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fter 16 years in elected office representing the North Shore and the State of Illinois, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) leaves a legacy both touching land he helped preserve just walking distance from his home and relationships nearly halfway around the world. Kirk gave DailyNorthShore.com an exclusive interview December 19 as he prepares to become a private citizen January 3. He talked about his role preserving land along Lake Michigan, keeping sewage out of the lake and helping Israel maintain its strong relationship with the Pentagon. When the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve opened six years ago, Kirk was instrumental in making sure it remained a nature preserve rather than a housing development. The property spans more than a mile along Lake Michigan from  Oak Street in Highland Park north into the former Fort Sheridan. “When (former Highland Park Continued on PG 11

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IN THIS ISSUE [ NEWS ]

[ REAL ESTATE ]

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kirk reflects on legacy Sen. Mark Kirk looks back on 16 years in office.

17 h  ouses of the week

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north shore preview 2017 Storm water, schools, elections and more.

[ SPORTS ] 21 it's her time now

Highland Park point guard Kirby Bartelstein applying lessons learned from her older siblings.

[LIFESTYLE & ARTS ] 14 n  orth shore foodie

210 strikes a chord with comfort food.

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Profiles of intriguing houses for sale on the North Shore.

Columnist looks back at 2016 — and appreciates feedback.

[ LAST BUT NOT LEAST ] 26 sunday breakfast

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country,” said Kirk. By serving vets in the same place as active duty sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes, it assures the veterans of quality care. “They would never treat veterans the way they have at some places when there are sailors right there.” Always a strong supporter of Israel, Kirk’s influence was felt in the foreign affairs arena too. When the Israelis were prepared to sell advanced technology to China a few years ago, Kirk said the Pentagon was ready to cut Israel out of the program to develop and receive the F-35 fighter jet, the country’s newest model. He intervened. “I was in Israel when this happened and I contacted the (American) Secretary of Defense for Israel,” said Kirk. “That was the key to overcoming it.” He also pushed Israeli officials. “I told them you wouldn’t want a missile made in Israel to hit an American plane. Their first two F-35s were delivered (December 12).” Kirk lost his bid for re-election November 8 to Rep. Tammy D uckworth (D-Hoffman Estates).

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NORTH SHORE PREVIEW 2017 Island Woods, as well as proposing underground storage at DukeChilds Field as an alternative WINNETKA: Schools, Storms, solution, albeit more costly. Downtown While One Winnetka was one School District 36 officials will of the most controversial projects seek both immediate and long- the village considered in 2016 — term solutions to imbalanced resulting in public meetings freenrollment that has left some quently packed with residents schools operating under-capaci- sharing views both for and against ty while Crow Island is over- it — that project is poised to crowded. proceed in 2017. A preliminary In January an advisory commit- ordinance will be presented to the tee plans to recommend an im- Village Council in January, mediate solution to be imple- making way for developer Stonmented by fall 2017. Under estreet Partners to move forward. consideration is whether the district should offer any kinder- WILMETTE: Storms, Beach garten or fourth grade classes at Wilmette will contemplate two Crow Island, or possibly offer only controversial, large-scale projects some kindergarten classes. in 2017 to improve services and Another short-term solution enhance recreational activities. would be installing two addi- Village officials will weigh tional temporary classrooms at whether to invest $77 million in Crow Island. the village’s stormwater system The school board plans to un- west of Ridge Road, while the dertake the second phase of the Park District will continue its enrollment-balancing project in scaled-back plans for Gillson Park the spring, when it will consider beach. a long-term solution that could In 2016, Wilmette officials held include shifting district boundar- several meetings to discuss a ies. stormwater proposal by consulThe Village Council has spent tants Christopher Burke Engiyears grappling with flooding in neering. While some residents western portions of Winnetka. expressed concern the project was After the village abandoned the too costly and would not solve all controversial stormwater tunnel the flooding issues, others urged project due to runaway costs, the village to tackle the problem. it turned its attention to alterna- The sewer system west of Ridge tive solutions, and in fall 2015 Road was constructed in the 1950s hired the consulting firm Strand. and does not have the capacity to Strand proposed a stormwater handle more than a two-year plan that includes storage on rainstorm. The Burke proposal includes a public lands owned by other governing bodies such as the Cook new sewer system from Ridge to County Forest Preserve, New the village’s western limits that Trier Township High School and would keep flood levels below street level for up to a 10-year Winnetka Park District. But Strand’s proposal has been storm event. But the proposal controversial. Residents formed a won’t solve all flooding — in lowcommunity group called “Save lying areas, occasional flooding Crow Island Woods” aimed at will still occur — just not as badly protecting the park from becom- or last as long. ing a stormwater storage area. The proposal includes installing New Trier’s Board of Education 42,000 feet of new trunk and balked at the idea of storing water lateral sewers that would collect above ground at Duke-Childs and convey excess stormwater to Field and relocating sports ac- a pump station on Lake Avenue, tivities across Willow Road, on which discharges into the north top of the landfill. branch of the Chicago River. The The entire project, however, project would take about five years hinges primarily on approval from to construct if approved, and it is the Forest Preserve to store storm- projected to cause significant water on its land, according Steve traffic delays, utility conflicts and Saunders, village engineer. Saun- disruption to the golf course. Village officials will weigh the ders spoke optimistically at a study session on October 13 about cost versus improved services for village discussions with the Forest some residents. To cover the high Preserve, indicating that an agree- cost of the project, water and sewer ment may be ready for consider- rates would be raised by $625 per ation by the council and Forest household over the next 30 years. Preserve board by early 2017. The proposed stormwater project Saunders also tread lightly on the also comes on the heels of the idea of storing water at Crow completion of the $18.5 million

