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Every once in a while, Hinsdale Magazine features an extraordinary cover story. Meet George Jacobs, who is just another very successful Hinsdale businessman, entrepreneur and avid baseball fan. But George is also a past U.S. Olympic bridge team captain, founding member of the Illinois Limousine Association, has been named to Crain’s “Fast Fifty,” and yes, chairman of the board of Gambler’s Anonymous Worldwide. As a young man, George did not fit into the mainstream mold, and bounced around after getting tossed out of high school, while fellow classmates embarked on college plans and successful careers in 1963. He used to bet so often that now his Maserati license plate reads “NO BET,” signaling that he survived the worst days of his life. There was a time when he considered suicide with no 1-800 help-line to call. He is grateful to today that a friend told him about Gamblers Anonymous. Today, he can talk about his past, and be an inspiration to people that he meets—especially his employees, whom he prefers to say he “works with.” Nowadays, rather than betting on teams, George drives the clubs’ players and organizations around in his fleet of cars, limousines, vans and busses. The list is long starting with his beloved White Sox, to the Cubs, Bears, Bulls and the Northwestern athletic program. When I first met George about four years ago, he spoke mostly about his love for sports—especially baseball. He downplayed his illustrious career, and instead enjoyed conversations about the many baseball stadiums he would watch in his very visible “M&M jacket”—a regular fixture in his box seats behind home plate at Guaranteed Rate Field. I hope you enjoy Madeleine Miller’s feature story on p. 24. It’s a classic story of a comeback Chicago kid who is back on his feet in Hinsdale to reflect on his success, while realizing his true passion of serving people.

How times change. While George Jacobs in the 1950s embarked on a life of gambling at age 11, Hinsdale boys are pursuing a Little Leaguer’s dream to play in Williamsport, Pa. in the Little League World Series. Last year, the 12-year-olds came within one game of getting to the big stage, but fell short in a tough loss to the Michigan state champions. Mike Ellis’s interview with Hinsdale Little League President Adam Linn on p. 60 reveals how the Hinsdale Little League organization continues to thrive, while many Little League communities are dwindling due to the growing travel baseball programs and increasing general interest in non-mainstream sports and activities. Spring is here, and along with it comes a lot of walking and running. Hinsdale Magazine reminds everyone to join in on the community fun with the annual Community House Walk for Autism. The 11th annual walk on April 22 supports the Charlie’s Gift Center for Autism and Related Disorders, and each GEORGE year, more than 1,000 people turn out JACOBS HINSDALE RESIDENT AND for the event. You can register the whole GROUND TRANSPORTATION ENTREPRENEUR family at www.thecommunityhouse.org. PLUS HINSDALE COOKS! KITCHEN WALK PREVIEW SUMMER TRAVEL: PARK CITY, UTAH On May 6, the Walk for Wellness House HINSDALE LITTLE LEAGUE will feature 3K and 5K runs beginning at 131 N. County Line Road at 8 a.m. on the north-side of Hinsdale. Walkers and runners will raise funds for Wellness House programs for cancer patients and their families, and to raise cancer awareness in the community. All services are non-medical and are offered free to help lessen the patients’ financial burden. Hinsdale Magazine will be there to cover the community event along with many of the spring festivities. We hope to see you out there. Please visit www.hinsdale60521.com for the latest digital magazine, and to subscribe to our newsletters.

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CONTENTS | April 2018 18 TO DO LIST

April/May calendar of events

24 COVER STORY HM talks with George Jacobs of Hinsdale, president of Windy City Limousine

32 SPOTLIGHT

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41 SUMMER TRAVEL

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48 COMMUNITY SCENE Samba to Stop Hunger Tablescapes Big City Night gala Heartfest March Madness Misericordia Nite at the Net

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64 PEAK PERFORMANCE

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George Jacobs Success was in the cards By Madeleine Miller | Photography by Marco Nunez

Life can be a mundane journey. Get up at the same time every day. Be at the office by 8 a.m. Work your boring desk job until 5 p.m., then head home, exhausted. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed, and get up and do it all over again. Till death do you part. Maybe that’s subconsciously how Hinsdale resident George Jacobs viewed his normal, middle-class life when he was growing up in 1950s Chicago. Dads went to work, moms stayed home and tended to the kids and the kitchen. Children went to school and

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did homework. Jacobs went to school and did homework, too, and played a little softball in between. But he also played a mean hand of gin rummy, and became an ace at lagging baseball cards. It was at the tender age of 11, he said, that he started what became a nightmarish gambling addiction that nearly destroyed his life. “I wanted to be where the action was,” he said, “even at a young age, and gambling was where it was at for me.”


