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Accountability, Transparency and a trip to Springfield In this April issue of Hinsdale Magazine, we visit with two accomplished individuals: Adam Andrzejewski of Hinsdale and Mary Doten of Western Springs. Adam is the founder of For the Good of, a non-profit organization that is determined to put “every dime” local, state and federal governments spend online. Mary is an outstanding athlete who has championed the sport of platform tennis and helped it grow at an amazing pace in the Greater Hinsdale area. When I first met Adam about five years ago, he finished running in the Republican primary of the Illinois governor’s race. He and his opponents were in a close heat, all coming within five percentage points for the opportunity to square off against Pat Quinn. Today, many candidates beat the drum on government spending. Adam actually put his words into something the average American can actually use today—an App on your phone. It’s called Open The Books and it’s pretty neat. Just type in your local ZIP code and you can find detailed information about government spending at the local, state and federal levels. Our staff wanted to learn more about this, so we packed up and drove down with Adam to Springfield to learn more. Print managing editor Mike Ellis and photographer Marcello Rodarte joined us for the on-location interview and photoshoot, and we learned more about Adam than just his App and his quest for government transparency on spending. This man, who hails from Herscher, a small farming community near Kankakee, has a profound love for his country and home state. Visiting the Abraham Lincoln museum with Adam and our staff was special. I think you’ll find Adam’s story special too. Adam believes in accountability within government. You can contact Adam at his Burr Ridge office, where he heads

Our visit with Mary Doten was a quick drive to Katherine Legge Memorial Park from our office at 38 Blaine Street. Mary’s dedication to platform tennis and her unique ability to teach it has helped it grow measurably during the past decade. When her friend Bill O’Brien told me that Mary would be inducted into the APTA Hall of Fame at the nationals in Pittsburgh, I was not surprised, as the six-time national doubles champion continues to play the sport on the highest level. But off the court you will also read how charitable she is, helping underprivileged families in Guatemala with the opportunity to support themselves by making paddle mitts for paddle players! Mary and her partner Chelsea Nusslock will compete for the 2015 national championships in Chicago. Hinsdale Magazine will be there to cover her attempt for a seventh championship—this time with a bus-load of paddle players. Many of those paddle players were with us at the Hinsdale Auxiliary Men’s Night Out at Salt Creek Club in Hinsdale on Friday, March 21. About 80 men came out to play paddle, cards and watch the NCAA basketball tournament while raising funds for Children’s Home + Aid. The event supported the Hinsdale Auxiliary’s 59th Annual Derby Day party, which will be held on Saturday, May 3 at Hinsdale Golf Club. A special thanks to the event organizers, Scott Lundmark, Matt Guido, Kristen Meyers, Alyssa Guido and Jennifer Lundmark for helping provide an evening of fun and spirited competition. I hope you enjoy this issue. Visit us often and please continue sending us your comments and suggestions.

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Adam Andrzejewski Opening the books Hinsdale resident Adam Andrzejewski hails from a small farming community about halfway between Chicago and Champaign. He’s a successful businessman, ran for governor in 2010, and has developed a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing public spending data nationwide. Find out how a man with humble roots developed his passion about government transparency.


overnment transparency—it’s a topic bandied about like taxes, abortion and a litany of other political and social issues that surface during election season. Candidates on both sides of the aisle— especially those new to the political arena—like to campaign that they’re out to “root out” government corruption or “clean up” Washington. Exposing any corruption in government is also the media’s responsibility. Some say the press continues to take an active role in holding government accountable, but others such as Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly have gone on-record as saying the “mainstream media” isn’t doing enough.

As the government spending and accountability debate rages on nationwide, whether you agree with his views or not, there’s little question that Hinsdale resident Adam Andrzejewski is committed to making government on all levels as transparent as possible. Andrzejewski is the founder of American Transparency, a public charity devoted to publishing a plethora of public spending data nationwide. Prior to that, he founded For the Good of Illinois and, both of which have been dedicated to the same purposes in the State of Illinois.

Herscher roots The oldest of six siblings, Adam Andrzejewski was born in Herscher, a rural farming community a few miles southwest of Kankakee. Andrzejewski said there was one road in and out of town (Ill. Route 115), and there are no stoplights in Herscher to this day. The population was a hair beneath 1,600 according to the 2010 Census. “I grew up walking beans, tasseling corn and bailing hay,” Andrzejewski said. “That’s where I developed my work ethic.”

Even in this small community removed from the bustle of urban life, the Andrzejewski family was no stranger to politics. Andrzejewski’s father ran against former Illinois Governor George Ryan as a conservative democrat in 1976 and 1978, when Ryan was a state representative. Andrzejewski said in those days, the “Kankakee County Republican machine rivaled the Daley machine in Chicago.” “For decades, my family has been in the ‘good government’ movement,” he said. “I developed that passion [for public policy] at a young age in Herscher.” In 1997, Andrzejewski and his brother launched what eventually blossomed into the largest hometown directory publishing company in the nation—American Marketing & Publishing. Among the first 50 directories they published was the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills HomePages, which remains in circulation today.

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“For the Good of Illinois exists to educate, engage and empower citizens to demand transparency and accountability from the Illinois political class.”

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“For the Good of Illinois exists to educate, engage and empower citizens to demand transparency and accountability from the Illinois political class,” he said. Andrzejewski and his team began by collecting checkbook data from public school districts across the state. “In 2008, I trained local citizens to ask local school districts to post their own spending on their own Web sites,” he said. “We posted $1 billion worth of Illinois public-education spending. School districts led the way in transparency of their checkbooks.” According to its Web site, the vision of For the Good of Illinois is “a proud Illinois with a reputation of integrity and opportunity where citizens and institutions can flourish.” If you visit, you will find a series of blog posts filled with information on state spending and containing salaries of public school officials. A recent post elucidated the salary of a ChampaignUrbana mass transit official whose salary nearly quadrupled in the past year. Another revealed two superintendents’ salaries in rural counties that have almost tripled since 2001. The approach is direct, the language is blunt, and the method rests upon poring through and filtering a 10 Hinsdale Magazine |

tremendous quantity of data. “It’s information that the public doesn’t have access to,” Andrzejewski said.

Bid for the governor’s office Andrzejewski parlayed his momentum from his accountability Web site into a run for Illinois governor in 2010. He ran as a Republican, unsurprisingly under a campaign slogan rooted in transparency: “to put every dime online in real-time.” That year, the Republican primary was relatively wide open, with five candidates finishing within six percent of the nomination, and no candidate receiving even a quarter of the vote. Andrzejewski finished fifth (14.5 percent), but only about six points behind nominee Bill Brady, R-Bloomington (20.3 percent), and fellow Hinsdale resident Kirk Dillard (20.2 percent). Despite coming up short in the primary, Andrzejewski said he experienced his proudest moment in politics just days before the vote. “I had the great privilege on that campaign of being endorsed by one of the greatest champions of freedom and liberty of the 20th century,” he said. “That was the founder of ‘Solidarity,’ the first president of Poland in the modern era, the Nobel laureate in 1983—Lech

Walesa. “Lech Walesa came to Chicago at the Union League Club on the Friday afternoon before the Tuesday election, and he endorsed my campaign for governor of Illinois. “No matter what I do in politics, I will probably never surpass that moment.”

