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Opposition from Chicago citizen about retrying Blagojevich, Chicago debt high enough

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Message from Montie

Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

 

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich returns to his Chicago home after speaking in Springfield at his impeachment trial. (Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez / January 29, 2009)

I followed the trial. I listened to Blagojevich on numerous talk shows. I heard the tapes. And although I thought he was going to be found guilty, I raised an eyebrow when he was only found guilty of 1 out of 24 counts. But after all the drama of the case, I simply don't want him to be retried again. Enough is enough.

While the juror who refused to find Blagojevich is still silent about her decision, other jurors are on Chicago news stations explaining their views. I was not in the courtroom and don't know what made certain jurors think he was not guilty on certain charges. I do think he was trying to sell the Senate seat, but the trial is over and should be over for good.

 

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The Freelance writer's blues, tax season 2010

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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One of my file cabinets

By now you should've gotten all of your W-2s and 1099s, and you're preparing for tax season before the deadline date of April 15, 2010. For some people, it's a time to roll in the dough and get some much needed dinero. You're dancing around your home like you're Swizz Beatz and saying, "Somebody bring me back some money please," but don't let Uncle Sam switch up the chorus on you. For others, like me who usually end up with an underpayment and have to pay the state, tax season can be a frustrating time. Even worse, I completed my taxes this weekend and owe the Feds and the state.

Here is the downside of being a freelance writer and an independent contractor. Although you do get more money up front for projects and are paid in full, you are held responsible for paying your own taxes. This could end up being pretty expensive come January for any contracted job that pays you $600 or more. But with the right recordkeeping, you can make doing your taxes a little less painful.

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Chicago Public Library offers computer courses, improve unemployment and computer illiteracy

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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Message from Montie's home office

I'm starting to see the differences in the way Chicago Public Libraries are going to operate in 2010. By now you probably know the library hours will be cut short in January 2010. Within the past couple months, Rogers Park library now puts books on shelves that are being held for library patrons instead of waiting in lines to decrease checkout times.

 

We already have the perks of reserving our own library books online instead of being on hold for a ridiculously long time. For those who want to reserve Internet computers, you can put in your own library card, check for availability and disappear until your reservation time. But oftentimes, while picking up books, I see those who are not computer savvy struggling to use computers and overworked librarians who don't have time to walk each person through the steps of reserving books and Internet time.

 

This is yet another advantage of the library--computer courses. The unemployment rate in November 2009 was down 10 percent with 15.4 million unemployed people in the U.S. And while manufacturing employment is down by 41,000 and construction by 27,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in professional and business services through temporary help agencies has increased by 86,000.

 

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Social media marketing jobs, do you go above and beyond the marketing call? Eric Romer did.

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

Eric Romer holds Headblade product

With the job market being as difficult as it is, some people are going above and beyond the typical cover letter, resume and samples. I've already talked about the guy who wore a suit coat, boxers and no pants in downtown Chicago in the blog "Man with no pants looks for job in downtown Chicago."

 

But this next guy, Eric Romer, went above and beyond for a job in Los Angeles. He created a Web site asking the company to hire him, created a video using the product, a Facebook fan page and a Twitter account about the company. Before today, I'd never even heard of Headblade, but thanks to his marketing in this video below, I know what this company is for now.

 

 

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Man with no pants looks for job in downtown Chicago

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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His wife wears the pants. He wears the boxers.

At around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, I was walking on the Magnificent Mile by the Tribune Tower when I saw a guy with a suit coat, a dress shirt and no pants on. Obviously that caught my attention. I looked at the sign around his waist, and it said, "Hire me. My wife wears the pants."

 

He was passing out his resume with just boxer shorts on, bare legs and dress shoes. His sign also said he had 18 years of design experience. And I watched people smiling, walking by and some walked up to him to get a resume. I was amused at first, but then I really started thinking about the decision this guy made to find another job.

 

I know sitting at home hiding behind a computer looking at Monster.com, Craigslist.com and CareerBuilder.com postings can get old, and sometimes you have to go out into the world to find the people who will hire you. This is why job fairs bring so many people out. His way of promoting himself definitely was a memorable experience, but with 18 years of design experience, I know it had to hit him pretty hard to no longer have a job.

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