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Healthcare group announces a fuel-injected wellness initiative

What will you leave behind when you’re gone? Columnist Theresa Kulat discusses what you, and your loved ones may consider most important.

Yvonne Malone of Downers Grove shares her quilt art.

Core strength can be the key to balance, posture and overall health. Get tips from Mary Lou Savino of Be Fit in Downers Grove, and helpful exercises as well.


Check out a variety of local events, courtesy of our own Planit Life website!


Columnist and educator Michael Petrucelli offers insight into a philanthropic approach to learning.


Wherever stress comes from – work, homephysical ailments – it festers and can affect far more than your mood. Learn the triggers, and how to release your stress and recharge.

12 SOUL SISTER Anne Quigley treats body and spirit as Elmhurst massage therapist.

16 SCORE! Local tennis academy builds a program for juniors and beyond.

Discover great opportunities for fun in the snow this season.

22 LEARNING BY GIVING 24 THE ELUSIVE FAMILY DINNER Family columnist Michelle Stien discusses making time for that once-traditional time of togetherness.



BUSINESS & CIVIC 35 FIND THE RIGHT TAX PRO Make this season a little less taxing by choosing the right expert to help you.

37 MRS. MAYOR Gina Cunningham balances banking career with civic service

26 DISCOVER LEMONT A quaint village, blending history and progress.

DINING & ENTERTAINING 28 POTATO CROQUETTES Take Chef Nadia’s advice for this simple, delectable take on a tasty French treat.

30 WARM UP TO PORT Get all the knowledge you need to pick the perfect port to enjoy on a chilly winter’s evening.


Editor’s Note

Happy New Year from Suburban Life Magazine to you and yours! As we greet 2015, with it comes the promise of a fresh start, a time when many of us gear up, make resolutions, and devote our efforts to a better stronger coming year. One of the most common of resolutions relates to health, wellness and fitness. In this month’s issue of Suburban Magazine, we highlight some of the more common concerns of you, our readers.

January also is a popular time to consider finances, and this month, we launch the magazine’s new Business and Civic section, with articles on investing, tax preparation, and an invitation to the 2015 Economic Forecast event. Looking to heal your spirit from the winter blues? Embrace the chill and have some oldfashioned winter fun. We’ve located some of the best locations for sledding, skiing, winter hikes and more. Don’t let Jack Frost’s icy chill bring you down. Gear up, get out there and enjoy the season, right here in the suburbs. Thanks for reading,

We talk to experts about stress, mental and physical, from the effects stress has on overall wellness to the things we can do to manage it better.

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We talk to fitness trainers about core conditioning, and how a strong and resilient core muscle group can benefit everything from posture and balance to overall internal health.

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Wellness campaign accelerates with help of NASCAR star


ith the world’s most famous female race car driver lending a steering hand, EdwardElmhurst Healthcare is announcing “Healthy Driven,” an initiative devoted to helping patients move their health forward. In the coming months, Danica Patrick will be seen and heard across TV and radio commercials, full-page newspaper and magazine ads, billboards and a presence at public transportation centers and on public transportation vehicles., all in an effort to motivate area residents to take control of wellness issues.

and wellness organization, including more than 50 outpatient locations across a service area of 1.7 million residents in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago, 7,400 employees and 1,900 physicians on staff. Patrick, who grew up Illinois, seems a perfect choice to represent the health initiative. She is the most successful woman in the history of American auto racing. Driving the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick is the only woman to have won an IndyCar Series race, the 2008 Indy Japan 300, and her 3rd place finish at the 2009 Indianapolis 500 is the best showing by a woman in the history of the legendary race.

A new website,, features the Danica Patrick Healthy Driven Challenge, where consumers can select a challenge to help them take charge of their health. Participants can share their challenge on social media, receive a personalized photo with Patrick and be eligible for valuable prizes.

“Our new brand position is about being driven, and who is more driven than Danica Patrick? She symbolizes what we’re talking about – determination and focus to reach your Healthy Driven goals wherever you are in your life," adds Davis, "That’s especially important in this era of healthcare reform where consumers are being asked to take more personal responsibility for their health. Healthy Driven means we are willing to do whatever it takes to improve the health of our community.”

"We want to inspire our patients and community.” says Pam Davis, System CEO, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare. The merger of Edward, Linden Oaks and Elmhurst Hospitals last year resulted in a comprehensive health

Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare’s Danica Patrick Healthy Driven Challenge gives participants an opportunity to select health challenges from three categories on their desktop, tablet or mobile device:


• Nutritional (for example, replace soda or juice with water for one week) • Physical (take the stairs instead of the elevator at work) • Emotional (volunteer at a local charity) Completing the Challenge is one step toward a new healthy habit and is available to everyone. There’s also an option to become a repeat challenger by creating a log-in. Challengers will receive a personalized photo message from Patrick to share on Facebook or Twitter, along with a personalized Challenge dashboard and are eligible to win a FitBit, fitness center membership and other valuable prizes. Patrick will donate up to $10,000 – one dollar for each challenge taken on – to help fight childhood obesity in the our west suburban communities. “Leading the Healthy Driven campaign is a natural connection and extension of my personal and professional lifestyle,” says Patrick. “Through my Healthy Driven Challenge, I want to motivate others to take charge of their health.”

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The most effective core strengthening exercises from Mary Lou Savino, certified personal trainer

The Plank Lie face down with your toes tucked under and feet about six inches apart. Lift your chest and place your forearms on the ground. Draw your belly button in and squeeze your glutes until you have lifted your entire trunk off the floor and created a straight line from head to toe. Hold for at least six seconds, then slowly return to the floor.

Push Ups Set your palms on the floor just outside the width of your shoulders with your fingers pointed straight ahead. Begin with your arms extended and all your weight on your hands and toes with your feet flexed. Your torso and thighs should create a straight line. Engage your core, glutes and quadriceps to maintain this straight-body position as you bend your elbows to lower your body toward the floor. Once your elbows are bent to 90 degrees, straighten them again to raise your body back up and complete the rep.

Squats Stand with feet hip-width or shoulder-width apart. Place the barbell just above the shoulders. Bend the knees and lower into a squat. Stop when your knees are at 90-degree angles OR before you lose the natural arch of your back. Contract the glutes and legs while stabilizing your body with a strong torso. Slowly stand back up without locking the knees and repeat for one to three sets of 10 to 16 repetitions.

Lunges With your chest lifted, chin up and abs contracted, take a big step forward with your left foot. Sink straight down so your front left knee tracks over the top of your shoe and your back right knee points down toward the floor. You are on your back left toe. Push back to the starting position. Repeat on the right leg. Keep alternating. Start with 10 to 12 lunges on each leg and work your way up to three sets.