Today, Jacobs is definitely where the action is, as president and chief executive officer of Windy City Limousine. But his ride to the top has been anything but smooth. He remembers being bored to tears in school, and was always getting into trouble. Jacobs was even expelled from high school on Nov. 22, 1963—the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The reason?—He had a poker game going. Once out of high school and into the real world, he hung out

with bad people, and worked two and three jobs in order to gamble and pay his bills—in that order. He bet on horses, backgammon, bowling and bingo, and engaged in sports betting with bookies. His parents threw him out of the house when he was 18, and at 19, he believed that his only hope was to enlist in the U.S. Army. But that went south when he flunked the physical. “That was the lowest point in my life,” Jacobs said. “I was drifting along, utterly rudderless, hopelessly addicted to gambling. I went hungry too many times, and never took care of myself. I even contemplated suicide, because my gambling problem was so severe.” The suicide rate is high among pathological gamblers, according to Dr. Richard Ready, medical director of New Day Center at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale.  “Gamblers get a high, a euphoric feeling, from the ‘action,’” Ready said. “The environment is part of that ‘high,’ whether it’s the chips running through their fingers, or the sound of bells going off in a casino. It’s all very exciting to a gambler. Pathologic gambling is a disease, but it can be successfully treated.” The turning point in Jacobs’ life came when he was 26 years old, and was working as a cost accountant at Bell & Howell. One day, his house of cards came crashing down, and, head in hands, he began weeping at his desk. A nearby colleague sprang to comfort him, and Jacobs poured out the whole sordid tale of his gambling addiction and his despair. This co-worker gave him the best gift he would ever receive: the phone number to an organization called Gambler’s Anonymous. In 1974, Jacobs quit gambling completely with the help of the organization. And then, his life took a turn for the better. Maybe it was just in the cards. In 1979, Jacobs was selling forklift trucks. One day, while calling on the department store Goldblatt’s, the purchasing agent offered to sell the company limousine to him out of the blue. And Jacobs took a gamble. He split the cost of the limo with the agent—$5,500—, and they were able to add the car to a local limousine company’s fleet. Jacobs went to work for the company,

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Continued from the previous page American Limousine, in 1984, and shortly thereafter, purchased it. “I fell in love with the business,” he said. “No two days are alike, and there’s plenty of action. We were doing $2 million in sales in 1984. Fourteen years later, when I sold American Limousine to Carey International, we were doing $20 million in sales. It was the largest deal in limousine history.” He stayed on with Carey for seven years as a vice president, and then retired in 2005. But for a man who loves action, retirement just didn’t suit Jacobs. A year later, he started Windy City Limousine from scratch—with no cars, no chauffeurs and no clients. Today, he employs 100 people in the Broadview-based company and 400 chauffeurs, and expects to gross more than $30 million in sales this year. Windy City Limousine is also the official limousine of the Bears, Bulls, White Sox, Cubs and Northwestern athletics. “We are the best at what we do,” Jacobs said. “We have the best chauffeurs, great equipment, top-notch customer service and a stellar reputation.—I love to win.” Speaking of winning, Jacobs is also a worldclass bridge player, with the sport taking him to tournaments all over the world. He is a 15-time national champion, and scored a silver medal at the world championship in Shanghai in 2007. He was also captain of the U.S. Olympic bridge team in Salt Lake City in 2002. His list of other accomplishments is long. He was elected chairman of the board of Gambler’s Anonymous Worldwide, was a founding member of the Illinois Limousine Association, for which he was recognized as operator of the year several times, and has been named to Crain’s “Fast Fifty.” Jacobs’ greatest personal joys are his family, playing bridge, the White Sox and staying clean. His greatest professional joys are seeing his employees happy, being part of the solution and promoted. “I like to mentor people who are struggling,” he said. “I tell folks to think big. There is hope for all of us, no matter what our present situation looks like. I never stop growing, and I’m never content to sit still. And I’m grateful for every experience I’ve had, because that’s what has made me who I am, and what makes us all who we are.” n

