UChicago trauma center ends trauma desert on South Side

By Simone Rich & Brandon Graver

View of UChicago Medicine

View of UChicago Medicine. Photo by Brandon Graver.

In August 2010, an 18-year-old Damian Turner was shot at 61st and Cottage Grove—just four blocks from UChicago Medicine. However, because of the protocols in place for trauma care, paramedics transported Turner nine miles away, to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Turner was a co-founder of the youth program within Southside Together Organizing for Power, or STOP. Following his death, the community organization began to fight for a trauma center to be built within UChicago Medicine to serve the residents of the South Side.

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Tech Boom Spurs Incredible Growth in Seattle

By Brandon Graver

Ever since the dot com bubble in the mid 90s and early 2000s when new tech companies began popping up all over the US, people have rushed to throw their hat into the tech scene. Second only to Silicon Valley, Seattle has grown into the one of the largest tech hubs in the US, hosting internet giants such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Seattle comes in as one of the fastest growing cities in the US, with a growth rate of 22.4% compared to the national average of 6.0%.

However, with this tremendous growth comes a tremendous cost. With all the talent coming to live in and around Seattle, according to The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER),the cost of living in Seattle makes it the 5th most expensive city to live in.

Created by Brandon Graver | Built with Google Earth

Above is a time lapse of Seattle from 1984 through 2018, which can be found here.


The State of Craft Breweries in Illinois

By Brandon Graver

Craft breweries are small breweries, known for creating IPAs, ales, and other non-mainstream types of beer. According to the Brewers Association, there were 7,450 craft breweries in the US, of which 229 were found in Illinois. Of those Illinois craft breweries produced 400,473 barrels of craft beer yearly, accounting 1.3 gallons of craft beer per adult.

Craft breweries have grown from 2017 to 2018 by 12.9%. This increase accounts for regional craft breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, with microbreweries increasing the most with a 15% nationally. However, despite the growth in the total number of microbreweries and brewpubs, the number of total closures of microbreweries and brewpubs have been at an all time high with 123 microbreweries and 90 brewpubs closing their doors.

Graphic created by Brandon Graver using Venngage. Graphic can be found here.


Flu Season in Chicago is Here

By Brandon Graver

Flu season is almost upon us in Chicago, and the city has plenty of facilities capable of helping you get ready for it. Public facilities, like ward offices and community centers, and private facilities, like Walgreens, CVS and Whole Foods, are offering their flu shots this season all across the city. Public facilities will be offering free, walk-in flu shots, however supplies are limited and times do change on occasion, so be sure to call ahead. Private facilities will typically not be free, but rarely run out, so make sure you call ahead with them to ask about the cost for you.

There are locations all over Chicago that offer flu shots, however they’re not all distributed evenly across the city. Up in the north side, every neighborhood has at least one location within neighborhood lines that offers flu shots. The further northwest and south you go, the less distributed they are. There are even a few neighborhoods, like Riverdale and O’Hare, that don’t have any flu shot locations within their neighborhood lines at all.

The map itself can be found here


Analysis: Blizzard attracts unwanted attention with player ban, Lebron James facing backlash after speaking against Daryl Morey tweet

By Brandon Graver

Blizzard bans player for pro Hong Kong post-game interview

During the past month Blizzard Entertainment, a high-profile video game company, held their annual Grandmasters tournament for one of their games “Hearthstone”. On a live stream during a post-match interview on October 6th, a Hong Kong based player who goes by the name of “Blitzchung” donned a gas mask similar to those worn by Hong Kong protestors and shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time”. Within two days of this stream going out , Blizzard issued a statement declaring a one year ban on Blitzchung, revoking his prize money, and declaring they’ll no longer work with the casters of the event.

Circled date is October 8th.
Source: Google Trends | Graphic by Brandon Graver

This ban sparked swift and powerful outrage on social media, particularly Twitter and Reddit, and threw the company into the spotlight. A look into the Google Trends data shows few had been searching for the company before the ban. After the ban both the Hong Kong and Blizzard search results spiked for the few days after the ban was issued, turning the company hashtag, #Blizzard, into a rallying cry for players and fans to support both Blitzchung and the protestors in Hong Kong, as well as call for a boycott on Blizzard games and products.

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Chicago Blackhawks Player Salaries by Country in 2019

By Brandon Graver

The graphic above shows the distribution of Chicago Blackhawks players home countries. Canada tops the chart with 11 players, while Great Britain and Finland are the least represented with one player each.

Ice hockey has had a longstanding history of being a sport dominated by the the North American powerhouses Canada and the USA, as well as Northern and Eastern European countries and Russia. From way back when Canada and Russia leveled the opposition through the Olympics in the 1960’s and no country could come close to taking a top 2 spot, to the last Olympics where Germany, a country that had placed 5th at best in the history of their participation, had come in 2nd just behind the Russians. While rules have changed restricting NHL player involvement in the Olympics, the game has been growing tremendously in previously unnoticeable countries such as Great Britain. Finding NHL quality players from would’ve been impossible two decades ago, but now that possibility is here and they’ve made their impression on the league.

The Blackhawks very own Brandon Perlini reigns from Great Britain. The 23 year old drafted from the Ontario Hockey League, the OHL, is one of two players in the NHL born in Great Britain. As recently as 2019, Great Britain managed to qualify from the 2019 World Championships, and while managing to only take a single win during the whole tournament, it shows improvement that within the next decade, Great Britain could manage to compete among the best.

However, the NHL isn’t the only league to place their sights on England. As recently as 2016, the multi-national Russian league, the KHL, a league that comes the closest to rivaling the NHL in talent, had discussed the possibility of stretching their league as far as England. Currently, the league stretches all the way from China to Finland. By expanding the league, the would be introducing more eyes, more money, and more skill to Great Britain as a whole, spurring the development of new talent.

The public graphic can be found here.


MLB: 100 MPH-Plus Pitches are Here to Stay

By Brandon Graver

The above graphic displays the number of pitches thrown at speeds greater than 100 MPH from 2008 to 2016 in the MLB. In 2008 less than 70 pitches were thrown faster than 100 MPH, however that number jumped within 8 years to over 1,400 pitches! As the sport developed over the past decade, training for pitchers has improved immensely to bring up the quality of pitchers across the league.

Chart can be found at: https://www.datawrapper.de/_/D3pZm/


Practice Post

By Bob Smith

Pat Quinn photo

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 RedLineProject.org

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.

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