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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 […]

Illinois Spends More on Gambling Than Most States

Taking risks is at the heart of the entrepreneurial spirit that is often associated with the American way of life. While not exactly entrepreneurial, perhaps nowhere is risk-taking more apparent than across the U.S. gaming sector. In a given year, state governments together generate nearly $63 billion in revenue from casinos and lotteries. This revenue […]

Illinois Ranks 15th in Gender Equality

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. Women and men around the world will celebrate in support of gender equality and equal opportunity for all. Some will participate in organized protests like A Day Without A Woman, and the International Women’s Strike. For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump represented a step back for […]

Chicago More Racially Diverse Than Nation

In America today, 62.8% of the population is white, and 12.2% is African American. Dense, urban cities tend to be more racially diverse than the country as a whole. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, 54.3% of residents are white and 16.8% are African American. Wealth is often divided along racial lines. Nationwide, the typical white […]

Why Public Transit Use is More Common in Chicago

An estimated 5.2% of American workers commute on public transit. Larger, denser cities often require comprehensive public transportation systems that can reduce residents’ dependence on automobiles and help decrease traffic congestion, air pollution, and in some cases, travel time. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, 12.0% of workers commute on public transit, larger than the national […]

Chicago Among the Cities Where No One Wants to Drive

American motorists drove 17.6 million new vehicles off the lot in 2016, breaking the previous annual sales record of 17.5 million set the year prior. Indeed, for many, driving is a central component of the American identity. About 91% of the U.S. population belong to households with access to at least one vehicle, and every […]

The Willis Tower is the Tallest Building in Illinois

Mankind has always sought to rise above the clouds, but it was not until the late 19th century that the technology became available to make what we commonly call skyscrapers today possible. In 1884, construction on the Home Insurance Building in Chicago was completed. It was 12 stories tall, which is practically diminutive by today‚Äôs […]

Illinois Among the Most Miserable States

Nationwide, Americans’ well-being improved in 2016 compared to 2015 and 2014. While many enjoy comfortable, healthy, and happy living and take their well-being for granted, not all Americans enjoy such standards. For many, hardship, pain, and despair can be a part of life as for them basic elements of well-being remain elusive. The well-being of […]

Illinois Among the States Where the Most People Have Green Cards

In an executive order signed Friday, President Donald Trump enacted a 120-day suspension of all refugee admissions to the United States, and a 90-day suspension of all visas for nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Green card holders — legal U.S. immigrants permitted to live and work in the […]

Illinois Among the Worst States for Black Americans

The United States was late to abolish slavery compared with many other nations, and in no other nation did its abolition involve the level of violence seen during the American Civil War, in which approximately 750,000 people were killed. From the stormy years from 1865 through 1877 following the years of Reconstruction, to the civil […]

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