How You Did in Your Job Interview - Illinois Brings Transparency to How AI Determines All That

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Illinois, that changed on January 1st with the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act. The Illinois law only focuses on the video interview part.  Applicants for jobs might not even know that their interview is being videoed and assessed by algorithms.

Tammy Duckworth Up 10 Points Over Rep. Joe Walsh In Illinois’ 8th Congressional District

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Rep. Joe Walsh: Abortion never saves mom’s life Politico

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The Communication Blog: A Speech of Dedication

The Communication Blog

Brommel of Northeastern Illinois University at the naming of Brommel Hall. I reprint it here, with Bernard’s permission, not only to illustrate an excellent speech of dedication but more important to celebrate Bernard’s dedication and generosity to education, to students, and to Northeastern Illinois University. Brommel Hall, November l8th, 2010, at Northeastern Illinois University Bernard J.

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Contest Results — State of the Humor

Humor Power

Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois. Illinois is funny because our politicians start in office and end up in jail. Illinois is funny because of Tom Nee, Sandy Kampner, Marty Bernstein, and Pat Foley. Here are the top lines for the February Joke Contest — State of the Funny. Some of our subscribers said that this contest was more difficult than most. New contests are announced on the first of the month.

Make Fear Your Homeboy with Judi Holler

Speaker Launcher

Judi is a keynote speaker, author, and a professionally trained improviser and alumni of The Second City’s Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Judi is a keynote speaker, author, and a professionally trained improviser and alumni of The Second City’s Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Imagine a world where fear motivates you and hustle makes you very, very lucky.

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Humor Contest Results — Expanded Books

Humor Power

Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois. *. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. It’s time for the best lines from the October Humor Contest. New contests are announced on the first of the month. Next month’s contest comes out on November 1, 2015. This month’s contest took the three winners from last month’s Simple or Complex book titles. We challenged our readers to provide chapter headings for the three book titles.

GOP Goes Cool - Supports Uber

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn has legislation banning the Uber concept. Uber has become a symbol of innovation, digital, sharing.    In short, cool. Getting its ducks in a row for the midterms and onto 2016, the GOP is supporting Uber.  So, GOP is getting signatures on a petition opposing that. As Alex Wilhelm points out on Tech Crunch, in the process the GOP is also collecting email addresses and donations. Here is TC's analysis.

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Fun Friday: Miss America introductions

Speak Schmeak

From the home of Abraham Lincoln -- before he was a movie -- I''m Megan Ervin, Miss Illinois." I never managed to post this in January, but it''s a perfect video for a Fun Friday! The Miss America pageant figured out a way to make 53 introductions fun, engaging and quick (just over ten minutes)! Enjoy the short video. I''ve included a few of the introductions below if you prefer to read instead. From the state that brought you Channing Tatum, People''s Sexiest Man Alive: You''re Welcome.

IABC Silver Quill Awards: Pacific Region

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The Pacific Plains Region includes communicators from: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Earn recognition for your speechwriting skills (and other business communication expertise) from the Pacific Plains Region of IABC.

Humor Role Models

Humor Power

Submitted by Marty Bernstein , Oak Park, Illinois. Submitted by Sandy Kampner , Evergreen Park, Illinois. Submitted by Tom Nee , Oak Lawn, Illinois. The contest theme for the month of May is Humor Role Models. Contests are announced on the first of the month. The next contest come out on June 1. Here are seven top Humor Role Model submissions. It didn’t seem appropriate to rank them in first, second and third place.

COVID-19 and Higher Education - Closings Begin

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They are Holy Family College in Wisconsin and MacMurray College in Illinois.  For some colleges, COVID-19 could be the tipping point. The shift from in-person classroom to remote learning can make it impossible for them to pay their bills.