Pilates Abdominal Series This includes the hundred, the single bent leg stretch, the double bent leg stretch, the single straight leg stretch, the double straight leg stretch and the criss-cross.

Core strengthening at “Be Fit” Physical Therapy & Pilates, LTD Savino offers Pilates mat classes as well as private Pilates lessons to her clients. “I use it in physical therapy with my patients and people who have had previous injuries or just want to prevent injuries do well with Pilates because it is core strength and flexibility without strain and pressure on the joints,” says Savino. “Joseph Pilates was way before his time and his exercise form and programs stand the test of time.”



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CORE F Core strength is key to balance, strength, flexibility By MARTHA MADDI

rom your kid’s gym class to your grandma’s senior center, core strength is the big trend in physical fitness programs, and for good reason. Core exercises have multiple benefits, including improving your balance and stability, reducing back pain and optimizing athletic performance. “Your core is important to your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing,” says Mary Lou Savino, owner and president of Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates, Ltd., in Downers Grove. “It is the center point of your strength, balance and even your nutritional center or ‘the gut’ (stomach and colon/intestines) – which of course helps nourish the rest of your body.”

Core Defined Savino describes the core as a set of deep muscles that support the organs and the spine. “Think of it like a piston on a car,” she says. “If one part of the pistons isn’t functioning properly, or not at all, then the entire piston or ‘core’ is not going to work properly.” The abs are located at the front of the core. The multifidus is at the back. The pelvic floor is at the bottom and the diaphragm is at the top. “These muscles provide stiffness, stability and support to the spinal column, helps each vertebrae work more effectively and reduces the degeneration of the joint structures,” Savino says.

How your core affects your overall well-being “Our strength starts from our center and extends to our extremities,” she says. “Core strengthening helps make all the other exercise and activities in your life easier, because a strong core means less wear and tear on the spine, the joints and the body.”

The best way to strengthen your core Mary Lou Savino, owner and president of Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates, Ltd.

To attain a strong core, Savino suggests incorporating Pilates, martial arts, yoga and boxing into your workout routine. “Strength training and cardio get easier when you do core work and have a strong core to support those exercise forms,” she explains.



Stress Effect From the professional to the personal, it’s affecting much more than our mood By STEPHANIE KOHL




ith a seemingly endless list of responsibilities and the obligation to remain connected at all times becoming the norm, it should come as no surprise when a person starts to feel overly stressed. “People get really fatigued and they lose motivation,” says Allison Johnsen, clinical professional counselor with Central DuPage Hospital. “They start to really have an attitude of ‘I don’t care’ when it comes to a lot of things.” In addition, Johnsen says it is not uncommon for those who are stressed to isolate themselves, develop pain in their neck, shoulders and back, experience persistent headaches and gastrointestinal issues and have a change in sleep habits. It also is possible to notice a drop in functioning, as if a person is unable to complete tasks the way they once had. Stress can come from many different places, Johnsen says, including money, relationships, work and even technology. “We have a technology addiction problem going on in our culture,” she says, adding that because people are connected all the time, they feel that constant need to check and respond to work-related email, phone messages, etc., even when not on the clock. Johnsen suggested that establishing a firm boundary between work and personal time is one way to alleviate some of the stress people constantly feel. As a counselor herself, Johnsen knows the effect counseling or coaching can have on a person experiencing a high level of stress. She says simply talking to someone about the stress and having someone with whom to evaluate the problem is beneficial. Together, she says, the counselor and patient can talk about ways to reduce the problem or eliminate those things that are not priorities, to help reduce stress. Knowing that someone cannot meet with their counselor or other professional 24/7, Johnsen suggests several

ways to help combat stress on your own. First and foremost, take care of your body, she says. “If you’re not taking care of your body, it can’t handle stress as well,” Johnsen says, adding sleep, exercise and healthy eating are key ways to be intentional about stress management. Time management and balance are also key. Johnsen advises people to sit down and look at their schedule and how they can fit exercise, work, relationships and even independent time into their schedule. She says learning how to say no and put boundaries on other people’s requests also helps. “Know you can do everything, but not all at once,” Johnsen says. Jinaan Jawad, chiropractic neurologist, acupuncturist and owner of Total Health and Wellness Center, 26W276 Geneva Road, Suite C, Carol Stream, often sees patients in his office complaining of stress-related issues.

“We have a technology addiction problem going on in our culture,” Allison Johnsen, Central DuPage Hospital related aches and pains. “We have an inner energy system called the ‘chi’,” Jawad says. “When we get stressed, that chi gets disrupted.” Chiropractic adjustments are another way to reduce pain and realign the body so the nervous system is operating at its ideal level.

“(Chiropractic) actually stabilizes the nervous system and the nervous system is the bread and butter of your “When you’re in pain… your main focus is body,” Jawad says. “… Bodies are made just to get rid of the pain and your brain to go, go, go. What we need to do, is becomes foggy,” he says. find ways to increase communication between the brain and the body through Stress often increases muscle tension throughout the body, especially posture adjustments.” muscles, and also can lead to digestive Knowing that people can’t be in his care issues, menstrual issues and more, he all day, every day, Jawad acknowledges says. the importance of his patients’ “homework.” To help combat stress, he advises his patients to drink an ample amount of water, maintain proper nutrition, exercise regularly and, when stuck at a desk or computer for long periods of time, take breaks to stretch When a person is stressed, their muscles and use the restroom. will hold on to lactic acid. When a person has a buildup of that acid, it often He also says it is a good idea to avoid alcohol, drugs, tobacco and other things causes muscles to become chronically that just mask the stress, rather than sore. A person under chronic stress fix it. will be constantly battling against tight muscles. Massage therapy can Meditation, yoga, a warm bath and even help release that acid and relax muscle sitting alone for some quiet time can tension, Jawad says. help, he says. Total Health and Wellness Center offers massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care, all of which have benefitted those suffering with stressrelated symptoms.

Pressure points throughout the body have long been mapped by acupuncturists as a way of providing relief. Jawad says certain points on the body, when given attention via acupuncture can relieve some stress-


“What that’s going to do is help you clear your mind,” Jawad says.


Soul Sister

Local woman brings healing therapies for body and mind By WENDY FOSTER


Unofficially, she’s been healing others since the age of eight. When she was a child, her mother suffered from “horrible, horrible migraines,” recalls Anne Quigley.

runners, Ironman competitors, triathletes and more. I also do sinus and migraine massage.”

