MARCH 13, 2013 7:00PM

Cyber Attack on the Unemployed


She waited till the room was empty to come up to the front and tell me the story, She was embarrassed. Hesitant, making small talk. I could tell there was something she wanted to say, but couldn’t quite get it out.


I was packing… Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2013 7:01PM

Bad Kindle Love



Finding Work When There Are No Jobs is now on KINDLE. And I am in trouble.

 Finding Work When There Are No Jobs - Kindle Edition

Because I am a Kindleholic. I admit it. It’s true. My name is Roger, and I am a Kindleholic. The whole, JonRead full post »

MARCH 5, 2013 12:05PM

Dawn Clark Netsch Dies


 Dawn Clark Netsch, the tiny, whip smart, political force of kindness and simply doing good across the political landscape of Illinois for six decades, died this morning from complications of ALS. She was 86.


And as news of her passing spread out across Chicago, it began t… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 6:36PM

Bad Tips for the Jobless



What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever heard given to someone out of work?


Everybody’s work search is different. So tossing out tired clichés onRead full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2013 2:18PM

George Harrison at 70 & 170




Inspired by Chicago radio legend Terri Hemmert . . .

 One hundred years from right now, on the 170th anniversary of George Harrison’s birth, a circle of tiny kids sitting on the floor of a classroom will be led by a smiling Second Grade Teacher in singing… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2013 11:52PM

"How To Find A Job"

You’ve seen the titles. How to find a job. How to find work when there are no jobs  How to find a job when you’re over 50. How to find work when you’re under 25. And you just know they won’t help you!


You’ve seen the titles. Your… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2013 3:22PM



Cover HIGH RES    


Yes I know it’s a tad obsessive. Checking amazon every oh. . .lets just say “a lot.” But at 6:00 this morning, my new book,“Finding Work When There Are No Jobs,” that book was priced at $14.99. And when I checked atRead full post »

JANUARY 26, 2013 11:01PM

Thanks for Stopping By

Sorry I missed you!
Chicago Guy can be found on FICTIONIQUE 
And if Open Salon ever reopens-… Read full post »
OCTOBER 26, 2012 12:24PM

When Penguin Met Random House


 A business story? You decide.

One of those pitch perfect autumn leaves kind of days on the campus of the University of Chicago. More like when Harry… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2012 4:23PM

Who's a Better Leader?


Ever find yourself zoning out when somebody says “leadership?”

Cliché train is a coming!  Don’t fall asleep! Leadership can be spun so many ways that the spin can end up to mean well. . .nothing.


But as you either do or don’t watch theRead full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2012 8:16AM

A Small Business Closes



Things can change in a business at any time. Even in the golden orange autumn glory of October. The very best time of the Chicago year. Even then it can happen.


A small neighborhood storefront on the north side of the city quietly papers overRead full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2012 1:36PM

Jesus said, "My Wife. . ."


In September 2012, a Harvard Divinity School historian announced that she’d identified a scrap of papyrus that contains a phrase never seen in ANY piece of scripture. “Jesus said, my wife. . .” No one knows what came before or after those words. Or what any of it meansRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 10:19AM

A Book Gives Voice

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 28, 2012.
The Center Square Journal

Roger Wright, with copies of "I Am Your Neighbor" at the Book Cellar. Credit: Patty Wetli

Scott Best, executive director of Common Pantry(3744 N. Damen Ave.), can rattle off all/

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 1:22PM

Chicago Strike Is Over

UPDATE: At 5:30 this evening, 700+ CTU delegates, by voice vote, sent up a roar of approval for the new contract, allowing the strike to be "suspended."
What that means is that delegates will bring the agreement to the 25,000 rank and file over the next 2Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 1:10PM

Chicago Teachers Strike To End

Both The Chicago Teacher’s Union and The Chicago School Board are reporting a likely settlement to the four-day-old strike could come today. Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis has said that the likelihood of the strike ending today is “a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.” Classes… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 2:04PM

Why Chicago Teachers Struck


  Photobucket Drive by a Chicago Public School this morning and you’ll hear the car honking show of support for the approximately 25,000 teachers of the 3rd largest school system in the country now

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 11:56PM

Why Unions?



Fighting Bob LaFollette. Wisconsin. 


Lester "The Lip" Lapczynski nursing a ginger ale in the air conditioned blast at the dark end of a Chicago Loop bar. Ninety five degrees. September. Late afternoon. Downtown emptying out for the Labor Day Weekend.  Lester/Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2012 12:12PM

Dirty Harry Goes Surrealistic

What really prompted Clint Eastwood's  Performance art piece to be perhaps the most memorable event of the 2012 GOP Convention?  Karl Rove? Koch Brothers? Sheldon Adelson? Good guesses. But what if it was something different? What if it was art?


Maybe Dirty Harry started here. TheRead full post »

AUGUST 29, 2012 5:30PM

Obama? Chicago Politician?



“Obama?” Hinky Dink turned to his partner Bathouse John and barked out a laugh. “Guy is a lightweight. He’s nothing. As a real ward boss in Chicago? He wouldn’tRead full post »

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AUGUST 22, 2012 5:49PM

Sister Rice's Church


When the 82-year-old nun and her two companions made it past the barbed wire, motion detectors and armed guards, under the darkness of a Tennessee moon, they accomplished somethingRead full post »

AUGUST 19, 2012 6:51PM

Because the BOOK Is So GOOD!

  It’s the kind of book that puts you in the middle of a dark, scary, Pennsylvania forest and makes you feel the rain on your face.

 More than anything else, it’s a story of family, friendship, struggle and faith.

 You come to know… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2012 5:02PM

Inviting Paul Ryan to Dinner

When Paul Ryan graduated from Craig High School in Janesville Wisconsin, his classmates voted him “Biggest Brown Noser.”


But that’s not going to stop my friend JanieRead full post »

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AUGUST 9, 2012 12:06PM

Demolishing The Hospital

                                                                                 … Read full post »
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AUGUST 1, 2012 3:45PM


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Maybe you’ve met Kristie? 23. Feisty blue eyed blonde. Aerobics champ.  Hard charging and hard-wired to her Smart Phone. Knew enough to pluck those naughty college party pictures off her Facebook page; so she got the job in Human Resources with

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JULY 30, 2012 12:00PM

Optimistic About Finding Work?


 Business confidence in the job market gets a lot of press. But what about the confidence of actual human beings? Just how optimistic are actual human beings around the world when it comes to finding work when there are no jobs?


Today, Gallup released resultsRead full post »