Sarita Cavazos | June 9, 2021

A year after the pandemic began, updates on statistics and facts concerning the virus are crucial in the battle for ending COVID-19.

With the introduction of the vaccine, 64% percent of adults in the United States have received one dose of the vaccine. This is a major step in the efforts for herd immunity, and a promising sign for a return to normalcy.

As the vaccine rate rises, states and counties across the nation have begun to feel comfortable enough to lower mask mandates and allow reopening plans to commence. …


After the peak of COVID-19’s toll on America’s Unemployment Rate, some states see recovering numbers

A comparison of unemployment rates between April of 2020 and April of 2021 shows the American unemployment levels have significantly lowered, signaling a recovery from COVID-19 impacts.

Some states, like Nebraska and Massachusetts, experienced remarkable declines in their unemployment rates since last year. But others, such as Wyoming and Connecticut, experienced less significant fluctuations in the employment rate, most likely since they did not experience significant declines in the jobs at the start of the pandemic.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that 559,000 jobs were added in May, as the national unemployment rate fell to 5.8%. The…


Sarita Cavazos | May 30, 2021

Data: https://data.cityofchicago.org/Transportation/Map-Speed-Camera-Locations/7ajp-yjhe

In response to a 45% spike in traffic accident fatalities in 2020, the City of Chicago began enforcing stricter penalties for speeding violations on March 1, 2021. Drivers will now face tickets of $35 for driving 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit, but that fee jumps to $100 for violations over 10 mph. One of the enforcement tools for this new initiative is the use of Automated Speed Enforcement cameras.

Automated Enforcement cameras are estimated to issue one ticket every 12 seconds, and under the new regulations, this could mean…


Elon Musk’s Hosting of Saturday Night Live on May 8 lead to a spike in Google Searches around Asperger’s

Musk’s May 8 hosting of Saturday Night Live quickly went viral on social media two weeks ago, when he delivered a rather awkward monologue at the beginning of the show. Musk claimed in his monologue that he was the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL ”I don’t always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak … which I’m told makes for great comedy. I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL.”

This claim turned out to be false, former SNL cast member, Dan Aykroyd, who hosted in 2003, was…


The CDC’s update on mask mandates for vaccinated individuals triggered spikes in searches including the terms “Mask” and “CDC”

by Sarita Cavazos | 16 May 2021

According to an analysis of Google search data “CDC” “Mask” and “Vaccine” al experienced a significant spike in google searches on May 13.

On May 13 the CDC announced that fully vaccinated adults could go without masks in both indoors and outdoors possibly triggering the spike in Google searches including the terms “CDC” and “Mask” with the term “Vaccine” following similar spikes.

Trader Joes dropped their in-store mask mandate on May 14 in response for vaccinated individuals, and as other corporations follow their leade these trends in search terms may continue to be affected.


Pension Reform causes thousands of college students to lose out on necessary MAP Grants

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/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…

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