Holding government accountable Andrzejewski said he will not seek for political office in 2014, citing his responsibilities as a father (wife Kerry and three young daughters, Ellie, Molly and Emma Kate) but he has continued to be an active leader in the government transparency movement since the 2010 election. In 2011, Andrzejewski launched in conjunction with For the Good of Illinois. Andrzejewski said Open the Books was launched “with virtually all public salaries from every level of Illinois government.” There is also a free Open the Books application for phones that can be obtained from the Apple or DROID stores. “Open the Books is doing the work I envisioned when the Coburn-Obama bill became law,” U.S. Senator Tom Coburn said to Andrzejewski. “Their innovative app and other tools are putting sunlight - Continued on page 12

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through a magnifying glass.” Gathering detailed spending and salary data on multiple levels of government is no easy task. Andrzejewski said while most officials his organization has encountered have been cooperative, he has encountered some resistance along the way. “We’ve encountered obstacles at every turn,” he said. “Most units of government are good about it, and on request, as they should, they follow the law and they provide public information to us on salaries and on spending.” Although he identifies himself as a Republican, Andrzejewski said his organization does not play party favorites. “Whether they have ‘R’s’ or ‘D’s’ behind their names doesn’t matter to us,” he said. “If you are coddling taxpayer abuse, waste, corruption, we come after you.” And Andrzejewski and his organization do not shy away from conflict either. For the Good of Illinois requested the state checkbook from Illinois comptroller Judy 12 Hinsdale Magazine |

Baar Topinka in 2012. Andrzejewski said Topinka refused to provide the information to his organization, citing an “undue burden,” and For the Good of Illinois promptly responded by filing a lawsuit against the comptroller’s office in the Cook County Circuit Court in January 2013. The suit is currently ongoing, but Andrzejewski said as a result of it, “lineby-line” state spending since 2005 will soon be detailed online.

American Transparency Last year, Andrzejewski expanded his purview to embrace the remaining 49 states and the federal government, founding American Transparency. When Hinsdale Magazine met with Andrzejewski at the Illinois state capitol in Springfield last month, he said his organization had compiled about one billion lines of government spending, the salaries of 2.5 million federal employees with minimum five-year histories, at least one year of 41 state checkbooks,

and partial public salary information or pensions from 36 of 50 states. “Our objective at American Transparency is to take every dime taxed and spent at the local, state and federal levels across the country, and aggregate it on our Web site,” he said. Andrzejewski said he recently encountered some resistance from the California controller and the Office of Openness, Transparency and Accountability within the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the Obama administration. When his organization requested federal employees’ pension information from the latter, Andrzejewski said the OPM responded by stating that the request was “a clear, unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” Reviewing a bevy of information over the past half-decade or so, you might wonder whether any of the financial details Andrzejewski has discovered have surprised him. “I’m probably more jaded than most,

but every once and awhile, I’m surprised by the spending,” he said, citing that when publishing the checkbook for the City of Chicago over an 11-year period, he learned that about 231,000 individual vendors received a check. Andrzejewski also noted that when publishing the federal checkbook, he found that the brother of the former Illinois director of Agriculture under Gov. Rod Blagojevich was “operating a swine farm with up to $2 million worth of federal loans, grants, subsidies and direct payments while Blagojevich was in office.”

Meeting John Stossel

In September 2013, Andrzejewski discussed American Transparency on “Stossel,” a primetime Fox Business Channel program hosted by former “20/20” co-host John Stossel. Andrzejewski said he was thoroughly impressed with Stossel—who developed a reputation as a consumer-advocate

journalist through his regular “Give Me a Break” segments—and his staff. “Stossel has a good bipartisan reputation,” he said. “He basically hates waste; he hates abuse; he hates corruption; and we see eye-to-eye on those things. “My experience on ‘Stossel’ was absolutely great. Very, very professional staff—his producers were the best I’ve ever dealt with. “I had a very in-depth 45-minute interview, and all I do is talk in examples, and with every single example he followed up with every single one of them, and tried to get them on the record with a quote. I just thought that diligence and that attention to detail was exceptional.”

Future in politics? Andrzejewski has already announced that he will not seek public office in 2014. Turning 45 later this year, he said he has plenty of time to run for office in the future. “I enjoyed it,” Andrzejewski said of his

experience in 2010. “I’m young; I could run in the future, certainly. “I take my family responsibilities very seriously. The first time I ran, we had a newborn baby. It’s actually easier to run when they can’t leave the house—when they don’t need a coach. Now the girls need a coach, and I want to be there for them. “So, I might not be on a ballot for ten years.” Right now, in a state with one former governor currently serving a 14-year prison term (Rod Blagojevich), and another who completed a six-year sentence early last year (George Ryan), Andrzejewski said he is more focused on “restoring” Illinois’ integrity. “My goal is to return Illinois to our historic reputation of integrity,” he said. “I’ve always had one goal, and that’s to create clean, honest and open government in Illinois in the electronic age, in the Internet age.” |Hinsdale Magazine 13


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The Hinsdale Central Drama Club put on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in front of a large audience in the Hinsdale Central auditorium late last month. The cast of young actors and actresses dazzled in exquisite costumes, performing the beloved Disney animated feature on impressive scenery. Not even a spontaneous fire alarm— which interrupted Thursday night’s performance early in the first act—could quell the spirits of student performers, whom director Christine Hicks said had been working on the show every day since January. “It was just wonderful,” Hicks said. “I couldn’t be happier. They were so good, so enthusiastic.” Set in a provincial town in 18th-