While massage accounts for fifty percent “She’d have to go into a dark room, and of her work, the other half is comprised we’d need to tiptoe around. I’d eventually of “energy “work. This includes Reiki, a sneak in and ask if I could rub her head or Japanese practice. “The most frequently feet. I’d help get her back up and moving reported results of Reiki are deep levels around and feeling better,” she says. “It’s of relaxation and stress reduction. It’s something that I’ve always had as a part also great for reducing pain, good for of me. I’ve always wanted to do healing.” speeding healing, and helps people relieve headaches,” said Quigley. Today, Quigley, a resident of Bloomingdale, is a certified massage Quigley also practices Access therapist and the owner of Pure Harmony Consciousness, also known as Access Massage and Healing Center in Elmhurst. Bars, which is a treatment done on 32 points of the human head. “When these “My massage is primarily medically spots are touched in sequence, it creates necessary. It’s not spa work,” Quigley an energetic discharge that is sort of said. “I work with lots of athletes:


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like defragmenting your computer. It’s like a reboot,” Quigley said. ”When we shift inside, everything else in the world shifts. This creates change and openness and awareness.” Another focus of Quigley’s practice is a treatment called “spirit clearing.” “Through different approaches, this helps people and properties to get clear of any kind of interfering energy,” she said. In addition to offering therapy to clients, Quigley provides training in Reiki and Access Consciousness as well as workshops on meditation, crystal therapy, using pendulums and more. She also coordinates a seven-day spiritually healing retreat to Sedona, Arizona.

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“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” Quigley says of her work. “Every day, I just love it. I love the connection that I get to create with people. I feel so connected to all of my clients,” she said. “I am incredibly blessed that I’m gifted to be able to do this.”

We offer Pilates and nutrional classes, one on one training and private Pilates instruction. Give us a call and join us for a healthy New Year.

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BERWYN DENTAL PRACTICE CELEBRATES 60 YEARS Dr. James Discipio graduated from Loyola Dental School in 1984 and received a graduate degree in oral biology in 1985. But his “career” in dentistry began long before the 1980s.

families with young children, their parents and grandparents,” Dr. Jim says. “This is the family part of our practice.”

The son of a dentist, he grew up in the practice his father, Dr. Joseph Discipio, opened in 1954, right down the block from where the two men practice together now. J.V. Discipio & Associates Ltd reopened at the current location, 6737 Stanley Ave, Berwyn in 1956, and they have been there ever since.

In addition to service provided through the dental practice, both Dr. Jim and his father are committed to giving back to the community.

“What I find most rewarding about my profession is the ability to help people maintain a high quality of life," the younger Discipio explains. “Being able to get a person out of pain, restore the mouth and teeth to proper form and function, and establish a true relationship with our patients are all rewarding experiences; but for me, one of the most rewarding experiences is being able to work with my father for 25 years and feeling blessed to follow in his footsteps.” Over the years the father-son dentistry team has continually updated the practice – both physically and technically – offering their patients state of the art dentistry in a caring environment. “Our practice focuses not only on all phases of dentistry, but also on any age group. We treat

Dentistry is a very dynamic profession, he continues, adding that educating our patients on both the regimens of care and the advances in technology continue to transform the way they practice. “We have the ability to place implants, whiten teeth, fabricate porcelain crowns in one sitting and improve our diagnostic capabilities with digital x-rays,” says Dr. Jim.

was raised,” says Dr. Jim. “As with dentistry, I genuinely love what I do. In retrospect, I have been truly blessed. I followed my father in the profession of dentistry and was able to work with him and see first-hand the success of a quality practice. “To give back what has been given to me is truly rewarding,” Dr. Jim adds. “It doesn’t get much better than this."

“My father has always been involved in organized dentistry, becoming president of the Chicago Dental Society in 1990. When I came out of dental school, I also became involved in organized dentistry, serving on many committees in the Chicago Dental Society and being on the board of trustees for the Illinois State Dental Society. My father was always involved, and again, I followed in his footsteps." Eventually, Dr. Jim not only wanted to be involved in organized dentistry but in his residential community as well. He lives in LaGrange Park with wife, Nancy, and three beautiful children, Nick, Jake and Jenna. He served as park district commissioner as well as on the school and zoning boards. Dr. Jim became President of LaGrange Park in 2005, now in his third term. “I’ve lived in LaGrange Park most of my life and have been very fortunate to be in a position to give back to the community in which I

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t seems more and more time and effort is being spent on youth sports these days, and with the costs of college on the rise and competition between young athletes getting more fierce, it’s no surprise. The added boost of one-on-one support can mean the difference between enjoying the game and truly excelling at it.

At Score Tennis and Fitness in Countryside, coaches, trainers and experts in fitness and nutrition address every aspect of athletic development, taking a comprehensive approach to coaching "We are unique in the sense that we have coaches from Australia, Romania, Canada and across the United States.,” says Shaun Stewart, the academy’s director. “We have acquired a staff that ranges in age and experience from around the world. It’s a melting pot of ideas, and it works well for us.” The training staff includes the likes of Robbye Poole, Score’s Elite Head Tennis Pro, a former Pro Tour Player who boasts a 390 World Ranking. He was a practice partner for Andy Roddick,

Donald Young and John Isner. Also Mira Radu, a three-time Romania National Champion, Former Pro Tour Player, and two-time All-American. She was the women's assistant coach at the University of Iowa ('08-'10). Stewart himself is a former Division I college player, and number one nationally ranked junior. He has trained ATP Professional tennis players. The results have been clear. Score boasts a consistent history of Division I full ride scholarship recipients. It has been the home of dozens of state finalists and USTA ranked tennis players. And while Score services tennis players of all levels, the center has focused the majority of its time developing its junior program, under

the watchful eye of coach Matt Sunter. Once the head pro at Top Ten Tennis Academy in Melbourne, Australia, he developed a nationwide 10 and under program. Now, he works a similar program here, melding it with the successful practices he has discovered along the way. We want to develop our juniors program, he says. We are focused on it. We want to grow our own crops” Score's junior program spans the learning spectrum from total beginners, some as young as 4-5 years old, to Division I college scholarship recipients. The majority of students begin around 8 years old. “Every sport begins getting played younger,” he says “Its getting crazier and crazier.”

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-Continued from page 17 “Matt has really taken that program under his wing,” says Stewart. “He has taken what others are doing around the world and implemented it here.”

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And what they have implemented is a threepronged approach to training, involving coach, student and parents. It starts with an evaluation of each student, so they are appropriately placed in the program. Younger players are trained with different balls, and on different courts. No more than four players are typically on a court, so no one stands around waiting to hit balls. The tennis academy prides itself on group lessons with an 8 to 1 or 6 to 1 ratio and private one-on-one lessons.

At Score, academy classes are based on ability level. Potential students can come to the facility for a free evaluation to properly suggest placement within the offered classes.

“What’s different about Score is that we pay more attention to detail,” Stewart says. "It doesn’t matter if you have private lessons or not. Every kid is taken care of like they are our only kid. "

Memberships to the club are available for adults, along with coaching, training, and fitness benefits in both tennis and golf. Special memberships are available for parents whose juniors are current members in the Score tennis program.

