YouTube TaiwanVersionLaunch SteveChen 1Taiwan native Steve Chen was the co-founder and previous chief technology officer of the video-sharing website YouTube.

In 1978, Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated to the United States at the age of 15. His family settled in Prospect Heights, Illinois and he graduated from Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora before attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

After graduating from the university in 2002, Chen worked at PayPal, where he met Chad Hurly and Jawed Karim. In 2005, the three founded YouTube.

The following year, YouTube ranked the 10th most popular website, and Chen was named by Business 2.0 as one of "The 50 people who matter now" in business. In October of 2006, Chen and Hurley sold YouTube to Google, Inc. for $1.65 billion.

In 2018, Chen was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln by the Governor of Illinois.

Jonathon Romain In Honor of Black History Month our February artist of the month is Jonathon Romain from Peoria. Romain is a local artist who travels to various cities and states each month in hopes of catching an art show.

 How long have you been an artist or when did you start? I have been a professional artist for over 20 years. As far back as I can remember I’ve loved creating artistically. I won my first art award at 15 and a year later first place, at a Chicago city-wide arts competition called the Buckingham Fountain Art Fair in 1983. The prize was a check for $150. I had all the signs early on that I was destined to be an artist, but I never thought I was good enough when I compared my work to professional artists. Consequently, I only halfheartedly played around with it.

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Western Springs

According to HomeSnacks, Western Springs is the best place to live in Illinois.

HomeSnacks ranked cities by a number of criteria from one to 327, with one being the best. The criteria considered included median home values, median incomes, unemployment rates, average commute time, crime, education levels and more.

HomeSnacks recognized Western Springs for its “impressive history” and “low unemployment rates and high incomes.”

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Chicago SkylineSeveral organizations who rank top travel destinations have recognized the city of Chicago as one of the nation’s best places to visit.

Conde Nast Traveler named Chicago the best city in America on its 2018 list of the best U.S. cities, recognizing the Windy City for its architecture, world class restaurants and friendly residents. A survey of 2,000 U.S. citizens conducted by Provision Living also ranked Chicago 16th among bucket list travel destinations. Chicago is also the number one 2019 destination for families according to TripSavvy.

The city also rated highly in several other categories.

  • TripAdvisor rated some of Chicago’s hotels among the best in the country in their Traveler’s Choice Awards.
  • The digital party invitation platform Evite named Chicago its number two party city of 2018. The Windy City had over 62,000 events listed on the platform last year with over 2.4 million guests invited.
  • Chicago was named the fifth most romantic city in the world by SpaSeekers. The organization also listed the city fourth for marriage proposals.

For more information about visiting the city of Chicago, click here.

GreatWolfLodgewaterpark 5acbd661c5542e0036fa35a0With the recent inclement weather, a lot of Illinoisans are missing summer. Although there are a few more months left before the sunshine and warm weather arrive, there is still a way to enjoy one favorite summertime activity indoors.

The greater Chicagoland area has two indoor water parks: The Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee and The Water Works in Schaumburg.

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