'Roseanne' Hasn't Changed Much, But the City That Inspired It Has - NECN

'Roseanne' Hasn't Changed Much, But the City That Inspired It Has

"It is crazy to me that she's a Trump supporter because that is so divisive and he is so divisive"

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    Daniel Acker / for NBC News
    The ABC sitcom "Roseanne" is played on a screen behind the bar at Dutch Inn West in Elgin, Illinois, on April 10, 2018.

    When "Roseanne" was first on TV from 1988 to 1997, the Chicago suburb of Elgin that inspired the show's setting was predominantly white and Republican, with a rusted out economy.

    Not anymore, NBC News reports. In the years when "Roseanne" was off the air, it became majority Hispanic and voted for Obama and Hillary Clinton. Its economy is on the rebound, too, featuring a huge riverboat casino.

    At the Dutch Inn West, a dusty bar where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump voters of various ethnic backgrounds watched the latest episode over $2 beers, some residents said they love "Roseanne," even if it doesn't get the city's diversity right.

    "It is crazy to me that she's a Trump supporter because that is so divisive and he is so divisive," said Bill DiFulvio, a 57-year-old self-described "independent who doesn't support Trump," about the real-life and fictional Roseannes.

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