And that dedication to the coach-student ratio is impressive, because the requests keep coming in. With more than 400 juniors and several hundred adults registered, Stewart keeps extending the class schedules and adding new classes to accommodate the need. Still, there’s a waiting list for almost every class.

Score Tennis & Fitness is located at 6550 Joliet Road in Countryside. Call 708-482-4800 for information


"It’s a melting pot of ideas, and it works well for us.” Shaun Stewart, director Through this philosophy, Stewart has tried to create a culture where parents aren’t as hands on, and trust and respect is built between player, coach and parent. “It’s a trifecta, and all have to be on the same page,” he says. “Most important – this is a journey. We get these kids at eight years old and they are investing a lot of time and money and energy into the program. There are a lot of ups and downs. Score is serious about tennis, but as one of the very few privately-owned tennis academies remaining, the atmosphere still maintains a familial and personal tone. “It’s a special place. It’s a different connection and rapport you have,” he says. “You want to give back.”

“Because they are young and passionate, they are willing to go above and beyond. They go to tournaments, take time to do video analysis. Meet with parents about what they can do, on and off court.”



What carries on after we are gone? Our children? Grandchildren? A work of art? A business? A bank account? Charitable foundations?


arnering financial wealth to pass down to one’s children can be one form of legacy. Traditionally, that has been the case. If that’s your goal, you will probably seek out good financial advisors, read investment books and become proficient in saving and investing. Our country boasts plenty of folks who succeed at leaving money to their children.

Theresa Beran Kulat is founder and lead attorney at Trinity Family Law, P.C. She has focused on Collaborative Practice and mediation since 2003 and limits her practice to settling cases.

As you begin a new year, look at other forms of legacy. After retirement, my aunt took painting classes. Her works – mostly flowers and other still life images – evoke many beautiful feelings when I look at them. Her children and grandchildren get to enjoy them all the time. She left a beautiful legacy.

I admire the man who took his father’s small business and built it into multiple businesses, run with integrity, and which provide jobs and generate income for his family. He created a legacy that will generate financial resources for his family and support local charities. My heart sings when I read Facebook posts from friends (some of whom are former clients) celebrating the success of their children – graduations, proms, weddings, new babies. All of these experiences help me explore – what will be my legacy? Walking home from a babysitting job in the seventh grade, I thought to myself, “The world needs good people. I want to be the mother of good kids.” As an adult, reflecting on that thought, it pointed to a legacy I wanted to create – children nurtured so they could carry on with more good thoughts, words and deeds. Now with two teenagers of my own, I feel that I’ve done that.

Another form of legacy that I have witnessed flows from doing spiritual work. People who choose to do yoga, pray the rosary, or work a 12-step program to break dysfunctional cycles. Having been raised in high stress families where an unconscious future would have simply What will your legacy be? perpetrated pain, these people give their children and communities the opportunity for new healthy futures that otherwise would have been impossible.



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As soon as the snow falls, families are pulling out sleds and skis and more for a few hours of frigid fun. We have offered up some of our favorite spots for the season. SPEED DOWN NEARBY SLEDDING HILLS ELDRIDGE PARK, ELMHURST

While the outdoor skating rink is great, another favorite winter pastime at Eldridge Park in Elmhurst is taking a run down the lighted sled hill on the north side of the park. Located at 363 Commonwealth Lane, the hill is open to plastic sleds, tubes, saucers and toboggans until 11 p.m. daily.

NORTHSIDE PARK Located at the north end of West Street, Northside is the second oldest park in Wheaton, and probably the most consistently used. It includes a sled hill and warming shelter with limited concessions.

LEISEBERG PARK Tubing is free at Leiseberg Park in Bartlett. Or bring a sled, toboggan or sledding disk to the manmade hill, which has become an increasingly popular destination. The Park District encourages the use of sleds that have runners or steering mechanisms to add control and to prevent injuries.


Located at 1401 W. Lake Street, Bartlett, a great place for skiing, snowboarding or tubing! Ski and snowboard lessons are available for all levels, and rental equipment also is available. The hill includes seven runs, a chairlift, six rope tows, and a tubing hill. Visit the Ski Lodge for all winter sport transactions including slope tickets, tube tickets, rentals, merchandise, lessons and lockers.



available for rent at the Visitor Center Area on a first-come, first-served basis when If you grew up in DuPage County, chances are you know someone who learned how to more than four inches of snow are present. Popular locations and routes include the ski or snowboard at Four Lakes. Now in its 51st year of service, people of all ages come The Conifer Collection (good for kids and to Four Lakes to learn, enjoy, and challenge families) Thornhill Education Center Lawn, the Main Trail Loop 4 on the East Side, and the sport. Located at 5750 Lakeside Drive the Spruce Plot near Parking Lot 12. No in Lisle, private and group ski lessons can skis allowed on the roads. Restrooms and be scheduled on weekday afternoons and evenings, weekends and holidays. Telemark warming stations are located at the Visitor Center, Thornhill Education Center, and Ski lessons are also available upon special Thornhill Shelter (P-21). request. Snowboard lessons are given as private lessons by appointment and BLACKWELL FOREST PRESERVE in multiple group lessons. Warrenville is the perfect place to take to

BLACKWELL FOREST PRESERVE Snowtubing takes center stage at The Mount Hoy tubing hill is located at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. Take a thrilling 800-foot ride down Mount Hoy. Rentals are available when 3 or more inches of snow covers the hill. For snow conditions, call the Outdoor Report at (630) 871-6422. Inner tube rentals are $5 (cash only) per tube per day and end at 3:30 p.m. Participants must use District-rented inner tubes, and no sleds or snowboards are permitted.


Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at The Morton Arboretum is one of the best winter experiences you’ll have. Visitors are invited to bring their own cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore the grounds from 7:00 a.m. to sunset when four inches or more of snow are on the ground. Kids’ and adults’ skis and snowshoes are


the trails via snowshoe, along the edge of Herrick Lake and Mount Hoy. Blackwell offers snowshoe rentals at $5 (cash only) for two hours and $10 (cash only) per day and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (630) 8765931 for availability.

THE LINCOLN MARSH in Wheaton is beautiful throughout the year including winter! Explore the marsh on snowshoe, an activity even the youngest walker can enjoy. The stillness of the trees and the reeds is breathtaking. Snowshoe rentals are available at the Lincoln Marsh office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Northside Park Shelter House Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m. and on the weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call ahead at either Lincoln Marsh at 630-871-2810 or at Northside Park Shelter House at 630-234-9351.



