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Christie’s Tea Party Albatross

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Christie’s Tea Party Albatross

New America Media

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The old saw that you can’t live with them and you can’t live without them may apply more aptly to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie than to husbands and wives. The “them” in Christie’s case is the Tea Party. Christie so far has made all the right moves in his open march toward seeking the GOP presidential nomination. He won a landslide reelection victory for governor, got some key labor endorsements and masses of Democrats to cross over and vote for him, and proved to be a cash cow by attracting bushels of campaign money from legions of sources, especially, the all-important corporate sector. He has national name recognition and that’s crucial with time ticking away for presidential hopefuls to begin sending signals that they’re ready to take a shot at the White House, and that means they must insure that as many voters as possible nationally know their name. This enables them to hit the ground running.

But all those Christie pluses could turn into one stumbling negative unless he can figure out some way to neutralize the Tea Party. When he announced in early 2013 that he would expand Medicaid under the new federal health law, Tea Party Nation tweeted “Liberal jello blob Chris Christie thanks Obama by expanding Obamacare to NJ.” It was followed by a #liberalsellout hashtag. Christie also was not invited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference soon after because of his allegedly too “liberal” position on the issues.

It’s true that the Tea Party has apparently seen better days. Polls show that more Americans abhor the Tea Party, or are indifferent to it than ever. Tea Party leaning or backed candidates did dismal in Tuesday’s state elections in Alabama and Virginia. Worse, the party seemed to dig its political grave even deeper with its wildly unpopular grandstand overreach in the partial shutdown of the government engineered by Tea Party leaning or backed House Republicans. The party plunged Congress’s already deep ocean bottom approval ratings even further to the bottom with that antic. But that says less about the party’s seemingly faded political fortunes, than the hard reality that the party still has formidable power to cajole, hector, and bully GOP leaders into doing the party’s bidding, or keeping silent.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney found that out in 2012 and paid dearly for it. He swapped his relative centrism on issues by GOP standards for a pander to the party on everything from his back pedal on health care to a soft peddle of birtherism (remember his bend over backward to make nice with Donald Trump). Romney never uttered a monosyllable of reproach for any Tea Party position no matter how outlandish. The GOP party regulars though they privately wrung their hands and warned that the party was facing disaster by nominating unelectable Tea Party backed candidates in Missouri and Indiana, as well in a handful of congressional districts, were stone mute publicly about it. They were looking hard over their shoulder at the Tea Party and its perceived power to make life miserable for any GOP incumbent that did not tow the party line. Christie has firmly staked out positions opposing gay marriage, abortion, and at every turn primping his credential as an anti big government champion and fiscal conservative. But that hasn’t done much to allay the deep suspicion of ultra-conservatives that he’s a big Eastern state, closet moderate who would be as bad or worse than what many thought and lambasted Romney as, that is a faux conservative.

If Christie tracks right to assuage them, as Romney tried, he can kiss off a huge bloc of independents. This would be fatal. GOP mainstream leaders, who even in the best of Tea Party days were anxious, if not downright terrified, that their shock battalions might get too unruly, and go too far overboard, and alienate the moderate and conservative independents that they got back in the GOP fold in 2010. They desperately needed them to have any chance of beating Obama in 2012. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

Christie loudly tagged his big reelection win as a frontal challenge to the GOP to at least partially rethink its position on key issues, win the war against the Democrats to win back a majority of independents, and most importantly free itself from being hostage to Tea Party fanaticism. That’s a tall order.

The Tea Party is far from dead. There are many Americans who still think the idea of smaller government, caps on spending, and debt reduction is noble and necessary goals worth fighting for. And their Tea Party noisemakers still can strike terror in legions of GOP elected officials in more than a few states. Christie’s win won’t change that. This will continue to be the Albatross around his political neck in his drive for the GOP presidential nomination and the White House.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC and a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the author of “How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge.” He is the host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KPFK-Radio and the Pacifica Network. Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter.