or 19th-century France, Beauty and the Beast relays the story of looking beyond the surface for true substance and character. The main characters, Belle and the Beast, both feel like outcasts for being different. Belle possesses a passion for reading, which for a woman, was frowned upon in those days. Formerly a prince, the Beast is reviled by all who lay eyes upon him, as an enchantress has transformed him into a hideous creature for his superficiality. The Beast and a cast of other characters can only be restored to their human form if he can find true love. Belle’s father Maurice, a quirky inventor, stumbles upon the Beast’s castle while wandering through the forest one evening, and is imprisoned in his dungeon. After locating her father, Belle volunteers to take his place as a prisoner in the castle. Initially, Belle is repulsed by the Beast’s vicious tendencies, but after he rescues her from a pack of wolves in the woods, she begins to view him in a different light. Meanwhile, the vain and pompous Gaston, who seeks to court Belle, leads an angry mob into the Beast’s castle once the townsfolk learn of his existence. Gaston attacks the Beast, who at first shows no desire to fight back, but eventually overwhelms his outmatched opponent. The Beast is wounded in the fray, and Belle reveals her love for him as she hurries to his aid, thus breaking the spell and restoring the humanity of everyone in the castle. Senior Gabrielle Roberts (Thursday, Saturday) was one of two students who starred as Belle. Roberts said she was “overjoyed” at the opportunity. “Belle was my favorite [Disney] princess growing up,” she said. “I love her, because she’s so strong, and a little quirky and spunky. I was overjoyed when I got the chance to play her.” Senior Yianni Kinnas excelled as the Beast, while senior Jack Cherry stood out as the villain Gaston. This show marked the final one directed by Hicks, who has been involved in each annual drama club performance since 1989. Hicks, who has also worked in the English department at Hinsdale Central for over three decades, said she has thoroughly enjoyed her time working with students. “You just don’t think about it and you don’t realize that you become a part of the fabric of the place, and the place becomes part of the fabric of you,” Hicks said. “It’s just who you are and what you do. “You have to love the kids, you have to love coming every day.” |Hinsdale Magazine 21

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UNIVERSITY DERMATOLOGY physician specialists are leading authorities in their field, and use their expertise to offer compassionate care and state-of-the-art medicine, treating all diseases of the skin, hair, and nails for patients of all ages, infancy to elderly. UNIVERSITY CARDIOLOGY AND VEIN CENTER focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of leg diseases, including lower extremity swelling, ulceration, varicose veins and painful legs. DR. VASSILIOS (BILL) DIMITROPOULOS, MD has been board-certified as a dermatologist for nine years. Dr. Bill Dimitropoulos utilizes the most advanced skin-cancer removal technique—Mohs Micrographic Surgery. This surgery is performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia, minimizing the amount of healthy skin taken when removing skin cancer, thus minimizing scarring while maximizing the overall cosmetic result. Dr. Bill Dimitropoulos earned his M.D. at RUSH Medical College in Chicago, before completing a dermatology residency at the University of Michigan. CLARENCE WILLIAM BROWN, JR., MD has been practicing as a board-certified dermatologist for thirteen years. Dr. Brown utilizes the most advanced technique to remove skin cancer—Mohs Micrographic Surgery—which enables him to map and remove cancerous areas in thin layers with unprecedented precision. After earning his M.D.

from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Brown completed residency training at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Brown also previously served as the CoDirector of the Dermatologic Surgery Program at RUSH. STAMATIS (TOM) DIMITROPOULOS, MD is a triple board-certified cardiovascular specialist who has been practicing as a physician for eight years. Dr. Tom Dimitropoulos completed his medical training, internal medicine residency and cardiovascular disease fellowship at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago, and a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology in Royal Oak, MI.  Dr. Tom Dimitropoulos specializes in advanced techniques for treating varicose and leg veins, including endovenous ablation and sclerotherapy.  These treatments are performed in the office without sedation, require no down-time and most are covered by insurance.  Dr. Dimitropoulos is enrolled and participating in all major insurances and Medicare JOSHUA O. PODJASEK, MD is double board certified in dermatology as well as dermatopathology. Dr. Podjasek is a graduate of RUSH Medical College and he completed his dermatology training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he also completed a dermatopathology fellowship and served as a Clinical Instructor. Dr. Podjasek brings the innovation and knowledge of the Mayo Clinic to University Dermatology.

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Community Scene

Jess Wilber

Benefiting the Willowbrook Corner Youth Learning Program at The Community House


he Community House held its inaugural Band Together event to support the organization’s Willowbrook Corner youth learning program on March 1. The evening was kicked off with a rock performance by kids from Hinsdale’s own School of Rock. Attendees then danced the night away with an eclectic mix of songs performed by local rock legends, Paparockzzi. The Community House welcomed 300 attendees and raised over $30,000 in support of the organization’s Willowbrook Corner program. The Community House offers vital educational and recreational opportunities to children and families residing in the low-income Willowbrook Corner neighborhood. The vision of its Willowbrook Corner program is to provide support and educational enhancement resources for youth academic success, career readiness and leadership development. “On behalf of the Community House team, we would like to express our great appreciation to our 2014 Band Together cochairs, Jennifer and Doug Cherry and Erin and Trevor Ferguson,” development director Michael Roth said. “We would also like to thank the members of the event host committee for their tireless

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effort, and for ensuring an incredibly well-attended event.” The Community House extends a very special thank-you to its sponsors: Aramark, US Trust, Rotary Club of Hinsdale, Global Luxury Imports, Mavco Insurance, The Birches, GE Appliances, Gretchen Matzelle of Prudential Rubloff Realty, the Private Bank and Bartend Chicago. Finally, we would also like to extend our gratitude to the individuals and local businesses that contributed to our raffle: Paula Ciardelli of Sotheby’s, Dr. Michael Camino, Jennifer Cherry, Wines for Humanity, Alyssa Guido of School of Rock’s Little Wing Program, Dana Burdi of Nabuki, CiNe and Il Poggiolo, Village Cellar of Hinsdale, and Right Fit of Willowbrook. Established in 1941, the Community House is a nonprofit organization providing the highest quality recreation opportunities and vital social services to the residents of DuPage and western Cook Counties. It builds community by providing inspiring opportunities for learning, social support and recreation. Through athletics, theatre, volunteer activities, education and therapeutic services, it makes a difference in the lives of thousands of people each year. The Community House accomplishes its mission of improving the social, physical and emotional well-being for its users via its main Hinsdale facility and its three satellite locations: the Charlie’s Gift Autism Center in Downers Grove, the Youth Center in Hinsdale, and the Willowbrook Corner Initiative in unincorporated DuPage County.

Doug and Jennifer Cherry, Artelia Russell, Jenifer Fabian and Erin and Trevor Ferguson

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TeensCARE2 Rock and Re-Stock the Garage


eensCARE2 will be gathering gentlyused and new sports equipment donations to allow those families whose garages were swept away by the tornado in Washington, Ill., to restock them. You can help re-stock their garage with bats, gloves, balls, cleats and all other equipment kids need for a fun spring and summer. “When I was asked to be on the governing board of TeensCARE2, I was thrilled,” said Kimberly Arquilla, a TeensCARE2 governing board member. “TeensCARE2 is a [non-profit] organization supporting the surrounding communities through volunteering, fundraising and special activities. All activities and projects are determined by the teen board, so in essence, they manage all of the organization. “This allows TeensCARE2 members

