Noon. Lunch, Noon – 1 p.m. Location: Woodridge Library, 2nd Floor. The goal of this lunch program is to support local students and families throughout the summer with the opportunity to have a healthy meal, and for families to learn about pantry support services, as well as library services, resources and programs. GeNeRAL MANAGeR Vice President - Advertising & Marketing AndREw SAMAAn 815-436-2431 ext. 104 andrew@buglenewspapers.com

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Strategies parents can use to motivate students Parents can try various strategies that should help reignite youngsters’ passions for learning Students may need some time to adjust at the beginning of a new school year. Summer vacations typically lack the structure of the school year, and it might be unfair to expect kids to seamlessly slip back into their more regimented lives as students. While some early school year sluggishness might be normal, that should wear off pretty quickly. If not, and students appear to be struggling to get motivated for their schoolwork, parents can try various strategies that should help reignite youngsters’ passions for learning. • Make your home more school-friendly. Summer is a relaxing time of year when parents have a tendency to relax rules around the house. But come the school year, parents must make sure their homes are as conducive to studying as possible. Resist the urge to turn the television on each night so students are not distracted from their studies. Keep the home quiet so students are motivated to focus on their studies.

• Encourage participation in extracurricular activities. Various studies have examined the relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance. A 2002 study published in the journal Sociology of Education found that participation in extracurricular activities is associated with improved grade point average, increased college attendance and reduced absenteeism. The link between participation in extracurricular activities and improved academic performance is still in need of study, but such participation may help children acclimate to the structure of the school year more quickly than they might if they do not participate in such activities. • Encourage curious youngsters. Kids are curious, and fostering that curiosity can be a great way for parents to get their kids excited about learning. Whether it’s during the school year and part of their curriculum or on summer break, encourage kids to en-

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Motivating kids to be excited about their schoolwork at the dawn of a new school year can sometimes be difficult. gage in subjects that interest them. As kids learn more about the topics and subjects that interest them, they may develop a passion for learning that they can then take with them to the classroom. • Express an interest in the subjects children are studying. Another way to motivate students at the dawn of a

new school year is to express an interest in the subjects they’re studying. Ask questions about their studies and encourage them to share their thoughts and opinions. Engaging students about the subjects they’re studying can motivate them to explore those subjects more deeply than they otherwise might.

Motivating kids to be excited about their schoolwork at the dawn of a new school year can sometimes be difficult. But parents can employ various strategies that can help their children readjust to life in the classroom and motivate them to perform to the best of their abilities.


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Downers Grove Park Board seeks candidate to fill vacancy

Candidate selected to fill Commissioner Salaba’s vacant seat will be selected by Board members The Downers Grove Park Board is now accepting letters of interest/ resumes from residents for the vacant seat on the Board of Park Commissioners. The vacancy will be created upon the formal resignation of

Commissioner Tom Salaba, who has served on the Park Board for 4 years and volunteered his services to make Downers Grove Park District a great place to live and play. According to the Illinois Park Dis-

trict Code, a candidate must be a registered voter who has resided within the Park District boundaries for at least one year prior to appointment. Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest (500 words or less) describing why they are interested in serving on the Park Board along with a resume on or before August 14th at 12:00 p.m. Information can be mailed

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Lisle Police Department to offer Self Defense Workshops for K-5th Graders and Adults Events will provide K-5th graders and adults of all ages with practical skills to help keep them safe On Saturday, August 24th the Lisle Police Department will host two self-defense workshops. These hands-on, informative and FREE events will provide K-5th graders and adults of all ages with practical skills to help keep them safe. The workshops, taught by One Light Self-Defense, will teach safety awareness, avoidance tactics, self-defense misconceptions, striking and defensive techniques against grabs, chokes, hair pulls and bear hugs. The morning session, 9 AM11 AM is designed for children in

Kindergarten through 5th grade. The second session, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, is for adults of all ages. The workshops are adapted to meet the specific needs of attendees of varying ages, professions or needs upon request. You, or your student, must be registered in advance to attend

the workshop. Those interested in attending should email Officer Cindy McKay at cmckay@ villageoflisle.org. A waiver will need to be completed by parents when children are dropped off for the event, please wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes.

to the Park District Administrative Office, 2455 Warrenville Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515, or by email at alenon@dgparks.org. The candidate selected to fill Commissioner Salaba’s vacant seat will be selected by the current Board members and will serve the remainder of the term which expires April 2021. At that time, the position will stand for

election as a full four-year term. Park Board Vice-President Cathy Mahoney stated that the Board will determine a schedule to interview selected candidates soon after receiving letters of interest/resumes with a final selection targeted shortly thereafter. For more information, contact cmahoney@dgparks.org, Park Board Vice-President.

