By Andrea Vazquez and Matt Balazia

Number of Potholes Patched (GoogleMyMaps by Matt Balazia)

The spring season brings in the rise of construction projects all throughout the city as potholes begin to bloom in the streets like flowers in a garden.

Several commuters throughout the city understand how much nuisance potholes can be while maneuvering throughout the city. According to the Chicago Data Portal, the city averages more than 100 potholes patched per week. The city considers the months of December to April to be the prime of the “pothole season.”

Google Trends of “311 Chicago” and “Potholes” (Graphic by Matt Balazia)

However, several parts of the city remain untouched. For…

Chicago continues to give vaccines throughout the city and residents continue to endlessly search for an appointment.

With the opening of United Center as a mass distribution site, Chicago continues to make progress in distributing COVID-19 vaccines throughout the city. The site had targeted the highest-hit areas of the city. Officials worked with community workers and programs to help residents from these neighborhoods register for an appointment.

The site was specifically chosen for its accessibility and location in the West side of Chicago, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

According to Chicago Public Health Officials, the city plans to move into…

With the upcoming summer months, graffiti service requests may be on the rise.

The interpretation of graffiti has systematically changed. In a study by About Manchester, they claim that COVID-19 has impacted the way people think about art, especially graffiti.

311 Service Requests for Graffiti Removal in Chicago

However, many of the service requests shown are at the fault of vandalism. Several homes experience graffiti vandalism along with their houses and garages. As shown in GoogleMyMaps, the service requests are located all throughout the city.

Chicago, as one of the most populated cities in the US, has several graffiti murals…

Texas Gov. Abbott’s Announcement to end the mask mandate

Texas has recently become the first state to get rid of their mask mandate and open their state backup almost a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Gov. Abbott recently announced his intent to open up businesses at 100 percent capacity. This action plans to take place on March 10.

Google Trends Graph by Andrea Vazquez

According to an analysis of Google search data, Gov. Greg Abbot was the highest searched amongst the three terms. On Google Trends, he peaked on Google searches to the highest scale in the middle of February and towards the end of the month, the term “texas vaccine”…

Here are the highest-paid coaches of the 2020 season of the National Collegiate Association.

Bar Chart Showing the “Top Ten” in highest paid salaries (in order)

According to USA Today, Alabama’s Nick Saban ranks number one as the highest-paid coach of 2020 for NCAA Football.

Saban out-ranked other coaches with his total pay being $9,300,000. Saban has been a coach at the University of Alabama since 2007. His success as a coach had him inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame back in 2013.

Alabama Crimson Tide had been recognized for being one of the first to declare plans…

Chicago residents are one of many cities to begin distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to data from the City of Chicago portal, this map shows how many vaccines are being distributed daily. The data shows that the highest cumulative vaccines distributed are 487 doses in one day.

Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago sets new standards, as Illinois expands their list for vaccine eligibility in Phase 1B. The low supply of doses distributed is through the low number of vaccines supplied to the state of Illinois. …

There have been new changes in pension form as Governor Pat Quinn discusses.

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

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. …

VN video of the Harlem Irving Plaza(Video by Natali Perez and Andrea Vazquez)

In correlation with the coronavirus pandemic, the local Northwest side mall, Harlem Irving Plaza, faces dramatic changes.

By Natali Perez and Andrea Vazquez

The COVID-19 pandemic has many businesses see a change in consumer traffic, particularly hitting restaurants and retail stores.

A mall that has experienced this is The Harlem Irving Plaza. The HIP is located by many surrounding Chicago suburbs which attracts many that are from these areas. It is located in the Norridge neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago. …

President Barack Obama made a speech at Hyde Park and spoke on gun control.

(Credit: davidwilson1949/Creative Commons)

As we enter into the fall season, the activities people can do and practice social distancing are limited. However, walking trails seem to be a social distancing alternative for those that desire a time of leisure.

Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker had issued the closure of indoor dining last October, limiting the number of activities people can do. While COVID-19 cases appear to be rising in numbers, many officials advise people to stay home.

While Illinois experiences its final hot days before the winter season, walking on trails seem to be a good alternative to dining in. While hiking on trails…

Andrea Vazquez

Communications student at the University of Illinois-at Chicago. Check out more publications and more information at @andreavazqu_ on Twitter.

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