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the opportunity to develop volunteer and fundraising projects that they are passionate about and gain leadership abilities by managing a project through to completion. “Representatives from various organizations present opportunities directly to the teens for their review and approval.” The TeensCARE2 Cleat Committee consists of students from local schools, including Hinsdale Central and St. Isaac Jogues. Andrew Coyner and Richie Excell are the committee chairs. The cleat committee consists of Katie Cushing, Primo Arquilla, Lauren Excell, Evan Perry, Kevin Kumar, Conrad Akers, Isabella Arquilla and Hensley Akers. The committee has already begun soliciting friends and family for new or slightly-used athletic equipment. Collection day is Saturday, April 12 from noon to 3 p.m. Sports items can be dropped off at the Robbins Park parking

lot located next to the Community House tennis courts (just look for all the teens and the big truck). TeensCARE2 also had a box at the Community House during the month of March for those who wanted to drop items off before April 12. The committee will be organizing a caravan to follow the truck (donated by Michael LaFido) to Washington. Doug Damery, executive director of the Washington Park District is opening up their recreational center on Sunday, April 13 for the equipment to be organized by sport, and then distributed to the families in need. If you would like to join in this community event, or have any questions regarding the collections, please contact TeensCARE2 governing board member Kimberly Arquilla at (630)-781-1392 or

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Arts & Entertainment

Carnival Photo by Keith Gerling

Salt Creek Ballet brings ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with additional repertoire to McAninch Arts Center


alt Creek Ballet will bring to life Camille S a i n t S a e n s ’ g r a n d zoological fantasy, offering a witty musical salute to the animal kingdom. “Carnival of the Animals” entertains through a series of vignettes danced by feathers, fur and fins of all shapes and sizes. The performance will include the world premiere of “My Best Friend” by internationally-recognized

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choreographer Viktor Plotnikov, who has recent commissions by the Boston Ballet and Festival Ballet Providence; the world premiere of “Prelude” by SCB artistic director Sergey Kozadayev; and the 19th-century classic “Paquita.” Perfect for young and old alike, come see the company deemed “impressive” and “thoroughly entertaining” by Chicago Tribune dance critic Laura Molzahn. Salt Creek Ballet will present “Carnival of the Animals” at the McAninch Arts Center on Saturday, May 17 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m. Tickets for “Carnival of the Animals”

at the McAninch Arts Center are $29 for adults and $15 for youth (under 18). In anticipation of Salt Creek Ballet’s upcoming 30th anniversary in 2015, a special discount of 30 percent off adult tickets will be available for a limited time. In addition, a special meet and greet with costumed characters will follow the Saturday performance for an extra-ticketed amount of $5 per child. For more information, call (630)-9424000, or visit the MAC ticket website. Special opportunity tickets are available by phone only.

About Salt Creek Ballet Salt Creek Ballet has produced performances for more than 225,000 people in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties since its founding in 1985, while earning a national reputation for excellence in dance. Led by artistic directors Sergey Kozadayev and Zhanna Dubrovskaya, SCB is an Illinois non-profit corporation dedicated in its mission to (1) present professional-quality dance performances to diverse area audiences, (2) provide high-level performing opportunities for area dancers, and (3) encourage appreciation and awareness of dance in the community at-large. SCB presents nine annual public performances in addition to its work as a nationally-recognized training ground for professional dancers. The company also delivers arts outreach activities and programming to a myriad of groups within the local community. Salt Creek Ballet programs are sponsored in part through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Grover Hermann Foundation, the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the DuPage Community Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, BNSF Foundation, The Doings, the Service Club of Chicago, Bridgepoint Technologies, RSB Property Development, Phillips Flowers and Target. 

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Beth Burtt (630) 204-8090







25 W. Chicago Avenue Hinsdale, IL 60521

BETH BURTT is a broker and owner of Brush Hill Realtors. Beth has been a top producer in Hinsdale and the surrounding areas for 30 years. Her superlative level of service and unsurpassed knowledge of the area allow her to cater to her clients needs. Passion, commitment and expertise have been the driving force for Beth’s success. As a lifelong resident of the Hinsdale area, she graduated from Oak School, Hinsdale Middle School and Hinsdale Central High School. She is the proud mother of two children who have graduated from Elm School, Hinsdale Middle School and Hinsdale Central High School. She is a member of the Garden Club of Hinsdale, Women’s Auxiliary Board of Robert Crown and have served for seven years as a committee member of the Antique Show benefiting the Hinsdale Community House. Her extensive knowledge of the community, personalized service, unending dedication, keen sense of the real estate market, aggressive marketing strategies, and enthusiastic personality are a guarantee for unsurpassed service. Exclusively selling homes in the Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Western Springs, LaGrange and surrounding areas enables her to give a very intelligent and knowledgeable opinion of value and marketing techniques to better sell your home.

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Deciding to sell your property is a big decision. Beth will help you sell your property for the highest possible price within a time frame that works for you, all while making the home-selling process as stress-free as possible. Her extensive experience in Chicago’s western suburbs real estate market will help you negotiate the selling process with ease. Finding just the right property for your family can be overwhelming. Beth’s job is to help you understand the process of buying and finding a new home. She’ll learn about your needs and acquaint you with the kinds of housing and financial options available. Working with Beth will make the entire home buying process as seamless as possible. When Beth was asked how the real estate market is in the area and how it has bounced back compared to other markets, Beth replied, “Our local market is picking up strength having started at the lower price ranges and continuing to move upwards. Having shown on the North Shore, it appears that we are very similar to the movement in their market. As the activity and the price range of the sold properties move upwards, it feels like the improvement will be more sustainable. As always, the key factors are supply and demand. Our market is stronger than many other areas.”




Megan McCleary (630) 780-1913

35 S. Washington Street Hinsdale, IL 60521

MEGAN MCCLEARY is a realtor in Hinsdale for Berkshire

Hathaway Home Services, KoenigRubloff Realty Group (formerly Prudential Rubloff). A long-time Hinsdale resident and actively involved in the Hinsdale community, Megan McCleary has been in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years and is a topproducing real estate broker. With a background in print and interactive advertising sales, Megan knows how to market successfully to get results for her clients. Her business sense and extensive knowledge of the local market provide insight to her clients that assure a smooth transaction. Passionate about real estate, Megan brings her unique style and innovative strategies to her clients to help them achieve their goals. She is absolutely committed to her clients needs in every way and dedicated to providing them with high-quality personal service. “I’ve been involved in real estate for over 15 years, including a loft renovation in the city and building two homes in Hinsdale,” Megan said. “I thoroughly enjoy the whole process of buying and selling homes. Going into real estate was the obvious choice for me, as it best suits my interest and experience.” Understanding that every client is unique, Megan works hard to find the perfect fit in a new home. She works with all types of real estate clients including first time home buyers, relocation, change of family dynamics and “right sizing” their home. Equally enjoyable is working with clients to sell their home. For most people, their home is their biggest

financial investment and Megan takes this very seriously. Much effort goes into effectively preparing a home for the market. Megan draws upon her experience both professionally and personally to achieve maximum results. “She is a consummate professional and was a terrific partner for our family. She listened to our needs, targeted properties that appealed to our interests, and approached listing our home in a strategic manner. Today, we’re in a great new home because of her efforts. And what could’ve been a stressful and emotional process turned out to be a lot of fun,” said Carol, a previous client from Hinsdale. “Visual presentation is a high priority when selling your home. Most all home buyers begin their search online to determine which homes they want to visit. Presenting yours in it’s best light creates a strong first impression to attract buyers. I work with my clients to prepare their property for the market, employing various resources such as design, landscaping, and sometimes making significant changes in the home all with the goal of minimizing days on the market and maximizing return.” Coupled with the support of her company which provides comprehensive marketing tools and relocation services, Megan maximizes your exposure and continually strives to exceed the client’s expectations. “My focus is my clients,” she said. “My network of professionals and my personal connections makes for the easiest and smoothest transitions for my clients.” The communities Megan serves include Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, La Grange, Burr Ridge, Oak Brook, Elmhurst and Downers Grove.





