Google Timelapse: Coal City, Illinois

Screenshot of Coal City, Illinois Google Timelapse.

Coal City, Illinois is a rural town south of the I-80/I-55 corridor that has seen immense expansion over the last two decades. However, the Google Timelapse map shows even more shocking evidence of destruction of homes and farmland after a tornado hit the town not only once in 2013, but again in 2015. The tornadoes left the town in shambles for several years thereafter, leaving families without homes.

Chicago Workforce Centers

Despite being the third largest city in America, Chicago only has four centers dedicated to helping people get back into the workforce, according to Chicago’s data portal. These four locations are the Mid-South Workforce Center, Pilsen Workforce Center, Humboldt Park, and Northside Workforce Center. Workforce Centers are an opportunity for those who have been out of the workforce to seek job openings, counseling, and other resources available to help get back on their feet after unemployment.

Google Trends: Kim K and Bernie Sanders

Kim Kardashian has sparked a recent controversy over her new shape wear line. The business woman made headlines when she announced her new undergarment line, set to be called “Kimono.” Kardashian faced a backlash from Japanese communities and allies, calling the shape wear line “cultural appropriation” and “racist.”

Around late August of 2019, Kardashian announced that her shape wear line would be taking on a new name, in light of fans’ accusations and disheartenment.

According to data from a Google Trends analysis, Kim Kardashian and racism were terms that were searched almost equally during the time of the controversy. Is Kim capitalizing on the news coverage of her controversy to gain more traction for her new shape wear line?

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders boasts a plan to eliminate student loan debt in the United States. 

According to data from Google Trends, Bernie Sanders and student loans did not hold a correlation before the 2016 elections. However, in 2019, a Google Trends Analysis indicates that student loans and Bernie Sanders are more commonly associated with one another. 

This raises some questions as to whether Sanders does in fact have a plan to eliminate student loan debt, or if his claims are part of his anticipated 2020 campaign for presidency. 

Chicago Cubs Game Attendance Since The World Series

The Chicago Cubs saw an increase in attendance in home games in 2016, when the team was expected to go to the World Series.

In 2016, the team saw 3, 232 420 people over the course of the season at Wrigley Field, with an average of 39,906 people per home game.

After 108 years of long-awaited anticipation, Chicago Cubs fans finally got to see their team win the World Series again in 2016, which sent the city into an uproar of celebration for several weeks.

In 2015, the year before the World Series, the Cubs saw 2,919,122 people visit Wrigley Field. Attendance has slowly decreased since 2016. However, attendance per home game is more than it has been since the World Series. Are the Chicago Cubs seeing an influx of bandwagon fans?

Number of Craft Breweries by State (2015)

The concentrations of craft beer breweries, according to a 2015 report by the Brewer’s Association.

Craft beer breweries have been on a steady incline in popularity since 2015. In 2015, the states with the highest amounts of craft breweries were California, Washington, and Colorado. In California, breweries boomed from 518 in 2015 to 841 in 2018. In Washington, 305 breweries were operating in 2015, and in 2018 there was a reported 394. Colorado, the third highest state, breweries increased from 284 to 396.

According to the Brewer’s Association, craft breweries contributed $79.1 billion to the economy in 2018, creating over a half million jobs. Today, California’s breweries still rank No. 1 in economic impact, followed by Pennsylvania, Texas, and New York.

Quinn: Illinois Pension Funds Threaten MAP Grants

Gov. Quinn photo
Gov. Quinn

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

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.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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