Unemployment Net Change

Unemployment Net Change from 2005 to 2015

Unemployment rates have drastically fluctuated throughout the years. The graph above shows a representation of unemployment rates for each month between the years 2005 to 2015 according to data provided by Github.com.

The interactive graph above shows the different values for unemployment between each of the months. Between the years 2008 and 2009 it is evident that the unemployment rates were excessively high as they are represented in negative values. For the following years after the recession, the unemployment rates somewhat improved, but still continued to show inconsistency as it did since 2005.


Chicago Pride Parade Attendance

This graph represent the estimated number of people who attended the Chicago Pride Parade from 1985 to 2014 https://www.datawrapper.de/_/C0KDO/

Throughout the entire month of June the city of Chicago is full of pride activities that culminate to the Pride Parade. The Chicago Pride Parade takes place in the last Sunday of June to celebrate the LGBTQ community and bring LGBTQ supporters in a fun and colorful two-day festival parade. The Pride Parade is a tradition that has been going on for almost 50 years in Chicago. Since then, the parade has long expanded its course from the notable “gay neighborhood” of Boystown to Andersonville and RogersPark. This current year, 2018, the parade covered over a four-mile route. Chicago has become one of the most notable cities during Pride month due to its events.

The graph above represents the estimated attendance for the Chicago Pride parade from 1985 to 2014 which was retrieved from the Chicago Pride Parade. In 1985, there was an estimated attendance of 35,000 people which was the lowest number of people who attended in the years displayed. Fifteen years later, from 1985 to 2000, the estimated attendance was 350,000. However, the highest number of attendees was in the years 2013 and 2014 with one million people. The notable increase throughout the years has been significantly important to the LGBTQ  community because it demonstrates the support that they are receiving from people who identify as LGBTQ or who simply support them.

Practice Story

Pat Quinn Photo

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

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.
“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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