Posts tagged "demographics"

Illinois' wacky way of redistricting

If you thought that Illinois congressional and legislative redistricting was a mystery, take a closer look at what Gov. Pat Quinn and mostly Democratic lawmakers have conjured up.  The recently signed and deceptively named Illinois Voting Rights Act of 2011 requires that redrawn legislative districts conform to the most arcane and divisive rules yet seen for bestowing... Read more »

Forbes: the nation's most miserable magazine

Chicago’s the nation’s third most miserable city, according to Forbes magazine. I stopped putting any stock in any of these ratings a long time ago, concocted from a set of arbitrarily chosen demographics. These “studies” are always junk, either in the selection of the variables they are examining, or in assigning weights to each factor.... Read more »
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