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West Park sanitary storage project. A value-engineering study is underway to validate the results, analysis and cost estimates of Burke’s proposal. The Park District has been developing a scaled-back plan for lakefront parks. In July, the park board decided to make a new beach house and parking lot a priority for Gillson Beach, after reviewing residents’ input from a community-wide survey. In December, the Park District board selected architects Woodhouse Tinucci, which designed Highland Park’s beach facilities and the boathouse at Northwestern University. Park District Director Steve Wilson will work with Woodhouse Tinucci to finalize the terms of the contract with plans to complete this process no later than February. The Park Board agreed in November not to tackle any construction in 2017, but instead budgeted just for design work.

her resignation in December, while Samantha Stolberg and Karla Livney will not run for reelection when their terms expire in April. Jane Solmor-Mordini is the only board member who expressed interest in running for re-election, but she was not endorsed by the D-112 Caucus. The D-112 Caucus endorsed Dan Jenks, Art Kessler, and Brent Ross. CARE (Citizens Actively Renewing Education) formed a separate Caucus and endorsed Alex Brunk, Julie Campbell, Lisa Hirsh, and Brent Ross. Ross is the only candidate endorsed by both groups.

the four seats open on the Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education with eight contenders. The new mayor and aldermen will have to learn fast, given the uncertainties created by the lack of a state budget and talk of a property tax freeze by some members of the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner. Lake Forest officials have been studying the impact of a proposal to expand Amtrak’s Hiawatha service between Chicago and Milwaukee by three round trips a day, and the results of the city’s effort will be known in 2017. The Federal Railroad Administration will likely decide next LAKE FOREST: Hospital, year whether the request by Lake Railroad, Elections Forest, Glenview, Northbrook, Northwestern Medicine Lake Deerfield and Bannockburn for a Forest Hospital’s new healthcare detailed environmental impact center is expected to open in fall study is warranted. 2017, turning a one-time local A less comprehensive environfacility into an academic com- mental assessment released in munity hospital, according to October calls for a more than hospital President Thomas J. two-mile long holding track HIGHLAND PARK: Schools, McAffee. between Route 60 and Rondout Though Lake Forest’s April 4 near Highway 176 to allow faster Elections 2016 started out with a bang municipal election is largely un- Amtrak and Metra trains to pass and ended on a cliffhanger. In contested, the city will have a new slower freights as they idle on the December, the North Shore mayor and three new aldermen proposed siding. School District 112 superinten- because of term limits. Mayor dent announced plans to leave his Donald Schoenheider will leave LAKE BLUFF: Strategic Plan, position — two years before his office with Aldermen Catherine Elections contract ends, prompting the Waldeck, George Pandaleon and After a contentious civic debate school board to put the contro- Michael Adelman. in 2016 over land use and developversial Budget Deficit Reduction Former Alderman Rob Lansing ment in downtown Lake Bluff, Plan 3 on hold. Meanwhile, the is running unopposed for mayor. the village will take a closer look City Council is readying for its Melanie K. Rummell and Paul at the issue in 2017 as part of its own election in 2017. Hamann will compete to replace proposed Strategic Plan. Though the village imposed a Two active voices in the school Pandaleon while James E Morris, community, Davis Schneiderman Alderman Jack Reisenberg and height limit, which deterred a and Laura Saret are vying for Raymond Buschmann have no developer from building a threeCouncilman Paul Frank’s two-year opposition. story, 16-unit condominium on seat on the City Council. He was There will be competition for the block bounded by Scranton, elected to the Lake County Board of Commissioners. Schneiderman is on the D-112 Reconfiguration 2.0 Steering Committee, while Saret has publicly expressed her discontent with the school board. She is co-president of the Ravinia Neighbors Association and is involved in other organizations. Adam Stolberg is also running for the same position. He served on the Plan & Design Commission and is married to Samantha Stolberg, who is board vice president. All three City Council members whose terms expire in April 2017 are running for reelection. Alyssa Knobel, Dan Kaufman and Kim Stone are interested in serving another fouryear-term, while they are being challenged by Stan Lester. Residents will also vote to fill positions on the school board. Jacqueline Denham announced

