Over the past year and a half, the United States has struggled to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Efforts to slow the outbreak have been severely undermined by distrust, misinformation, and partisan politics.

As a recovery seems to be taking effect, and vaccinations become more widely available, an analysis of the effects COVID-19 has had on the country seems appropriate. Based on data obtained from the Center for Disease Control, the following infographic was constructed to illuminate important figures. …


What story do socioeconomic indicators tell us about Chicago communities?

In order to predict the socioeconomic trends in the coming years, a student journalist at UIC has produced the above line graph representing Chicago’s 2008–2012 socioeconomic indicators based on census data collected from the Chicago Data Portal.

Statistics compared included percentages of households below the poverty line, unemployed 16+ Chicagoans, and 25+ chicagoans without high school diplomas. Each community area in the city was compared.

Riverdale capped households under the poverty line at 56.5%, contrasting Edison Park with a max household poverty rate of just 3.3%. In South Lawndale…


Which ward had the most sanitation violations in 2017?

According to recently obtained data from the Chicago Data Portal, 2017 wasn’t the cleanliest year for Chicago. Two thousand service requests related to sanitation code violations were filed across the city’s 50 wards. Complaints ranged from “garbage in alley” and “overflowing carts” to “construction site cleanliness/fence”.

The ward in which the most sanitation complaints were filed was the 6th ward, which includes parts of Chatham and Englewood. Additional data from the Chicago Data Portal indicates that Englewood is the third most impoverished neighborhood in the city, with 46.6% …


Cats, dogs, and hamsters compete for international popularity

According to a recent analysis of Google searches in the last five years, dogs have held a consistent lead over both cats and hamsters globally. Search trends vary from country to country, with cats leading in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and dogs leading in the United States, Canada, Australia, India, Scandinavia, and many African countries.

Surprisingly, there are countries in which hamsters are the most popular search, including France (46%), Syria (41%), Tunisia (37%), and Algeria (61%). The most hamster-friendly HSV (high search volume) country is France (46%), while for cats…


How are South Africans searching for news about Palestine?

Recently, Israeli settlers, emboldened by the Israeli government, forced Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah. Many Palestinians have protested against the illegal settlements and ethnic cleansing regularly carried out by Israeli occupation forces, as well as the blockade, bombardment of Gaza, and Jim Crow-style treatment of Arabs residing within Israeli territory. Israel has spent the last week bombing hospitals, schools, roads, coronavirus testing sites, residential buildings, holy sites, press buildings and charity organizations, while claiming self-defense. …


In a recent visit to DePaul University, Governor Pat Quinn suggested that pension reforms are to blame for the limited availability of MAP Grants.

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. …

James Piehl

UIC student from Naperville studying Communication and Political Science.

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