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Month: July 2017

Illinois Among States With the Least Americans on Disability

More than 10 million Americans received disability benefits in 2015. These benefits, paid mostly to disabled workers, totalled $11.4 billion per month. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of each state’s population receiving disability insurance using data released annually by the Social Security Administration. While the size of the average disability check tends to be […]

Chicago is the 2nd Most Segregated City in America

Next year will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act. The landmark bill prohibited by law long-standing practices of housing segregation based on race by landlords and local governments. Despite the law, housing discrimination never fully disappeared, and the effects of decades of discrimination […]

Why Electric Bills Are Higher in Illinois

Whether it is powering a refrigerator to keep food from spoiling or heating water for a shower, many of modern life’s most basic functions require electricity. However, the cost of running a refrigerator for a month could be up to three times more expensive depending on the state. To highlight how electricity costs vary across […]

Despite Violent Chicago, Illinois Violent Crime Rate Resembles Nation

As it stands, the nationwide violent crime rate today is about half what it was in 1993. While the United States is a much more peaceful place than it has been in decades, millions of Americans still live in relatively violent areas. How peaceful or violent a given state is depends on more than the […]

Gun Background Checks in Illinois Down Sharply in 2017

The pace of FBI firearm background checks so far this year is down drastically, by about 9%, from 2016. Through June 30, the FBI has performed 1.2 million fewer firearm background checks than in the same period in 2016, putting this year on pace for the biggest annual decline in checks since the bureau started […]

Obamacare Disappearing Faster in Illinois Than Most States

There has been an erosion in the number of insurance companies participating in the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces. As insurers have exited states’ exchanges in recent years, the number of insurers has fallen to just one in these five states: Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming, according to data from the Menlo […]

Typical Wedding in Illinois Costs $28,000

If you’re planning on getting married soon, you’re probably aware of how expensive weddings can be. Nationwide, couples spend an average of $26,720 on their weddings, but this changes dramatically depending on the state you plan to exchange vows in. So, how much are the couples in your area actually spending? 24/7 Wall St. reviewed […]

More Than 1 in 5 Illinois Residents Live in Chicago

Whether it is better to live in a big lively city or a quiet rural area is a contentious topic. City dwellers point to the availability of great restaurants, entertainment, and job opportunities as among the advantages of living in a large metro area. Others may mention cramped living quarters, high cost of living, and […]

Illinois Among the States Where People Love Dogs the Least

Whether you’re a canine lover or feline fanatic, one thing’s for certain: Dogs and cats are the most popular pets in America. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of households have a dog, and 30.4% of households have a cat. Notice that only 48 states were included in the AVMA survey as Alaska […]

Polish is the Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Language in Illinois

One of the most remarkable aspects of the United States is its diversity, as a myriad of different cultures and ethnicities mix together every day. Still, the cultural mix is different in each state — and inevitably so are the most spoken languages. While English and Spanish dominate the charts in nearly every state, several […]

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