As a long-time morning radio show host, I feel as though I'm more than qualified to weigh in on Illinois' coffee obsession because I completely and totally understand, relate to it, and...find myself wanting coffee as I write this.
With Illinois leading the Midwest in outbound migration (people leaving), and being one of the top 3 states overall in losing population, it's understandable that you might not think any Illinois city is growing.
It's pretty much a given that on nearly anyone's list of life's priorities, safety and security is right up there at the top of the list next to health. The home monitoring/home security business is booming for a reason.
If you're an Illinois driver with more than a couple of years worth of driving experience, you probably answered the question about whether or not Illinois drivers suck at driving with one of two possible answers
I once saw a person get up and leave a live comedy show, saying that they "didn't feel safe there" because the headlining comedian had behaved inappropriately in his private life. Not feeling safe because of that struck me as being far more unreasonable than not feeling safe where you live.