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It’s a home you’ve probably seen (and marveled at) for years if you frequently drive down Garfield south of downtown Hinsdale. And it can’t but stand out to you if you’ve participated in the Hinsdale Fourth of July parade. This year, the early Victorian home that is perched upon a hill at the corner of Fifth and Garfield will be open to the public to visit along the annual Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk the Friday before Mother’s Day. Originally constructed in 1867, the home was finished a handful of years prior to the incorporation of the village. After passing through the hands of several owners during its first century and a quarter, current owner and interior designer Katharine Andrews moved into the home with her parents in 1990. “We had a fondness for old homes and renovating old homes,” Andrews said, adding that her family resided in an older home in La Grange prior to moving to Hinsdale. Andrews’ family undertook a number of changes to the home, including giving it its current lavender exterior color. Andrews said her parents conducted a lot of research in order to remain historically consistent with the original house. “We saw the house was completely different than what it looked 32

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like when we first bought it,” she said, adding that they derived considerable “inspiration” from studying early Victorian homes in Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. Both from outside and within the home, dramatic elevation shifts on the property are palpable, with a fair portion of southeast Hinsdale visible from the third-story vista. “If you’re looking through my office on the third floor, you can see a lot of rooftops,” Andrews said. The original floors from the days of Reconstruction have been preserved, as have the walls, which are noteworthy for their thickness of at least a foot. Upon entering the home, the first large space you encounter is the living room. This room is anchored by a fireplace previous owner Burridge Butler installed sometime between the 1920s and 1940s, which Andrews’ family has since compressed and modified. “The mantel was much more colonial-looking and simpler—it just did not belong,” Andrews said, adding that the current mantel is made from carved statuary marble that her family imported from Italy. ... “We felt like that was more in keeping with the style of the home, and we felt like we wanted something grander.” Through the use of a monochromatic, solid color scheme and


“We were lucky to have such beautiful bones. ... Some of [the symmetry] was there, and then we added some of our own.” –Katharine Andrews drapery “appropriate to the style of the home,” Andrews said the objective was to make the room appear as if it were part of the original home. Connecting the living room to the great room at the back of the house is the dining room, most remarkable for its striking symmetry. This room is bounded by a parlor-style window that forms a trapezoid that is matched on the opposite end of the room. It features high Victorian-style drapery and Chippendale-style chairs and cabinetry. From the table and arrangement of chairs to the overhanging light fixtures and centerpiece, it is difficult not to notice the balance this room emanates. There is even a type of pentagonal symmetry in the chandelier. “We were lucky to have such beautiful bones,” Andrews said. ... “Some of [the symmetry] was there, and then we added some of our own.” A clear line of sight passes through the dining room from the living room into the great room, which forms an addition to the original home. By adopting a similar color scheme, and arranging the room in a like fashion, Andrews has achieved a sort of parallelism between the living room and the great room. The most prominent feature of this room is not visible until you enter it: a large dome ceiling that illumines it. “We really love classical architecture too,” Andrews said. ... “As you can see, we get a lot of natural light coming through up there

through the cupola.” From this room, you also gain an appreciation for the uneven elevation of the property, as the home here appears to tower over Garfield, while at the front, it is nearly on a level with Fifth Street. (Andrews said the adjoining exterior porch is also an ideal viewing space for the Fourth of July parade.) Adjacent to the great room is the kitchen—not original to the home—, which boasts a lofty ceiling, plus an original window repurposed for inclusion. The cabinets are stunningly tall—so tall that Andrews said she and her husband climb on a ladder to snag objects from the top shelf. (Fortunately, they don’t keep everyday materials on this top level.) The first story—the only of the three that will be open to the public during the kitchen walk—also features a conservatory. “The conservatory was brought over from England,” Andrews said. “We actually had a British crew assemble it here. It came over in pieces, and they assembled it.” Andrews said over time, the conservatory has suffered some water damage as a result of contraction, which is owing to the more frequent temperature fluctuations in our inland climate. The climate in Great Britain, on the other hand, is more homogeneous, given its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean on all sides. “Conservatories really aren’t meant to be in climates that have drastic changes in humidity [and temperature],” Andrews said. ... “We’re going to be fixing it up a bit, and making it a little more sound.” n The Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk will be held on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour will feature six homes spread throughout Hinsdale, and proceeds will benefit the Hinsdale Historical Society. For more information about the Hinsdale Historical Society, visit www.hinsdalehistory.org. HINSDALE MAGAZINE, INC. | Hinsdale60521.com

