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My Top Three Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts

What’s a keyboard shortcut? It’s the pressing of a combination of keys in a specific order or simultaneously, that results in the performance of desired functions by the computer.  The benefit of using keyboard shortcuts is that they allow you to perform common tasks quickly and without using the mouse.

I want to share three favorite shortcuts I use daily. Many PC users know and use at least one or two keyboard shortcuts regularly and my first favorite is a commonly used set of shortcuts Control + C and Control + V. Also known as Copy/Paste.

Hint: You can find the control key on the bottom left hand side of the keyboard, marked Ctrl.

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Change at Your Fingertips

It could be easier than you think to lessen the stress in your life, and the library can help.

We often link stress to specific times of year: the beginning or end of the school year and December’s holiday season are all rampant with opportunities to stress ourselves to the limit, or even beyond. The stark reality is that stressful thoughts and situations pervade our everyday life.

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Voting for the Judges on Your Ballot

US Supreme Court 1925

Years ago, deciding how to vote for judges was a dilemma.

You could just close your eyes and throw a dart, or try to divine the ethicity or gender of the judge's name and vote by those assumptions.

Neither, method was satifactory. One puts it in the hands of fate and the other encourages your biases.

Today, I have a more logical two step method.

  • My first step is to get a copy of my ballot from the Cook County Clerk's Suburban elections page. The link to  Voter Information will provide a search box for your address and from there you can print out your ballot.
  • The second step is to go to The ratings of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening (11 bar associations) are presented in an easy to read chart. In a separate link, the ratings of the Chicago Bar Association is presented. From here I mark my ballot with my notations, yay or nay, and take it to the ballot box with me on Election Day. Please note, not all the judges on the evaluation charts will be on your ballot.

Happy voting.