Chris Pequet (630) 327-5175

40 E. Hinsdale Avenue Hinsdale, IL 60521

CHRIS PEQUET is the top broker for Crawford Group

Sotheby’s International Realty in Hinsdale. Chris began her professional real estate career in 1979 as an agent for one of the oldest real estate firms in Hinsdale, Hearthstone Real Estate. She worked for Hearthstone/Prudential for over 20 years as a top producer and a consistent member of the President’s Club. Chris joined Crawford Group Sotheby’s International Realty in 2005, and has assembled a team of marketing specialists and support staff, creating the next generation of innovative marketing in real estate. She developed this ground-breaking group to offer her clients the highest level of service and expertise in today’s real estate market. There is no substitute for experience—Chris has achieved over 30 years of success in real estate. Attention to detail, market awareness and customer service is the defining signature that has separated Chris from most of her high-production peers. This is the distinctive feature that Chris brings to her ever-growing list of satisfied customers. Representing both buyers and sellers, she excels in delivering customized marketing strategies that produce successful transactions. Chris was the recipient of the 5-Star Real Estate Agent Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013, recognized for outstanding service in the largest real-estate award program in North America.

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When asked what makes her business approach different, Chris said, “In today’s real-estate world, many top producers hype their sales volumes or enormous number of listings to attract new customers. All too often after engaging the new client, that lead broker is out of the picture, and the day-to-day interaction is left up to assistants and staff. I have always taken a hands-on approach, and my clients have direct 24/7 access to me from the listing presentation to the closing. I believe it has been a key to my success.” Committed to the community, Chris and her husband have resided in the Hinsdale/Oak Brook area for 38 years. They have two sons, both of whom graduated from Hinsdale Central High School. Chris served on the PTO boards of Monroe Elementary School, Hinsdale Middle School and Hinsdale Central, was on the focus group for the HMS transition, and has been active in many local charitable groups. Chris currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and the District 181 Foundation Board. Proud of this community, Chris is excited to assist new families desiring to become a part of this exceptional area. With deep-rooted connections in the community, a long list of satisfied clients, and the Sotheby’s Global Network at her fingertips, Chris offers clients the next generation in real estate.





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JULIE SUTTON is very knowledgeable about the marketplace in the western suburbs. Currently, she acquires an average of two new clients every week. She knows the market like the back of her hand and loves matching her buyers up with the perfect house for them. With a determined work ethic, she strives to deliver superior service to all of her clients. Julie provides her sellers with a keen eye for aesthetics. Her home was featured on the 2013 Hinsdale Kitchen Walk and she believes that every listing has a major WOW factor that can be marketed with “outside the box” thinking. She also assists her sellers with small staging efforts that make a big difference to buyers. She has relationships with the areas best tradesmen, allowing her to help sellers with the few tweaks a home may need before listing. Julie Sutton built a custom home in Hinsdale with Tiburon Homes and Culligan Abraham Architecture. Whether it’s finding the perfect lot, or finding that diamond in the rough renovation project, Julie assists these clients with her first-hand knowledge & experience and loves walking them step by step through the process. This past fall Julie hosted a ‘Building 101’ for her clients considering the building or renovating process. She was joined by a local builder, architect, kitchen designer, interior designer and mortgage lender.

Julie also knows what it’s like for a young family to move to “the burbs”. She offers her buyers in-depth information and personal references about schools, local philanthropic organizations & social clubs, as well as all of the much needed “Mommy-Info” (pediatricians, dentists, sports camps, music lessons, etc.) Julie loves hosting regular ‘Suburban Trolley Tours’ for her buyers from the city to familiarize them with the area in a fun & social atmosphere. The spring trolley served 20 of her clients and she will host the next one this summer. Julie Sutton is involved throughout the community. She is a member of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club. She served as a 2012 social chair and was a proud committee member and sponsor of the 2013 HJWC Benefit for Hephzibah House, a local children’s home. Julie also chaired the 2013 St. Isaacs Annual Luncheon benefiting the Women In Need Grant and the 2014 St. Isaacs Annual School Auction. Julie Sutton moved from Lakeview to Hinsdale with her husband and their three children ages 3,4 & 7. She has a B.S. in Marketing and worked in advertising for ten years producing commercials for DDB Chicago Advertising. She enjoys playing tennis and golf, and entertaining at home surrounded by friends, neighbors & kids! |Hinsdale Magazine 39


SALLY PELLING AND KATY LACROSSE have been a highly-respected

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real estate team for over eight years. Together, they offer nearly 40 years of residential real estate experience. When you work with Sally and Katy, you will always reach them personally. Working with this friendly, warm and engaging mother/daughter team, clients find not only a most satisfying business relationship, but often a lasting friendship. Sally is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she met and married her husband of 40 years. She is the mother of four, each married, and grandmother to seven. Sally began her real estate career in the early 1980s during a very challenging time in real estate and has since seen a number of market fluctuations. She is happy to report we are currently in a very healthy, active market. Inventory is low and for those homeowners thinking of selling, now would be a good time to list! Sally has twice been recognized as the top producing agent at Brush Hill. Katy is a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois. She initially lived and sold real estate downtown Chicago. Now a mother to two daughters, she and her husband reside in Clarendon Hills. Having grown up in Hinsdale, she is very familiar with the local area and schools. She is uniquely qualified to represent clients looking to buy in the city, or ready to make the move to the suburbs.

SUZY STYFER and her family have resided, for over 30 years, in the Hinsdale, Burr Ridge area. As the children were growing up, she was active in the Hinsdale school system and all the extra curricular activities that go along with being a parent of five children. Additionally, for several years, Suzy owned an upscale boutique, Suzanna’s of Dallas, in the area with great success giving much pride in ownership. Adding to her professional resume, Suzy was a runaway model for a very successful downtown modeling agency. As a broker for Crawford Group Sotheby’s International Realty, she utilizes her business expertise and her wealth of knowledge concerning the Hinsdale/Burr Ridge area and their surrounding communities to guide her clients through every transaction. Suzy strives to handle, with integrity and honesty, to aid her clients in reaching their goal of buying or selling a property. “People are getting excited about the real estate market again”, said Suzy. It may be a challenging market but she is ready, willing and able to accomplish what is necessary to make the process much more enjoyable, a learning experience and decidedly less stressful and intimidating. Suzy truly leads by example!


