Tribune reporter Katherine Skiba wrote a story for today’s front page analyzing foreign trips taken by members of Congress from Illinois since 2011. Chad Yoder, one of the Tribune’s graphics producers, created this graphic tracking all of those trips.
A key part of the Affordable Care Act is scheduled to launch tomorrow, allowing millions of people to sign up for health insurance plans subsidized by the federal government. Follow this flowchart to see how the law might affect you and your family. We’ve also created an interactive version of the flowchart.
"Angry Birds Star Wars II" and "Grand Theft Auto V" both hit stores last week. The two games are very different, but both will reap millions of dollars in sales.
What accounts for the success of games like “Angry Birds” and “Grand Theft Auto”? And what does it tell us about the future of the video game industry? The Tribune’s Jonathon Berlin explores those questions in this full-page graphics package.
Syria’s location in the heart of the Middle East makes it strategically important to countries throughout the region and around the globe. Here’s an explanation of the varied positions other countries have taken in response to Syria’s brutal civil war and its suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people.
The comet ISON is expected to become visible to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere around late November. But whether it will put on a spectacular show or fizzle out remains to be seen. This graphic and the accompanying story have more details.
One World Trade Center, one of the towers being built on the former site of the twin towers in Lower Manhattan, is supposed to be the tallest building in the United States when it’s completed, topping out at a symbolic 1,776 feet. But if the widely recognized arbiter of skyscraper bragging rights, the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, decides not to count the tower’s mast as part of its overall height, then it will not be officially listed as 1,776 feet tall, and Chicago’s Willis Tower will remain the country’s tallest building.
The Tribune’s architecture critic, Blair Kamin, explained the issue in a story in today’s paper. Jemal Brinson and Jonathon Berlin, from the Tribune’s graphics desk, also created this infographic illustrating the controversy and comparing Willis Tower and One World Trade Center with other skyscrapers around the world.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is scheduled to make its ruling on One World Trade Center in November.
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, north of Chicago, announced plans this week to build the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster, with hopes to open it by spring. That stomach-churning news prompted us to put together this graphic comparing the wildest wooden roller coasters currently operating across the world.
Here’s the Tribune’s story about the new ride.
U.N. inspectors are investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks that killed hundreds of people in Syria last week. Here’s a summary of the evidence inspectors will likely review, some background about the team’s leader and a map showing countries (including Syria) that are not party to an international treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.