Topinka Joins Red Cross’ “Holiday Mail For Heroes”

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Comptroller sends a touch of home to U.S. Armed Forces

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka joined the American Red Cross and showed her support for the U.S. Armed Forces by signing holiday cards at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, November 06, 2013.

Topinka was part of the Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program, which collects and distributes holiday cards of encouragement, gratitude and cheer to military members, veterans, and military families all over the world.

Evergreen Park police find Pastor Mitty Collier’s lost son

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Collier: “My son was lost has been found”

By Chinta Strausberg

Pastor Mitty Collier late Thursday shouted for joy when Evergreen Park police notified her they had found her son who had been missing nearly three-weeks.

According to Collier, an internationally known gospel singer, the police spotted her son, ElJess Joseph, 52, soliciting money in the parking lot of Aldi’s Food with another homeless man and took him to the station so that he could make a phone call.

Her son had left home three-weeks ago and simply disappeared. She tried calling him but his battery had long died. While she had checked hospitals and morgues, Collier learned her son had been living in one shelter after another, but Thursday the Evergreen Park police recognized him from a missing person poster.

When her son called her, Pastor Collier said she reached out to his wife and they both rushed to the police station.

“My son said he was sorry for what he had done,” Collier said. “He said he felt useless because he is unable to provide for his family with the mediocre job he has. He felt he was worthless.” Her son is a driver for a company that picks up the elderly and takes them to medical appointments.

So pained was Pastor Collier when her son told her how he felt worthless, she told him, ‘You need Jesus, not these other things you’re going to,” she said referring to various religions her son had been delving into. She told him, “You need to get back to your first love. I told him you’ve been in the church and it’s time for you to come home.”

“Like the Prodigal son, God has picked you up and brought you back to your first love,” Collier told her son.

Collier revealed her son had wanted to die including wanting to walk in front of a car. He wanted to end it all.  “When he told me this, I told him that he couldn’t because God had you.” It was then that Pastor Collier grabbed and hugged her son praying for him in a mighty way.

“He was glad to be in his mother’s arms,” she said. “Even though my son is 52, he’s still my baby,” she said laughing.

But out of the pain her missing son has caused his family, Pastor Collier said, this has started a lot of family healing.

Asked if her son’s job is still secure, Collier said he would call his supervisor Friday to get the status and hopes they will save his position while he is getting counseling from the VA Hospital.

Friday, Pastor Collier is taking her son to the VA Hospital to get some much-needed counseling. She made it clear that her son was neither drinking nor on drugs. “He is simply depressed,” she said. “My son who was lost has now been found….”

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Senators Kirk and Manchin introduce legislation to delay Individual Mandate for one year

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Legislation will suspend penalty fees if individuals do not register for healthcare coverage



WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)  introduced legislation to delay the implementation of the individual mandate under the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015. The bill would eliminate the $95 penalty that will go into effect in 2014 under current law.

“Healthcare should not be a burden on consumers, which is why we must delay the penalty for individuals,” Senator Kirk said. “Last July, American businesses were given more time to provide employees health coverage. If a delay is good enough for businesses, it should be good enough for all Americans.”


“Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, there have been many identifiable problems exposed in the law that need to be addressed,” Senator Manchin said. “We’ve worked through a few of these issues, but our job in Congress is far from over. We need to start working together to fix this law and make it work so that all Americans have access to affordable and reliable health care coverage. We can start with a one-year delay of the individual mandate to eliminate penalty fees if individuals choose to not enroll for a health care plan in 2014. This commonsense proposal simply allows Americans to take more time to browse and explore their options, making 2014 a true transition year.”