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SARAH MARTINATH is committed to offering clients the highest quality representation and professionalism along with superb customer service. Sarah spent five years in the mortgage industry in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey dealing with a wide variety of mortgage products. As a mortgage broker, Sarah gained valuable expertise in the financial side of purchasing real estate. In 2013, Sarah nearly quadrupled units closed from her previous year. She lives in Hinsdale with her husband and three children and works throughout the Western Suburbs. With a big smile, a positive and responsive attitude, Sarah is ready to be your professional real estate advocate!

ELAINE PAGELS has been honored with the esteemed

Prudential Real Estate Chairman’s Circle award, recognizing her success among the Top 2% of all Prudential Real Estate agents in the country. Elaine’s honest and ethical approach to every transaction results in a client community comprised almost entirely of referrals from happy clients. Experienced at navigating tough markets, she works diligently to provide her clients with a continuous flow of information, which empowers them to make educated Real Estate decisions. While raising her own children, Elaine and her family conquered three corporate moves. This personal experience is priceless to her clients, as she fully understands their needs before, during and after a move. Active in the community, you will find Elaine at fine arts, philanthropic and community events. She also enjoys serving on the board of the PianoForte Foundation. |Hinsdale Magazine 41

Hinsdale’s Centenarian

Family and friends of Scott Jones of Hinsdale turned out to join in celebrating the lifelong resident’s 100th birthday at Hinsdale Golf Club in Clarendon Hills on March 15. The celebration included a delicious buffet, brief speeches by several Jones family members, and musical numbers performed by the Hinsdale-based “Jolly

Boys.” Born in Chicago in 1914, Jones moved to Hinsdale at about the age of five. He was best friends with legendary White Sox owner Bill Veeck growing up, and even had a chance encounter with Albert Einstein as a student at Princeton University. Locally, Jones served as a trustee on the

Hinsdale village board for six years in the 1940s, and holds the distinction of being the only civil defense commissioner in the town’s history. Having a lifelong interest in music, he also co-founded the “Jolly Boys” in 1947, and directed the locally-based men’s singing group for decades.

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American Platform Tennis Association

Hall of fame Honors Mary Doten

Western Springs’ Mary Doten is a six-time national champion platform tennis player, and has been instrumental in growing the sport in the Hinsdale area. She is now a member of the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame. Photos by Marcello Rodarte

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by mike ellis

he American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) inducted Mary Doten of Western Springs into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame at the APTA Nationals in Pittsburgh last month. Doten, a six-time national champion in doubles, was honored for her excellence in the sport, her contributions in growing the sport, and her charitable work for underprivileged children in Guatemala. “[The board] said that they looked at my six past national championships,” Doten said, “as well as what I had done off the court as far as teaching, growing the sport for Hinsdale paddle, and some of the volunteerism and giving back that I’ve done in Guatemala.” Doten was inducted alongside Susie Keane, her partner for all six national titles and a former professional tennis player. In her hall of fame induction speech, Doten credited Keane for her role in their collective success. “[The] unshakable confidence that she showed elevated my game and made me a better player,” she said in her speech. Doten also thanked Hinsdale paddle ambassadors Bill O’Brien, Paul Wiggin and Charlie Usher for their “countless volunteer hours” and for teaching her “the importance of giving back to this great sport.”

A winning career Roughly two decades ago, Doten was introduced to platform tennis by Hilary Marold, a fellow national champion and hall of fame member. Doten said Marold, from Glen Ellyn, was looking to assemble a group of women that would be interested in traveling to the North Shore to compete. “It was through her that I started playing, competing a bit and just getting more and more hooked on the game,” she said. Having played Division I tennis at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Doten was able to make the

transition between racquet sports over time. In 2003, she and partner Susie Keane entered the APTA Nationals as an unseeded team and surprised their more seasoned competition by winning the title. “That was very memorable in that we had to go through I think five of the top eight seeds to win that event,” Doten said. “We weren’t expected to do anything; it was kind of a no-pressure situation.” The 2003 championship marked the beginning of an era of Doten and Keane dominance in women’s paddle. They would win nationals five more times in the next seven years (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010).—And Doten said she and Keane not only won the national championship in 2006, but also completed an undefeated season in tournament play.

Growing paddle in Hinsdale Although Mary Doten is a nationallyrecognized name in the sport of platform tennis, she has also been instrumental in growing the game in the Hinsdale area— especially women’s paddle. Before 2004, there were no platform tennis courts at Katherine Legge Memorial (KLM) Park; instead, Hinsdale Park District players used two courts at Burns Field on the north side of town. But once four courts were constructed at KLM, Doten said the women’s paddle program took off. “We started out with a lot of men playing when it was strictly Burns Field, but only a handful of women,” she said. “Once we got these four courts at KLM, and got the women excited about it and looking to do some travel teams, it steamrolled. It’s a game that’s highly addictive. [For] people that play it a couple of times, most love it and want to play more.” Doten has given numerous private lessons to beginners, while also - Continued on the next page |Hinsdale Magazine 45

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conducting drills for various park district teams that travel to the North Shore to compete on a regular basis. She said the structure of drills has been one ingredient in growing the women’s program. “It’s an easy game to grow in a lot of ways, if you can provide a structure—especially for the women, who want more of the drills, and are less willing to maybe jump into a travel team,” Doten said. “They want to get their feet wet first.” There are now six courts at KLM, and Doten said the park district program is continuing to expand each year.

Thanksgiving in Guatemala Aside from her work on the paddle court, Doten was also inducted into the hall of fame for her charitable work—which incorporated paddle—in the Central American country of Guatemala. For five out of the past seven years, the Doten family has traveled to Guatemala over the Thanksgiving holiday and worked with two organizations, Common Hope and As Green As It Gets. Organizations like these work to provide educational, housing and healthcare services to impoverished families. Doten said a friend from church who had previously visited Guatemala introduced her family to the work organizations like Common Hope and As Green As It Gets are doing in Guatemala. When she first visited the country, Doten said she connected with the people immediately. “Once we got down there, we fell in love with the people and the area,” she said. “We wanted to see what more we could do. We wanted our kids to experience it as well, and get a feel for how lucky we all are.” On their first trip to Guatemala in 2007, the Doten family met an artisan named Elvia. She made purses and sold them locally, but Doten discovered a niche through which she could raise additional revenues to

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provide for her family—paddle “mitts.” Because paddle is an outdoor winter sport, many players like to use gloves or mittens to keep their hands warm. “I was trying to figure out a way to help further when I was back [home],” Doten said, “and I kind of stumbled on a void in the paddle ‘mitt’ area. I could get mitts made in Guatemala, and then sell them here in the U.S., [and] then send any profits back to Guatemala to help those organizations.” Since 2007, Elvia has been designing hundreds of paddle mitts that are subsequently sold in the United States. The proceeds support her artisanship, as well as Common Hope and As Green As It Gets. In the first four years, paddle mitt sales raised over $9,500 that went to Guatemala. Doten said she and her family intend to continue their work in Guatemala. She and her husband have planned a return trip this Thanksgiving.








