Of the city’s 77 community areas 46 have no public electric vehicle charging stations, creating electrical charging deserts primarily on the South, West, Southwest, far Southwest and far Southeast sides.

By Laaiba Mahmood and Viviana Sanchez

As more cities across the nation turn to sustainable transportation practices, electrical charging deserts in Chicago expose disparities in public access to sustainable transportation options across the city.

Electric vehicles (EV) are expected to become more popular in Chicago in the following decades, experts say. The latest electric vehicles help reduce carbon footprint, improves public health and requires less maintenance.

However, the social perception that electric vehicles are only meant for affluent, predominantly white families coupled with a scarcity of charging stations in low-income neighborhoods hinders the shift to EV.

According to U.S…

Rise in complaints against Chicago Police Department officers coincides with nationwide protests calling for greater police accountability.

Chicago police officers in riot gear face protestors seated on the Wabash Street bridge during a May 30 protest in the Loop. Photo by Gabi Trespalacios.

By Laaiba Mahmood and Hajra Qaiser

The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability has seen an increase in complaints against officers since summer protests against police brutality. Since June, 520 of the complaints filed with COPA were designated protest-related, accounting for 18.85% of 2,758 total complaints through October.

Protestors led demonstrations across Chicago demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other people who were killed as a result of actions of police officers. Protests in Chicago had heightened police presence

States across the U.S. are dealing with a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, while Illinois sees heightened restrictions in certain regions.

By Laaiba Mahmood

As a third wave of the coronavirus sweeps through the nation, Illinois has seen increased restrictions to mitigate its spread. States across the U.S. are seeing high amounts of positive cases of the virus, with the third wave of the virus set to surpass positivity rates of the first two . Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four states had over 30,000 cases of COVID-19 over a seven-day period from…

Nearly every community area in Chicago has at least one clinic offering free flu vaccinations. However, some community areas have many more clinics than others. Some clinics also require no ID or proof of insurance.

Nearly each community area in Chicago has at least one clinic offering flu vaccines, but some sides of the city have more clinics overall than others.

By Laaiba Mahmood

Clinics across Chicago are offering free flu shot vaccinations, including over 50 community clinics run by the Chicago Department of Public Health. …

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing

Searches for Sen. Ted Cruz briefly rose following his questioning of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

By Laaiba Mahmood

According to Google search data analyzed with Google Trends, Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appeals court judge and U.S. Supreme Court nominee, consistently surpassed Sen. Ted Cruz in searches over a seven day period from Oct. 6 to Oct. 13.

Barrett’s confirmation hearings began on Oct. 12, leading to an uptick in searches. Searches for Barrett dipped into the evening and rose once again on Oct. 13 with the start of the second morning of her confirmation hearings.


Pay for the top earning 25 college football coaches totaled $144,752,708 in 2019.

Of all the college football coach salaries USA Today collected, Clemson University coach Dabo Swinney had the highest salary at $9.3 million in 2019. At the end of the top 25 college football coach salaries, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Paul Chryst earns a total pay of $4.2 million.

By Laaiba Mahmood

Among college football coaches, Clemson University’s Dabo Swinney earns the highest pay at $9.3 million. …

Freedom of Information Act lawsuit payouts for the City of Chicago rose as the public sought greater transparency and access to records.

The city of Chicago saw an increase in FOIA lawsuit payout amounts between 2011 and 2016. The largest increase occurred between 2015 and 2016.

By Laaiba Mahmood

Under Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, FOIA-related lawsuits between 2015 and 2016 resulted in over a $600,000 rise in payout amounts to plaintiffs. According to the Chicago Tribune, the increase can be attributed to a few factors, including public desire for transparency by requesting public records and questions surrounding police incidents.


Gov. Pat Quinn explains loss of MAP grant funding due to pension reform despite commitment to increasing access to college education.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn shaking his fists.
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn shaking his fists.
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. …

Laaiba Mahmood

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