Key Findings in Kirk-Manchin Bill:


1. Congress must ensure that healthcare is affordable and accessible;

2. Political disagreements must be set aside so that Congress and the President can work together to improve healthcare quality, access and affordability;

3. Affordable access to preventative care can provide enormous benefits and reduce overall costs to all Americans, young and old;

4. Individuals and families are ultimately responsible and accountable for their own well-being and long-term health, and our laws should reflect this reality;

5. Subscribing to a healthy lifestyle should be a goal for all Americans, and Congress should act in an appropriate and responsible manner to make this goal achievable;

6. There are many positive reforms included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that are improving coverage, ending discrimination, and reducing costs. Requiring insurers to cover pre-existing conditions, maternity care, and emergency services and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26 are examples of positive reforms in the Act that must continue to be implemented.

7. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize when a new program is not meeting the high standards that the American people expect. So far, the federal healthcare exchanges have failed, and we must deliver a better product;

8. While every program must go through a transition period, no individual or family should be penalized while the problems in new healthcare exchanges are being addressed;

9. Congress should work toward fixing these flaws and ensuring the new programs are strong, while giving the American people a transition period; and

10. Delaying the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not an appropriate or responsible action, but Congress should not hesitate to enact commonsense reforms, such as an individual mandate transition year, to improve this important legislation.

Oak Park man sentenced in Child Pornography Case

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An Oak Park man facing felony child pornography charges has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and 30 months of intensive sex offender probation after pleading guilty to the charges, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Joe Hymon, 40, of Oak Park, pled guilty to Aggravated Child Pornography in a hearing before Judge Paula Daleo at the Maywood Courthouse on Wednesday (Nov. 5).

According to prosecutors, Chicago Police were conducting an undercover online investigation when they discovered child pornography being shared from a computer located at Hymon’s residence in Oak Park. Chicago Police turned the investigation over to the Oak Park Police Department who executed a search warrant at Hymon’s residence, recovering several computers. Forensic analysis revealed numerous images and videos of children under the age of 13 engaged in various sex acts.

Hymon, who has a previous 1993 felony conviction for Aggravated Battery to a Child, will be required to register as a sex offender for life upon his release from jail.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Poje and the Oak Park Police Department for their work on this case.

State Public Health Department joins Health Data Consortium, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to kickoff “Putting health Data to Work’ Events

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CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, the Illinois Department of Public Health, along with the Health Data Consortium and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will hold two days of activities focused on developing and sharing innovative ways to work with health data that will drive innovation and improve healthcare in cities and states nationwide. Both events will be held at 1871, the digital technology center located at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

During the first event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 8, thought leaders from the private, non-profit, academia and government sectors will discuss the most pressing health data issues being faced in the United States and actionable ideas for using open health data to drive innovation and improve care at the state and local levels. This event will be the first in a series of regional forums focused on “Putting Health Data to Work in Our States and Communities.” Information on upcoming Health Data Consortium events can be found at www.healthdataconsortium.org.

The second event, the Illinois Public Health Datapalooza, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 9. Entrepreneurs, IT developers, coders, researchers and civic minded individuals will be introduced to government data sets already available on www.Data.Illinois.gov, the state of Illinois’ open data portal, and given an in-depth look to new public health data sets soon to be released.

Friday, November 8, 2013 – 8:30 a.m. – *8:45 a.m. – IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck speaks

WHERE: “1871” – Merchandise Mart – Suite 1212

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza

Chicago, IL

WHAT: Illinois Public Health Datapalooza

WHO: IL Department of Public Health

Health Data Consortium

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Smart Chicago Collaborative (Chicago Community Trust)

Illinois Science and Technology Coalition

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2013

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: “1871” – Merchandise Mart – Suite 1212

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza

Madigan’s Office to host Resource Fair to assist Veterans, Service members

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, with the Illinois Joining Forces Financial Literacy Working Group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and other advocates, will host a resource fair on Friday to assist veterans and military service members in recognition of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday.

Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau and its partnering groups will be on site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago.
The event will provide information about benefits for Illinois veterans along with helpful consumer advice and tips for avoiding scams that target veterans. Two local VFW Veterans Service Officers will also be available to provide assistance to veterans with their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits claims. Veterans should bring their discharge paperwork, such as their DD-214s, to the fair.

