Giving Away Transcripts And Shit Like That

So I’m in a deposition yesterday.  Nothing unusual.  See, it’s not unusual to receive a spur-of-the-moment panicked phone call from a law firm looking for a court reporter to cover a deposition in the Chicago suburbs that started 30 minutes earlier.  Yeah, not unusual at all. I obliged.  Because the thought of having five attorneys assembled around... Read more »

Why Court Reporters Cannot Be Replaced...According to a Neurosurgeon

There’s always one harasser in the crowd.  We bloggers are used to it.  You know, like the guy in college who used to interrupt the professor just to hear the sound of his own voice, but he wasn’t really saying anything?  Yeah, that guy.  He shows up on my blog to shamelessly plug his electronic... Read more »

Taking the "Free" out of "Freelance" in Court Reporting

Back in the day — there’s a phrase that makes me feel old — attorneys and judges alike used to refer to court reporters as the most important person in the room.  Yes, I still hear that phrase uttered, but today it sounds more like a throw-away line, a phrase said to placate reporters or... Read more »
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The Dine-And-Dash In Court Reporting: The Unpaid Invoices Epidemic

Every court reporting agency owner has experienced it, those clients who don’t like paying their bills.  Who among us could blame them?  If we could all get away with selectively not paying for goods and services thereby reserving more in our bank accounts for our own personal entertainment and/or living expenses that we want to... Read more »

ALS Diagnosis Is Like Having A Bucket Of Ice Dumped On You

Last summer when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was in full swing, I witnessed friends, and friends of friends, participating in the challenge and posting their hilarious and inventive ice bucket videos on Facebook.  But for my family there was no laughter involved in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, because, at that same time, my sister-in-law of twenty-five... Read more »

Why Court Reporters Need Fast Passes For Obstacle Court (aka The Daley Center)

Why Court Reporters Need Fast Passes For Obstacle Court (aka The Daley Center)
As anyone who finds themselves on the legal playground of Cook County, Illinois, knows, The Daley Center is a thrill ride like no other.  Beyond the weathered Van Der Rohe facade lies a dated and crumbling interior that time forgot, what I like to think of as Cook County’s version of Jurassic Park.  It’s a... Read more »

The Relationship Breakup List

I live in Chicago.  Anyone who lives in Chicago and loves morning talk radio while they’re getting ready for work and/or commuting to their jobs listens to Eric and Kathy on WTMX 101.9.  I know I’m carbon dating myself when I say that back in the day, it was Steve Dahl and Gary Meyers.  After... Read more »

Exhibit A Why I Cross Party Lines When I Vote: Susanne Atanus

As a result of recent posts, I’ve been experiencing daily deja vu. The conversation goes like this: COMPOSITE PERSON:  What are you? ME:  Clarification? COMPOSITE PERSON:  You know, which party? ME:  I love parties. COMPOSITE PERSON:  No, I mean political party.  Are you one of those? ME:  One of what? COMPOSITE PERSON:  (Sotto voce.)  Ah, ya... Read more »

My Guilty Pleasure: Bagapalooza!

My Guilty Pleasure:  Bagapalooza!
Last night was the ChicagoNow blogapalooza.  My sincere apologies to my editor, Jimmy, and all my bloggopeers in our happy bloggosphere for missing THE event of the season! “THE event,” you ask?  For those of you who are occasional visitors to our blogworld, the event was… GUILTY PLEASURES! What’s my excuse?  That I don’t have... Read more »

The Man With The Worn-Out Soles: Way To Go, Rep. Sandack

The Man With The Worn-Out Soles:  Way To Go, Rep. Sandack
Tonight’s election returns were truly a nail-biter for this bloggess. As my day began, I was noodling on a blog that was titled something like, “Back, back, WAY BACK!  It’s a home run for incumbent Rep. Ron Sandack!  And the fans go wild!” As this day has drawn to a close, I spent the final... Read more »