By Andrea Morales and Elyse Igliori

Dr. Susan Bleasdale, University of Illinois at Chicago’s medical director of infection control and infectious diseases, was one out of the many directors handling the COVID-19 pandemic who noticed the severity of the disease on the city’s South and West Sides

“In our black and brown communities they tend to be individuals that are ongoing essential workers too, people that were coming from these communities and adding socioeconomic challenges” she said.

“These tended to be communities with people that are having to continue to work. I think there’s some uniqueness in the multi-generational homes…

The City of Chicago Dataset showing vaccination centers (blue) and Testing center (green) in the city.

In the map, we see data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. Zoom The blue points indicate where Covid-19 vaccinations are being held at which location in the city. The green marker shows where Covid-19 testing centers are. As we see, they have taken over Chicago. On the map, we can see how different neighborhoods are impacted and how far community members have to commute to either get tested and vaccinated. Not to mention, a lot of times people have to travel…

In the map, we see data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. The blue points indicate where Covid-19 vaccinations are being held at which location in the city. The green marker shows where Covid-19 testing centers are. As we see, they have taken over Chicago. On the map, we can see how different neighborhoods are impacted and how far community members have to commute to either get tested and vaccinated. Not to mention, a lot of times people have to travel outside their city to get a dose. This seems like a real issue for low income community members who have a hard time with public transportation.

Since 1985, we can see that Chicago Pride Parade’s attendance has been slowly rising, until we see a major peak in 2010 and from there by more than 500,000 people in attendance over the next five years.

In the United States, same-sex marriage wasn’t legal until June 26, 2015 when Barack Obama was president. Since then, there have been more people coming out as not straight. This includes being Bisexual, pansexual, lesbian, gay, and more. Also known has the LGBTQ+. We see the peak in 2010 rise, and just five years later it skyrockets when same-sex marriage is legalized. People want to celebrate them being their authentic self, and supporting their peers. Plus, everyone loves an all inclusive happy parade. There’s no doubt these number will continue to skyrocket over the next decade once they resume back to normal.

Pension reform causes harm to student funding, causing students to lose their MAP grant scholarships.

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. …

Elyse Igliori

Communications and Psychology major at University of Illinois- Chicago

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