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earning for young children involves more than just reading and writing, or mastering day-to -day skills. Traits such as, kindness, empathy, patience, appreciation, and responsibility are just some of the valuable lessons that children can “learn by giving.” Additionally, four important “C” skills that children will need for success in the 21st Century; collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity, can be developed while giving, and doing good things in our communities. These all are important life skills and traits, but we may not know quite how to teach them to young children. A great way for children to “learn by giving,” and for families to share quality time together, is for parents to lead in “family giving.” Teaching children about giving is a way of sharing values that are important to a family, and can be learned by family activities such as; caring for the homeless, helping keep the environment clean, collecting food for a food pantry, donating used clothes or toys, or collecting children’s books for children who do not have access to them. Ask for your child’s input; collaborate with them, let them engage in critical thinking about what you are doing, be creative in how you give, and be sure to communicate about what, why, and how you are giving. Be sure to include your child when you drop items off, or when you volunteer time, so they can see the results of their efforts to understand the kindness of their work, have empathy for those in need, have

patience for the process, appreciate what they have, and feel responsible for the accomplishment. I saw a presentation by the CEO of a coffee franchise that included a discussion of “ROI.” To those business minded individuals your first thought might be that “ROI” means “Return on Investment.” This CEO’s definition is, “Return on Involvement.” The “return” he references can take many forms although the one I am focusing on is the valuable lessons that children (and adults) can learn by giving back to their communities. The 18 Chicagoland Goddard Schools hold an annual January Book Drive for Bernie’s Book Bank. The mission at Bernie’s Book Bank is “to facilitate the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase Book Ownership among atrisk infants, toddlers, and school age children throughout Chicagoland.”

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FAMILY DINNER It’s Monday at 3:30 p.m. The kids will be home from school in 15 minutes. I have just a few last moments of peace and quite before all hell breaks loose. Once my young scholars cross the threshold, I’ve got to hit the ground running. They need a snack and a dose of SpongeBob. I know the time is ticking before we have to jet out the door, again, but I realize they need to decompress. The requests start flying. “Mom can I have this?” “Mom can you bring me that?” At school they don’t have the luxury of having their indentured servant (a.k.a. yours truly). The teachers are stricter about having them perform “life skills” on their own. But once home, they really know how to take advantage of mommie dearest, despite my best efforts. It seems crazy, but almost immediately after they have a snack, I have to start making dinner. Colin has wrestling practice at 6 p.m., which begins with some pretty rigorous calisthenics. We learned our lesson in the first week of practice: food at 5 p.m. and wind sprints at 6 p.m. don’t mix. I pride myself on being a relatively decent cook, but time constraints and dietary requirements means I am, in reality, a short order cook. Every parenting book, blog and magazine says I should avoid this practice like the plague. But chicken nuggets with homemade mashed potatoes and some fruit beats the drive-thru fast food available along the way. The challenge: I’ve got one kid who is practically a carnivore. When I ask him what he wants for 24 | JANUARY 2015 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

breakfast he replies with a simple, “bacon and bacon.” Then, there’s my other child who prefers carb-loading. So picky, she shudders when I switch brands of mac ‘n’ cheese. I tried to nip it in the bud early on, but it backfired on me. (And when I say backfired, I mean projectile vomiting. More than once.) I gave up and decided to lower my standards. While I am flipping burgers and making the most out of a frozen pizza by serving it with edamame, I have to consider “child number three,” otherwise known as my husband. He has pretty strict dietary standards himself, based on his efforts to maintain a more than 60-pound weight loss a couple years back. I also have to make sure I prepare enough food for him to bring to work the next day. Since he eats small meals every three hours, I essentially have to pack him two lunches. “Eating clean” means no frozen dinners, packaged meals or shortcuts (except for maybe relying on my crockpot, but that requires doing prep-work at 11 a.m.) We’ve already left for wrestling when he gets home from work, so I have his dinner cooked and waiting for him.

towns within an eight-mile radius. So, between the wrestling, religious ed, my job, school functions, my husband's travel schedule and the general chaos of everyday life … I cherish every chance we get to sit down as a family and eat a meal. These are the nights when I can cook one thing and serve it all at once (with slight variation). These are the nights the kids set the table and clear their plates when they are done. These are the nights we get to catch up on what is going on in each other’s lives, what the kids are doing at school, and where all the best conversations about farts happen. But altogether too soon, the conversation turns to the game plan for the next day – ensuring everyone gets where they need to go and no one is left standing outside in the cold after a practice. Tomorrow’s flowchart likely does not include another family dinner. All we can do is savor our meal and these moments until we are all together again.

And while I am making dinner, (or should I say, “dinners”?) I have to make sure homework gets completed, because by the time we get home again, everyone is toast. Common Core math is hard enough when we all are fresh, let alone trying to cram it in after a long day and past bedtime. Amidst these efforts, I have just enough time to shovel in my own dinner before I leave to take Colin to wrestling and teach my Spin class. That’s just Monday. There are other nights where a little religious education or a school play or a work function gets thrown into the mix. I often find myself ping-ponging back-and-forth between various


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Here are a few upcoming events on the calendar in Lemont: LEMONT COMMUNITY SHOWCASE & EXPO Feb., 21, 9 a.m.-noon at CORE Fitness & Aquatics Complex,16050 127th St. Representatives from many local businesses and vendors will be on hand at this Chamber of CommercePark District event.

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE March 7, 1 p.m. Participants traditionally range from Irish dancers to representatives of civic organizations.

QUARRYMAN CHALLENGE May 9. This 10-mile and 5-K road race is a popular annual event. Sanctioned by the Chicago Area Runners Association, it offers elite athletes, age-group competitors and fitness runners a different, challenging course.



emont is poised for a growth spurt as it puts out the welcome mat for new residential, commercial and industrial development.

experience stage-of-life changes, there is a need for suitable housing options. “Of its 8.4 square miles, the village has about 3 square miles dedicated to future residential development,” says Jones.

