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REAL Change of Seasons

The Labor Day weekend is just fading in the rearview mirror, but what a week this has been in Chicago.

Just ten days ago we were melting under ninety degree temperatures, marking time in an economic doldrums at the end of summer, looking for a change in climate – both business and weather. In just a short time the wind has changed, temperatures drop into the fall range, and this morning I was awakened to the sound of gas-powered leave blowers! Much to my amazement, there were plenty of leaves for them to blow.

And in a surprising change of political directions we learned yesterday that 2010 will be the last full year of Mayor Richard M Daley’s term as mayor of Chicago. What will that bring to the business climate? Will all of the dissonant voices who maintain that our city needs new leadership to thrive turn into faces on campaign posters? What kinds of new ideas will be blowing through the corridors of LaSalle Street and across Navy Pier?

I have always admired the Mayor’s hard work, and been able to forgive those things that haven’t played very well historically. I think that he has always had Chicago’s best interest at heart. But I AM excited by the inevitability of change that this announcement will bring. And isn’t that why we live in the Midwest – to experience the change of seasons?

Cathie Cushing Duff

One of the third generation membership owners at Cushing, Cathie has been active in the organization since 1975. A graduate of the University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College) she attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Business. A Past President of the North Central Reprographic Association and International Reprographic Association, she has served on the ReproMAX Association and Chicago Family Business Council Boards. When not exploring print and digital communications, her passions are family, knitting and crocheting. Visit Cathie’s Google + profile.

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