Northwestern_University_lakefill_panoramaU.S. News & World Report ranks every college in the United States annually, and four Illinois schools’ graduate programs ranked among the nation’s top 10 in their disciplines for the upcoming 2016 school year.

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Joel RyserJoel Ryser became passionate about art at a young age and currently teaches at Moline High School. Outside of school, his latest interest is Hot Glass Inc., a non-profit organization he founded to teach art to teenagers. He has touched countless lives through his work as an educator, and you can read on to learn more about his artwork.

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Quincy is inviting residents and tourists to come take part in a yearlong celebration of the city’s 175th anniversary. The event began Feb. 3, and the city plans other festivities throughout the year, including a parade in May.

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Not only was Springfield once the home of Abraham Lincoln, but it is also one of the cheapest cities to live in the United States.

DealCrunch says that affordable housing and utilities make the capital city a great place to live.

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