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  • Trevino, Graham highight Chicago Golf Show Feb 24, 2015 3:05 PM
    This weekend’s 32nd annual Chicago Golf Show will be highlighted by Lee Trevino’s two appearances on Saturday, but much more will be going on than that during the event’s three-day run at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Len Ziehm previews the annual event.

  • Rozner: Biggest loser in Rose injury saga is fans Feb 25, 2015 5:00 PM
    It’s sad that one of the greatest athletes this city has ever seen is going to have to rehab again instead of gearing up for the postseason, that Derrick Rose is probably wondering if he can keep going through this. Rose is suffering again and to think of the questions he must be asking himself now would make just about anyone feel empathy, regardless of his thick bank account.

  • Batavia authors chronicle their faith journeys Feb 25, 2015 1:52 PM
    Doubt can be a painful emotion to deal with, whether dealing with personal issues or dealing with spiritual ones. Batavia author Ann C. Sullivan examines how doubt can affect our lives in her new book, “Permission to Doubt,” published by Kregel Publications.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Low-carb almond flour puts pizza back on the menu Feb 24, 2015 6:00 AM
    Kicking refined sugars and carbos from your diet doesn't have to mean kicking pizza to the curb. Don Mauer learned how to make pizza crust using almond meal (ground blanched almonds) which, although higher in fat than wheat flour (14 grams versus 0.5 grams per ¼-cup) and higher in calories (160 versus 102) was way lower in carbs (6 grams versus 22). Plus, almond flour delivers almost twice as much protein (48 grams versus 26).

  • Mannheim Steamroller drummer from Oswego writes symphony Feb 24, 2015 3:56 PM
    Mannheim Steamroller drummer Tom Sharpe, of Oswego, is debuting his self-written symphony, "Lifting the World." Known for his high-energy performances and seven years as the drummer for former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung, Sharpe spent 10 years working on his album. He's started performing it at small venues around the suburbs. "I am very proud of this work," he said.

  • Learn to recognize and avoid triggers for tension headaches Feb 23, 2015 5:45 AM
    Q: I get tension headaches fairly often. What’s the best way to treat and prevent them?

  • Dankowski gets her due for Maine West hoops service Feb 23, 2015 2:34 PM
    Every great program has people working behind the scenes who prove invaluable to its success. For the Maine West girls basketball program and its Hall of Fame coach Derril Kipp one of those people is Mary Dankowski. That is the reason the Illinois High School basketball Coaches Asscociation will induct her into its Hall of Fame on May 2 at Illinois State as part of the Friends of Basketball category.

  • Llorens ready to learn the coaching ropes Feb 23, 2015 2:42 PM
    Former Grayslake Central standout Rebekah Llorens is about to learn even more about the game of basketball. The Hope College senior has been selected to participate in the 13th annual Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “So You Want To Be A Coach” program this spring. According to the Hope College website, each member will participate in the three-day workshop held April 3-5 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention during the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Florida.

  • Rozner: Why are the Blackhawks so lifeless? Feb 23, 2015 1:07 PM
    The Blackhawks are a lifeless squad right now, very much stuck in the mud and looking like a team in desperate need of a trade after their 6-2 loss to Boston.

  • From the food editor: Aurora grocer collects recipes for second edition cookbook Feb 23, 2015 11:18 AM
    Wondering how to make rabbit stew? Open up a copy of the newly minted second edition of “Prisco’s Family & Friends’ Cookbook.” The popular Aurora grocery store earlier this month released its new cookbook that features 329 recipes from more than 100 contributors. Not game for game? Try Baked Ziti with Sausage.

  • Family recipes struggle to go from kitchen to store Feb 23, 2015 1:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall knows what it takes to get Grandma’s Pasta Sauce or Aunt Bertha’s cookies or whatever legendary recipe your family treasures — onto store shelves: Determination and money.

  • Constable: Tooth Fairy payouts outperform stocks Feb 24, 2015 5:39 AM
    A new survey out of Oak Brook says the Tooth Fairy shelled out a record $255 million on baby teeth last year. But local kids don't make as much per tooth as kids in other states or Canada.

  • Lake Barrington shop owners are local version of American Pickers Feb 23, 2015 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features two sisters and their mother, who own Tattered Tiques in Lake Barrington. They are like the local version of American Pickers, since they go on the road around the Midwest to find unique antiques .

  • Throttle open on motorcycle technology Feb 24, 2015 2:20 PM
    The Progressive International Motorcycle Show was held last weekend in Rosemont and offered a warm retreat for enthusiasts to get caught up with the very latest in the two-wheeled motoring world. Two bikes that caught my eye were a 2014 Star Stryker and Project LiveWire, a Harley-Davidson concept e-bike.

  • Rozner: Blackhawks struggle as trade deadline approaches Feb 23, 2015 3:14 PM
    The Blackhawks have not looked like the best team in the West since December and they’re struggling to find their way at a time when nearly every team they face has something to play for. What they need right now is a move that shakes up the roster.

