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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 […]

Cancer Rate in Illinois Higher Than Most States

Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States, was first recorded as early as 4,000 years ago. The disease affects nearly all Americans, touching the lives both of those fighting the disease, and the many more who either support or have lost someone close to them. Every year, more than 1.5 million […]

Chicago Among the Most Dangerous Cities in America

The FBI reported Monday that crime levels rose once again in 2016. This marks the second consecutive year rates have risen, following nearly two decades of steady declines. There were 1.2 million violent crimes reported in 2016, up 4.1% from 2015. Rising crime in just a few major cities largely drove the spike in violence […]

Schools in Illinois Better Than Most States

Few concerns facing the United States — or any nation — are more important than ensuring children receive a first-rate education. At her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos answered questions about school proficiency. Policymakers and observers disagree as to how to spend public education funds and how exactly schools should […]

Cook County One of America’s Largest Sanctuaries

In a nation divided over so many issues, the presence of so-called sanctuaries is one of the most contentious. The issue revolves around undocumented immigrants and the role that federal, county, state, and municipal governments play in it. There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The term sanctuary has been […]

Chicago Among the 25 Most Expensive Cities to Move

From Europeans heading west in the 19th century to immigrants searching for a fresh start, leaving home in pursuit of opportunity has long been a central part of the American dream. Today, cities and local areas across the United States are actually competing for new residents. Just 11.2% of Americans moved in the past year […]

Northwestern University is the Largest Charity in Illinois

Charitable giving by individuals rose to nearly $400 billion in 2016, a record high according to philanthropy research organization Giving USA. Such donations help more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations that operate in the United States. These groups, which are organized for purposes other than generating profit, are often formed with a public benefit or […]

Nearly 1 in 8 Seniors Have Alzheimer’s in Illinois

The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia, will rise by at least 14% in all 50 states over the next eight years. However, the rate of increase will be higher in some states than others, according to a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association, […]

Illinois Weather Less Dangeroug Than Most States

Tropical Storm Emily slammed the coast of Florida in late July. It’s storm season, and while ocean storms like Emily are difficult to anticipate and may certainly wreak havoc, for Florida and other coastal states such weather events are normal for the season. Still, the elements take many forms, and even states that routinely experience […]

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 […]

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