“Veterans and military service members are entitled to certain benefits under the law for their service and sacrifice to our country,” Madigan said. “We’re hosting this event to raise awareness about the resources and assistance available to veterans and their families so they can rightfully claim what they are due and learn how to steer clear of scams that brazenly target their access to these benefits.”
Veterans who need assistance applying for VA benefits, including pension and disability
compensation, are encouraged to utilize the free services of a recognized, accredited VSO, such as those from the VFW. Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau provides men and women with information they need to understand their legal rights and programs to help them make sound financial decisions.

For more information, contact Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Hotline at 1-800-382-3000 or visit Madigan’s website to find additional resources.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Ensemble Member Tracy Letts honor Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale and Julianne Nicholson at Fifty Annual Women in the Arts Fundraiser, December 9, 2013

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CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company and ensemble member Tracy Letts, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright of August: Osage County, hosts Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale and

Julianne Nicholson as the guests of honor at the fifth annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12 noon at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (120 E Delaware Pl). All three of these dynamic women are featured in Letts’s highly anticipated film adaptation of August: Osage County. This year’s event features a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the film, in addition to an insightful conversation with Lewis, Martindale and Nicholson, moderated by Letts in a format similar to Inside the Actors Studio. Previous honorees at Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts include ensemble members Joan Allen and Martha Plimpton, Julianna Margulies and Mary-Louise Parker.

The fifth annual luncheon will bring together nearly 300 leaders from Chicago’s business and civic communities to honor Ms. Lewis, Ms. Martindale and Ms. Nicholson for their work on the much anticipated, soon-to-be-released film, August: Osage County. The event raises funds for Steppenwolf’s professional development programs, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults and the School at Steppenwolf, as well as the Professional Leadership Programs, providing apprenticeships, fellowships and internships for the next generation of arts managers and producers.

Individual tickets start at $200 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit steppenwolf.org/luncheon. Table sponsorships start at $5,000 and are also on sale now. To learn about table sponsorship opportunities, contact Steppenwolf’s Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or specialevents@steppenwolf.org.

BMO Harris Bank and Helen Zell are Lead Co-Sponsors of the fifth annual Women in the Arts luncheon. United Airlines is the Official and Exclusive Airline Partner of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts Host Committee members include Sarah Beardsley, Elizabeth H. Connelly, Nora Daley, Mary Dempsey, Amy Eshleman, Nene Foxhall, Caryn Harris, Donna La Pietra, Liz Lefkofsky, Jane Mody, Janet L. Melk, Susan Oleari, Deborah Quazzo, Colette Cachey Smithburg, Bobette Takiff and Helen Zell.

Tracy Letts has been a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member since 2002 and is the author of Killer Joe (scheduled for Broadway in 2014), Bug (also a feature film), Man from Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist), August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award for Best Play) and Superior Donuts. An accomplished actor as well, Letts garnered the 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his portrayal of George in Steppenwolf’s Broadway production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Television audiences will see him in season three of Homeland on Showtime.

About the Honorees

Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as Danielle Bowden in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Oliver Stone and Garry Marshall. Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with remarkable range and an original and captivating style.

At 16, Lewis starred in the critically acclaimed television movie Too Young to Die?, catching the attention of Martin Scorsese, who cast her in his thriller Cape Fear. Her powerful scenes with Robert De Niro earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

She next worked with Woody Allen in Husbands and Wives, quickly following suit with a succession of starring roles in a variety of blockbusters and critically acclaimed projects including Kalifornia, Romeo Is Bleeding, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Natural Born Killers. Lewis recently wrapped production on the indie drama Kelly and Cal and will next star opposite Aaron Paul in the film Hellion. She has also signed on to co-star opposite Matt Dillon in the upcoming Fox event series Wayward Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan.

Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale is one of Hollywood’s busiest and most acclaimed character actresses. She can currently be seen on the CBS show The Millers opposite Will Arnett and Beau Bridges.

