Chicago’s Homeless Population Continues to Decrease

By David Miotto and Marina Naseem

 

Founded in 1985 by the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Park Community Services has been serving the homeless population in Chicago for over three decades. This location, 600 W Fullerton Pkwy in Chicago, has seen the homeless population dwindle over the last few years.

Despite the many challenges different shelters may endure, many residents volunteer year after year in support of Lincoln Park Community Services. Volunteer coordinator, Emma Jones of LPCS states, “Our mission is that we bring communities together to empower people to make sustainable life changes, we’re a community organization that wants to make our guests feel like they are part of the Lincoln Park community”.

“We have around 2,000 annual volunteers, and the majority of those people live in Lincoln Park, we want them to feel like they are part of the community, doing more than just providing funds and signing  checks, we want them to be actively engaged at least once a year” Jones said. “We want them to get to know the clients that we serve on a deeper level, get to know their unique stories, eat dinner with our guests, work on resumes, just be very community based in all aspects.”

Community outreach and engagement has helped this shelter continue its mission more than 30 years. Besides providing the shelter with generous donations and funding, community input goes beyond that. Without the help of all these volunteers, the homeless population would not get the same benefits and support they need.

Lincoln Park Community Services hopes that with its expansion within the next few months to a new location in Old Town at 1521 N. Sedgwick St., it can be of even greater help to those in need.

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20 Top Cities For Cycling Around The World

Cycling is very popular around the world. In the map above, you can find 20 of the highest ranked cities for cycling all around the world. Most of these locations are located within Europe. This could be due to the fact that Europe has many countries with beautiful scenery.  France, Netherlands, Spain, and Germany each have three locations for best biking locations. That is 12 of the 20 locations total in just four European countries.

What many people may find odd is that the United States was nowhere to be seen on the list. The United States claims to be very progressive in their lifestyles. However, in many countries, Americans are viewed as very lazy. Practically every household owns at least one car. The United States is also extremely industrialized and full of infrastructure that takes up tons of land. Therefore, the bike routes as seen in the city of Chicago, are very limited.

Along with the United States, neither Africa nor Australia have any cities on the list. There are many factors as to why that is. Ultimately, it is up to cyclists as to which city to bike in so the statistics can change if the popularity of cycling emerges in other cities.

 

Lewis University 1994 vs. 2018

Click on the Link for an Interactive Image to 1994 vs. 2018 Images

Lewis University is located in Romeoville, Illinois. It is a private Roman Catholic and Lasallian university with an enrollment of only 6,800 students at the moment in 2019. With less than 7,000 students, Lewis offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 22 graduate programs, and accelerated programs for working adults.

As shown in the images and the link above, the changes from 1994 to 2018 with Lewis University’s buildings is drastic. Lewis University was actually founded way back in 1932. However, the major visual changes occurred in the past couple decades which we can see in the images above. The university was first named the Holy Name Technical School and it was a school for boys with an enrollment of only 15 students. Yet with only 15 students, the school is based on a campus of 170 acres of farmland.

Lewis University is known for it’s aviation courses. It has become the origin of today’s well-known Department of Aviation and Transportation Studies. In the 1960s the school’s enrollment was rapidly increasing, reaching 2,000 students by 1970. To keep up with the larger student body, a major construction program occurred that added new classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, the Learning Resource Center, a gymnasium, and a modern aviation technical center to the campus. This all can be seen in the first image from 1994. However, imagine how the school looked prior to this construction.

From 2004-2016, the most renovations and construction occurred. The university now consists of six residence halls, an extra 40 acres of land, 25,000 sq. ft. nursing buildings, 26,000 sq. ft. student center, and many more renovations. The Board of Trustees approved a master plan in 2013 to further expand the University’s physical setting in the coming decades.

(source: https://www.lewisu.edu/welcome/history.htm)

University of Illinois 2018-19 Statistics

Below you will find an infograph about statistics of University of Illinois at Chicago. There is a detailed description of the infograph also available.

University of Illinois at Chicago Data

As shown in the image above, there are many unique demographics and statistical facts that the University of Illinois at Chicago displays. For starters, the university has a population of over 31,000 students. This makes it the first largest University in Chicago and the third largest University in Illinois. Of those 31,000, 85% of the students consist of commuters. However, since Chicago is a very large city, many of these “commuters” could be students living in apartments right by campus.

