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Calendar Events Upcoming events in your area SEE PAGE 8


Coach Shimko Plainfield’s Kristen Shimko takes over at Morton College



Dave Says Dave Ramsey’s Column SEE PAGE 7





Hearing on 2019-20 budget set for August 19 Board also announced selection of Stephen Majewski as Associate Principal of Emerson Middle School effective August 1

Majewski joins Emerson Middle School as Associate Principal

At its July 15, 2019 meeting, the D64 Board of Education adopted a tentative budget for the new fiscal year, which may be viewed on the Financial Data - Current webpage. The Board previously reviewed the tentative budget in detail at the June 10 and 20 meetings. For 2019-20, D64 Operating Fund revenues are expected to exceed estimated expenditures by more than $1.7 million, when capital projects are excluded. The budget will continue to be refined and revised through the summer as the 2018-19 fiscal year is closed out, and new information becomes available such as hiring driven by actual enrollment when the new school year opens in August. A public hearing on the 2019-20

The District 64 Board of Education at its July 15, 2019 meeting confirmed the selection of Stephen Majewski as Associate Principal of Emerson Middle School effective August 1. Majewski replaces Samantha Alaimo, who was appointed earlier this spring to become Emerson’s new principal. Together with Assistant Principal Tim Benka, the administrative trio will provide oversight for about 880 students and 100 staff members at D64’s largest school. Majewski’s career as a teacher has focused exclusively on middle level students. He comes to D64 from CUSD300’s Algonquin Middle School in Algonquin, where he served for the last five years as an 8th grade social studies teacher. He also chaired

MORE INFO A public hearing on the 201920 budget will be held at 6:45 p.m. before the regular Board meeting on Monday, August 19 at Jefferson School (multipurpose room), 8200 Greendale, Niles, IL.

budget will be held at 6:45 p.m. before the regular Board meeting on Monday, August 19 at Jefferson School (multipurpose room), 8200 Greendale, Niles, IL. The budget in its final form will be officially adopted on September 23, 2019.

the D300 Social Studies Department including facilitating professional development and managing the department budget, among other responsibilities. In addition, he served on a number of key school-wide committees, including the School Improvement Team and Safety Team. “Stephen’s infectious enthusiasm for the unique challenges of educating middle schoolers along with his clear understanding of how to reach and motivate young adolescents to be engaged and successful learners and to expand their social emotional learning quickly impressed our interview team,” said D64 Superintendent Eric Olson. “We are confident that his deep knowledge of middle level education, his experiences as a department chair, and his teacher-to-teacher communication efforts to build trust and work toward goals have prepared him to make a seamless transition to Emerson,” Olson said. “We know that he

will work well alongside Mrs. Alaimo and Mr. Benka in leading our Horizon Award-winning school forward into the next decade.” Earlier in his teaching career, Majewski taught language arts and social studies at grades 7 and 8 in East Prairie School District 73 in Skokie and previously in CCSD21 in Wheeling. A graduate of Illinois State University, Majewski has completed two master’s degrees from Roosevelt University, in elementary education and most recently, in instructional leadership. Majewski was selected following an intensive review process from an initial pool of 60 applicants. Paper and phone screenings yielded 10 semifinalists, who were interviewed by an administrative committee of District and middle school administrators. Three finalists then met with a committee of Emerson middle school staff members and District administrators before Olson selected Majewski for the post.


Washington School addition OK’d for public bidding Plan would add four, fullsize classrooms; student restrooms added Based on a recommendation from the Washington School Space Utilization Committee, which met most recently on June 18 and July 8 to review options, the D64 Board of Education at its July 15, 2019 meeting approved the preparation of bid documents for a two-story addition at Washington. The plan would add four, full-size

classrooms with two of the classrooms outfitted to be split into two smaller classrooms, if needed. Student restrooms on both floors also would be added, and a staff restroom would be added on the second floor along with two storage areas and a janitor’s closet. On the first floor, the janitor’s closet and staff restroom would be relocated to the new addition, allowing the reconfiguration of these areas into two spaces for students to receive services, such as speech. The Board must take a final step of

approving bids, once received, before the work would go forward. The current estimated cost of the project is $4.2 million; the addition is intended to be available for the 202021 school year. Also at the July 15 meeting, the Board received an update on outfitting of the stage area in Field School’s Multi Purpose Room addition, and also reviewed progress on the status of about $8 million in work across the District this summer, including major projects at Carpenter and Franklin in addition to Field.

