Choosing between filling up the gas tank and filling up a dinner plate is becoming a harsh reality for many. Resources like the River Bend Food Bank are feeling the pinch, too.
Would you rather eat or pay the bill that is due tomorrow? This is the reality that many people in the Quad-Cities have to endure. Families continue to struggle in our community while the price of gas, rent, food, electricity, furniture, and even used cars continue to rise. It is incredibly hard for a lone person to live a comfortable life in the Quad-Cities. According to Ziprecruiter, in Iowa, the average person makes $54,554 before taxes. Including taxes, the average Iowan makes around $38,000 a year. Now subtract payments on the $78,396 of debt the average millennial owes and what’s left is heartbreaking. Now subtract rent, food, car payments, phone plan, utilities, and anything else someone would need to live comfortably. As stated before the cost of living is rising, this includes rent. According to an article in the Quad-City Times, the average cost of rent in Bettendorf is $914 per month, the average rent in Davenport is $771. This is a 9% increase from last year. There has been a lack of affordable housing in the Quad-Cities and an abundance of new expensive apartments. A simple check on apartments.com shows that apartments in Bettendorf can easily exceed $1,000 a month. Apartments in Davenport can easily cost over $900. Someone making minimum wage would have to dedicate nearly their entire income just to pay rent. Rising prices are a problem that affects the young generations that live in the Quad-Cities.
Thanksgiving dinner is expected to cost 14% more this year, with higher turkey prices pulling up that percentage.
Illinoisans might notice a slight increase at the pump Thursday as the state's gas tax rate increases by a half-cent.
Using Baseball Reference's Wins Above Replacement (WAR) stat, these are the top 12 Cubs of all time. Do you agree?
Here's a list of the top Chicago Cubs players by Baseball Reference's Wins Above Replacement (WAR) statistic.
According to MLB.com, "WAR (Wins Above Replacement) measures a player's value in all facets of the game by deciphering how many more wins he's worth than a replacement-level player at his same position (e.g., a Minor League replacement or a readily available fill-in free agent)."
DES MOINES -- Child care should be considered infrastructure and belongs in the federal infrastructure funding package being crafted in Congress: that was the message U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Congresswoman Cindy Axne conveyed during an event Friday at a child care center.
DES MOINES -- Families that seek more accessible and affordable child care should be helped by legislation approved this year by state lawmakers, advocates and stakeholders say.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) defines the summer driving season as April through September. The season formally kicks into high gear after the Memorial Day weekend, when millions of Americans hit the open road, like the Griswold’s loading up the family truckster heading to Wally World. But gasoline prices have surged over the past few months and the EIA’s latest report warns that consumers should brace for higher prices at America’s gas pumps.