Category: Commentary

Caregiving, COVID, and Defining the "New Normal"

Caregiving, COVID, and Defining the "New Normal"
Being a caregiver means having a sense of flexibility and improvisation to balancing caregiving duties, work, and self-care. Dealing with COVID-19 in the past year has been especially challenging with everyday activities being reinvented and reconsidered. As Illinois and Chicago transition with more people vaccinated (including myself), our challenge is to determine the shape of... Read more »

Capitol Building: It Was An Insurrection, Not a Protest

Capitol Building: It Was An Insurrection, Not a Protest
I’m typing this at 5:09 pm on January 6th, frustrated because I had other plans (including a celebratory Sherlock Holmes birthday post, but I’ll write that next week). After starting the afternoon watching Congress certify election results, as events unfolded, I came to a sad conclusion: What’s happening at the Capitol Building is not a protest –... Read more »

Four Networking New Year's Resolutions for 2021

Four Networking New Year's Resolutions for 2021
As 2020 slowly comes to a close, many freelancers and other job-seeking professionals face the challenge of virtual professional networking. Finding and performing remote work can be challenging as businesses had to struggle with adopting new work policies. Many professionals have had to embrace change in difficult times, but there are opportunities and strategies to ensure job search... Read more »
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2020 Year in Review: Five Things I've Learned

2020 Year in Review: Five Things I've Learned
When 2020 started, I had some big plans: find more freelance and remote work, improve self-care while serving as my mother’s caregiver, and increase my non-networking social activities. Very few people could have predicted the effect that COVID-19 would have on our lives. Rearranging priorities, adapting to new modes of communication, rethinking our work and job search... Read more »

Raks Inferno Online Fundraiser for Fair Fight on November 27

Raks Inferno 1127 Fundraiser
Late in October, we stated that voting on election day would not be the end of our current turmoil. Two Senate seats in Georgia have led to runoff elections, and now the Trump campaign is demanding another recount. With voter suppression efforts against marginalized communities in the United States, many seek On November 27th, you have the... Read more »

Election Day Isn't The End of It

Election Day Isn't The End of It
If you’re like me, you’ve already opted for mail-in or early voting rather than head into the lines of Election Day. We all know the stakes: we’re living in the midst of a pandemic with our government slowly, but surely, descending into fascism. It’s easy to believe that once November 3rd passes, Election Day will be... Read more »
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Remote Work Trends in Chicago Business & Technology

Remote Work Trends in Chicago Business & Technology
(Special thanks to Matt Mead of SPR Consulting for his time and insight) Many full-time workers and freelancers are adjusting to remote work in the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, many companies have had to rapidly shift towards remote work policies with varying results. Given Chicago’s thriving technology and business communities, we wanted... Read more »

Telehealth & COVID-19 in Chicago: A Follow Up

Telehealth & COVID-19 in Chicago: A Follow Up
Back in April, we highlighted a West Monroe Partners Healthcare & Life Sciences Survey focusing on the use of telehealth services in Chicago, Seattle, and Minneapolis. Although the initial study was completed on the cusp of the COVID-19 outbreak, West Monroe Partners used the March results as a touchstone to document changes in Chicago resident attitudes towards... Read more »

Resuming the Linux Laptop Lifestyle

Resuming the Linux Laptop Lifestyle
Earlier this year, I was looking forward to working with my Linux-powered writing laptop. After discussing how I revived several laptops with Linux distros, I managed to be highly productive with thirteen-year-old hardware. Even taking on paid work wasn’t an issue; my Windows laptop focused on work product (some software I use is proprietary to... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Ladder Up & Get My Payment Illinois Coalition

Meet Your Neighbor: Ladder Up & Get My Payment Illinois Coalition
Despite reports of a possible second round of Economic Impact Payments, many Illinois residents have not even received their first payment. Although $266 billion has been paid out to 158 million households, many individuals who need financial help in the wake of COVID-19 have been unable to access stimulus payments. Recently, we spoke with Christine... Read more »