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Month: June 2016

Illinois is the 7th Least Expensive State to Drive

After housing, transportation is the average American’s second largest yearly expense. Gasoline, insurance, and car repairs cost the average driver more than $3,000 annually. A number of factors, such as gas prices and road infrastructure, determine the cost of owning and operating a car. These factors vary widely from state to state. To identify the […]

The Largest Company in Illinois is Walgreens Boots Alliance

America’s largest companies tend to be located in major metropolitan areas. New York City alone is home to the headquarters of more than 70 of U.S.’s 1,000 largest public companies, the most of any city in the nation. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed annual revenues to determine the largest company in every state. All but five […]

Illinois Ranks 10th in Share of Urban Living

Since 1950, Americans have increasingly chosen to live in cities. Today, 81% live in urban areas, more than even before. Urban areas, however, make up just 3% of U.S. land area. The proportion of people living in urban areas varies considerably between states. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Census to determine the […]

Chicago is the 4th Worst City for Black Americans

Last year, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident drew attention to racially charged police brutality, and sparked outrage nationwide. Fatal police shootings involving black citizens, however, are only one of the consequences of racial inequality. For decades, black Americans have faced higher poverty rates, […]

Illinois is the 10th Cheapest State to Fix Your Car

Automobiles are one of the most expensive purchases many Americans make in their lifetimes. A car or truck’s sticker price is only the beginning of this expense, however, as maintenance and repair — both anticipated and otherwise — can be costly. Just how expensive a visit to the mechanic can be varies dramatically depending on […]

Illinois Has the 17th Lowest Smoking Rate

In 1964, the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health linked for the first time smoking and adverse health outcomes. The pivotal report aimed to shift public opinion on smoking by identifying the dangers of tobacco use. The smoking rate in the United States has fallen precipitously in the last 50 years, dropping from 42.4% […]

Illinois is the 6th Worst State to Be Unemployed

Unemployment in the United States has steadily improved over the past six and a half years. The unemployment rate today is half its mid-recession peak, and non-farm payroll employment has increased for more than 60 straight months. Despite the lower unemployment rate, millions of Americans still continue to search for work without luck. To support […]

Illinois is Ranked 36th in Job Growth

The United States has added more than 12 million jobs since the spring of 2011. Since then, the unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1% to 5.0% — close to an eight-year low. The vast majority of states have added jobs during April 2011 through April 2016. Most states added at least 100,000 positions. Delaware and […]

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