The historic town – its roots going back to the 1830s – had a population of 16,517 as of the Two key projects to watch in 2015 include: latest census, and that number is gradually rising. •Kettering, a 241-lot subdivision approved by “Still, the community retains its quaint, smallthe village in 2014 is now under development town charm,” says Glenn Pasiewicz, executive by M/I Homes at 131st St. and Parker Rd. Three director of the Lemont Chamber of Commerce. models will be built in the conservation-defined Though he’s relatively new to his position, subdivision, which will preserve about 40 acres Pasiewicz has witnessed a lot of growth as a of open space. The project is expected to move resident during the past 50 years. into high gear in spring. Among the town’s frequently cited assets are •Tempo Development’s proposal for a 19-home its highly regarded schools and park district, subdivision won the go-ahead in December. thriving business community and civic-minded Construction is expected to start on the citizenry. Also a plus, Pasiewicz notes, is the triangular tract that will fill a gap between the proximity of access to major thoroughfares I-355 existing Mayfair Estates and I-355. and I-55. Pasiewicz says Lemont recently welcomed As a blueprint to an orderly future, the village in new stores featuring women’s fashions and November adopted a new comprehensive plan accessories: Jilley’s Boutique, and One Happy called “Lemont 2030.” Girl. It also continues to attract new restaurants Charity Jones, director of Planning and Economic and merchants. The past year saw arrival of the first Illinois branch of Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, Development for Lemont, says the plan seeks to a company with a presence in Indiana and assure a variety of housing choices available in Michigan since 1979, and the town’s first the community while retaining its single-family microbrewery, Pollyanna Brewing. character. It also recognizes that as families


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At the same time, well-established businesses remain the bedrock of Lemont’s commercial base. One such institution is Nick’s Tavern, established in 1945 and acquired in 2009 by Lemont residents Donal K. Quaid, with his son Donal K. Quaid III. Now, as then, the nearly one-pound Nickburger is a big hit with consumers. “We call it the granddaddy of sandwiches,” says Quaid, who also has added another popular item to the menu: the quarter-pound all-beef hot dog. All meat and produce are supplied by Chipain’s Fresh Market, a local family-owned business for four generations.

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On the non-retail side, Jones says, there were major renovations and additions at two of the community’s largest businesses: Franciscan Village Retirement Community and Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. Construction will begin this year in an industrial area of town on two buildings to house Art Logistics, a new shipping concern. The facility is expected to add “a couple dozen jobs to the community,” Jones says. This year will see renovation commence at the Lemont Public Library following a $2.8 million package approved by voters in November. The effort will address capital improvements and create additional meeting and study rooms.

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POTATO CROQUETTES: Tater Tots for Grownups This scrumptious recipe provides a nice addition to your repertoire of starchbased side dishes such as mashed potatoes, French fries, hash browns, onion rings and potato chips. Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, this flexible treat pairs with practically anything from hotdogs to filet mignon or makes a delectable snack by itself.

pNadia Tilkian is the executive chef at Waterleaf restaurant on the campus of Glen Ellyn’s College of DuPage. A former Clarendon Hills restaurant owner, Chef Nadia's culinary resume includes experience at Chicago locations Bistro 110 under Chef Glenn Wielo and Zinfandel, as well as service as a sous chef and chef de cuisine at the Zagat-rated Barrington Country Bistro.

INGREDIENTS FOR FILLING: • 2lbs. Yokon gold potatoes, boiled, peeled and smashed • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter • 2 ribs of celery, minced • 1 small onion, minced

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1 leek, white only, minced 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 1½ cups panko bread crumbs 2 eggs Salt and white pepper to taste

INGREDIENTS FOR BREADING: • 2 eggs, slightly beaten • 1 cup panko bread crumbs • Oil for frying (see below)


o start, sauté the celery, leeks and onion in the butter over low heat until soft. For best results, heat the pan first, then add the butter. Once the butter stops foaming and begins to turn a pale brown, it is ready to start your sauté. Add the sautéed veggies, two eggs, parmesan cheese and 1½ cups of bread crumbs to your potatoes. Mix the ingredients into a dough and season to taste with salt and pepper.



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To fry, heat enough oil to cover your croquettes in a large, deep skillet, heavybottomed pot or an electric deep fryer with the oil heated to 350 degrees. If you’re using a skillet or pot, use a candy thermometer as overheated oil ruins the flavor and can be dangerous. Add a small batch of croquettes and fry about three to five minutes until golden and crisp. Remove the croquettes with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with your choice of sauce, dip or any condiment you like. This recipe will yield approximately 16 croquettes. As many of you know, Chicago’s Restaurant Week is approaching but there’s no need to wait until then to enjoy a superb meal at a great price. Come in from the winter cold and join Waterleaf for an exclusive three-course prix fixe dinner menu offered Wednesdays through Sundays year round.

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Wonderfully flexible, the croquettes can either be baked or fried. For the healthier option, set the croquettes about 2 inches apart on a baking pan lined with baking parchment and bake in an oven at 350 degrees for roughly 20 minutes or until golden and crisp.

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Set up a shallow bowl with two slightly beaten eggs and a plate with one cup of bread crumbs. Roll the mixture into even-sized balls the size of a golf ball. Dip each ball into the egg, coating the ball completely, then roll in the bread crumbs, again coating completely.

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P RT I t’s coming. The dreaded Chicago winter. And if it will be anything like last winter, we all might as well move to Alaska. There isn’t much to do during a winter like 2013 but cuddle up next to a warm fireplace with your fuzzy blanket and your favorite glass of warm spirits. For most of us, it may be a glass of wine, so I would like to introduce to you my favorite winter wine – port. By the time you are sitting down in front of the fire, you probably have already enjoyed a delicious dinner and a nice bottle of wine to go with it.

Ports are the perfect after-dinner drink, because not only are they good digestifs, but they are also sweet. And with their higher alcohol content, they’ll warm you up rather quickly. Ports are fortified wines, usually strengthened with brandy and as a result, are higher in alcohol (up to 22 percent). Most ports come from the northern region of Portugal – Douro – and are made from about 30 different grapes. Most of the grapes are small and thick-skinned which give ports the concentrated richness in the mouth. The process of making ports is the same in making most wine, with the exception of adding brandy during fermentation. There are many types of ports (e.g. white, dry) but we’ll concentrate on the most popular and prevalent – red and sweet.


Ruby Ports

Vintage Ports

If you have tried a port before, you probably had a Ruby Port. Ruby Ports are your entry-level ports that you will find at most wine shops. As its name implies, it is deep and ruby colored with flavors of sweet blackberries and cherries. Warre’s Heritage Ruby Port is my personal favorite, priced around $14 per bottle.

When a port house determines a particularly phenomenal year for its port, it sends samples to the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto, IVDP, for approval. Not every year is declared a vintage year. Typically, three vintages are declared for every decade. The decision to declare a vintage year will significantly affect a port house’s reputation and prestige, so port houses make this decision very judiciously. For a declaration to be made, the Vintage Port must contain these outstanding qualities: austere and robust in its youth, with an immense depth of flavors and tremendous structure, capable of evolving over decades.

Tawny Ports Unlike Ruby Ports, most Tawny Ports are a blend of different ports that have been aged for a few years. The aging causes the ruby red color to fade into an amber or golden brown. This aging process changes the flavor profile from sweet and fruity to nutty and rich, reminiscent of caramelized figs or prunes. Sometimes, a Tawny Port will have a designated age on its label: 10 years, 20 years, 30 years or 40 years. The year indicates the average age of the blends used, not the exact year the port has been aged. Be prepared to spend more than $100 per bottle for the 30 and 40-year designations.