Oak, North and Evanston Avenues, the draft of the Strategic Plan includes housing diversity. Among other things, the plan promotes housing for residents “in all stages of life.”The plan also calls for a thorough public engagement. The plan includes an economic development section, which sets out a strategy of creating a “planned vision for the growth and sustainability” of downtown Lake Bluff. Though Village President Kathy O’Hara is running unopposed for re-election, Lake Bluff voters have a choice for several offices in the April 4 election. As Village Clerk Aaron Towle gives up his job to join the Village Board of Trustees, Sarah Wnek and Joy Markee are vying to replace him. Towle is running against Kate Briand and incumbents William Meyer and Eric Grenier. The top three vote getters win. Eight people are running for four spots on the Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education. Whether people join one of the school boards or the village board, they will have to deal with a quick learning curve in light of the budget stalemate between the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner and the possibility of a property tax freeze. “The certainty could be the uncertainty,” Lake Bluff Village Administrator Drew Irvin said. Though what kind of building and the sort of tenant that will complete the Target development on Highway 176 is not known, Irvin said he expects the company to complete the out lot on this property in 2017.


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t’s hard to imagine that an eclectic nightclub featuring chandeliers, dining options from high tops to formal tables, cozy couches, comfort food with gourmet touches, and live music was once a bowling alley. But Restaurant 210 & Live Music Lounge co-owner Steven Goldstein unveiled the evidence. Tucked away in a storage room near the stage are remnants from the original bowling lanes. “One of the original pin setters still comes in for a beer about once a week,” said Goldstein. “The bowling alley was first built in 1949 and it was called Mary Jane Lanes, after the builder’s daughter.” It’s also been called Minstrel’s Alley, and Highwood Lanes. In 2005, Goldstein took over the bowling alley at 210 Green Bay Road and renamed it The Alley. Head chef and co-owner Jeff Tomchek explained how The Alley transformed into 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge. Tomchek said he’d been working at Green Acres Country Club for six years when he decided to open his own restaurant. He was looking for space and some mutual friends suggested that he contact Goldstein, who also works in commercial real estate. After several unsuccessful outings, Goldstein brought him to The Alley. “I thought it was strange that Steve was showing me a bowling alley, so he explained that he owned the building and had wanted to do something with it for a long time,” said Tomchek, who liked the space and offered

From left, Restaurant 210 Manager Raine Tomchek, chef Jeff Tomchek and partner Steve Goldstein. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER.