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By now, the Tax Cut & Jobs Act is news that we are all aware of. New legislation and statutes put in place should be an indication for everyone to review their current estate plan and assess by asking yourself simple, yet critical questions. “When was the last time I examined my will or trusts?” “Power of Attorney?” How about “What are my current plans to gift assets?” These questions are serious to think about, especially given the new ordinances in place. Under the new Tax Act, only a mere .08% estates will owe federal estate taxes (until the Act sunsets) opposed to the .2% of estates that owed estate taxes previously. If you have not already, now is the best time to review your situation, and make sure you are maximizing your plan under the new laws.

Take a look at this example that helps illustrate my point in relation to the ever-changing laws in place.

Thinking back, it was not long ago that people with estates under $1 million had to be concerned about estate taxes. Many people believe that because the estate exemption has doubled, there is no need to review their plans. The number of documents that should, and likely need to be reviewed in light of these changes in law are exponential as many of these trusts, wills, etc. have formulas that relate back to the previous lifetime exclusions which could now result in unintended tax consequences.

Gifting is also something to consider here. Currently, you are able to give up to $11.2 million tax-free during your lifetime. Giving now may be an attractive option, because come 2026, this may not be the case due to the sunset provisions.

Keeping in mind, however that another provision to this change that also needs to be addressed is the sunset clause. In eight years, this lifetime exemption will be cut in half to $5.5 million, prompting issues all over again. So the question becomes, do we maximize our gifting now, or hold off until after death? The main takeaway from this, is that any plan or documents should be reviewed, however simple it seems at the surface. Also, a point to remember, that nothing here is set in stone i.e. sunset provisions. A specific document that requires review is your trust. Even if estate taxes are no longer a factor, trusts are important to control the disposition of assets. When reviewing your trust, ask yourself, “Does this trust still make sense?” “Is this trust serving its main purpose?” “Does my will still protect my spouse and children with a flexible trust?” Be aware of changing legislation that may affect your asset distribution.

The year is 2003, and the estate tax exemption was $1 million. This client gave the maximum amount allowed to a credit shelter trust that eliminated estate taxes and the rest to his spouse. The trust was for the benefit of her children from a previous marriage and his spouse. His estate was valued at $4 million, meaning that $1 million went to the trust, and $3 million went to the husband. Due to the new act, if he passes, the whole estate would go to the trust and nothing to the husband, due to the new limit of $11.2 million exemption per person.

In relation to gifting, considering a GRAT (Grantor-retained annuity trust) is very attractive for high net worth individuals. GRATs are used to make significant financial gifts to family members without paying gift taxes by transferring property into an irrevocable trust in exchange for fixed annual annuity payments. Keep in mind that this strategy will only work if the assets that are transferred into a GRAT will appreciate greater than the interest rate, which is currently very low (2.6%) and is easily obtainable. Although this Tax Act was intended to make taxes easier, it seems to be anything but. Reviewing documents that are put in place and speaking to professionals as needed is the best approach to keeping your retirement and documents up to date, as there are many changes upon us. Retirement is the most important event in life to plan for, however it does not need to be as intimidating as it seems. Please call our office for a complimentary consultation for further information.

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summer in the MOUNTAINS Park City has more to offer than just its slopes by Kerrie Kennedy Park City, Utah is not the first place that comes to mind when thinking about a summer vacation. For most people, it’s a winter destination—a beautiful ski town nestled 7,000 feet above sea level in the Wasatch Mountains, where visitors come not only to ski, but to partake in a variety of winter activities such as dog-sledding, sleigh-rides and even fine-dining in a yurt mountainside. Park City is also home to the Sundance Film Festival, the brainchild of Robert Redford, which draws movie stars and A-list celebrities every January, turning this historic mining town into a kind of snow-filled Hollywood outpost.

