How the Deep South Came to Chicago

Rail lines between Chicago and Mississippi established ties that have endured long after the Great Migration—and these southern roots even reach west into Iowa.

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Why Millions of Americans Still Use AOL

In rural Illinois, expensive, bad broadband leaves dial-up as the best option for internet access—and then, using AOL actually makes economic sense.

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How Health and Housing Relate to Crime in Chicago

Low birth weight, childhood lead poisoning, pre-term births, and infant mortality rate all go hand in hand with the crime rate—but there are significant differences in how neighboring communities are affected.