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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 …

West Town man’s relentless approach to getting by garners $4,097 on Kickstarter


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 …

Webcams link hospitalized preemies with their families


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.

Motorola Solutions’ 3-D headset aids work


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.

State CEOs lack social-media savvy


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 …

Tech tool helps with the details


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 …

In the age of Wii, video game fan opens classic arcade


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 …

How to get a job in 2012


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.

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 …

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. …

Spanking teaches kids all the wrong lessons


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.

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),” …

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. …

A death in the family


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 …

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 …