to cook dinner for Goldstein and his wife at home. Soon Tomchek began running the day-to-day operations at The Alley, and over a year later they decided to strike the bowling alley and continue focusing on live entertainment while dishing out a full menu. “We were busy after 9 p.m. and doing private events, but the customers always wanted to bring in outside food,” said Goldstein. He explained that people would stop by The Alley after dining out at one of the other local restaurants late at night. “They weren’t interested in having dinner here because

we were serving mainly pizza and simple bar food, but when Jeff came onboard as chef, we thought why not make this a real restaurant that’s also a nightclub.” Tomchek said Goldstein’s wife is a “phenomenal” artist who’s responsible for all of the décor. “She bought the chandeliers and tables and piece by piece we put it together,” he added. 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge opened the night before Thanksgiving 2015. 210 features a daily menu with specialties including Baby Back Ribs, 210 Burger, Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, homemade

soups, and a variety of salads. Tomchek added that they’ve had several parties featuring Bar Mitzvahs, large fundraisers and Quinceañeras. Tomchek and Goldstein are looking forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve at 210. “We’re having a cool buffet with lots of holiday things and it also happens to be Hanukkah, so we’re doing some Hanukkah-theme stuff,” said Tomchek. “I had a Jewish grandmother, so I’ve got latkes (potato pancakes) down.” The New Year’s Eve buffet will include carved Texas-style barbecue brisket, shrimp tacos,

looking to go out and have a great time on a Friday or Saturday night,” he added. Both Tomchek and Goldstein are musicians who play the guitar. While Goldstein has sat in with the Blues Jam, Tomchek prefers to mind the store. They have another business partner, Judy Shatkin, who is an accomplished musician. “Judy’s an incredible piano player and jazz musician and is really responsible for us getting this jazz thing going on Thursday nights where we’re getting these top acts coming in,” said Goldstein. She plays once a month on Thursdays with the Judy Night Trio and also plays with some of the different bands at 210. Tomchek is also thrilled to be working with his son Raine Tomchek and the feeling is mutual: “I’ve worked with my dad before, but never in a restaurant that we opened together, so it’s been a wonderful experience,” he said. “It definitely has its ups and downs and frustrating moments, but I wouldn’t ask for anything else.” In December, 210 began offering a senior special from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, which will continue in 2017. It’s a $20 prix fixe Early Bird dinner menu that includes choice of appetizer, entrée and side dish. On the second Wednesday of each month, this special dinner menu is served until 7:30 p.m. so seniors can stay to hear the Highland Park Pops Big Band.

humus, chopped liver, salads, vegetables, and fried chicken. The band Rollover will perform on New Year’s Eve, and the cost is $50 a person. This includes the buffet, two bands: a solo piano with vocals from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a rock ‘n’ roll band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. “It will be fun,” said Tomchek. “I look at like it’s my party, because a bunch of my friends are going to come.” Goldstein agreed. “That’s what it’s like here every night -- it’s 210 Restaurant & Live like a party. People show up that Music Lounge is located at 210 have no plans -- single guys, Green Bay Road. For reservations single gals, and couples who are call 847-433-0304.

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horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Why the long face?” Did you laugh? Groan? Roll your eyes so quickly that your eyelids hurt now? Or did you maintain your

reading face? Yes, it’s dumb humor to some and super silly to others. But it’s also clean and playful, equally pleasing to most grandpas and grandchildren. The world needs more levity. I wish I knew who first uttered the snappy joke so I could give credit to him or her.

I first read that joke in a magazine more than a decade ago. I laughed then. I laughed when I typed it a few minutes ago, and now I’m thinking, This joke has thoroughbred legs. Go ahead, groan for the second time if you’ve decided to stay with me. Or groan for the first time. I can take it. Remember, this

column is dubbed, “Takes by the Lake”, and I am sitting a 10minute walk from Lake Michigan. Lake Erie is Ohio’s Great Lake. I went to college in Ohio. I watched and heard my favorite comedian, Steven Wright, perform at the college one night. Wright has to be the best deadpan

comic of all-time, pans down. “I bought some batteries,” an impassive Wright said, “but they weren’t included.” He later said, “All those who believe in pyschokinesis raise my hand.” I was in awe of Wright’s simple, understated genius. My hands hurt from applauding as

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mid the chaos of this most — beg, borrow and steal if need wonderful time of the year, be — a few quiet moments for many I know will seek out peaceful reflection.

