The Impact of Development Booms in Latino Neighborhoods

By Christopher Estrada & Areli Quintana

Ranked one of the coolest neighborhoods in Chicago for its food, bars, and overall lifestyle in 2017, Logan Square has been the cornerstone for younger generations as a place to not only hangout at on weekends, but to reside in as well.

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Cancun, The Rising Mexican Paradise

The urbanization of Cancun has been expanding since the late 1970s. The creation of Cancun into becoming a tourist site has been a great benefit to its economy and surroundings. Cancun in the 1960s was once the most unhealthy, remote, and uneducated regions in Mexico. It once had very few roads and no airport.

Since the late 1970s, the tourist industry took advantage of the bays, freshwater springs, lagoons, sand dunes, rocky areas, and beautiful white sand beaches.

Tourism began when it was Mexico’s economic crisis in the 1960s. The Mexican government enforced the ideology of public attraction. The government encouraged the region to start the large public construction and took complementary measures to attract foreign and national investment. It was done with the idea that megaprojects would bring modernization to rural areas through their interaction into the international market.

Here is a quick timelapse of Cancun’s expansion for the past years.



Christmas Fun Facts!

Every year Americans prepare for the holidays that are just around the corner as we reach the end of 2018. What is more fun than getting to know some major facts about Christmas, the holiday filled with joy and gifts! In America, Christmas may be the most memorable time of the year, yet the most costly on our pockets.

Below is graphic depicting 3 fun facts, which can you relate most?


Top 10 Most Paid Athletes in the World

According to Forbes, the most paid athlete in 2018 is Floyd Mayweather ranking at number one while the athlete with the tenth ranking is Matthew Strafford. Floyd Mayweather is a retired professional boxer but currently is in the talks into stepping out of retirement soon.

Soccer player Lionel Messi star of F.C. Barcelona currently holds the number two ranking. He recently injured his arm but will be soon on the pitch.

Juventus and Ex-Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo currently hold the number three rank and is slowly but surely performing well as he scored during his last game.

UFC’s star, Connor McGregor, though may have lost against Khabib, is still ranked at number four. Will his lost affect his income next year?

Neymar Jr. once Lionel Messi’s teammate is currently ranked at number five. He is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.

LeBron James is currently the highest paid player in the NBA, ranking sixth. He is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

Rodger Federer holds the seventh rank in most paid and is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Top 10 Most Paid Athletes in the World
The ranking of the 10 most top paid players in the world via Forbes and it is based on their winnings/salaries and endorsement deals in 2018.

Top 10 Players Paid in the World in 2018
The stacked chart shows each athlete’s pay and compared to each other.

US Unemployment Net Change

A decade ago, the United States was going through its toughest period since the Great Depression, having the highest unemployment rate between 2008-2009. The unemployment is surprisingly the lowest present day at 3.7 percent.

Below depicts the Unemployment Net Change between the years 2005-2014. The visual content shows the lowest between those years, 2008-2009.

How will the US be the next decade?

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Practice Story

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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

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.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

Quinn was joined by several Illinois college students, including DePaul Student Government Association Vice President Casey Clemmons.

“Every year over 5,000 DePaul students receive MAP grants, and just like the students who have already spoken here today, all of these DePaul students rely on this funding in order to continue their college careers,” Clemmons said.

“Because the number of Illinois students eligible to receive MAP is currently increasing, existing funding does not allow the state to assist all the eligible students. As a result, without action by the Illinois state leadership, more DePaul students than ever will see their MAP funding disappear this year and more

DePaul students than ever will be forced to give up their education due to finances.”
More than 150,000 students nationally receive MAP grants each year.

Clemmons told the audience that on Tuesday, DePaul’s SGA unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Illinois general assembly and the governor to ensure the longevity of the MAP program. He read the resolution aloud and presented a copy to Quinn.

Ken Thomas, a University of Illinois Board of Trustees student member, MAP recipient and University of Illinois Chicago student, told how he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for the MAP grant.

“My mom, when I was in high school, had to work two jobs just to keep food on the table,” Thomas said, “and if we didn’t have [the] MAP program like we do today, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today; graduating with a degree, hoping to be a productive member of society.”

Having a productive and functioning society and economy is what Quinn says it’s all about.

“Jobs follow brainpower,” he said. “We want to make sure we have smart people in Illinois. Well skilled, well-educated students coming out of college with graduate degrees and diplomas so they can create jobs, create new businesses,” he said. “Our goal in Illinois is to have at least 60 percent of the adults in our state with a college degree or college associate degree or career certificate by the year 2025. In order to achieve we have to make sure we have a good scholarship program.”

Clemmons said that in order for that to happen, state legislatures need to reflect upon the question, “What must be done?” and do what’s required.