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Right Out of the Gate, Law School Graduates Learn How Unfair Life Can Be

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Not so fortunate are those in New York, Illinois, and Ohio. In four states, those graduating from ABA-accredited law firms got very lucky because of COVID-19. Those states are Louisiana, Washington, Utah, and Oregon. The Supreme Courts in those four approved the Diploma Privilege. That means that the law school graduates do not have to take the bar exam - ever.

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The New Aging - McDonald's Pilot Program

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The pilot will take place in five states: Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Indiana, and North Carolina. McDonald's, as a massive consumer company, has to be ahead on the curve in serving the public interest. So, it's no surprise that it has joined with the AARP Foundation to pilot a program providing jobs to the low-income who are 50 years of age or older. Those positions range from cashier to shift manager.

Public Relations & Businesses: Yes, Pay Your Bills, On-Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those range from Small Claims Court to the big time - e.g. lawsuit filed May 20th in Chicago, Illinois "Hart 353 North Clark v. Landlord-tenant disputes are the common cold of legal actions.

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Chick-fil-A: The legal problems

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the CORPORATE COUNSEL article, Illinois employment attorney in private practice Peter LaSorsa says that, based on the state it's in, Chick-fil-A could be nailed for discrimination on sexual orientation, marital status, and religious grounds.  No reasonable person or organization wants to have "legal problems." 

John Gately III Charged with Stephen Shapiro's Murder - Life Intervened

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Shapiro died of multiple gunshot wounds in his home in Illinois. Life has a cruel way of intruding on an aura of great accomplishment. Now we know some more details about that life from    John Gately III, the brother-in-law of Mayer Brown partner Stephen Shapiro, has been charged with first degree murder and attempted homicide. Initial media coverage indicated the murder had been the result of a domestic dispute. Gately is the brother of Shapiro's wife Joan.

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No more erotic ads on Craigslist: Now the harder part begins

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We all know by now that state attorneys general, led  by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, helped end the era of so-called "erotic" ads on Craigslist.    Now comes the harder part: Determining what might be, well, erotic but allowable on the popular online site. For example, could this be a will-publish: "Jumping out of cakes for money.    Will dress to please." " Tags: Web/Tech

Flashpoints and Domestic Violence - Most Recently in Chicago, IL Earlier in Shaker Heights, OH

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This time the setting was the Catholic hospital Mercy in Chicago, Illinois. Again, there is a murder, taking the form of domestic violence. The suicide part occurred through death by cop. That scenario of murder/suicide among current or former romantic partners is becoming increasingly common. The original target was a medical doctor, who had been previously engaged to the shooter. In all, four had died. Here are the few details currently available from USA Today.

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Gary Martin - In America, We Are Our Jobs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He had been a valve assembler in that Aurora, Illinois facility. At this time, there has been little made public about why Gary Martin was being involuntarily terminated at Henry Pratt Company or how that procedure was managed. What the public does know is this: After he was informed that he was fired, Martin used a Smith & Wesson handgun to kill five employees at the company and wound five police officers. He was then killed by the police. 

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Employers 1, Aging Job Applicants 0

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Here is a copy of the amended complaint filed in federal court in Illinois. Closely watched has been "Dale Kleber v. CareFusion." At issue were both age and a cap on experience. The latter, of course, could be interpreted as a tactic to restrict aging professionals from applying for the job.    The plaintiff, represented by the AARP Foundation, alleged age bias in hiring.

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It’s Behind You! The Christmas Panto

Pro Humorist

According to my research there have been intermittent productions in California, with more regular shows performed in Ghent, New York and Evanston, Illinois. Today is Panto Day! The Christmas Pantomime is that curious British tradition of a family comedy variety show where the Principal Boy is played by a woman, and the middle-aged spinster, known as the Dame, is played by a man.