I’m among them. Looking back on the path this column traveled in 2016 was a guilty pleasure. I met some thoughtful and insightful people this year. I hope you enjoyed their remarks as much as I did. In January, local attorney Jennifer Cunningham Beeler explained that Illinois divorce laws changed significantly Jan. 1, and she reminded affected parties to be patient during an already emotionally charged process. “It’s the first big change in the laws since 1973,” Beeler told me in January. “Attorneys and judges are having to relearn things we had long been comfortable practicing. But the 2016 laws recognize that our old-fashioned view of family is changing, and now we have two moms and two dads and step-siblings and others. “The court still looks for the best interests of the child — that is always paramount,” Beeler continued. “But the new allocation of parental responsibilities asks both parties to consider, ‘Can you do this together, or is one

parent better suited than the other to make decisions’, on things like what school the child attends, medical decisions, religious practices and extracurricular activities like summer camp and day care.” In March I learned about one couple’s quest to avoid the courthouse at all costs. In their book, “The Marriage Test”, then-dating couple Jill Andres and Brook Silva-Braga spent a year simulating marriage before they tied the knot. They broke it down into 40 “dates,” during which they recreated what they decided were the biggest challenges of marriage. They swapped credit cards for a month and borrowed someone’s kids for a weekend. They lived for a month on half of their usual budget to simulate financial stress. Scariest of all, they recorded themselves during an argument and listened to it together a week later to critique their fighting styles. Several local readers sent me their ideas for better tests of a relationship, but the advice I

received from one Northbrook woman stuck with me long after I unplugged my laptop: “If you lose your job tomorrow or become very ill, would your future spouse be the person you could rely on to be there for you? If Armageddon [were to occur], is this the person you would want in your foxhole? How would your future spouse be during those times?” She encouraged people to live separately in the same city for two years before marriage; to get to know each other’s families and their feelings about your union; and to discuss your visions for marriage, complete with writing a mission statement and timeline. “I know this is a lot, but premarital counseling is important,” Laura wrote. “There may be an App for this. If not, there should be.” Coincidentally, it was about this same time that Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reported a prime indicator of marital success is your own willingness to meet the expectations you have for your marriage.

Researchers from Florida State University tracked 135 couples in eastern Tennessee over the first four years of their marriages through surveys and interviews. Not surprisingly, the marriages in which spouses worked together and expressed clearly what made them mad and what their spouse could do to remedy the situation were more likely to meet the spouses’ high expectations for happiness. People with high expectations for marriages where less satisfied when they communicated these feelings indirectly, such as through sarcasm. Researchers explained that in the latter case, spouses can’t always identify and therefore remedy the problem at hand. In short, you get out of a marriage what you are willing to put in. But that’s only the half of it. Watch this space; I’ll recap the second half of 2016 in my next column. And please tell me what you’d like to read about in 2017, via email to joanna@northshoreweekend.com

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North Shore families gathered in Libertyville to immerse themselves in an African cultural extravaganza and to extend gratitude and support to the local community in celebration of Kwanzaa. Jack and Jill of America, North Shore Chapter, kicked-off its 50th Anniversary cultural event on December 3, giving all proceeds to North Chicago Community Partners. Jack and Jill of America is a national organization driven by mothers dedicated to developing African-American children into leaders who will contribute passionately toward a better society for all through volunteer service, philanthropy and civic duty. jackandjillnorthshore.org

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he sat and watched her older siblings play basketball in the driveway at home. For years, that was all Kirby Bartelstein could do. She watched and learned. Watched and learned some more. Josh Bartelstein would star for Highland Park High School boys basketball teams and suit up for University of Michigan men’s basketball teams. Sisters Morgan (basketball and soccer) and Courtney (track and field) would become highly competitive prep athletes, too. “There I was, watching my family play hard, go at it,” Kirby recalls. “I eventually got to play, when I was six or seven years old. They’d mess with me. At first, I thought my brother and sisters were too competitive.” Kirby Bartelstein, in 2016? Like Josh and Morgan and Courtney. Competitive. Competitive. Competitive. The thought of losing in anything, even in a game of Monopoly at home, riles her. Kirby, a 5-foot-5 junior, runs the show as the starting point guard for Highland Park High School’s girls basketball team. The third-year varsity member averages nearly eight points per game while leading the team (4-8, 2-2 in the Central Suburban League North) in assists. The Giants’ 45-36 loss to host Deerfield High School on Dec. 16 was tough to accept. Bartelstein, a pass-first hoopster who dribbles soccer balls as a forward in the springs, scored three points, had three steals and dribbled behind her back once near midcourt to prevent a steal. She missed some free throws, but her positive energy — clapping her hands to encourage teammates, keeping her head up after a turnover, driving the lane relentlessly to get her team back in the game — never wavered. Effective leaders do what Bartelstein did against the Warriors.

