Google Trends: Vaping Illness Epidemic & the Success of “Joker”

By: Kate Cortes

Recently, there have been cases that have came up about vaping/JUUL related illnesses. E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat up oils and liquids that contain nicotine and vaporize it. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave information regarding the nature of the problem, however still mentioned they are not exactly sure yet what is causing the issue. According to them, there have been 26 confirmed deaths in 21 states.

However, with the legalization of marijuana in the state of Illinois coming up, the talk of the plant has become more prevalent lately. This Google Trends graph shows how the scare of the vaping incidents has been put steadily following after the interest of the legalization of cannabis. Both had peaked searches at one point.

Successful Box Office Revenues for New Film, Joker.

Majority of the public were waiting with anticipation for the new film, Joker, which reflects their significant earnings. In within the span of 10 days, the film earned approximately $543.9 million. This Google Trends graph shows the premier for Joker and the increase of the attendance of movie theaters as most of the public headed to theaters around to watch the new depiction of the Joker.

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Highest Paid NFL Players

By: Kate Cortes

Football is the first sport that comes to mind when thinking of contact sports. Football players work incessantly to their way to the top and once they do make it, they make it to the National Football League (NFL).

Becoming part of the NFL means much more pay than any regular football team. However, within the NFL, certain players receive different salaries according to which team they are contracted to. As well as what position they play. CBS Sports gives some names and salaries earned by the highest paid players in the NFL, which shows for exactly which team and position they play for.

I created a Google Flourish chart based on data from the highest paid NFL players in the 2019 season. The highest paid football player came out to be Kirk Cousins who is a quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings; a salary of $27,500,000 million.

Top 10 Concert Venues in the Chicago Area

By: Kate Cortes

Chicago is known for being one of the major cities musical artists come to perform at. There are an overwhelming amount of venues and locations to check out for new music and sounds. Chicago being so large and diverse allows the public to have their pick of the litter for what sound catches their fancy.

I have put together just 10 of those concert venues around Chicago. Many are located near or around the city; many are widely known musical venues to many Chicagoans. Check out the list to see where you can have access to new sounds.

Google Trends: Political Leader Scandals, NBC and ABC Competitors

By: Kate Cortes

The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump is constantly trending. Even more so now with there being a whistleblower complaint made towards President Trump. There has also recently been photos leaked of Justin Tradeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, in brown-face and black-face.

Within the past few days, President Trump has been trending due to a whistleblower, a person who brings unlawful actions within a company or corporation to light. Allegations against Trump are saying that he had a classified conversation with the foreign leader of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky; and in that conversation it was said that Trump had wanted him to investigate a certain U.S politic, threatening to withhold resources.

Around the same time, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Tradeau, has been under scrutiny for 3 photos captured of him in black-face and brown-face dating as far as the 1990’s. He was seen impersonating a black singer and as an Aladdin character for the theme, “Arabian Nights”. Tradeau made a few public apologies for his past behavior, saying how he should have put more thought into it.

However, according to the Google data trends, Trump continues to take the lead in searches. It can be seen in the data spikes in both Trump’s and Tradeau’s trends. Despite the photos of Tradeau and the public anger that followed, Trump’s political indiscretions has most of the attention of the public.

NBC and ABC Steadily Compete

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC), has been leading television network for quite some time. The Columbia Broadcasting Channel (CBS), follows second and the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), hits third. Both NBC and ABC have their highly successful networks; they both are steadily trending against each other.

NBC has taken numbers for their average number of viewers within a year that tune into the broadcasting channel, which came out to be about 7.8 million viewers. They continue to take the lead as top in the charts for their popular channels, this results in a significant amount of money being made for this network. The recent annual revenue this network makes is about $5 billion. It is always trending due to the number of successful shows that develops a large number of viewers; shows that have been around for a long while.

ABC is the third top leading network, with an average number of 1.3 million viewers per year. This would also make a the revenue at about $2 billion annually. This network is one of the most successful networks due to how many viewers tune in to their shows, which like NBC, have been highly successful throughout the years, not to mention that Disney also owns it.

According to the Google trends data, both networks remain in a constant flow of popularity, with few outlying spikes in trending. Of course there was a significant spike with ABC because of the Annual Grammy’s Awards show bringing in thousands of viewers however, what is interesting is how small the spike only came to be and how quickly the trending decreased considering it was an awards show that typically has a large number of viewers. NBC has larger spikes of popularity.

Quinn: Illinois Pension Threatening MAP Grants

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

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.
“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.


“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

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