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Chicago is the 2nd Most Segregated City in America

Of the 28.7 million black Americans living in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, nearly one-quarter reside in segregated neighborhoods — where at least 80% of residents are black. People living in urban areas are even more likely to be isolated, with 44.4% living in homogeneous neighborhoods, where the vast majority of residents have the same […]

Chicago is the 4th Most American City

The electorate for the upcoming election will be the most racially diverse in U.S. history. Polling data and election coverage have shown an increasingly polarized America, and political analysts have struggled to identify who the average American is. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of social and economic data for all 381 U.S. metro areas […]

Drivers in Illinois More Dangerous Than in Most States

Over 37,000 Americans died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, a 5.6% increase over the previous year — when deaths rose by 8.4%. The last time deaths caused by traffic accidents increased as much was in 1986. According to several official sources, the increase in fatalities can be attributable, at least in part, to more […]

Why Chicago is America’s 24th Most Dangerous City

The horrific mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas over the weekend represents just the latest in a series of brutal gun massacres that have occurred across the United States. Between Sutherland Springs, the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and the tragic events in Las Vegas barely over a month ago, three of […]

Illinois is America’s 16th Most Dangerous State

In the United States, violent crime is classified as aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and homicide. Nationwide, there were 397 violent crimes for every 100,000 Americans in 2016 — up from 385 violent crimes per 100,000 in 2015. The uptick marked the second in as many years and the first time in a decade the U.S. […]

Kennedy Junior High is the Top Public Middle School in Illinois

When it comes to American public schools, early childhood education and high school achievement tend to dominate the conversation — while middle school quality tends to take a backseat. Despite the apparent lack of emphasis, children spend some of their most pivotal years of development in middle school. Middle school serves as a critical bridge […]

Illinois Is Among the Next 15 States to Legalize Marijuana

A record high 64% of Americans support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a 2017 Gallup Poll. Support for legalization is rooted in changing perceptions of the drug’s potential harm, as well as the prospect of hundreds of millions of dollars in marijuana sales and excise tax revenue for state governments. The growing acceptance […]

Alinea is the Most Expensive Restaurant in Illinois

It’s no news that eating out can be pricey. In America’s largest cities, a meal for two can cost more than a thousand dollars. While in other parts of the country, restaurants offer more modest fare. Regardless, every state has a restaurant that can break the bank. Just how high can the price of a […]

Lincoln Home National Historic Site is the Most Popular National Park in Illinois

Interest in the national parks of the United States is growing. The number of visitors who came to national parks in 2016 was 331 million, exceeding the total population of the United States. Just 10 years ago, the number of visitors was closer to 275 million. A variety of reasons could explain this significant increase […]

Why the Great Chicago Fire is the Worst Tragedy in Illinois

October’s massacre in Las Vegas represents the latest in a string of mass shootings that have killed hundreds across the country over the last two decades. Between the historic fires in California, the series of hurricanes that have devastated Puerto Rico and states in the Gulf, and the Vegas massacre, for some it may seem […]

Why Chicago is the 2nd Worst City in America to Drive

Having a car inspires feelings of freedom and conjures images of the open road. But the reality of being an auto owner can be an entirely different experience. High gas prices, long commutes, and sometimes deadly accidents are daily concerns for drivers. The drawbacks to car ownership and driving are far more pronounced in some […]

Illinois Among the States With the Lowest Rates of Divorce

Marriage is intended to be a lifelong commitment to another person, but the reality is many marriages end in divorce. According to the Census Bureau, 9.7% of males over 15 years old and 8.8% of females over 15 years old are divorced. Myriad issues — including work stress, money troubles, and even personal changes over […]

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