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Icing Smiles Making Birthdays Special

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Jilian Nordmeyer

Jilian Nordmeyer turned 13 while in the hospital receiving treatment for cancer.

Imagine as a child spending your birthday in the hospital, out of town and far away from home. That’s what happened to one Colorado girl while visiting Chicago. Jilian Nordmeyer and her family were on a summer vacation when she became seriously ill. Her mother, Amanda, said, “She was throwing up and vomiting and couldn’t keep fluids down, and it was a very rapid illness.”

Within 24-hours came the shocking diagnosis…. Jillian had cancer.  “I can see it in her face when they talk about the medication and stuff, and she’s 13 today. She shouldn’t have to worry about all this madness,” said Amanda.

That diagnosis meant weeks of undergoing treatment. It was not how the Nordmeyer family envisioned they would be celebrating Jilian’s milestone birthday. They knew they needed something special, so they were connected with an organization called Icing Smiles. And on her birthday, Jillian was surprised with a special cake baked just for her. Read More

In the News: I’m Joining the FOX 32 Team

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I’m baaaack! On TV that is. Excited to announce that I will be back on Chicagoland TV with FOX 32 News beginning in October.

When I left TV news in 2013, I knew I wasn’t done telling stories. That’s why I started my own production company to produce stories that people would be interested in and really care about. I am so excited to be able to continue to do that now on a larger platform with FOX 32 News.

Whether it be medical, consumer or human interest, I want to do stories that will have a social impact and that viewers will be interested in watching. Read More

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Anita Alvarez: Her Side of the Story

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Outgoing Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says the fall she took once the public learned of the shooting death of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald is unjustified, and she blames Mayor Rahm Emanuel for allowing her to take the fall when she says many at City Hall knew about the video showing Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times, even as he lay on the pavement. She speaks exclusively with Sylvia Perez as part one of the new web series “Heavy Hitters.”

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Heavy Hitters: Anita Alvarez

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It’s been months in the making. I’ve been putting together a wish list of names, and now it’s finally happening. As a journalist, storytelling is a natural desire of mine that constantly needs to be nurtured. It’s a passion that drives my sense of fulfillment.

That’s why I am very excited to announce my new venture, a web series called Heavy Hitters.  It’s all about movers and shakers. People we all know or have heard about. They are headline newsmakers, politicians, successful business people, sports figures, chefs and celebrities. We know their faces, we’ve heard their names, but how much do we really know about them? Read More

Why I Won’t Live in Fear

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The news was the first alert I saw on my phone when I woke up that morning. March 22nd, 2016. Coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Dozens injured and many casualties. Police looking for suspects. Eventually our biggest fear came true, ISIS claims responsibility.
Bombings and shootings are becoming all too common and it seems to be happening everywhere. Despite the frequency, it still comes as a shock and rocks our world. But this time what happened in Europe was especially frightening to me. I was leaving the next day for France to visit my college daughter who is attending school abroad.

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Planning a Fundraiser? What You Need to Know

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How many times have you been to a fundraising event where the speakers drag on and the video presentations seem to continue forever? I know it’s happened to all of us.

I’ve emceed and attended enough charitable events to know when one is a success or a bust. I often get asked to emcee and I’m given scripts to read that are detailed, long and basically thank everyone from the president to the janitors.

Well, maybe not really but my point is the biggest problem with most fundraisers:they are long winded and just plain boring. So what’s a charitable organization to do?

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Visions for 2016!

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Happy New Year? Seriously! Where did the time go? We say it every year. As I look back I realize I have so much to be thankful for. A lot has happened. I remember being unsure of myself as I rang in 2015 and I’m sure I’ll have a lot of questions when I welcome in 2016.

But here’s what I know. It’s all about you and your mindset. Sure, we never know what the new year will bring but isn’t that uncertainty part of the excitement? The possibilities are endless. We just have to believe, confirm and validate.


I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Studies have found they don’t work. Here’s what does …setting goals. But not just talking about them put them in print.


Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor from Dominican University in California did a study on goal setting and found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.



Last year I remember gathering a few of my girlfriends with snacks and wine and a lot of magazines to put together a “vision board.” Do you know what those are? It’s basically a tool on which you write down or display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.



Some people go all out with these. Here’s my vision board I put together last year. It’s pretty basic.

The theme was mostly about reaching success with my new company and maintaining a life balance both professionally and personally. One of my girlfriends envisioned a new beginning after divorce and a new love in her life. The others were looking for success with changes going on in their lives for both family and work. Initially, they rolled their eyes at me and thought this was a crazy idea. But in the end, everyone had fun and we all agreed this was a great idea; putting our visions, life’s hopes and dreams in words on hardcopy for us to see and the universe to hear. Mine now sits prominently in my home office. So whenever I sit down at my computer to work, I can go back over what I wished for, what is actually happening and what is yet to be.


So how does it look to me a year later? Many of my visions have already come true. Those that haven’t just yet will be prominently placed on my new vision board to make sure it’s still a priority for me in 2016. I know it all sounds so cheesy and hokey but it’s a great constant reminder for me.

Looking back on my vision board and speaking to my friends about theirs, it’s fun to see how far we’ve all come. And I can’t wait to see how far we will go. Happy New Year to all and here’s to a 2016 filled with your visions, goals and dreams coming true.

Have you made a vision board? Do you have other ways of setting your goals? Share your tips and suggestions.

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