KIRB’ APPEAL: Highland Park High School junior point guard calls out a play. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER.

“Good basketball IQ,” Highland Park basketball coach Jolie Bechtel says of Bartelstein’s top hoops trait. “Kirby does a really good job of finding the open player in transition or in the half court. Good distributor. Her defense this year has improved, a lot. She’s more vocal this year, and she works really hard to keep everybody together. “A very good teammate,” the coach adds. Teammate Lily Kahn, a junior post player, and Bartelstein have been good friends since Kahn

was an eighth-grader and Bartelstein was a varsity rookie in high school. Kahn had a highly productive night against Deerfield, notching team highs of 15 points and 18 rebounds. Bartelstein got the assist on Kahn’s first bucket in the fourth minute of the first quarter. “She has a tough job,” Kahn says. “Kirby has to do what she can to control a game. She makes smart decisions, and she brings everybody together on and off the court. Good energy; she has that. She’s more consistent this

season, more composed. “Her sense of humor off the court is quirky,” Kahn adds. “Kirby makes me laugh all the time. We give each other funny faces when we see each other in school. Mine, though, is goofier than hers, definitely goofier.” Bartelstein was all business as a freshman on varsity in 2014-15. She watched again. She learned again. Then she got to apply what she had absorbed when she hit the court to play meaningful minutes against seasoned players. “I looked up to a lot of our

team’s older players when I was a freshman,” Bartelstein says. “I’m older, more experienced now, pretty vocal, and I’m aware our team’s younger players are looking to me as an example. I can’t get down on myself in games. If I do, everybody would get down. “The only energy I want to show is a positive kind.” Following games, she receives plenty of feedback from her father, professional sports agent Mark Bartelstein. The daughter welcomes it. Her mother, Sheri,

did not play competitive basketball in high school but has seen enough basketball games to qualify as a hoops expert. “The instructions I get from my dad are always good,” Kirby says. “I’ve always appreciated his input. He sometimes sneaks in a compliment when we talk after games.” Morgan Bartelstein, like Josh, graduated from Michigan. She works for a marketing company. Josh works for the owner of the Detroit Pistons, serving as the assistant to Palace Sports & Entertainment vice chair Arn Tellem. Courtney Bartelstein attends the University of Wisconsin in Madison. “I’ll look at both,” Kirby says of including both Big Ten schools in her college search. “I have so many pieces of [Michigan and Wisconsin] clothing.” Monopoly is a game of pieces — houses and hotels, among others. No need to remind Kirby Bartelstein of those. “The key to winning a game of Monopoly is to buy as many houses and hotels as soon as possible,” she says. Her competitive words settle. Had the game board and pieces and the fake money of Monopoly been nearby, Kirby Bartelstein, the competitor, would have insisted on playing. Anybody. Now. Kirby Bartelstein, the spectator? Nobody remembers her. Notable: Highland Park freshman forward Addie Budnik poured in 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss at Deerfield on Dec. 16. Her threepointer (the team’s lone trey), at 2:40 of the first quarter, knotted the game at 10-10. Senior Jenny Goldsher added four points and three steals. … The Giants were scheduled to fly to Orlando, Florida, on Dec. 26 for a slate of three games at Disney World. The program goes on the trip every other year.