Vintage Port is made entirely of the very best grapes of that particular year and accounts for only two percent of overall port production. These ports represent the most powerful and structured port available. While they may be enjoyed immediately, they can age for decades. My personal favorite vintage port (without breaking the bank) is Sandeman Vau Vintage 2000.

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It has a beautiful structure of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and tannins that greet you immediately on the palate, followed by deeply caramelized pears and fig flavors that linger. It is sweet but not overly cloying or sugary.

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Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Ports If your wallet is a little light but you would like a more sophisticated port, a Late Bottled Vintage Port is more affordable and can be enjoyed as an everyday alternative to a Vintage Port. Vintage Port and LBV represent a selection of very fine, full-bodied red ports from a single year. The fundamental difference between the two styles lies in the way each is matured. Vintage Port is kept in wood for about 20 months before being bottled, where it can continue to age for decades. LBV, as the name suggests, remains in wood between four to six years before bottling. LBV does not need additional aging in the bottle and is ready to be enjoyed immediately. For comparison’s sake, you will find in most stores the current releases of the Dow’s 2008 LBV port, but you wouldn’t find the Dow’s 2008 Vintage Port in stores for probably another decade. The current release of Dow’s Vintage Port is 2000.

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showcase Yvonne Malone | Downers Grove QUILT ART For quilts designed and made by Yvonne Malone, they are rarely just about the fabric. There is often a story that goes along with the quilt, one that began with a conversation, a walk in the woods, an old photograph, or even a memory. “I am always looking for inspiration for the next quilt I make, so even a morning walk down my neighborhood street is a chance to look for patterns, color combinations, and form.” She describes her quilts as modern but informed by tradition. “I love traditional designs and how in the past, many of those designs were carried out using whatever fabrics were available - old clothing, fabrics shared by fellow quilters, and a few new ones if the budget allowed. I describe my quilts as ‘modern’ not just because of the design aesthetic but also because of the process – the quilts often begin with an idea and a sketch but from there I basically play with the fabrics and layout, sometimes for hours, to arrive at the final design. Then, as I sew, it is all about craftsmanship, a lesson learned from all those hours spent sewing with my mom and grandmother.” In addition to quilt commissions and selling few-of-a-kind quilts, she also lectures and teaches quilt making. In January, she will begin teaching a six-week class at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. “I teach quilt making classes and workshops, but I also use quilts to start conversations, spark creativity, and connect to other topics in settings that include grade schools, businesses, and care facilities for those with Alzheimers.”

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JANUARY 12 - XOXO: AN EXHIBIT ABOUT LOVE & FORGIVENESS All day Monday at DuPage Children’s Museum 301 North Washington Street, Naperville Join us for the opening of our new exhibit, XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness. XOXO is an exhibit where families can come together in a place that fosters conversations and interactive experiences that bring love and forgiveness to the forefront of families’ minds. Created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Institute. Free with Museum membership or admission.

JANUARY 14 THROUGH JANUARY 17 - OPERA MUSIC THEATER PRESENTS “DIDO AND AENEAS” BY HENRY PURCELL Starting Wednesday at Wheaton College, Billy Graham Center: Barrows Auditorium 500 College Avenue Wheaton Wheaton College’s Opera Music Theater will perform “Dido and Aeneas.” “Dido and Aeneas” is a three-act opera written by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell. Tickets Cost: $10. For more information, call 630-752-5010 JANUARY 15 THROUGH MARCH 15 - WEST SIDE STORY at Drury Lane Theatre 100 Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world’s greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features

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JANUARY 17 - ELMHURST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Saturday at 2:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. at Mayslake Peabody Estate 1717 W. 31st Street Oak Brook Be amazed by the stellar gifts of the young phenom Garam Kim playing Vivaldi’s popular The Four Seasons. ESO Concertmaster Rika Seko and Assistant Concertmaster Kathleen Carter will be featured in Vivaldi’s rousing Concerto Grosso in D minor and Bach#s beloved Concerto for Two Violins. Tickets Cost: $25 general; $23 seniors; $7 students Call: 630-941-0202. For more information, call 630-206-9566 JANUARY 24 - STRAIGHT FROM THE TAP Saturday at Arrowhead Golf Club 26W151 Butterfield Road Wheaton A premier and unique beer tasting in the intimate Arrowhead ballroom featuring 12 local breweries offering limited edition, early release, never-been-released, and other rare beers; seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Arrowhead Restaurant & Bar’s Executive Chef, Alan Pirhofer; entertainment; and more! All-inclusive access tickets include event access, 32 beer samples, food, entertainment, service fees, and tax. Designated Driver access tickets include event access, food, entertainment, service fees, and tax. Must be 21+ to enter. Valid ID required. Cost: $50 all-inclusive access; $25 designated driver Call: 630-653-5800. For more information, call 630-653-5800 JANUARY 25 - JANIS SIEGAL “NIGHTSONGS” Sunday 6 P.M. – 8 P.M. at Madden Theatre 171 E Chicago Avenue Naperville Janis Siegel has built a career defying preconceptions and stereotypes with the rich, emotive vocals found in her wide-ranging work. Equally capable of producing quality music on motion picture soundtracks, jazz albums and classical works, she has a rare depth and breadth as an artist. A nine-time Grammy winner, Siegel is loved as a longtime member of the band “Manhattan Transfer,” and for both her solo and her collaborative works. She presents “Nightsongs” with Grammy Award-winning acoustic and electric bassist Boris Koslov and noted pianist John Di Martino. Tickets Cost: $30 - $35 Call: 630637-7469. For more information, call 630-637-7469 JANUARY 25 - CANTIGNY BRIDAL SHOW Sunday 1 P.M. - 4 P.M. at Cantigny Park 1s151 Winfield Road Wheaton Cantigny’s 7th annual Bridal Show is the place to finalize the details of your special day. Enjoy food and drink samples, see room set-ups and visit with a wide range of Cantigny preferred wedding vendors. Tickets Cost: $25 Call: 630-260-8145. For more information, call 630-6685161



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ant to make this year’s tax season a little less…taxing? With a bit of preparation and the right person to help, you can approach April 15 with greater confidence and less frustration. December and January are the perfect time to get organized, and for many, that means finding the right professional to file their return. While those with simpler finances, such as single people who are not self-employed, those without children or a complex investment portfolio, can often tackle the job themselves, taxpayers with children, investments, and those who are self-employed may want to consider hiring a professional. According to the IRS website, tax pros are classified as having unlimited rights to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service in audits and other inquiries, or having limited representation rights.

of continuing education, including a six-hour refresher course and pass an exam to receive AFSP designation. All paid preparers must have a Preparer Tax Identification Number. As of January 2015, the IRS website will offer a Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers, listing those with unlimited and limited representation rights who have a valid PTIN. Preparer’s fees can vary widely, and consumers are advised to avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage the return. Typically, CPAs will charge an hourly fee, while tax service chains will charge by the form. Strauss uses a combination of the two, charging by the form and complexity for returns, and an hourly fee for tax planning.