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Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club

SAMBA TO STOP HUNGER Photography by Marcello Rodarte More than 800 west suburban residents enjoyed a lively evening at Samba to Stop Hunger, the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club’s (HJWC) annual benefit, at Carnivale restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop on Feb. 24. For the past five years, the benefit, which is the HJWC’s largest fundraiser, and supports its primary biennial beneficiary, has rotated among various venues across the city.

2018 Samba to Stop Hunger benefit committee

Carnivale was the largest space the club has selected since the Bridgeport Art Center on the South Side, which played host to the 2014 benefit, “One.” Due to the increased capacity, attendance was not simply confined to HJWC members and their spouses, but rather extended to a bevy of other community members that members invited to attend. Chicago-based DJ Rock City orchestrated musical entertainment at the gala, which also featured a casino configuration complete with roulette, poker and craps.

Shazia Sultan and Emily Ziporin

It was an evening of the spectacular, with samba dancers interacting and posing for photos with guests, fire-breathers producing impressive displays, and aerialists ascending and descending cloth with the agility of a child climbing stairs. Roughly 100 guests enjoyed the confines of a VIP lounge with a private bar. All proceeds from the benefit will support HCS Family Services, which recently modified the design of its pantry at Anne M. Jeans Elementary School in unincorporated Willowbrook. For more information about the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, visit www.hjwc.us. Carnivale restaurant

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Infant Welfare Society of Chicago TABLESCAPES Photography by Daniel Garcia More than 500 ladies from across the western suburbs enjoyed an afternoon of socializing, boutique shopping and refreshments at the annual Tablescapes benefit, hosted by the Hinsdale chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago auxiliary, at the HiltonOak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook on March 11.

Donna DeCaigny and Lauren Goodwin

Lisa Haines and Catherine Ann Welch

The theme for the fundraiser was “Life in Silhouette,” celebrating the chapter’s collective love of fashion. Attendees entered by strolling down a red carpet unfurled across a long corridor. The tablescapes, all of which were furnished by chapter members, reflected the fashionable theme of the day, featuring styles such as “boho chic,” “athleisure,” the little black dress, haute couture, rustic charm and true prep. Guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction packages that included luxurious getaways and personal shopping experiences, and to enter a $5,000 grand raffle.

Jennifer Katsoulis, Cori Hamilton, Jill Casey, Sarah Chase, Jen Tallard and Linda Davis

According to Megan McCleary, publicity chair for the Hinsdale chapter, the goal of the chapter is to “positively influence the lives of those families who depend on quality medical, dental, vision and mental healthcare services provided” through Infant Welfare. In 2017, the chapter raised approximately $127,000 for the center, in large part due to Tablescapes, which it has been organizing for more than two decades. For more information about the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, visit www. infantwelfaresociety.org. Guests browse the tablescapes on display before the luncheon.

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Aspire’s 20th Annual BIG CITY NIGHT GALA Photography by Sanmi Adeodu Aspire, a Chicago-based nonprofit that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, hosted its 20th annual Big City Night gala at the Palmer House Hilton hotel in Chicago on Feb. 24. More than 430 guests celebrated Aspire’s dedication to disability inclusion with dinner, dancing and the Big Band greats.

Jenny and Jim Kales with Debbie Sainte-Rose

The event raised more than $362,000 to further Aspire’s mission to build more inclusive communities for people of all abilities. All funds raised from the evening will directly support the 1,000 kids and adults with disabilities that Aspire serves each year. This year’s theme was “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” in honor of the Jazz Age. The evening was presented by Walgreens, and emceed by Lisa Parker of WMAQ Ch. 5. Aspire is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the Chicagoland community.

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For more information about Aspire, visit www.aspirechicago.com.

Gala guests danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Sasha Savic during the Bootlegger’s Ball after-party.

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Mend A Heart Foundation HEARTFEST

Photography by Daniel Garcia More than 400 people attended the 11th annual Heartfest, benefiting the Mend A Heart Foundation, at The Community House in Hinsdale on Feb. 17.