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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


Motivating kids to be excited about their schoolwork at the dawn of a new school year can sometimes be difficult. and part of their curriculum or on summer break, encourage kids to engage 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 stu-

dents 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.






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

DEAR DAVE: I’ve had enough of living paycheckto-paycheck. I’m going to start following your plan, but I have a question. Should I catch up on my past due bills before beginning Baby Step 1?



down with your husband, 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!




National Night Out hosted by Niles Police at St. John Brebeuf Niles church adds new associate pastor Niles Police Department will host its National Night Out (NNO) at St. John Brebeuf, 8307 N. Harlem Avenue, Tuesday, August 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Police Department, Village departments, and local businesses will come together in a collaborative effort to produce and promote crime prevention ideas to local residents. The NNO theme this year is “Crime...Report It, Don’t Support It.” The event includes fun activities for all the family, adults and children. It will include everything from free food and giveaways to learning about different safety prevention tips. A live reptile show, a donut eating contest, a bouncy house and a dunk tank which will be staffed by Niles Police are just some of the highlights of the evening which will conclude with a flashlight walk through the neighborhood. Niles Police will provide glow sticks or you can bring your own flashlight. National Night Out Against Crime which was introduced nationally in 1984 has grown from 2.5 million participants in its first year to over 30 million in more than 10,000 communities across America at locations such as St. John Brebeuf. The community-building cam-

paign promotes police community partnerships and helps make communities safer, more caring places to live. “We look forward to welcoming the community to St. John Brebeuf at this event that enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” said Fr. Michael G. Meany, pastor.

St. John Brebeuf welcomes new associate pastor Parishioners and families at St. John Brebeuf Church welcomed new a new associate pastor, Fr. Robert Carlton July 1. Fr. Carlton, who grew up in Chicago and Evanston, is a graduate of Loyola Academy and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where he studied English and classical studies. In the Navy ROTC program, he ran track and did leukemia research at the Lombardi Cancer Center while he was at Georgetown. He also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Richard Durbin. After college, he was the electrical officer on the USS Halyburton. Upon completion of his naval service, he taught theology and English at Fordham Preparatory School, a Jesuit high school in New York City where he was also assistant coach for the cross country and track teams. During his

time in New York, he spent a summer working at the Ignatianum which is the Jesuit University in Krakow. In the fall of 2014, Fr. Carlton entered Mundelein Seminary. During his seminary years, he spent a summer working as a chaplain at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where he was able to meet and work with people from all over the world. He worked closely with families whose children were very sick. He also spent several months in Israel visiting the holy sites there. He found that experience was less about visiting places than it was about trying to connect with people who live in a part of the world that is very challenging and trying to learn from them how their faith helps them with their daily lives. Back in Chicago, he spent a summer working at a parish and legal aid clinic in North Lawndale and also started a track team at a parish on the south side. Last year he worked at Immaculate Conception, just down the road from St. John Brebeuf. Campus minister at Resurrection High School for the last several months of the school year, he enjoyed working with and getting to know the students and staff at the school. Fr. Carlton joins Fr. Michael G. Meany, who has been pastor of St. John Brebeuf since 2011 and Fr. Przemek Tomczyk, who has been associate pastor since 2017.

Go for it! You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, and you’re going to get control of your money. I love it! First, make sure you’re up to date with necessities—food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and utilities. Next, get current or make payment arrangements for any other types of debt you have, including credit cards. You mentioned Baby Step 1, which is getting $1,000 in the bank for a beginner emergency fund. Baby Step 2, the debt snowball, comes next. Start

paying off all debts, except for your home, from smallest to largest. Then, in Baby Step 3 you’ll save more and increase your emergency fund to a full three to six months of expenses. Now, you can really start looking at the future. In Baby Step 4, you’ll start investing 15 percent of your household income for retirement. College funding for the kids, if there are any, is Baby Step 5, and Baby Step 6 is a milestone—pay off your house early! But the real deal is Baby Step 7. This is when all your hard work, sacrifice, and smart financial decisions put you in a place where you can build wealth and give with outrageous generosity. At this point, you’re securing your family’s future and helping others in a big way!



Milwaukee Avenue pavement repairs scheduled Work expected to be complete by end of Oct.

