I used to live in the Chicago Area, from 1995 to 2001, then again in 2006.  I stuck to the Gold Coast, Streeterville, and DuPage County areas.  Although I lived in the upscale areas, I cannot say that I felt safe within any area of ChicagoLand.  I will not go into any of the details about the crimes that I read while there, crimes that make Texas look like heaven on earth.  Statistics show that Chicago already has 300+ murders in just this year.

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Compared to Houston, there is no significant energy work in the Chicago Area that I can think of.  There is UOP, the technology giant in Des Plaines; BP refinery in Whiting, IN; Citgo Refinery in Lemont, IL; and folks like Exxon and Dow out in Joliet, IL  The Clark Refinery in Blue Island, IL was shutdown about 20 years ago.

When I was there, that area had no natural gas.  It was all being piped in from the Gulf Coast.  So, electrical energy is a big industry.  They have huge energy companies like Commonwealth Edison.

I was scared when I lived there.  Now, that area puts me in complete horror.  Work is hard to come by these days – COVID and all.  If you get an offer, you got to take it.  I hope I am not called there.

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