Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Site helps job candidates, firms meet ]]> Lead story image

South Side native Chris Motley learned he had chosen wisely after he entered a scholarship program that enabled him to attend a college-prep high school in Rome, Ga. Chris’ best friend and classmate at the Glenwood School For Boys, the son of a friend who told the Motley family about the program, “A Better Chance,” was murdered 16 years ago at age 15 — the same age as Chris at the time — in a gang fight on the South Side. Motley, whose mother was a 13-year-old single teen-ager when he was born, had been accepted as a student at … ]]> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:07:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ West Town man’s relentless approach to getting by garners $4,097 on Kickstarter ]]> Lead story image

West Town resident Andrew Edwards awaits his job assignment each morning to research real estate — a contract job that is the latest in nearly four years of work with no paid vacation, no benefits and no medical coverage. Edwards, 30, has learned the many skills he can use: Sorting mail on the graveyard shift; surveying families about vaccinating their children against illnesses; traveling constantly to research childhood obesity factors, and dressing as the “Super Mario” videogame character, complete with big mustache and raccoon tail, and dancing with other Marios to promote a new videogame. Edwards’ video about his Super … ]]> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:04:50 -0600 <![CDATA[ Webcams link hospitalized preemies with their families ]]> Lead story image

The importance of feeling close to babies — for the babies as well as their parents — has transformed newborn intensive care units around the country. Parents, grandparents and friends can now log in to babycams to keep an eye on their hospitalized newborn. At least eight domestic hospitals have installed such systems, and several dozen others are testing trial setups. ]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:29:48 -0600 <![CDATA[ Motorola Solutions’ 3-D headset aids work ]]> Lead story image

Motorola Solutions, the Schaumburg-based maker of walkie-talkies and bar-code readers, is selling a headset computer worn under a hard hat that calls up and displays complex drawings just below the worker’s line of sight. ]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:19:50 -0600 <![CDATA[ State CEOs lack social-media savvy ]]> Lead story image

The CEOs of Illinois’ largest publicly traded companies score lower in social-media savvy than Silicon Valley heavyweights like Hewlett-Packard’s Meg Whitman or Apple’s Tim Cook — but top scorer Miles White of Abbott Laboratories holds his own against Groupon celebrity CEO Andrew Mason. PeekYou, a New York City-based Internet search company, compiled the scores on a 10-point scale based on 20 factors reflecting each CEO’s presence and activity on the Internet, including blogging, social networking, number of friends, followers and readers, and the amount of web content each created. While Whitman’s score stood at 8.98 and Cook’s at 8.95, PeekYou … ]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:03:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ Tech tool helps with the details ]]> Lead story image

Chealon Shears’ passion for cooking finds its delectable fulfillment in her detailed notekeeping, and not just with any old paper. Shears, a part-time personal chef who gives cooking lessons and hosts occasional parties at her North Side home, juggles her iPhone with what’s called the Levenger “Circa” system of note taking to quickly find recipes, meal plans, to-do lists and even sketches of dishes for the evening. The tools show how young professionals easily switch from digital to analog and how Levenger, the Delray Beach, Fla.-based paper-goods maker with a shop at Macy’s on State Street, combines what its executives … ]]> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 08:02:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ In the age of Wii, video game fan opens classic arcade ]]> Lead story image

As a member of a band that backed up musical greats of the time like Ted Nugent and Survivor, Mark Battaglia had one wild decade in the 1980s. And the Huntley resident doesn’t want to see that era forgotten. He recently opened No Limit Arcades in Algonquin, a virtual blast from the past for adults and their kids. The huge arcade, formerly a flooring store, features games like Pac-Man, Tron, Space Invaders and Frogger. Battaglia said all of his game cabinets are vintage and his pinball machines are original Bally/Williams. “To the true pinball players, that really means something,” said … ]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:12:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ How to get a job in 2012 ]]> Lead story image

The numbers can be intimidating: There are four unemployed people and eight job seekers overall for each of the nation’s 3.3 million job openings. Yet there have been some promising signs: employers hired more than 4 million workers in October, for example. Here is how some determined Chicagoans found jobs in a tough economy, and some tips for finding a job in 2012. ]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 08:12:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ Tips can help in writing the perfect resume ]]>