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Seventh heaven? Although Doten has not won a national championship since 2010, she and her new partner, Chelsea Nusslock of Lake Forest, were runners-up in 2013, and advanced to the semifinals at nationals last month. Doten said because paddle is a game of patience and skill, she is confident she can still compete at the game’s highest level. “I still feel like I can compete at a very high level,” she said. “It’s a game that lends itself to being a little more wily than quick.” With nationals being held in Chicago in 2015, that’s all the motivation Doten needs to work towards her peak form. “Next year, the nationals will be in Chicago,” Doten said. “So, that’s incentive to keep working on my game.”


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Hole ‘em Poker party during the NCAA basketball tournament. It was a huge success for about five years or so, but somewhat fizzled out. “Fast forward to now, I was approached again by the Women’s side to explore ‘putting the band back together.’” The Hinsdale Men’s Auxiliary supports the Hinsdale Women’s Auxiliary of Children’s Home + Aid for its main fundraising event, the Derby Day post-party, which will be held on May 3 at Hinsdale Golf Club this year.

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How Frank Thomas Reached the Hall of Fame

ongratulations, Big Hurt! I am so proud of your induction on the first ballot into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame! You did it. We envisioned this moment over 20 years ago when you were introduced to my S.C.O.R.E.® Success System. It seems like yesterday. When I first met Frank Thomas, I was amazed at his size. He was 6’5” and weighed approximately 250 pounds. His thighs appeared like giant oak trees. However, Frank was larger than life in how he carried himself within the Chicago White Sox locker room and on the ball field. He was a giant among men. I was coaching White Sox catcher Ron Karkovice and a few other players when the trainer introduced Frank and I. After an hour chat, we had discussed opposing pitchers, his hitting approach, the “Zone,” and his lifelong goals. Yes, the Hall of Fame was always on the radar. He swiftly became a willing student in the mental side of the game. More importantly, Frank could instantly apply what he learned.

 Early on, Frank and I discussed that every game there would be people in the stands that had never seen a baseball game before. There would be people in the seats that had never seen Frank perform. And of course, there would be many people that came just to see him. Being at his best was what he would do for the new and old fans. No matter how he felt, he would act as a hall of famer long before the moment of induction. He learned that greatness was reaching a high daily standard of performance every game until he retired. Consistency was one of his strengths. I intently watched Frank reach his daily standard that culminated with a Photo courtesy of lifetime batting average of .301, while slugging 521 home runs and driving in 1,704 runs. I saw every home run either on television or in person. I never missed a game. In addition, I was on call 24/7 to help Frank attract the “Zone” while he mastered the S.C.O.R.E.® Success System. He was only 22 years old when we met, and the fire in his belly to achieve greatness was already there. As his retirement shifted his focus to selling Big Hurt Beer among his many business ventures, this burning desire to be the best of the best still burns bright. Some things never change. He’s still hitting it out of the park.

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Here’s how Frank Thomas made it to the Hall. Self-discipline—he always had the commitment and willingness to be patient and selective in his hitting approach. He was the best-prepared hitter in the game. He always had strategies and tactics, and could adjust during the game or even during an at bat in order to reach his goals. In 1994, his .487 on-base percentage reflected this plate discipline. In 1997, I witnessed one of the game’s greatest feats. Self-discipline made it happen. How could a 6’5”, 260-pound man win a batting title? I doubt any man this size will ever accomplish this again. His .347 batting average saw no infield hits. Most of his 184 hits were rifled bullets that pierced even the most gifted defenses. His patience, attention to detail and adherence to strict routines made it happen. Concentration—nothing interfered with Frank’s focus at the plate. Regardless of what was happening in his life, he had one mission each and every night at the ballpark. In fact, he said this purpose and intention tens of thousands of times during his 19-year career. “I hit solid.” This was the singular mantra that Frank used before every plate appearance. He knew this was the essence of his craft. Hitting solid gave the defense less time to get him out. He hit through them and over them with committed mental and physical focus. And every pitcher feared him because of this single-minded approach. They could feel his presence. With this hungry focus they knew if they made a mistake, Frank would make them pay. Optimism—Frank believed in Frank; he believed in his honed technique; he believed in his ability to see a baseball clearly. Many nights, Frank could slow the game down as his eyes doubled or even tripled their shutter speed, giving him this uncanny illusion. And he held himself accountable. This accountability was never negative. There was never any self-deprecation. His inner dialogue of thoughts was always positive when it came to the art form of hitting a baseball. His confidence in hitting any pitch and any pitcher in any situation was legendary. Frank expected to hit well every night. In fact, most nights he knew it. Frank was and still is an avid, proactive visualization performer. We regularly practiced the S.C.O.R.E.® techniques of task, situational, symbolic and aftermath imagery. He envisioned his

successes before they happened. Relaxation—Frank was calm and cool under pressure. His massive hit totals with runners in scoring position reflect that. This intangible was something we worked on a lot. He could relax in the most intense situations. He learned to lower his breathing as the pressure mounted. I can still see him unhinge his jaw and relax his shoulders and hands before every pitch. Enjoyment—Frank enjoyed his 19-year career. Even though he experienced many personal disappointments, his passion for playing the game never wavered. Frank loved to hit baseballs solidly. And he loved a challenge as this was revealed in his MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2000. In his 10,075 plate appearances, he was the ultimate S.C.O.R.E.® Success System Zoniac™ that played the game with passion and enjoyment. Frank had a love affair with the game of baseball. He still does. I am proud of Frank Thomas’ accomplishments. I’m proud that he embraced the S.C.O.R.E.® Success System, and was consistent with its principles and tools for 19 years. But I’m more proud to have been his personal coach, mentor, guide and good friend. Yes, Frank had talent. Many athletes have this prerequisite to enter the big leagues. But Frank managed his physical gifts with daily routines and a steely resolve to be the best he could be. Years ago, Frank and I envisioned his Hall of Fame induction. Dreams with the right blueprint and compass do come true. Congratulations, Frank! You deserve this ultimate accolade. You are officially an inductee into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. I’ll see you in Cooperstown.