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Write Your Book Using The Chunky Method With Allie Pleiter

Speaker Launcher

She serves on the Board of Directors of NSA Illinois and has spoken at several NSA chapters around the country. Many professional speakers are also writers, but some just don’t know how to get started. Others are writing a book but keep getting in their own way. On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast, we welcome bestselling author, Allie Pleiter to share her ideas and the Chunky Method of writing. Over 1.4

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Joke Contest Results — State Slogans

Humor Power

Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. Our State Slogans theme was inspired by long-time subscriber and funny guy Sol Morrison, Santa Barbara, California. New Joke contests are annonced on the first of each month. Look for the next contest on October 1, 2014. Here are the top lines selected by our panel of judges (speakers and improv players). The Theme: State Slogans. ** FIRST PLACE **. California: All Shook Up.

The Strange Case Of Curtis Lovelace

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former football star and current assistant state prosecutor in Adams County, Illinois, Curtis Lovelace is being tried for his wife's murder. Cory Lovelace died on Valentine's Day in 2006. In itself this delayed trial is amazing. But more amazing is that Lovelace's mother, Martha Didriksen, told the media she forgave the defendant for his alleged crime. Here are the details. The meme of forgiveness is what is being embraced in myriad spiritual programs.

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How To Write An Essay? – Where to start?


A good narrative essay example would be A Ticket to the Fair by David Foster Wallace, where the author expertly describes his vivid experience of being press at the Illinois State Fair. Writing is an essential skill every well-rounded human being needs to hone.

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John Bergholz Lawsuit - Ageism, Being a Male Could Go on Trial

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Diana Novak Jones reports in Law360 , John Bergholz, 59, sued his former employer - John Marshall Law School in Chicago - in Illinois federal court yesterday. In this era of intense focus on diversity, this is the kind of lawsuit which could generate lots of attention in the legal and business media. Already, cites the filing of it in today's morning headlines.

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"Chicago PD" - Re-homing Episode Pushes Up Against Liberalism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In Illinois it is legal to re-home children. As fans of "Chicago PD" well know, the members of the elite squad are caught between two worlds. There is the old-line one in which the law only serves as guidelines. Yes, traditional trickery during interrogation and brutality are okay. The other is one that attempts to play by the book. That mindset is trying to get the upper hand.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

When women speak: An official at the Illinois State Supreme Court shares how you can interrupt the gender bias of speaking. Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won''t miss a thing, since I''m summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here''s what I shared in the week just past: TED and popcorn?

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Stephen Wigginton - Behaved As Expected

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Attorney in the Southern District of Illinois.  The legal and perhaps business worlds are tittering about how high-profile professional Stephen Wigginton got nailed for DUI and more. Before his current job as partner at Armstrong Teasdale, he had been a U.S.   On Abovethelaw , lawyer-journalist Staci Zaretsky reports that when Wigginton was pulled over for suspected DUI and more, he did what many with his pedigree do. He became arrogant.

Contest Results: Official Book/Movie/Song

Humor Power

Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. It’s time for the results of the Official State Book/Movie/Song contest. The top lines are listed below. New joke contests are announced on the first of the month. Our subscribers submitted the Official Books, Movies, and Songs for the different states. Not REAL ones. Just ones they came up with using their creativity. The next contest is November 1, 2014.

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The Angels Sigh - AJ (Andrew) Freund's Little Body Found in Rural IL

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

His body has been discovered in a rural part of Illinois. What did AJ (Andrew) Freund go through during his short five years on planet earth?    It's unlikely his mother JoAnn Cunningham will ever disclose the horror. And we can imagine the angels in heaven sighing when he passed over from this life into another dimension. As Daily Mail reports, law enforcement essentially has fingered the mother as the person of interest. 

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Joke Contest Results — Drugs You Can’t Live Without

Humor Power

Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** FOURTH PLACE **. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. Here are the results of our January Joke Contest. This month’s contest theme was suggested by long-time blog contributor, and funny guy, Gerald Fleischmann. The theme is Drugs You Can’t Live Without. Submissions create a fictional drug, and make up a description of the properties of that drug.