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The attendance set a new record for the event, which has been steadily growing over the past few years. The layout at this year’s Heartfest was tweaked, thus creating a more even distribution across the gymnasium. Band Chicago Rock Exchange and lead singer Jen Jucovics of Clarendon Hills returned this year, and performed throughout the evening, while Scott Marshall of Clarendon Hills functioned as emcee and conducted the live auction. Mend A Heart Foundation co-founders Brian and Bridget O’Meara, both Clarendon Hills residents, honored Annika Murrell of Western Springs with the “heart warrior” award. Murrell, a recent Lyons Township High School graduate, died suddenly of atrial flutter (AFL) last July at just 20 years of age.

Local residents attended the annual Heartfest benefit on Feb. 17 at The Community House in Hinsdale.

The O’Mearas presented the award to Murrell’s parents, Kelly and Marie, in what was the most emotional moment of the evening. For more information about the Mend A Heart Foundation, visit www.mendaheart.org.

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Misericordia Women’s League MARCH MADNESS Photography by Daniel Garcia

Hundreds of local residents attended the annual March Madness Misericordia fundraiser, hosted by the Misericordia Women’s League, at the Hilton-Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook on March 9.

John Kavanagh, Ann Kavanagh, Peter Roskam, Elizabeth Roskam and Tony Nasharr

Jim Cornelison of Chicago Blackhawks fame kicked off the evening with an energetic rendition of the national anthem, and members of the Blackhawks’ Ice Girls team were on hand selling squares for a split-thepot raffle. Rob Johnson of WBBM Ch. 2 served as emcee for the occasion. Misericordia functions as a home for more than 600 adults experiencing mild to profound disabilities.

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Katie Shannon, Jennifer Lee, Susan Duteau and Karen Nelson

For more information about Misericordia, visit www.misericordia.com.

The Ron Miniat family accepts the 2018 Heart of Gold award.

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Hinsdale Magazine | Community Scene

Catholic Charities NITE AT THE NET Photography by Daniel Garcia More than 200 people supported Catholic Charities at the annual Nite at the Net fundraiser at the Hinsdale Racquet Club on Feb. 16. Special guests Joel Quenneville, head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, Eric Ferguson of 101.9FM and Blackhawks Hall of Famer Denis Savard joined the crowd for fast-paced tennis drills, food, beverages, a silent and live auction, raffle and DJ.

Helen Boduch, Wendy Garber, Dawn Lafferty, Amy Goss, Joel Quenneville, Tom Cahill, Leslie Meyers, Annie Dineen and Theresa Vlahos

The event raised $110,000 for the social-service provider’s Neighbors in Need fund, which helps those in greatest need of food, shelter and clothing. Catholic Charities is the region’s largest social service provider, helping 1 million people each year. For more information about Catholic Charities, please visit catholiccharities.net.

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Hinsdale Magazine | Sports

THE QUEST CONTINUES Hinsdale Little League prepares for 2018 season By Mike Ellis | Photography by Daniel Garcia

Last summer, a 12U all-star squad of Hinsdale Little Leaguers took the community on a journey it will not soon forget, advancing to the Great Lakes Regional final in Westfield, Ind., just one game shy of the Little League World Series. As the shroud of winter is uncovered by the emergence of spring, baseball season is about to commence; and Hinsdale Magazine sought to investigate whether 2018 would be business as usual for Hinsdale Little League (HLL) in light of its brief crossing with the national stage last year. We discovered that while the 12U run has left a lasting impression on the kids, there are a number of changes 60

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on the horizon in Little League. According to HLL president Adam Linn, enrollment this spring is up from approximately 650 to 700 kids, with the greatest increases occurring at the 9-, 10-, 11- and 12-year-old levels. Linn said traditionally, the highest enrollment figures are garnered in the 6- and 7-year-old groups, and after that, children begin to explore or concentrate on other sports. Of the 700 enrollees, none were members of the illustrious 12U squad—the first HLL team to ever win the state championship at that age-level.


