Map of Speed Cameras, Red Light Cameras, and Recent Traffic Crashes in Chicago

This is a map of 50-speed cameras, 50 red light cameras and 50 recent traffic crashes in Chicago. The data is retrieved from the Chicago Data Portal.



Chicago Fighting Food Deserts

By Eris Spicer, Laura Skindaraite, and Matt Byrdak on December 5, 2017

After an array of turkey, stuffing and gravy this Thanksgiving, many people ponder their gratitude for the food we are able to provide ourselves with every day.

But not everyone in Chicago has that luxury. According to Feeding America’s map of food insecurity in Illinois, there are over 600,000 food insecure people in Cook County. The Greater Chicago Food Depository serves 812,000 people in Cook County alone each year, meaning one out of every six people in the community are turning to programs and services for food.

“There is enough food, right this minute, to feed all the hungry people in Chicago and elsewhere,” Debbie Hillman at the Food + Farms + Democracy program in Chicago states, “it’s when people don’t have the money to get it. So, it’s more a problem of money than food. And it’s also in the neighborhood, because stores aren’t close to people”.

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History of the World Cup


The World Cup is the most widely followed sporting event in the world. Check out the time capsule of the most important dates and events which make it so popular.



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Top 10 Haunted Houses Around Chicago

Oct 4, 2017

By Laura Skindaraite

It is finally fall outside- crispy leafs, spooky weather and long evenings- the perfect time to visit a haunted house. However, there are a bunch of them and it is more than hard to choose one. The map below will help you make up your mind! You can find the best haunted houses around, read the descriptions, watch the videos and pictures and pick the one or a few you like. Happy fall everyone, stay warm!!

The Map


Hurricane vs. Fire

By Laura Skindaraite

Sep 25, 2017


The Graph

Hurricane and fire are discussed pretty often because of the recent events. In fact, these catastrophes killed a lot of innocent people and destroyed the land. In this article I will represent the popularity of these catastrophes graphically and discuss it.

On the graph above we can see the comparison of the people searching information about hurricane (the blue line) vs. people looking for the information about fire (the red line). Furthermore, the graph holds the information of one year period of time. As we can see, the average number of the people searching the information about the fire is markedly higher than the number of people looking for information about hurricane.

However, the hurricane line jumps up very high at some points. For example, The blue line representing hurricane goes extremely up on Sep 3-9 2017. As known, that week was tragic- hurricane Irma was striking the U.S. East Coast and made a huge damage. Overall, that week people were more interested in information about hurricane than in information about fire which made a significant change in the graph.

Moreover, people who were looking for the information about hurricane were using words like “hurricane irma”, “irma”, “matthew hurricane”, etc. Likewise, the searchers who were interested in fire typed phrases like “on fire”, “amazon fire”, “fire stick”, etc. Generally speaking, the graph proves that fire is discussed the way more often than hurricane.

Hurricane Harvey vs. Hurricane Irma vs. Hurricane Jose

The Graph

The graph above represents the most popular Hurricanes of the year: Hurricane Harvey (the blue line), Hurricane Irma (the red line) and Hurricane Jose (the yellow line). Also, the graphic covers just the past 90 days.

In fact, none of the hurricanes were searched by the Internet users until the end of the August. Furthermore, Hurricane Harvey started going up before the other two and on August 26, 2017 was at its highest point.

As we can see, Hurricane Irma was the most popular one and at its peak Irma goes up extremely high. Internet users started to search for the information about Hurricane Irma on August 31, 2017 and since then the line was going up with every day.

Moreover, on September 6, 2016 Hurricane Irma reached the top and was searched almost 24 times more often than the other two. After that, the line started to go down. However, it went back on the top on September 10, 2017 because the Hurricane Irma hit again, this time the Florida Keys and other cities.

And finally, Hurricane Jose which started to get the Internet users attention on September 5, 2017. Hurricane Jose was never as popular as Hurricane Irma or Harvey. However, it peaked on September 11, 2017 and after that started to go down.

The Hurricanes got the most attention in United States and Canada. Likewise, Hurricane Irma was also a popular subject in Australia, South Africa and some parts on Europe. Overall, the hurricanes was a popular topic in the United States these past four weeks.

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 It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:

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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