Strauss says it’s also important to understand how the preparer Those with unlimited representation rights include will work with you, and says she Enrolled Agents, Certified Public Accountants and approaches returns with a goal to Attorneys. Enrolled Agents are tax practitioners educate her clients. “I do them who are licensed by the IRS, have passed a while people wait and explain three-part exam and suitability check and must everything, so we’re able complete at least 72 hours of continuing education to make sure they have every three years. “We’re truly tax experts,” says all the documents Judi Strauss, an enrolled agent and the owner of and they’re able Strauss Tax Service in Downers Grove. to ask questions,” CPAs are licensed by state boards of accountancy, she says. have passed the CPA exam and meet education, When returns are experience and character requirements. Tax completed, it’s important Attorneys are licensed by the state bar or courts, for clients to review them and have earned a law degree and specialize in tax ask their preparer to explain anything preparation and planning. that is unclear. Paid preparers with limited representation rights include those who are not Enrolled Agents, CPAs or Attorneys. They may only represent taxpayers whose returns they’ve prepared and signed, and only before certain levels of the IRS. Beginning in January 2015, the IRS will introduce a new designation for paid preparers with limited representation rights. Under the new Annual Filing Season Program, they must obtain 18 hours

Tax season is also a good time to put other aspects of your financial house in order. Some firms, such as Strauss’, also offer tax and financial planning services. “When I meet with clients, I ask about investments including 401ks, retirement plans, wills and trusts and beneficiaries. My goal is to help clients take charge of their tax and financial lives,” she says.



Do You Know A Woman Who Has Made A Difference In The Western Suburbs?

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Gina Cunningham balances banking career with civic service By MELISSA RUBALCABA RISKE For Gina Cunningham-Picek, giving back to the community was just a part of growing up.

is president of Bridgeview Bank-DuPage, in addition to her mayoral duties.

Getting involved comes naturally to the Woodridge native who remembers how her parents encouraged her to help others.

“I really love people,” she said. “Combine that with my business skills and that just really works well.”

“My mom had us volunteering, doing things throughout the community,” she said.

Along with her work in the community she has sought personal and professional opportunities to serve the village. She was an active member of the Woodridge Chamber of Commerce, including serving as the chamber president. She is a founding member of the Rotary Club of Woodridge since 1989, serving two terms as Rotary president.

“I really love what I am doing and the opportunity to make a difference,” CunninghamPicek said. She was elected mayor in 2013 after long-time Woodridge Mayor William Murphy announced his retirement. She became the first woman to lead the DuPage community. Cunningham-Picek said Murphy has been a mentor, and remembers how he first invited her to become more involved with local government and encouraged her work on the Economic Development Commission in the mid-80s, during a time of large growth and expansion in the western suburb.

“Gina has shown a strong commitment to the community,” said Village Administrator Kathleen Rush of Woodridge. “She has a super high level of involvement.” It was in 1994 that Cunningham-Picek won her first term as a village trustee, working alongside Murphy. She was surprised when Murphy announced his retirement, but after some soul searching Cunningham-Picek said she decided to make a run for mayor. “I think this was exactly the right time and I had a lot of support,” she said.

“I was 22 and I remember thinking ‘I hope I can do a good job’ and there was so much I wanted to learn,” Cunningham-Picek said. “It was a great opportunity for getting involved and learning more.”

Murphy served as mayor for 32 years and created a legacy of his work in the village but Woodridge Village Trustee Anne Banks said Cunningham-Picek isn’t just filling in someone’s shoes.

A life-long Woodridge resident, she and her family were active with St. Scholastica Catholic School and Church. Along with the parochial school she attended Edgewood Elementary School, was in the first sixth-grade class to attend John L. Sipley Elementary School and she attended Thomas Jefferson Junior High School and Downers Grove North High School.

“She has her own path to follow. She is creating her own legacy,” Banks said.

She left Woodridge to attend Illinois State University and spent a few post-graduate years working in central Illinois before returning to her hometown to live and work in the banking community.

“She’s a go-getter,” Banks said. “Her leadership skills are apparent and she enjoys working right alongside people.”

Last year marked her 30th anniversary as a bank professional in Woodridge. Today she

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Today she continues to volunteer her time and skills with local groups and she even has the opportunity to honor others who serve as the mayor of her long-time hometown Woodridge.

Banks first met Cunningham-Picek through their work at the West Suburban Food Pantry in Woodridge. Through the years they have become friends and through their work at the pantry and on the village board Banks has seen Cunningham-Picek’s leadership and compassion.

Even with a busy schedule as village mayor, bank president and a large family CunninghamPicek still carves time to lend a hand at the food pantry, at her church and in the community.


“I believe being involved is a very important part of my life,” she said. From growing up in the village to watching the village grow and develop, Cunningham-Picek can’t say enough about her hometown, the people and the places. From the beautiful parks to the people who serve in the village, manage programs and make it the place she has called home for most of her life. If she’s at home Cunningham-Picek said she’s probably in the kitchen with her husband, Jim, as they love to cook and entertain friends and family. They have three children, seven grandchildren and two more grandchildren on the way this winter. “I’m so grateful to be able to do exactly what I love,” she said. “If I can do more, I want to do more.”




DATE: January 27, 2015 REGISTRATION: 11:00 to 11:30am LUNCHEON: 11:30am to 1:30pm LOCATION: Drury Lane Conference Center 100 Drury Lane | Oakbrook Terrace

TICKETS PRICE: $40 per person Table of 10 for $400

What’s in store for our suburban market in 2015?

Find out at the Suburban Life Economic Forecast Luncheon. Experts provide insight for the year ahead and sound off on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing their industries here in the western suburbs. This event promises to be a great source of information, expertise, and business networking.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER John Quigley President & CEO Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry

PANELIST Anthony Griffin Executive Director, Berwyn Development Corp.

PANELIST Richard W. Reichert President/CEO Community Bank of Elmhurst

PANELIST Heath Ashenfelter Division Vice President True Value Company Chicago

PANELIST Theresa Schulz Schulz Properties, Ltd. Downers Grove

PANELIST Timothy H. Ricordati Dean of the School for Professional Studies Elmhurst College

MODERATOR Dave Lemery Editor Suburban Life Media






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If you are interested in purchasing tickets visit or to sponsor a table, please contact Laura Burke at 630-427-6213. For event information contact Kelly Buchanan at 319-471-1202 or Priority reservations due by January 22, 2015.

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