  • Work Advice: When a staffer struggles with the English language Feb 22, 2015 7:30 AM
    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

  • Career Coach Q&A: Advice for your workplace conundrums Feb 22, 2015 7:30 AM
    Q: I recently started a huge pro-bono passion project that is basically my dream job (without pay). It totally relates to my current work, but also adds new skills. I feel inclined to list this position on my resume and LinkedIn in the regular “Work Experience” section instead of in the “Volunteer Work” section, because why does it matter than I’m not getting paid? It’s for a nonprofit cause I really care about, and it has already gotten a lot of recognition in the particular field it is in. Is it misleading/unfair/wrong to treat it as work experience instead of volunteer work? A: You could list it under Professional Experience since that covers anything you are doing. If you list it under Work Experience, you can describe it and then put in parentheses (volunteer). I think it is best to be accurate on a resume or profile. The key point of listing it is to describe your experiences gained from working on it, not to highlight whether you did or did not get paid for it. That is why I like the idea of listing it under a category of Professional Experience (if you can do this). Q: My boss: intelligent, cares about our customers, has great ideas, has a lot of drive. Is fiscally responsible. Is also judgmental, naggy, wants things yesterday then changes her mind, quick to criticize and slow to praise. I’m older than she is and have more supervisory experience, so I try to be helpful, but frankly resent that I’m prevented from doing my work because I have to do administrative stuff that she doesn’t get, or have to guide her through why treating people with empathy or compassion is a good business practice. How do I keep my career and sanity intact and do the “right thing” even when she’s making me nuts? A: This is interesting. Often in leadership we find ourselves having to provide guidance to higher-level managers to assist them. Why do it? You do it if you believe in the higher mission of enabling the company to do better and the employees and customers to have better experiences. It can be frustrating to help higher-level managers (since shouldn’t they know how to be great leaders we wonder), yet it is so important. Really good leaders surround themselves with people who can help them accomplish the group’s goals. You either help your leader so that the mission of the group (employees, customers) gets met, or you don’t and then you live through the bad leadership. It may not be fair, but it is very common. Maybe you or someone else can also counsel or advise the leader to get some executive coaching to enhance their poorer skills. Q: I’m out-processing from my federal job and a formal exit interview is not required. I plan to stop by and chat with a few supervisors on my last day. While there is a very low chance I would return to this job (main reason for leaving is a better commute), I don’t want to burn any bridges. I’m having trouble figuring out what, if any, feedback to provide to my bosses. Any suggestions? A: Great question. It is really valuable that you are willing to take the time to give them some feedback. I know many HR folks who really use this feedback to make improvements in the firm. I would suggest sharing your feedback with an HR manager more than an immediate boss. Unless of course you are particularly close to one of your supervisors and they ask for your thoughts. Then, you could share positive and constructive suggestions about things they might consider doing to enhance morale, productivity, etc. But, I would see if they actually ask for any feedback. I would also take that opportunity to thank them for their leadership and provide comments about things they are doing well too. Q: A co-worker feels the need to light up about every hour but only steps directly outside the door. Needless to say, the smoke drifts back into our small office. No one knows what reaction we may get if we try to speak to her about this. Any advice? A: While you may be uncomfortable speaking to her about this, someone needs to do it. She may just not be aware that this causes problems for anyone. The smoke does not bother her so she may not notice that it bothers others. I would just let her know that the smoke comes back in the office and ask if she can step further away. I would be direct rather than subtle about this since she needs to hear the message. She may be fine that you brought it up and may be happy to move further away. Sometimes you just have to ask. Q: I haven’t worked in five years and I’m afraid of doing a resume and going on an interview. A: There are a lot of people who can help you in this area. There are also plenty of resources if you want to first create a draft of your resume and practice some interview questions. The “Knock ‘em Dead” series of books has plenty of examples of resume, practice interview questions, cover letters, etc. The key is to start with a draft and then get someone to give you feedback so that you can practice. It is very important to do this before actually applying to jobs or going on “real” interviews. Q: I am currently in a temp job, finishing the contract after a nine-month assignment. I learned yesterday that a director who is not in my department had asked a co-worker in my department to spy on me to see if I was disrupting the work of one of the director’s underlings. My co-worker did spy on me and told me that they reported that I wasn’t disrupting anyone. Both these employees violated the respectful workplace policy in place. Do I just ignore this behavior or do I say something? A: This is rather unusual. I assume you feel that the co-worker told you the real truth about all this? I ask since this person could be “playing both sides” and I wonder if he or she is being accurate with you. Since you are leaving, you really do not want to burn any bridges. But, depending on your relationships with your higher-level managers and HR (if they have an HR person), you could bring this up to the HR person to see what they think about this. Or, if you have a good relationship with your boss, you could also bring this up with him/her (in a nice constructive way). I would hate for you to leave the firm thinking this happened, when it might not have been exactly as the co-worker said it was. In any event, it seems your direct boss should know about these types of behaviors and what is happening to his/her employees.

  • Imrem: Motor sports mayhem must remain a possibility Feb 22, 2015 7:47 PM
    NASCAR better not take too much of the danger out of races like the Daytona 500.

  • Rozner: “Miracle on Ice” memories still fresh today Feb 22, 2015 7:43 AM
    Sunday marks the anniversary of the greatest upset, greatest game and greatest sporting moment in American history, and the “Miracle on Ice” teammates will gather in Lake Placid to celebrate again.

  • Neil Patrick Harris fills Oscars with class and cachet Feb 23, 2015 7:43 AM
    Sure, the Academy Awards show Sunday night was another predictably staid ocular orgy of self-promotion by Hollywood moviemakers. But it had class, clash and cache in spades. Who could stay seated after Lady Gaga belted out a superb rendition of selections from “The Sound of Music,” followed by the original singer Julie Andrews coming on stage to announce the best original score?

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