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  • Aileen Parks

    Online purse-making business gets celebrity attention Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Aileen Parks of Lake in the Hills, who has turned a hobby into a business that now reaches celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival, the Primetime Emmys, the Wendy Williams Show and, last weekend, the Golden Globe Awards. Parks hand crafts and custom designs clutch purses for her online business, HYPERLINK "http://www.etsy.com/shop/girlbyaileen"Girl by Aileen.

  • Jerry Irvine

    Schaumburg tech expert: Online attacks could increase in 2014Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg-based Prescient Solutions Chief Information Officer Jerry Irvine says get ready for more and creative attacks online this year. Irvine, as a member of the task force, has been meeting regularly in Washington, D.C., to help combat these cyber crimes and to help both businesses and individual consumers.

  • COURTESY OF ADVOCATE GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL Dr. James Cole Jr., assistant medical director of trauma at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

    Military surgeon works here, while serving our country Jan 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features James Cole Jr. who followed in his father’s footsteps to become a doctor and later traded in the high-tech operating rooms for tours of duty in a tent with a Marine Corps reconnaissance unit, the U.S. Special Operations Command and even a Navy Reserve Seal team with assignments in 14 countries. He is now on another temporary leave of absence as assistant medical director of trauma at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove to serve again in Afghanistan.

  •  Doug Marsh, TimePilot CEO at left, and Mike Hanlon, TimePilot design director, hold the TimePilot Extreme, the basis for the company’s Kickstarter Project called Extreme Blue. They co-founded the company in 2001.

    Batavia’s TimePilot plans on Bluetooth version of workers time clock Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Batavia-based global business aims to change the way schedules are collected on how workers clock in and out daily from their jobs. TimePilot Corp. has made time clocks for companies worldwide, including Tanna Farms Golf Course and Settler’s Hill Golf Course, both in Geneva; Optimum Granite & Marble in South Elgin; and DePaul University Theatre in Chicago, among others.

  • Naomi Samuels

    Love for kids leads to long-time profession helping them Dec 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Naomi Samuels, who has turned a love for children ito a career serving them. She is the new director of the Northwest Family Center in Buffalo Grove.

  • The cloud will be used more for data storage that will help various devices.

    Experts' 2014 tech predictions: high-tech shopping, life in the cloudDec 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    We're poised for a new year and more tech advances that will help you to shop and work smarter, store more data on the cloud and see chips become more of your personal lifestyle. Here's a rundown of how local experts see the hot new technology coming in 2014.

  •  Jay Brosten, from left, Adam Brosten and Larry Brosten. Jay and Larry Brosten own Auto Parts City, which has operations in Gurnee and Park City.

    Brostens change junk yard image to recycling centers Dec 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Larry Brosten and his family, owners of Auto Parts City in Gurnee and Park City, who sought to change their image from running junk yards to leading a recycling business. With the fourth generation entering the fold, the Brosten family has used new technology to improve processing such vehicles to recycle parts and fluids, fix some autos for resale, and provide the remaining metal for recycling as well.

  • Scott Gerami, a Re/Max broker in Naperville, built this quadracopter drone to take photos and video for some listings. This drone is about 2 feet square.

    Naperville Realtor uses homemade drones to capture images for listings Dec 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Scott Gerami, a 52-year-old managing broker for Re/Max Professionals Select in Naperville, wanted his for-sale listings to capture attention and stand above the rest. So he built his own drones, which take aerial photos and video of the home and surrounding property. He also uses the images on his YouTube channel. “Technology is the name of the game today, so this really sets things apart,” Gerami said.

  • Jan Baumgartner

    Elburn photographer creates 3-D studio for holidays Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jan Baumgartner, a photographer from the unincorporated Elburn area, didn’t want to do typical portraits, especially for the holidays. She wanted to make the studio experience memorable. So she made it 3-D.Baumgartner, who founded her business in 2009, said she built the holiday-themed studio set in her home that includes artificial snow, trees and a model train.

  • John DiVito

    Private health insurance exchange in Rosemont Dec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Rosemont-based Flexible Benefit Service Corp.’s private health insurance exchange launched last year to give small-business employees and the self-employed more health insurance options. Flexible’s InsureXSolutions aims to be one of the alternatives to the government’s HealthCare.gov web site where consumers can buy plans under the new federal law, said spokeswoman Maggie Perry.

