First, the bad news:
May 30, 2016
Chicago Tribune: Memorial Day weekend violence adds to a violent May in Chicago
By Monday afternoon, the tally of those shot in Chicago this year was at least 1,492, according to data compiled by the Tribune, with at least 250 killed. By this time last year, 957 had been shot, with 164 killed.
Now, the good news:
Out of the 7.4 billion people on this planet, only 2.7 million live in Chicago. That's only 0.036%.
Hey, I just work with what I've got. I'm not a good news miracle worker.
And lastly, the mixed news:
March 25, 2016
Chicago Tribune: Chicago area sees greatest population loss of any major U.S. city, region in 2015
The potential fallout is both political and financial. Federal and state government dollars are often distributed to local government agencies based on population; so the population loss creates long-term budget concerns. Communities pouring millions into new roads and schools, for example, based on rosy projections of future growth are left with fewer taxpayers to cover the cost.
I know what you must be thinking. This looks like awful news. How can it possibly be considered mixed? Well, those who left really dodged a bullet!
Bad Mark. Bad. Bad. Sigh.
Sincere apologies to those who live in the Chicago area. :(
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