Ramp closures on I-190 at Mannheim

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that pavement repairs along Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois 21/U.S. 45) in Cook and Lake counties will require intermittent, daytime lane closures starting, weather permitting, Monday, July 29. The initial phase of work will take place between Townline Road (Illinois 60) in Vernon Hills and Church Street in Libertyville. Subsequent phases will follow on sections between Harts Road in Niles and Glenview Road in Glenview as well as between Washington Street and Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) in Gurnee. The work is expected to be complete by the end of October. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment. Go to IDOT’s website to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that milling and resurfacing of the Interstate 190 ramps at Mannheim Road (U.S. 45), in Chicago, will require overnight ramp closures and partial ramp closures during the day beginning, weather permitting, Friday, August 2. The project initially was scheduled to being in May, but postponed due to weather. Partial lane closures, which involve closing shoulders and narrowing lanes, will be permitted weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Full ramp closures are permitted Sundays through Thursdays between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the inbound (toward Chicago) ramps and between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on the outbound (toward O’Hare) ramps. On Fridays, full ramp closures are permitted from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday on inbound ramps and from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday on outbound ramps. On Saturdays, full ramp closures are permitted from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday on inbound ramps and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday on outbound ramps.






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

@Hear_The_Beard 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.”


Kristen Shimko is the new head coach at Morton College.


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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019 | BUGLENEWSPAPERS.COM ‘PEDIGREE’ FROM PAGE 5 When she is recruiting, she said, Shimko will not always look to the tallest, fastest or best shooter. Heart, 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 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 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.”









REAL ESTATE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CWALT INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2005-51, MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-51 Plaintiff, -v.HARON ESHO, WDAD ESHO, GOLF-MILL HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 2018 CH 08135 9279 COURTLAND AVENUE NILES, IL 60714 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on May 21, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on August 22, 2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at a public sale to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 9279 COURTLAND AVENUE, NILES, IL 60714 Property Index No. 09-14-208-040-0000 The real estate is improved with a 2 unit with no garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information.If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g) (4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1).IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 346-9088. Please refer to file number 266823. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE

REAL ESTATE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at for a 7 day status report of pending sales. MCCALLA RAYMER LEIBERT PIERCE, LLC One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago IL, 60602 312-346-9088 E-Mail: Attorney File No. 266823 Attorney ARDC No. 61256 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 2018 CH 08135 TJSC#: 39-3450 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3126277 Published 7/25, 8/1, 8/8

CALENDAR JUNE - OCTOBER 7 (SATURDAYS) • PARK RIDGE FARMERS MARKET. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 15 Prairie Ave., between Main and Garden. At the market, you’ll find a great selection of fruits, vegetables and other food products are available every week. Browse our vendors, and be sure to check back for the latest events and programs offered. MONDAYS • SKOKIE CLASSIC CAR SHOW. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Westfield Old Orchard West Lot, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Our fifteen shows are every Monday night in the summer beginning on May 27th through September 2nd. The car shows start at 6 pm and runs until 9 pm. Vehicle registration begins at 5 pm in the west parking lot of Westfield Old

Orchard Mall in Skokie. Please register your vehicle on this site for a faster check-in!Visit events/ for more information. June 3: British / Foreign Night June 10: Orphan Night June 17: 70’s Night June 24: Mopar Night July 1: Red / White / Blue Night July 4: Skokie Parade July 8: Convertible Night July 15: Ladies’ Night July 22: Chevy Night July 29: 80’s Night August 5: Hot Rod / Custom Night August 12: Ford / Lincoln / Mercury Night August 19: 50’s Night August 26: Buick / Olds / Pontiac / Caddy JUNE 9 - OCTOBER 27 (SUNDAYS) • SKOKIE SKOKIE FARMERS MARKET. 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 5127 Oakton Street, Skokie. Skokie’s famous, fabulous, fantastic Farm-

ers’ Market, celebrating more than a quarter century of operation, presents farmers and vendors from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Farmers’ Market continues to proudly boast of this community-spirited event and the freshness of its vegetables, fruits, cheeses and flowers, often picked just hours before being made available to customers. Dogs and pets are not permitted in the Market. The Skokie Farmers’ Market is a smoke-free outdoor market event. PARK RIDGE SUMMER 2018 CONCERTS IN THE PARK – ALL CONCERTS ARE AT 8 PM IN HODGES PARK. Admission is FREE.  of Figaro, Dvo ák’s charming Czech Suite, and Beethoven’s ever-popular and delightfully exuberant Symphony No. 7 in A Major. Mark the upcoming Fourth of July holiday with an array of patriotic favorites, from Morton Gould’s American Salute to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, performed by the Fine Arts Symphony.  

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