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Pre-Pill/Legal Abortion Saga - Lindsay Johnson

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Daily Mail reports, she gave birth to a male in the University of Illinois - Urbana campus dorm bathroom. The saga brings back memories of those pre-Pill days. Back then, women in colleges attempted to conceal their pregnancies. Some were successful, had stealth birth experiences and did finish up their degrees. Others left college abruptly, often forever sidelining themselves from the professional options which began opening up to females in the late 1970s.

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O.J. Simpson - What Will Public Opinion Be on His Possible Returnt to Society

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Its headquarters could be in Chicago, Illinois. Simpson has never stopped being one of those megawatt celebrities. The recent television series "The People v. Simpson: American Crime Story" recharged the grid. Now, Simpson has a chance of receiving parole. He has served nine of his 33 year sentence for kidnapping, robbery and assault.

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Cartoon Caption Contest Results

Humor Power

Perhaps you should have saved the 500 page novel you just finished writing before turning off the computer. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. There, feel better? Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. It’s time for the results of our January Cartoon Caption Contest featuring the artwork of professional cartoonist Dan Rosandich. New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced at the start of the month (alternating months).

Joke Contest Results — Comedy Across the Globe

Humor Power

Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. It’s time for the results of our December Joke Contest. The theme is Comedy Across the Globe. It’s not factual. It’s just intended to be funny. Our entries were evaluated by a panel of 12 judges (speakers and improv players). Exercise your humor skills in next month’s contest which will be announced on January 1 , 2015. Past contests.

Pig Ears Threat: Beware these dog chews

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

    Produced by the  Keys Manufacturing Company of Paris, Illinois, this treat is being recalled.  Again there is a threat of contamination in pet food.    That big favorite of dogs - Pig Ears for Pet Treats - could contain salmonella.    Consumers can return the items to their local stores for a full refund, reports the AP. Salmonella is a bacteria which could prove fatal. 

Michael Cohen - His Inner Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At the time, Charles James begins that walk along Route 66 from Illinois to California he is unaware he needs to repent. Both were a U.S. president's lawyers. Both were the first of those presidents' men to wind up with a prison sentence. They were Chuck Colson back in Watergate Days and, more recently, Michael Cohen. Colson found redemption. In the darkness he turned toward evangelical Christianity, eventually becoming a selfless - and brandname - minister.

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New Adventures in Comedy

Pro Humorist

In Illinois I only occasionally have people pointing at me asking why I sound weird. Blackadder: Where have you been Flash? Lord Flashheart: Where haven’t I been? Wow, has it really been three years since I updated this blog? Why have I been away? Well, in short, I felt I was spending too much time talking about humor and comedy rather than doing it. Hence the three year absence from posting. However, I do love talking about comedy and so I missed blogging about it.

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Excellent Events

Humor Power

Chicago, Illinois. Invest In Yourself. – Have Fun. – Advance Your Career. – Expand Your Network. Here are some great professional development conventions I’d recommend: AATH’s 25th Annual Conference. Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. April 19-22. Humor Project Conference. The Positive Power of Humor and Creativity. June 1-3. Silver Bay, New York. Alexander Technique Workshops. Move naturally with greater ease for impact and.

Contest Results — Incompatible Careers

Humor Power

Five old rich guys should not moonlight as the Rolling Stones. Tom Nee, Oak Lawn, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. Sunshine should not moonlight. Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. It’s time for the results of our October Joke Contest: Incompatible Careers. Our readers submitted moonlighting careers which would be a mis-match. . New Joke Contests are announced at the start of the month. The next contest will be announced on November 1.

Contest Results — Living on Mars

Humor Power

Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois. ** SECOND PLACE **. Sandy Kampner, Evergreen Park, Illinois. ** THIRD PLACE **. It’s time to share our best lines from our June Joke Contest. The theme is “I Want To Live On Mars Because…” Our readers submitted their unusual reasons why they would want to live on Mars. Here are the results selected by our panel of six judges (speakers and improv players). Our next contest will be announced on July 1.

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