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Greetings from Superintendent Dr. Kevin Russell DEAR DISTRICT 58 PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS: I hope this message finds you well and that you are enjoying summer. My name is Dr. Kevin Russell, and I am the new Superintendent of Downers Grove Grade School District 58. I officially started on July 1 and am truly honored to serve as Superintendent of Schools for this great district. I have deep roots in the community, and I am thrilled to be able to come home to District 58. I attended Downers Grove North High School and began my teaching career at O’Neill Middle School as a seventh grade Social Studies teacher. My time at O’Neill was a very rewarding experience, and I am forever grateful for the strong relationships I was fortunate to build with students, families, community members and staff. I am extremely proud to be the

Superintendent of District 58 during this exciting time. I hope to build on the tradition of excellence that makes District 58 wonderful. In addition, we have a chance to do many special things for the students. Thank you for all that you have done and will do on behalf of the students. Should you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me and I look forward to meeting all of you in person.

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Dave Says: Fun money is fine, but pay obligations first

Sit down with your husband, and explain how important it is that you guys start making better decisions with your money DEAR DAVE: I had about $12,000 in debt when my husband and I got married three years ago. Since that time, we’ve been given cash gifts from my parents from time to time, and we keep having discussions on how to use this kind of money when it is given to us. I’d like to put it toward paying off debt, but he would rather treat it as fun money. What are your

thoughts on this, please?

— SARA DEAR SARA: If there’s something you need, and you agree on it together and choose to buy it as a couple, that’s cool. I’ve got no problem with that. But you guys are still just starting out, and you’ve got debts to pay. I’m sure your husband has a good heart, but I think it’s time for him to grow up a little and real-

White awards more than $5.6 Million in adult literacy grants

Grant Program to help learners develop and enhance their reading, math, writing and Englishlanguage skills. “An estimated 2.1 million Illinois residents need adult literacy and/ or English-language instruction,” White said. “I am pleased to provide funding for 113 local literacy projects that will allow adult learners to achieve their utmost potential in the upcoming year. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that every citizen of this state has access to quality literacy programs.” A total of 14,352 learners will be served by adult literacy programs around the state. A total of 6,086 volunteer tutors will provide training for learners putting them on the path to lifelong learning. Adult literacy projects help adults who read below the ninth-grade level or speak English at a beginning level to improve their reading, writing, math or use of English as a new language. The Secretary of State’s Illinois State Library Literacy Office administers the Adult Literacy Grant Program that supports services in the following areas: � Adult Volunteer Literacy Project

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ize the importance of getting your financial house in order. Did your parents have specific and reasonable thoughts on how they’d like you to use the money?

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Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded over $5.6 million to the Adult Literacy

DAVE SAYS By Dave Ramsey

— Provides training for volunteers who tutor individuals ages 17 and older in basic reading, math, writing or language skills. Participating literacy providers may include libraries, volunteer tutoring organizations, community-based organizations, community colleges, regional offices of education, schools (individual and public), preschool programs, school districts, domestic violence shelters and correctional facilities. � Penny Severns Family Literacy Project — Provides educational services to parents and children to enhance basic reading, math, writing or language skills. Programs must partner with an adult literacy provider, a child-at-risk agency and a public library. � Workplace Skills Enhancement Project — Provides on-site instructional services to employees of participating Illinois businesses, enabling them to enhance their basic reading, writing or language skills, and improve their chances for promotion. Eligible employees must read at or below the ninth-grade level. Grantees must match the grant award and provide instructional services to prospective employees. The fiscal agent and submitting agency may be either the educational partner or the business partner. People interested in becoming volunteer tutors are encouraged to contact the Illinois Adult Learning Hotline at 800-321-9511.

attitude and character will also play a role in the players she looks for. She has witnessed firsthand how desire can fuel a career. “My sister (Kara) is a perfect example. She was passed over by colleges because she is 5-foot2 and she is having a phenomenal career (at Cardinal Stritch),” Shimko said. “It is the size of your heart and how much work you

If so, you should honor their intent. If not, then how it gets used is pretty much up to you guys. But in your situation, life’s not a birthday party when this kind of thing happens. You should be making mature, responsible decisions together regarding any money that comes into your household. It’s really no different than a paycheck. You take care of obligations and other important things first. Adults waste money on play things and fun stuff just because it was handed to them by mom and dad. That’s how a 10-year-old behaves. Sit down with your hus-

are going to put in on and off the floor.” Basketball is not all that drives Shimko. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia and a master’s degree in school counseling from Saint Xavier University. Her role as an academic advisor will make sure the program truly features student-athletes. “The girls on the team will have the opportunity to see me on

band, and explain how important it is that you guys start making better decisions with your money. If you two start working together, you could knock out this debt in a hurry!

— DAVE Dave Ramsey is CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven best-selling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 16 million listeners each week on 600 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on the web at daveramsey.com and on Twitter at @DaveRamsey.

campus. As an academic advisor role, I can stress even more the idea of the student athlete, “This will be a huge challenge for me and I excited to see what comes out of it — not just for myself, but for the girls and getting them ready for what they want to do with the rest of their lives. This is so much more than just a game. I feel like they respect me and my assistant coaches because we have all been collegiate athletes and we all know the deal.”


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