As we start a new year, many may be thinking it is time for a new job. Or, for the unemployed, a new year may bring renewed hope of finding employment. One of the first keys to getting a recruiter interested is to have an appealing resume. And for those who have not searched for a job in the last decade, creating and submitting resumes has changed dramatically. “A resume won’t get you the job,” said certified career coach Jody Eriksen. “It will however open doors to opportunity.” Eriksen tells job seekers that the resume is not about the job … ]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 08:03:42 -0600 <![CDATA[ Content marketing a competitive B2B advantage ]]>

Business-to-business (B2B) marketing is growing as more and more entrepreneurs enter the already crowded global marketplace. According to the US Census Bureau, the majority of small business owners are non-employed (meaning no employees) and many are selling services from consulting, coaching, design, financial, IT, etc. to other small businesses. The question for these individuals as well as others engaged in business to consumer (B2C) or business to retail (B2R) is how to effectively market and ultimately increase sales. A report, “2012 B2B Content Marketing: 2012 Benchmarks Budgets and Trends,” by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs revealed some interesting facts … ]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2012 22:55:48 -0600 <![CDATA[ Spanking teaches kids all the wrong lessons ]]> Lead story image

DR. BERMAN: Spanking is never a good way to discipline a chid. Kids who are spanked are more likely to suffer from aggression, low self-esteem, and low I.Q., and they also are more likely to suffer from substance abuse and domestic violence as adults. ]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:32:16 -0600 <![CDATA[ Now, you can ‘like’ #JolietPolice ]]>

JOLIET — The cops went gangbusters on social media last week. The police department simultaneously launched pages on Facebook and Twitter and started text messaging, which some smaller local departments have been doing for some time. “My teen daughters told me we had to (start),” Chief Mike Trafton joked. Reaching younger residents is a driving reason for “using new communication tools,” he said. On Facebook ( anyone who “likes” the department will receive notices about community programs, area emergencies and police events. The Twitter page ( will share some of the same information in 140 characters. “Besides using it as … ]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:03:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ Montgomery debuts its upgraded website ]]>

MONTGOMERY — Residents in the village now have a new place to search when looking for community information or paying their bills. The long awaited revised village website will go live Friday. Volunteers and staff have been working on the project for the past year. Jamie Belongia, assistant to the village manager, said Civic Plus was awarded the final contract for the development of the site at $14,000. Residents can log onto the site at From the landing page, residents can find out what is going on in the city, view agendas and minutes from various meetings or report … ]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:06:54 -0600 <![CDATA[ A death in the family ]]> Lead story image

Maxx Hill Warren of Irving Park dedicated his life to making people happy. A devoted companion and protector, he despised formalities and insisted on being called only by his first name, like Oprah and Regis. Maxx was short in stature, but tough, and refused to be pushed around by bullies. But folks who knew Maxx best say his bark was worse than his bite. Maxx was born with an impressive pedigree, but abandoned by his mother at an early age and banished to live on a farm in the Chicago suburbs. In 1998, Kristin Hill Warren, a Chicago mortgage broker, … ]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:32:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ Identity theft protection for mobile device users ]]> Lead story image

If you use complex passwords for your online accounts, have a firewall on your PC's Internet connection and only shop at secure websites, you may think you're doing a good job protecting yourself from identity theft. Those precautions are a good start, but don't overlook another important opportunity for identity thieves - your mobile devices.  Millions of Americans access the Internet and social media every day with handheld devices, from smart phones to tablets. Yet more than half of us (54 percent) don't use a password to lock those devices, according to a recent StrategyOne survey commissioned by Experian's ProtectMyID.  "This survey … ]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:12:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ Oswego, Kendall County latest police departments on Facebook ]]>

The Kendall County sheriff’s office and the Oswego police are the latest Fox Valley departments hoping Facebook will open the lines of communication with residents. The sheriff’s office recently created a Facebook page that can be found by searching “Kendall County Sheriff’s Office.” To find Oswego, search “Village of Oswego, IL” or “Village of Oswego Police, IL”. To follow the either department’s postings, simply “like” the page. Both Oswego and Kendall police intend to post breaking news updates, press releases, links to stories and information residents should know about the department. The Kendall County page also has photo albums of … ]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:16:59 -0600