  • Jamie Pritscher

    Elk Grove CEO aims to stamp out hunger for kids Dec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Jamie Pritscher, co-founder and CEO of Elk Grove Village-based ThatsCaring.com, which aims to eliminate hunger among school children.

  • Page Ehlman

    Child model from Mount Prospect now has agency of her own Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features John MacLeod of Kenilworth, who is heading up a new concept in 24/7 news broadcasting, an app that provides local news to your mobile device.

  •  Solution Specialist Felipe Eguiguren demonstrates the Amplify It smart zone at Verizon Wireless’ new Smart Store in Woodfield Mall.

    Verizon starts transforming suburban stores into lifestyle centers Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Verizon Wireless' newly remodeled and enlarged Smart Stores, including those in Schaumburg, Wheaton, Oswego and Lake in the Hills.

  •  Angelika Babich, left, and Maggie Pawelko, both of Mount Prospect, are founders of Swapadventure.

    Mount Prospect entrepreneurs help kids in need Nov 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features two mothers from Mount Prospect who wanted to help children in need, founded Swapadventure, where events allow parents to swap for items they need and anything left is donated to an organization that helps kids.

  • David Spano

    Dream takes flight for Sugar Grove pilot Nov 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    David Spano was born in Tampa, Fla., and loved watching the planes at a nearby small airport. By the time he was 17, he had his first flying lesson in exchange for mowing the grass on the runway and doing chores around the airport. It took him more than a year to get his license. It was like a dream come true.More than 30 years later, he’s piloted planes to countless places, including through the Grand Canyon.

  • The University of Illinois and Northwestern University researchers published information in 2011 about developing an e-tattoo that could be used for medical diagnostics, communications and human-to-machine interfaces. Motorola Mobility is now seeking a patent on an e-tattoo.

    Motorola seeks patent for e-tattoo to connect throat to mobile devices Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Motorola Mobility is seeking a patent for an electronic skin tattoo that's attached to the throat and can communicate with your mobile devices. What Motorola Mobility intends to do with the e-tattoo is still unclear because company spokeswoman Danielle K. McNally declined to comment.

  •  World War II veteran George Houcin of Waukegan, at left, and Jesse Jarrett, general manager of the Culver’s restaurant in Zion, return from a Honor Flight trip to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    Zion restaurant manager, customer bond during Honor Flight Nov 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features a manager of a Culver's restaurant in Zion, who encouraged a vet from Waukegan to go on the Honor Flight to see the World War II memorial. The vet went on one condition, that the manager comes, too. Together, they took a whirlwind trip into the past.

  •  CCU launched a new app for credit union members called eXpressShot that works with mobile devices to make deposits in real time. This is the iOS version.

    Credit union offers new app for real-time direct deposits Nov 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Waukegan-based Consumers Credit Union has launched a new app called eXpressShot, a free mobile service that allows members a chance to use their smart devices to do mobile deposits in real time. The app, eXpressShot, offers members the ability to deposit checks using their device on a secure system from anywhere.

  • Mike Kordecki

    Meeting changes life for Vernon Hills therapist, athletes Nov 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Michael Kordecki, a sports physical therapist and owner of Praxis Physical Therapy in Vernon Hills. He designed and has patents on a new system of pads worn by many NFL and colleagiate athletes.

  • Dallas, Texas-based Ziosk has updated its tabletop tablet where restaurant customers can order food, pay their bill and even get entertainment while waiting for their meal. Chili's restaurants around the suburbs now offer the upgraded tablet with a touch screen and more features.

    Interactive menu devices hit suburban restaurantsOct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Regular customers of Chili's in Naperville, Rosemont and other suburban locations likely have noticed a new, upgraded interactive menu on their table. Instead of using a stylus, customers now can use a 7-inch Android touch screen Ziosk tablet to order some food or drinks, pay for the bill with its credit card reader, or even play games or watch pay-on-demand content for 99-cents per visit. “This has been designed to be a server's assistant,” said Ziosk CEO Austen Mulinder.

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