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Spiritual Insight

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More Better

ave you ever thought about the “More Better” mentality overtaking so many of us? If I’ve got something good, I often think, “How do I get MORE of it? That would be BETTER.” I’d like more of that drink or food. I’d like more of that attention or nice feeling. I’d like more of that money or material stuff. That would

be better.” In his book, Death By Suburb, David Goetz confesses, “Nothing is quite as satisfying as idling next to another large child-moving vehicle when mine is bigger, no matter how much I have to pay for gas.” Author Rodney Clapp suggests that this MORE mentality has insinuated itself into contemporary life to the point of “the deification of dissatisfaction.” “Our economy depends on people in a constant state of needing more and wanting more, leading us to buy things we do not need. It’s one thing for us to consume a mocha latte on occasion, but quite another for us to be seduced into a daily habit of cappuccino consumption. The subtlety of consumer culture is that ordinary, everyday good things become commodified and marketed to us so that one is not enough. It’s not merely the individual purchase that the consumer economy is after: it’s the cultivation of the habitual, repeat buyer who becomes accustomed and acculturated to a pattern of consumption. Consumer culture wants to create addicts.” David Brooks of the New York Times points out how widespread this MORE phenomenon has become: “At some point in the past decade, the suburbs went quietly berserk. As if under the influence of some bizarre form of radiation, everything got huge. The cars got huge, so heads don’t even spin when a mountainous Hummer comes rolling down the street. The houses got huge. The drinks at 7-Eleven got huge, as did the fry containers at McDonald’s. The stores turned into massive, sprawling category-killer megaboxes with their own climatic zones. Suburbia is no longer the land of ticky-tacky boxes on a hillside where everything looks the same. It’s the land of the gargantuoids.” The converse is also true. If I see something good, I often wonder, “How can that be made even BETTER? I’d like that MORE.” How can that thing I’ve written be made better? How can that program or service we’re offering at work become better? How does my kid’s performance, our family’s lot in life,

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my state or status get better? I’d like that more.” More is better. Better is more. Can any of you relate to this? I want to stress that this instinct to increase and improve things is not all bad. The MORE BETTER impulse is the fount of much of the innovation, industry and excellence that sustains our culture and blesses people. Observers from Frenchman Alexis DeTocqueville in the 19th century onward have marked this maximizing drive as America’s most unique quality and part of her creative genius. But when this impulse runs amok, it can also be one of the most destructive influences going. It can become an obsessive compulsivity that robs others and ourselves of contentment and joy in our work and life. It can blind us to the fact that sometimes less is more in the fullest sense. Why is it, for example, that children with few toys seem to enjoy them so much more than those with closets full? There was a time, when you and I were children ourselves, when we were happy with simple things and didn’t need more. There was a time when it was okay if we didn’t color perfectly inside all of the lines; we just rejoiced in the colors. There was time when good enough was actually great. Jesus once met a rich young ruler who asked the famous rabbi how he could be sure of gaining the best possible life. What’s been your strategy so far? Jesus inquired. The young man replied by supplying a very impressive list of his activities. It was clear he’d done more and better than the average person. So, Jesus said: “One thing you lack. Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven.” In other words, if you want the best possible life, then embrace a process of subtraction rather than addition. This is a profoundly counter-cultural concept, but worth pondering, I think. What might you or I need to sell, subtract or simplify so that we improve our capacity to embrace the peace, love or creative influence we know constitutes wealth in the highest sense? In other words, what do you need to cancel, to turn off, to quit, to separate yourself from, so that you actually have the margin you need to feel God, or open your heart to others? In her book, Breathe, Keri Wyatt Kent asks, “How much time do you spend shopping for things you really don’t need? How much time do you spend maintaining your stuff? How many trips do you have to make to the Container Store to buy bins and baskets to put all your stuff in? How often do you have to sort through all the junk and have garage sales or leave a few

boxes on the porch for the Veterans’ Association to pick up? How much stuff is too much?” And on the “better” score, what does “enough” look like there? Are you currently demanding, perhaps ruthlessly, perhaps selfrighteously, of other people something it’s time to release? A monk was walking down a road when he came upon a beggar. Reaching into his pocket for something to give him, the monk’s hand settled upon a large gemstone he had recently inherited from a deceased relative. On an impulse, the monk pulled out the gem, looked hard at it and then even harder into the face of the hungry man before him. “Here,” he said, proffering his treasure. The beggar looked flabbergasted as the monk went on about his way. Ten minutes later, the monk heard footsteps thundering on the pathway behind him. It was the beggar running to catch up with him. “I’m afraid that I don’t have anything else for you,” said the monk, pulling his pockets inside out. “No,” said the beggar. You’ve got more. You’ve got better. I want you to give me whatever it was that moved you to let go of that gemstone.” The question, I suppose, is how rich do we want to be? In the things that really amount to wealth in this life, have we got enough? Could God have more and better for you? To receive it, we may just have to let go of some of what’s in our hands. You can hear Dan Meyer on April 20 when an Easter message and service from Christ Church of Oak Brook will be featured nationwide on NBC television.



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Nest: the “smart” thermostat

ince our last couple of articles have focused on business security and productivity, this edition of techKNOW heads back home for some great ideas regarding technology where you live. Our first product is a popular “smart” thermostat titled Nest. Recently acquired by Google, this device’s features are a must-have for custom temperature comfort. Our next home technology Errol Janusz Contributing Writer device is a new type of basic security system. This device will help keep your home secure while not breaking the budget on an entire home automation system. The Nest thermostat is widely known as the thermostat that learns your specific comfort levels for your home. As the device is installed like a normal thermostat, no additional programming will be involved. The Nest saves money and time by learning your household thermostat patterns and programming itself. As time goes by, it will understand that you have better comfort at a certain temperature level during the day and a different level at night. Because the Nest will utilize your home Wi-Fi connection, there are apps for DROID and iPhone that can help customize the look and feel of your thermostat. The Nest is a

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very small and light appliance that is easy to install. The round screen is bright, cheerful and easy to understand, with heating and cooling designated by both color and by number. The retail price for the second-generation thermostat is about $250. Our second device brings a bit of extra security to any home on an affordable budget. The Canary Smart Home Security Device is an all-in-one security appliance with a 720p HD camera that includes built-in sensor capabilities to detect motion, humidity, temperature, night motion and your current air quality. This device can be placed anywhere in your home, and provides security features and control directly to your smartphone. If the Canary detects motion in your house, it will alert you and start the camera-viewing app on your phone. In case of fire, the Canary’s electronic thermometer will detect a spike in heat and alert you immediately. Many other features will be available with this device upon its Summer 2014 launch date. The suggested retail price will be around $200. Please stay tuned into my techKNOW articles for 2014, as I will share plenty of different home and business technology tips and gadget information. From a self-mowing lawnmower from Husqvarna to the latest in business productivity and security, I will be reviewing and writing about the latest and greatest technology. Errol Janusz is President and Lead Technician at Edward Technology.

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