The average tuition rate for 4 year universities in-state students is $12,598, while for out-of-state students is $13,607. As shown above, the tuition rate at UIC is $13,664 for in-state students and $26,520 for out-of-state students. There is clearly a very difference between UIC out-of-state students and all other 4 year universities in Illinois. This could account for the fact that UIC is in the city of Chicago while other colleges such as University of Illinois, Illinois State, and Bradley University are further out from the city.

Lastly, some demographics of UIC include that about 65% of full-time UIC students graduate within 8 years, the national average is just below 50%. Also, about 60% of UIC students are under 24. There are 50.3% females and 49.7% males at this school. Lastly, the most popular majors are within the business field such as: marketing, management, etc.

2020 Presidential Election Trending Candidates

Google Trends: Front Runners for Democratic Race &

Donald Trump’s Only Republican Opponent Thus Far

 

Front Runners for Democratic Race for Presidency 2020

The 2016 Primary Election marked a historical turning point for Bernie Sanders. He came very close to beating Hillary Clinton. Due to his popularity among the younger generation, he has many more voters because many of them have turned the legal voting age since the last Primary Election. However, unlike the last election, the 2020 Primary Election will be more challenging for each individual democratic candidate due to the number of people running for presidency from the Democratic Party. Although, according to the New York Times, the two front runners from the Democratic Party are Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris. Below is a Google Trends chart of the last month from 2/5/19-3/5/19.

As we can see in the chart, Kamala Harris had a bit of a rise above Bernie Sanders early to mid February. This is more than likely due to the fact that Kamala Harris announced her run for presidency towards the end of January, meaning people were still talking about her early February. Then, when Bernie Sanders announced his run for presidency in 2020, searches for him skyrocketed. Almost 3 weeks later and Bernie is still surpassing Kamala Harris. Will Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders be the top two democratic contenders for presidency closer to 2020? We will have to wait and see.

 

Donald Trump’s Only Republican Opponent Thus Far

Unlike the 14 individuals from the Democratic Party running for Presidency in 2020, the Republican Party has only 2 contenders, one of which is the current president. Donald Trump was highly doubted when he first announced his run for President in 2015. People thought that Trump would never become president because of the many republican candidates running for presidency back in 2016. However, that obviously was a misconception.

As displayed in the chart above, Trump is clearly extremely popular, especially compared to his opponent William F. Weld. Weld is known for being the former Governor of Massachusetts. He has republican views on most things, but his viewpoint is not nearly as extreme as Trump. Weld also supports medicinal and recreational marijuana use which could be a problem because most republicans are anti-marijuana.

Since the 2020 election is still a year and a half out, we could potentially see more Republicans announce their run for presidency. Unlike the Democrats right now, the Republican party has one clear leader and that is the current president. As previously stated, since more people from the millennial age group are able to vote in the 2020 election, we may have a new democratic president.

 

Average NBA Attendance Per Team By Ranking (2018-19)

Chart of Average NBA Attendance (2018-19 Season)

According to an official release by the National Basketball Association, the 2017-18 regular NBA season marked the fourth consecutive season for all-time records of total attendance rates. This year after year attendance breaking record made it seem as if the 2018-19 year would also be record breaking in attendance.

Focusing specifically on the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, we can see that the average attendance rate has declined. This season the attendance rate is at an average of 17,742 per game. There’s still an average of 16 games left per team during this regular season.

Last season, the NBA marked the highest average regular season attendance rate which was at 17,987 per game. This new record high marked the first season in which the league attendance was at minimum 95 percent arena capacity. This could have something to do with the new discounts the NBA has been offering to students for last minute tickets.

However, the question is, why is the average attendance rate this season not as high as last year? Well, there are still a few regular season games left, will that bring the average any higher so to surpass last seasons record? Maybe more people will attend the closer we get to playoffs.

With this decline in average attendance rates, it is evident that the next few games before the playoffs are critical for the yearly record to keep increasing, especially since it is only off by a couple hundred numbers.

 

 

Source: http://www.nba.com/article/2018/04/12/nba-breaks-attendance-record-fourth-straight-year