Of the city’s 77 community areas 46 have no public electric vehicle charging stations, creating electrical charging deserts primarily on the South, West, Southwest, far Southwest and far Southeast sides.

By Laaiba Mahmood and Viviana Sanchez

As more cities across the nation turn to sustainable transportation practices, electrical charging deserts in Chicago expose disparities in public access to sustainable transportation options across the city.

Electric vehicles (EV) are expected to become more popular in Chicago in the following decades, experts say. The latest electric vehicles help reduce carbon footprint, improves public health and requires less maintenance.

However, the social perception that electric vehicles are only meant for affluent, predominantly white families coupled with a scarcity of charging stations in low-income neighborhoods hinders the shift to EV.

According to U.S…

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No better way to beat a hot summer day in Chicago with a nice cold ice cream. These top 10 ice cream shops are one of the many locations in Chicago to get a taste of a sweet treat to cool down. Whether you’re in the North or South part of Chicago there is plenty of locations to check out wherever you are.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has eight location in the Chicagoland area and even offers deliveries! They have a variety of ice cream flavor combinations such as blackout chocolate cake, wild-berry lavender, green mint chip and many more!

Global warming has become one of the world’s biggest concerns, a major contributor being vehicle emissions.

The future of a more sustainable vehicle has developed in recent years and continues to become more widely available. According to an analysis of Google search on Google tends, electric vehicles are more commonly searched for over hybrid vehicles.

Essentially both vehicles cut down on emissions.

Hybrid vehicles are like any other car fueled by gasoline but the only difference is it has both a gasoline engine and an electric motor, being able to regenerate electricity during breaking points through regenerative braking.

Electric vehicles…

Governor Pat Quinn explains the damaging impact that pension reforms can have on the issuing of MAP grants aiding to merit students.

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 and in the future,” Quinn said. …

Viviana Sanchez

Undergrad at University of Illinois at Chicago

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