Previously, Alden served as the director of research and evaluation for the Metropolitan Planning Council for two years where he examined and wrote about population loss, demographic shifts, job trends and racial segregation.
Prior to joining MPC, Alden served as an investigator and later as a policy analyst for the Better Government Association. In more than four years at the BGA, Alden documented abuses with legislative scholarships, campaign finance expenditures and ward remapping and later analyzed data and lobbied for reforms to increase government transparency, efficiency and accountability.
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And, across Illinois, the COVID-19 death rate is 22 times higher for the unvaccinated than for fully inoculated residents as breakthrough cases appear to be far less lethal.
The unvaccinated are fueling a bleak third wave of COVID in Cook County, with weekly death tolls four-fold than just a month ago.
And cases have increased most among residents in their 20s and 30s.
Since the variant arrived in December, the city has seen the state’s fastest growth in COVID-19 cases, particularly among Black residents and young adults.
A WBEZ analysis of census data shows racial and ethnic population swings in the city and suburbs and declining white population statewide.
New census data shows that the city’s Black population, the only major racial group to decline in number, has fallen to a 60-year low.
The fight against systemic racism still lies ahead, particularly in Chicago, where more Black men are killed by police than anywhere else.
While white Chicagoans received the majority of initial COVID-19 vaccines, a WBEZ analysis shows health care workers actually live all over the city.
Since 2000, the white population in gentrifying Logan Square has increased more than 70% while its Latino population has declined by 47%.
Experts say timely testing is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19 so infected people can quickly quarantine.