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he was forced to hit the pause button last season. So you can understand Lilly Wehman’s state of mind, when she finally got back on the court earlier this winter. Her adrenaline was racing at an alarming rate. And her turnovers were coming — just as rapidly. Loyola Academy head coach Jeremy Schoenecker loves Lilly Wehman’s game. Loves her potential. He always has. He always will. But even Schoenecker had to grimace a little at Wehman’s penchant for miscues. Wehman wasn’t being Wehman. “She really struggled in the first four or five games,” said the LA head coach. “Kept turning the ball over.” Finally, Schoenecker and his top assistant, Jon Wolfe, sat her down. They had a good talk. “She was trying to do too much. We told her to relax,” Schoenecker said. “We told her to play to her strengths.” And what’s nice now? Wehman got the message. “She’s getting back to normal Lilly,” said Schoenecker. There are indications that LA’s prized 6-foot-2 junior, who missed the entire 2015-16 high school season rehabbing an ACL injury, is about to break out. Wehman certainly showed glimpses of her “old self ” in a 66-46 win at Niles West last week. On one possession in the second quarter, Wehman got the ball out on top, put the ball on the floor and beat her defender with a spin move. It was a big-time play. Athletic. Only one problem: the basket was wiped off when she was called for double dribble. It was a borderline call. Then, on LA’s very next trip down court, Wehman positioned herself inside, grabbed a long rebound off a missed three-point attempt and immediately converted the And One into a three-

players. She’s going to be a big factor for us.” Last season was a hard one for Wehman, who has been playing hoops since the third grade and who is destined to play at the collegiate level. She sustained her ACL injury — right leg — in a fall travel tournament in Milwaukee in late September and had successful surgery on Halloween. “The mental component was the difficult part,” said Wehman, who played significant minutes on varsity during her freshman campaign. “It was hard sitting on the bench and not playing. You’re itching to get out there.” Physically, she has no limitations. She’s pretty close to 100 percent. “The ACL injury was unfortunate. It’s hard for a player to miss a season,” said Schoenecker. “But here’s a player who has dedicated herself to basketball. And I feel like when she plays well, we play well.” Notable: With its win over Niles West last week, Loyola headed to a tournament in Meza, Arizona (Dec. 27-30) with a 9-3 record. … “I think we’re starting to figure some things out offensively,” LA head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “It was nice to see the ball go through the hoop.” The Ramblers used a balanced attack to take down Niles West. They had three players score in double figures: Clare Nelson (19 points), Julia Martinez (14 points) and ATTRACTING ATTENTION: Junior Lilly Wehman of the Ramblers draws a double team as she drives the lane against Niles West. She had 10 Lilly Wehman (10 points). … points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the win. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER Martinez certainly was a stat scouting report pretty good. Her Having a head for the game and asking for the ball. stuffer. She wasn’t far off from a point play. That — right there — got ability to shoot the three — which also helps. Wehman is instinctive “I turned and saw Lilly,” said quadruple double. Besides the 14 Schoenecker excited. she did in the opening quarter on the court. That played out early Martinez. “And I thought: perfect, points, the sophomore collected seven steals, seven assists and 10 “She had been playing very against Niles West — creates in the fourth quarter against Niles here you go Lilly, do your job.” passive. Not wanting contact,” the match-up problems. West, when she scored on a comAs the starting point guard, rebounds. Martinez has the coach said. “But tonight, she went “I’m starting to get some three- bination play with sophomore Martinez is excited to see Wehm- ability to speed up things on both hard for rebounds and attacked pointers to fall,” said Wehman, point guard Julia Martinez. an’s game come around. ends of the court. She plays at a the rim. It was nice to see.” who hit two treys in LA’s 66-36 Following a steal, Martinez “With the ACL injury, you super fast pace. “Julia likes to play Wehman, who plays her club win over visiting Taft on Dec. 22. hurriedly raced down court with couldn’t blame her for having a downhill,” said Schoenecker. “She “Teams don’t think the tall girl the ball but was cut off from the slow start,” said Martinez. “Still, can control the tempo of a game.” basketball with ALL IN Athletics, ended the game with solid is going to shoot the three,” she basket by a Niles West defender. she was playing OK. She just … Martinez also is a “proverbial In a flash, Martinez made a jump wasn’t the Lilly we know. numbers: 10 points, seven re- added, with a smile. coach” on the court. “She’s got a “Her ability to knock down a stop, looked back and quickly fed bounds and three blocks. “But in the last few games, she’s great feel for the game,” SchoeWhen Wehman is at her best, three,” said Schoenecker. “That’s a hockey-like drop pass to really stepped up,” the guard necker said. “We’ve never had a she can mess up an opponent’s an advantage for us.” Wehman, who was filling the lane added. “She’s one of our main point guard quite like her.”


