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Reality Check

Reality Check is a new section written and managed by Alex Gary, communications manager for Thinker Ventures. Alex specializes in digging up truthful, relevant and raw statistics. Thanks Alex for taking time to put this together!

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / April 19, 2017

Winnebago County rankings improve – very slightly

The health of Winnebago County's residents improved compared with the rest of the state in 2016 - by the slightest...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / April 16, 2017

Winnebago County bucking trend on Social Security

Entitlement reform always is a popular topic in Washington D.C., no more so when a new administration takes over. Social...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / March 16, 2017

Rockford still top 100 in labor productivity – but growth is stagnating

The Rockford metropolitan workforce was one of the 100 most productive in the United States in 2015, according to an...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / March 11, 2017

Rockford makes a ‘beautiful’ list

Creators of lists and rankings typically haven't been too kind to Rockford the past couple of decades. This week, the...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / March 7, 2017

Lack of community pride drags down Rockford’s ‘well-being’

ROCKFORD – The Rockford area ranked 178th out of 189 metro areas studied for “well-being,” according to surveys conducted over...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / March 4, 2017

Rockford-area communities rank poorly in money management

Money management is a classic chicken-or-the egg question. Are people who earn higher salaries inherently better with handling money versus...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / February 27, 2017

Choosing civility

On Thursday, March 2, Rev. Jeffrey Brown is leading a community conversation on civility for Transform Rockford at Crusader Community...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / February 23, 2017

College enrollment rising faster than readiness

In 2014, the Illinois State Board of began tracking and publishing in its yearly scorecards the percentage of students who...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / February 21, 2017

Red-hot housing market finished 2016 strong

After years of disturbingly drastic declines in home prices, the Winnebago County housing market had its 10th straight quarter of...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / February 9, 2017

Planning out 2017? Look to Trip Advisor

Whenever I'm in a new city, if I'm going to stop to eat, I look on Trip Advisor to see...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / January 24, 2017

Rockford makes international affordability ranking

The Rockford area has long been known to be one of the most affordable housing markets in the United States....

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / January 19, 2017

In one respect, the Great Recession has yet to end in Rockford

Economists use all kinds of metrics to measure the economic health of a region. And in every aspect, the Rockford-area...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / January 18, 2017

Rockford not immune from distressing suicide trend

With still two months of coroners inquests to complete, Winnebago County already set a depressing record in 2016 - teen...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / December 29, 2016

Rockford incomes above the curve in 2015

ROCKFORD – Rockford-area residents snapped a depressing streak in 2015, for the first time since 2009 the per-capita personal income...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / December 23, 2016

Rockford economy in transition

A recent report on the Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index generated positive headlines for Rockford earlier this month. In its...

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Reality Check
By Alex Gary / December 19, 2016

Rockford ranks poorly in diabetes rankings

The latest report in the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series should ring alarm bells across the area – in...

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Reality Check
By transformrockford / November 6, 2016

Rising ACT scores lone positive for District 205 on annualrr report cards

Rising ACT scores lone positive for District 205 on annualrr report cards Rockford School District students had their highest aggregate...

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Reality Check

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