Ida Butler, who is the new executive director of the Greater Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, has given up TV for more than a year. And no, she doesn't miss it or the cable bills either. And her house does not have Internet service either. If her son wants to do homework or use the Internet, he goes to the library.
After all, home is home and that's for the family.
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"Oh, sure we went through withdrawals at first, but we're glad we gave it up," Butler said. "I'd much rather talk or read or sleep. Communicating face to face is best."
Butler lives in Wheeling with her 10-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter, who was recently divorced and brought along her two children. Still, with all those people at home, Butler also doesn't miss her landline phone. But she does use an iPhone at work, she said.
She has been influenced by her boyfriend, an artist who has given up TV more than 30 years ago. The extra time used for electronics is now used to enrich the family at home, she said.
While her home life has changed, so has her career. Before joining the chamber staff, Butler served as finance director for Youth Conservation Corps, business manager for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, business manager for an architectural firm, and human resources manager for special education and special recreation cooperatives. She also serves on the board of directors of St. Gregory's Preschool in Deerfield.
But she's not the only family member that has seen turnarounds in life. Butler's widowed mother, Roberta Butler, has become a nun with the Secular Franciscans in Libertyville.
Raised Catholic, Ida Butler converted when she had a part-time job at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church a while ago and got involved with the preschool, early childhood education, Eucharist ministry and even the marketing and communication committee, she said.
In fact, it was the marketing and communication committee that led her to meeting more business leaders and eventually landing the executive director's spot at the Lincolnshire chamber, where, of course, they have all the technology necessary to work with local businesses.
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