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I am a freelance writer and editor with over a decade of professional experience. I’ve written for daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and digital outlets, and performed technical research and editing. I’ve also worked as a development professional for nonprofit organizations, building engaging social campaigns, end-of-year fundraising initiatives and facilitating fundraising events that exceed their anticipated revenue.
I grew up hopping fences, climbing trees and splashing in the creeks in my backyard, which was 100 acres of pristine, second-growth forest in Central Illinois. I am passionate about our natural environment and working to ensure that our native landscape is protected for all future generations. Having spent my whole life in the Great Lakes region, I am particularly passionate about protecting our fresh waterways and forests. You can see examples of my outdoors writing on Third Coast Hikes, or on Instagram.
When I’m not outside, you’ll often find me indoors knitting furiously. I have been knitting for 20 years, and designing patterns for 5 years. There is no kind of knitting that I haven’t tried yet, and I rarely shy away from big, difficult projects. I like vintage-inspired things, crafting what I need to fit a specific purpose and taking hand knit garments backcountry camping because they’re nice and cozy. You can see more of my knitting projects on Unapologetically Ersatz or on Instagram.
Marble, zinc, iron and concrete monuments dot the Illinois Valley, but they may not be the first thing someone thinks of when thinking of cemeteries
While legal administrators in Hawaii are enjoying serene beaches at a time that most of us are buried in snow, law offices there face many of the same problems as those across the globe.
In the United States, doctors do not prescribe medical marijuana. They can, however, depending on state law, recommend or certify that a qualifying patient would benefit from medical marijuana. While it might seem like they are the same thing, a doctor sees that a patient might benefit from medical marijuana for pain and symptom relief, legally, the meaning is very different.
The proposed 53rd Street special service area would largely overlap with the tax increment financing district, but if approved would have a huge affect on tax bills for those businesses and residences.
• Volunteering to help elect the progressive 47th Ward Alderman as Governor of Illinois using online tools (Trello, Google Docs, Slack) to engage with peers and facilitate campaign communications. Working to write and edit press releases and social media language, assist in the planning and execution of statewide candidate listening tours, hyperlocal communications, researching issues relevant to individual municipalities, and other writing and editing tasks as needed.
Company: Ameya Pawar for Governor
I worked there from 5/2017 until now
•Managed and produced three large fundraising events; created and maintained daily social media and other communications •Maintain daily outreach for volunteers through various social media, email and other outlets. During my tenure with CVLS, we gained over 200 new followers, and day-to-day impressions rose over 50 percent• Produced monthly newsletter, including overseeing and managing a layout update to create a more engaging outlay, and assisted with graphic design of outreach materials
Company: Chicago Volunteer Legal Services,
I worked there from 4/2016 until 5/2017
•Researched and wrote between 5 and ten weekly, front page articles for readership of 10,000 subscribers •Maintained and monitored several regular news briefs including crime, real estate, development, parks and preservation as well as hard news and breaking news•Proofed and edited all editorial content weekly prior to final printing. Checked for accuracy, AP Style, factual and grammatical errors
Company: Hyde Park Herald, Lakefront Outlook
I worked there from 4/2012 until 4/2015
•Covered politics, business, education, health, human interest, food and travel stories for 15,000 circulation daily newspaper in central Illinois•Broke news on public safety issues and fires; shot and edited photographs as needed; reported on three local elections•Tracked police reports and followed cases through court systems •Coordinated coverage as part of a regional team•Covered complex, ongoing story related to environmental and health issues created by a Superfund site in Depue, Illinois
Company: LaSalle News Tribune
I worked there from 8/2008 until 9/2010