Maple sugaring season may stir up romantic images of snowy New England woods: buckets dangle from the trees and folks gather around huge steaming kettles, slowly cooking tree sap down into sweet syrup. But did you know you can make your own maple syrup right here in Illinois? In your own yard?
Former governor Rod Blagojevich made his last public speech Wednesday before heading off to federal prison. He may want to change his tune if he’s looking to get out of prison before his 14 year sentence is completed. That’s according to P.S. Ruckman, a Rock Valley College political science professor and expert on presidential pardons.
Thousands of caregivers, child protection workers, and police officers represented by the AFSCME will hold a statewide “Day of Action” Thursday. The events will demonstrate opposition to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget cuts. Employees of the Singer Mental Health Center will hold a protest Thursday afternoon at Rockford's Zeke Giorgi Center. The Singer facility is targeted for closure.
New evidence suggests environmental factors in the womb could lead to increased body weight in later years. The research appears in the journal Plos One. Scientists found changes around the DNA at birth which may result from a mother's diet or exposure to pollution or stress. These changes were linked to a higher Body Mass Index in children around the age of nine.