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ancy Flanagin and her future husband, Bill Doyle, were good friends before they started a courtship. They were also flag football teammates, playing for the Runnin’ Rubbles (named after Barney and Betty Rubble of The Flintstones) in a Chicago league. Bill was the quarterback. Nancy was a receiver. “I caught some passes,” Nancy Doyle recalls. The connections on the field in Lincoln Park occurred in the early 1990s. More than 20 years later, Nancy explained — clearly and succinctly — what “catch a falling knife” means to prospective stockholders in her first book, Manage Your Financial Life: A Thoughtful, Organized Approach for Women, published by The Doyle Group and launched in November. From flag gridder to financial guru, the New Trier High School graduate and Winnetka resident wrote the book after she had been approached by a number of women caught up in the throes of transitions. Some were newly divorced. Some were about to start a job in a different field. Others were diagnosed with a major illness. “Many didn’t know where to start,” says Doyle, 53 years old, a mother of two (Brendan, 19, and Julia, 17) and an independent financial consultant. “There’s a

way to take control of your financial life, and the book is about a system I wanted to share. I don’t sell financial products. I’m not looking to add clients. Managing a financial life is about getting organized, gaining knowledge about investments and figuring out what to do with your money.” Doyle and many of her roommates from her Georgetown University days remain close today. One hailed from San Francisco, another from London. A third called Long Island home. Doyle had lunch with one of them, Deirdre Green, one day in California. Green co-founded (with Nigel Quinney) Roaring Forties Press, an innovative publishing

company based in Berkeley. “She told me, ‘You should write a book,’ ” Doyle recalls after ordering green tea, eggs, a plate of tomatoes and rye toast at Café Boungiorno in Winnetka. “She continues to be a great friend, and she helped me throughout a process that was intimidating and daunting at the beginning. It took me one year to write the book’s

Nancy Doyle outline; it took me that long because it is so important to organize an outline the right way.” Doyle sprinkles “real-life experiences” throughout most of the chapters. They’re one-paragraph breathers for the reader.

They recount moments when Doyle or a family member or a friend either learned a valuable lesson about a financial matter or devised a strategy to avoid a financial pitfall. In one, she reveals her late

father, Neil, never handed his children a cash allowance. He instead kept a ledger, entering the allowance each week and serving as “the bank” whenever his children requested bills or coins. “Dad would give us the money and deduct the amount from the balance in the ledger … even for small things like a candy bar,” writes Doyle, who majored in economics and minored in French at Georgetown and earned her MBA at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 1991. “Seeing the reduced balance made us think about if we really wanted or needed an item.” Following her days as a business student in Ann Arbor, Doyle focused on corporate finance before opting to work in the investment industry. All told, she has 30 years of experience in wealth management, finance and consulting. William Blair, First Chicago and Price Waterhouse, among other companies, hired a woman who was a tutor, a poms member and a synchronized swimmer at New Trier. “I also loved math in high school,” Doyle says. “I learned a lot about saving and investing from my parents when I was young. My mom [the late Mary]

was a stockholder for 55 years [after receiving 20 shares of General Electric stock — a gift from her grandmother — on her 20th birthday]. I’ve always believed you’re never too young to start saving or to learn valuable lessons about finances. “Parents today,” the Chartered Financial Analyst adds, “come up to me and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if our children learned all about saving and investing before they got to college?” Brendan, her son and a North Shore Country Day graduate, is a freshman track and field jumper at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Daughter Julia attends NSCD. The Doyle family lives in a 110-year-old house, where Nancy likes to bake cookies and cakes when she needs a break from backtesting portfolios and estimating salvage values. Long walks invigorate the wife/mother/consultant/rookie author/former wide receiver. “My philosophy on finances,” she writes in her preface, “is similar to my philosophy on life: I tend to be both conservative and optimistic. I am a forthright person who believes that simple is good. Being organized is a priority, and I strive to reduce stress in my life. And I like to sleep well. The path that I outline in this book embodies all these characteristics.” Visit nancydoyle.com for more information about the book, available for purchase at amazon.com and other outlets.


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