“That was a pretty special crew,” Linn said. ... “I would say this next [12U] crew is more ‘baseball grinders.’” Despite their graduation from the program, Linn said there is still a palpable “residual effect” in the air stemming from what the 12U squad accomplished in 2017. “These kids were superstars,” he said. ... “Even though that team was made up of kids that played at different travel programs, they had all played Little League together. ... I think there’s a memory embedded on those kids that were watching them play at Fuller House and cheering them on, or took the trip down to Indy to watch [the regionals].” After winning the district competition over Naperville Continental, Hinsdale defeated La Grange in the finals of the regional tournament, and then proceeded to capture the state title in downstate Olney over Beardstown, a town in western Illinois. Then, it was on to the Great Lakes tournament just outside First baseman Joe Boggs Indianapolis, where Hinsdale fields a ball, and prepares won its first two games, and was to make a throw at the 2017 Great Lakes Regional suddenly in the championship. tournament in Westfield, Ind.. “There was an excitement in the town,” Linn said. “It was very palatable.” The day of the championship game, broadcast nationally on ESPN, classmates of the 12U players as well as fathers and sons within the HLL program made the trip down Interstate 65 to watch the team attempt to advance to Williamsport, Pa. for the Little League World Series. Unfortunately for the 12Us, Michigan’s superior size and athleticism proved a decisive factor in the game, and their journey ended there. “They had to play scrappy, and they did,” Linn said. “That was their brand of ball.” Linn said the media presence definitely fueled excitement and extra motivation for future crops of youngsters to continue the legacy of the 2017 crew. “That’s what gives the energy,” he said. ... “Some of the kids said some stuff that got on Barstool Sports, and all of a sudden, the kid has a couple hundred thousand hits from saying, ‘Saturdays are

for the boys.’ It did become national media to a certain extent.” In 2018, there will be several changes in the HLL, some peculiar to the league, and others nationwide Little League modifications. Within HLL play, Linn said administrators will be drawing teams from a hat to determine league playoff matchups in order to encourage the parent coaches to give their kids experience across the diamond. “Win in the playoffs, but develop your kids; give them an opportunity,” he said. “That’s sort of the viewpoint we’ve taken on as a board in the last couple of years.” The biggest change in general, which is occurring in Little Leagues across the United States, will be the adoption of heavier aluminum bats designed to improve player safety. “The bats are now replicated to act like wood,” Linn said, adding that they are “probably 15 to 20 percent less powerful.” In addition, the HLL and other leagues like it will be permitted to play its regular season with a pitching mound 50 feet from home plate, and the bases each spread apart by 70 feet, and then be able to participate on Little League International’s postseason fields with dimensions of 46 and 60 feet, respectively. When discussing Hinsdale’s prospects of returning to Westfield for another Great Lakes Regional, Linn identified several salient advantages. In the first place, many North Shore communities do not have Little League programs at all, focusing exclusively on travel baseball instead. “Little League’s died off,” he said. “Hinsdale’s one of the last remaining big [leagues] that have multiple teams at multiple agelevels. And what’s happened is, the travel game has taken those players away; so we have a unique relationship with our travel program in that if you’re going to play travel up until 12 years old, you have to play house league.” Additionally, Linn said programs benefit greatly from having kids that develop their baseball skills year-round, working with travel teams during the spring and summer, and at indoor facilities during the fall and winter months. Here, the affluence of Hinsdale and surrounding suburbs like Clarendon Hills, Western Springs and La Grange, all of which have lively Little League programs, lends itself to keeping local training facilities operational and thriving. “If you really want to get better at baseball, it doesn’t exist anymore where you can just play Little League and improve as a baseball player,” Linn said. “You have to be doing some sort of program outside of it for the winter months.” Linn also complimented Anthony Waelter, who managed the 2017 12U squad, for developing a successful regiment that he believes future all-star coaches may adopt during postseason play. “I think [Waelter] has definitely created a model as far as how to attack getting ready for districts,” he said. “If that’s early-July, late-June, those kids are practicing every day for two, three hours a day. ... Certainly the practice regime has gotten turned up a notch the last two, three years...and I think that’s had a big impact.” Despite the advantages that do exist for Hinsdale, Linn realistically acknowledged that regional runs are not likely to become regular at the 12U level. “I’d be surprised if you see [what we saw last year] in the next 20 years,” he said. “That would be amazing.” n

