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In Illinois, More Than 1 in 3 Millenials Live With Their Parents

The hopes and dreams of young adults in the United States usually involve financial success — and total independence from one’s parents. Achieving these dreams is by no means guaranteed. Young adults in the United States usually rely on varying levels of family support to get by. This ranges from help with the phone bill […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 it is Least Expensive to Drive

The cost of driving a car in one state compared to another can differ by more than $2,000 a year. In states where accidents are prevalent, insurance rates are often higher. In western states, gas prices tend to be higher. And in states with bad road conditions, vehicles require more frequent repairs. All these factors […]

More Than 1 in 3 Millenials in Illinois Live With Their Parents

The hopes and dreams of young adults in the United States usually involve financial success — and total independence from one’s parents. Achieving these dreams is by no means guaranteed. Young adults in the United States usually rely on varying levels of family support to get by. This ranges from help with the phone bill […]

Illinois Among the States With the Least Fatal Accidents

Abruptly losing a loved one in an accident is one of life’s greatest tragedies. While often regarded as rare, approximately one American dies in an accident every four minutes. In fact, fatalities from car crashes, drug overdoses, and other accidents are the most common types of death in the first half of an American’s life. […]

Roughly Half of Illinois Residents Use Only Cellphones

Americans are steadily abandoning traditional telephone landlines and exclusively using wireless devices. While 8.4% of U.S. households used only cellphones in 2005, this was true of nearly half of all American households only a decade later. The likelihood of living in a cellphone-only household varies considerably across states. New Jersey has the lowest share of […]

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