Earlier this year, Martindale had a recurring role on FX’s hit drama The Americans, earning her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Additionally, Martindale received an Emmy Award in 2011 for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal as the diabolically maternal crime-family boss, Mags Bennett on the FX series Justified. Her past television work includes stand-out performances on series such as A Gifted Man, Suits, Person of Interest, Smash, New Girl, Medium, Dexter, The Riches and Hung.

Martindale earned a Tony Award nomination for her epic portrayal of Big Mama on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. As a classically trained theater actress, she began her career on the New York stage creating such iconic roles as Truvy in the original production of Steel Magnolias.

She has been seen in some of the most notable films of the past two decades including Million Dollar Baby, Dead Man Walking, Nobody’s Fool, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Hours, Practical Magic, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Secretariat, Paris, je t’aime, Beautiful Creatures and Win Win, among others.

Julianne Nicholson first worked with John Wells, director of August: Osage County on the medical drama Presidio Med, which he produced. She is also well known for her work on Conviction and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Independent film work has been a staple for Nicholson with leading roles in Hilary Birmingham’s Tully, opposite James Franco in Jay Anania’s Shadows & Lies, in Bill Condon’s Kinsey and alongside Ethan Hawke in Staten Island. Nicholson also draws fans internationally, working with such acclaimed directors as Peter Chan in The Love Letter, Alain Berliner’s Passion of Mind and Nick Hurran in Little Black Book.

Her stage work includes the premiere of Sam Shepard’s latest play Heartless, Melissa James Gibson’s new play This and Rattlestick’s production of Adam Rapp’s Hallway trilogy.

Nicholson is currently in production on The Red Road for the Sundance Channel. She will also guest star in a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s much buzzed about new series, Masters of Sex. Additionally she’ll reprise her role as Esther Randolph in Season 4 of HBO’s award winning series Boardwalk Empire.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Secretary of State Offices to Close for Veterans’ Day Holiday

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities that are normally open Monday through Friday will be closed Monday, November 11, 2013, in observance of Veterans’ Day.

Driver Services facilities that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday will be closed on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

All Driver Services facilities will be open for regular business on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to locate the nearest Driver Services facility and hours of operation, change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor or renew license plate stickers by mail.

Can You Deliver on your Project Deadlines?

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Then Think MS Project Professional 2013; it’s a great way to communicate with those working on your projects

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By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

Do you find that you sometimes fall short when trying to meet those important project deadlines? Is your staff up to par as to requirements and delivering of their responsibilities daily? If not, you may need a project manager. If you have one that’s not effective, you may end up doing it yourself. No need to worry, there are several tools out here that can help you with that. It will only require a little time to sit down and figure out just how to use the software; but if you do, it could bring more efficiency to your organization, get those milestones met and services or products delivered on time.

Try using the granddaddy of them all – MS Project Professional 2013. This product is used by many corporations to track projects and communicate with those working on the project. It is also a place where managers can check in and see how things are going, close tasks, update and add tasks. It is a great way to communicate with team members whether they are in the office with you or in another country. And it’s a great way to stay organized and collaborate with co-workers. And, it integrates well with other MS Office products. You can use it on the cloud, a server or as a standalone on your desktop. You can buy one for about $1200.

So when planning your next project, you might want to take the trial version of MS Project Professional for a spin and see if it helps keep your project on track and whether it would be worth the investment for you.

If you don’t have the $1200 to spare right now, there are several open source project management systems available at no cost to you. One of them is dotProject. Simply install it on your web host or server and you are ready to go.  It is not as robust as the MS Project, but it gets the job done. And there are plenty of tutorials available on how to use it. I’ve found it to be very beneficial with my projects. Try it out and let us know what you think. Whatever you use, get started today on getting those projects delivered on time or ahead of time!

And it’ll be smooth sailing in getting your projects out on time!

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. She is also a weekly columnist for CopyLine Magazine

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