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Water may look clean but still could be polluted with chemicals via Avens Blog

By Yumna Baig, Zuviriya Anarwala and Dylan Strcic

The Great Lakes, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, provide the largest freshwater ecosystem on the Earth. Lake Michigan is one of the large providers of clean water in Illinois. Although Illinois has hundreds of thousands miles of streams, rivers, freshwater lakes, and ponds, it still faces issues in providing clean water to communities.

Many of these sources are contaminated with harmful bacteria and chemicals which negatively impacts the goal to have access to clean water and puts the consumers at risk of getting sick.

Water pollution is becoming an increasingly important problem around the world and Chicago is no…


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Recreational cannabis use became legal in Illinois on January 1, 2020. After COVID-19, almost all businesses took detrimental hits to their bottom line, except for the cannabis industry.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation published the annual report demonstrating colossal growth within months of opening dispensary doors. This infographic breaks down the data visually, has an interactive poll, as well as a map of all medical and recreational dispensaries in Illinois.

In December, recreational sales were reported at a whopping $669,084,410.12 and medical marijuana dispensaries sold $331,224,390 near the end of November. …


Reported “Problem Landlords” in Chicago 2018

Source: Chicago Data Portal Map Created by Dylan Strcic https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1hmmZk0mWxi6CDWaQf_dIqo_rjOKr7pyc&hl=en&ll=41.83744452773067%2C-87.59299065783114&z=12

The snow has melted and the days are becoming longer. Spring is quickly approaching, which means it is almost moving season in Chicago. This peak period is usually May to September.

There has been a “mass exodus” out of Illinois, especially Chicago, for the last several years due to increased taxes, housing costs, crime, disdain for government officials, and unemployment.

COVID accelerated this migration out of Chicago because of the high case numbers and stringent restrictions. During this time, many people either lost their…


On March 6, 2021, fans from all over the world will gear up to purchase the highly anticipated Ultimate Fighting Champion event on Pay-Per-View. There are three title fights in the main card where legendary fighters like Amanda Nunes, Jan Błachowicz, and Petr Yan will defend their champion status.

Four of the fighters performing that evening are undefeated and featured on the chart above. Askar Askarov with a record of 12–0–1 will fight in the preliminary card. The early prelims will showcase Sean Brady, 13–0–0, and Carlos Ulberg, 5–0–0. Finally, in the main card, Israel Adesanya who is 20–0–0.


Experts Incorrectly Predict Gas Prices in January 2017

In January 2017, gas prices across the United States had hit a surge due to tensions in Iran. The U.S. Energy and Information Administration reports a thirteen percent increase from 2016 to 2017, with U.S. regular retail gasoline prices averaging at $2.41 per gallon in 2017 and $2.16 per gallon in 2016. Oil market dynamics presented slightly higher oil prices following United States sanctions imposed on Iran after its missile tests. Concern that conflict between the United States and Iran could impact crude oil supplies have been assuaged by increasing American…

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