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December 4, 2015
The U. of I. Flash Index reversed a three-month trend in November and climbed to 106.1. The index measures economic activity in Illinois and shows that the state continues to slowly recover from the Great Recession, which technically ended more than six years ago. The increase to 106.1 reverses three straight months of decline, which saw the index fall from 106.6 in August to 105.8 last month. The decline indicated only a minor slowing of growth for those three months, as an index of 100 marks the division between growth and shrinkage in the economy.
 
Don’t Drink and Drive
 
Using a famous optical illusion, McCann Milan has come with an ingenious ad for non-profit organization Exodus Fondazione. Titled ‘Reverse Test’, the 45-second film shows a miniature road sign behind an empty glass into which water is being poured. As the water level rises, the arrow on the road sign changes direction from right to left.
How Gun Traffickers Get Around State Gun Laws
In response to mass shootings in the last few years, more than 20 states, including some of the nation’s biggest, have passed new laws restricting how people can buy and carry guns. Yet the effect of those laws has been significantly diluted by a thriving underground market for firearms brought from states with few restrictions. About 50,000 guns are found to be diverted to criminals across state lines every year, federal data shows, and many more are likely to cross state lines undetected.
 
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