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Chicago Commuting Times Among the Highest in the Nation

The average resident of the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area spends 31.8 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 28.8 minutes. Chicago residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Illinois. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the distance to […]

Illinois is More Favorable to Women Than Most States

The U.S. could elect the first female president in its history this November. For many advocates, representation in the nation’s highest office could lead to meaningful progress for women’s rights, potentially addressing some of the severe inequalities the nation has yet to overcome. These issues include a gender pay gap, a lack of flexibility in […]

Illinois Has a Lower Voter Turnout Than Most States

In this year’s presidential primaries, more than 57.6 million Americans went to the polls, slightly less than the 2008 all-time record. It remains to be seen if high primary turnout will translate to high general election turnout when Americans vote in less than a month. In the 2012 presidential election, just 57.5% of eligible U.S. […]

Black-White Gaps Are Prevalent in Chicago

Highly publicized police shootings of young black men continue to fuel a national conversation on race. Groups such as Black Lives Matter have sought to highlight systemic racial inequality in the United States. Despite the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement over 50 years ago, many systemic inequalities persist — and some have worsened. An […]

Cook is the Most Democratic County in Illinois

Next month, the United States will finally elect its next president after nearly two years of campaigning, fundraising, scandals, and debates. The Democratic party has never been perfectly unified. In this year’s Democratic primary, disagreements among registered Democrats seemed especially acute. Approximately 12 million Americans voted for former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, versus the 15.8 […]

Wayne is the Most Republican County in Illinois

In just over a month, the United States will finally elect its next president after close to two years of campaigning, fundraising, scandals, and debates. Republican candidate Donald Trump is considered an outsider to politics and the party. As a result — and because Trump’s views have sometimes clashed with the party’s vision — some […]

Illinois is One of the Worst States for Black Americans

This is a republication of a story done by 24/7 Wall St. on December 7 of 2015. Racial tension in the United States is at a high point not seen in decades. Increased outrage at incidents of police violence against black Americans and other more structural inequities have led to civil unrest and calls for […]

Illinois is the 5th Worst State for Black Americans

The Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1965 made great strides toward racial equality. However, this legislation — ending decades of government-sponsored racial oppression and intended to reverse the effects of hundreds of years of slavery — by no means resolved racial inequality in the United States. Racial differences in the United States are […]

Illinois is the 12th Most Dangerous State for Older Drivers

Americans 65 years of age and older are 21% more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than the population as a whole. While people of this age group account for 14.5% of the total population, they represent 17.5% of all traffic fatalities. The difference between the likelihood of traffic fatalities among older Americans […]

Chicago is the 4th Most American City

The electorate for the upcoming election will be the most racially diverse in U.S. history. Polling data and election coverage have shown an increasingly polarized America, and political analysts have struggled to identify who the average American is. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of social and economic data for all 381 U.S. metro areas […]

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