By Melanie Corral, Armando Fabela, Andrea Juarez

With more than 600 million search results on the topic, COVID-19 has affected millions of families across the world mentally, physically, and financially.

COVID-19 has also affected the economy as more people continue to struggle to find jobs and companies continue to struggle to stay open.

Chicago’s workforce data:

Back at the start of 2020 unemployment rates within Chicago were at low rates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data, at the start of March 2020, which was around the time we were placed under strict quarantine; the unemployment rate was 4.1%.


Garfield Park Desert House (Image Courtesy: F. H. Paschen)

Sometimes you just need a nice, quiet place to get away from the bustling city. Sometimes you just want to see something new, something different. The city offers a variety of garden places where you can sit down and just enjoy all the plants and flowers. There are gardens located from the north side of the city, all the way to the south side. Some even offer a water view, depending on whether it’s close enough to the lake or a body of water.

The city’s gardens offer a variety of unique flowers and plants, extending from cacti and succulents…


When people think of the stock market, they think of the businessmen that work on wall street. They think of people just buying and selling and doing their own job. The stock market to the average person may seem a bit scary, and even for investors and traders alike, they also get scared sometimes. It’s a huge gamble to invest money and buy stocks from companies, in regards to their performance and in hopes that the money you’ve invested will pay off.

Traders will often jump quick to sell stocks that are going to make them lose money and to…


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn pushes for the elimination of the Illinois MAP Grants, which provide financial aid for college students around the state.

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…

Armando Fabela

Third year UIC Communication Student

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