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Hinsdale Magazine | Peak Performance

THE DUCK ON THE POND Yesterday, I watched a duck on the pond behind my home. I call it Lake Fannin, although that could be pushing it. Gracefully, the duck glided across the pond with fluid movement. It appeared effortless as it moved through the water. With ease it reached its destination. And when it felt like it, it opened its wings and flew away. Isn’t it fascinating watching a duck on a pond? In reality, there is incongruence in the duck’s performance. You definitely can’t see it, but it’s there. Beneath the surface of the water, the duck’s webbed feet are churning. It is the exact opposite of what you see—there is plenty of non-stop effort here. All of the movement below the surface is purposeful. Every action has intention. This duck is working the pond from the waist down. Here it creates inertia for gliding or flying. Yet, all duck performances are executed with a cool and calm demeanor. As a successful performer, you are as the duck on the pond. You are tranquil, peaceful, quiet, calm and cool on the surface. Consciously, you have it together. No one sees you sweat. Your reactions in a crisis are unflappable. However, you are a beast beneath the surface. You have purpose. With your subconscious mind activated, you are burning energy 24/7 to get across your symbolic pond. Your steely resolve is intact, albeit wrapped inside your synchronized, harmonious and relaxed body. How do you perform with the ultimate “purposeful calm” mindset? How do you perform as the duck on the pond? First, as a successful performer, you know what you want. You know your destination. All of your actions have purpose. You have positive, purposeful intentions. Your subconscious mind operates like the duck’s webbed feet, well beneath the surface for no one to see. Here, 24/7 multi-tasking is at its highest level. When you are persistent and repetitious, your subconscious mind can be programmed and reprogrammed for success. Once it knows what you want, it relentlessly and tirelessly goes after that. It controls the actions needed to reach the prescribed destination. It controls your “webbed feet” as you cross your own pond of dreams. However, your conscious thoughts made it all happen. Next, as a successful performer, you program a web-footed assault on your destiny with systematic visualization. This is the repetitious ritual of seeing the smallest tasks being accomplished. Then, you see these tasks flowing into your larger goals. Finally, you envision your goals leading to your success. This repetitive dressrehearsal of positives sets your body in motion. Once the systematic visualization takes root, your collective mind and body function

will peak performance, and you will be in autopilot mode, executing with controlled precision. You’ll find your “purposeful calm” only when you feed on positives. Some positives are received from external sources, such as coaches, mentors and peers. Others are homegrown from your own affirmations and self-inflicted pats on the back. All of these positives fuel your dreams; they all foster your process of success. Finally, as the purpose-driven actions come in play, you will consciously stay out of your own way by acting and reacting with calmness and coolness. There is no self-sabotage here—you will breathe deeper and longer than the average person. At every turn, you will seek solutions to your challenges without complaint or judgment. This is all while gliding across the room as a duck across the pond. Here’s ten ways to be the duck on the pond: 1. Prepare where you want to go. 2. Ritually see your success in steps or stages. 3. Envision an illuminated pathway from your success in reverse to where to start (the “B-to-A” principle). 4. Focus on what needs to be done; lock in on the process; paddle swiftly. 5. Maintain slow deep-breathing under all circumstances, conditions and situations. Stay cool. 6. When obstacles arrive, stay focused on what you want. 7. Prepare to adjust with a calm demeanor in case your pathway is blocked. Decisively change course, change speed, change strategy, temporarily abort the mission or stay the course. 8. Think solutions. This will be easier when you replace the word “problem” with the word “challenge.” 9. When reality and expectations don’t mesh, stay optimistic.  10. Enjoy the swim; enjoy the pond. When you can simultaneously work beneath the surface from a preprogrammed subconscious, while effortlessly moving with grace and style, the “purposeful calm” feeling will engulf you. It’s here that you will glide to your destination or fly—maybe even to a bigger pond. See success; start paddling. If you’re trying too hard, slow down. Be cool; don’t rush. You’ll get there. All successful people reach a “purposeful calm” while performing. You can make this happen— just like the duck on the pond.

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Hinsdale Magazine April 2018  
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