An Illinois lawmaker wants to make changes to the state's pre-paid college tuition program because he says it's dangerously close to financial disaster. State Senator Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, says the problem is College Illinois' unfunded liabilities at the end of last fiscal year were nearly $450 million. He says it's because the state is locking in funds to families with no guarantee they will be there when young children eventually enroll in college.
Researchers say Advanced glycation end (AGE) products have already been linked to diseases such as type-2 diabetes. They form when proteins react with sugar. That happens during the cooking process. Scientists have now linked those chemicals with impaired cognitive function.
Best-selling author James Patterson recently pledged to give away $1 million of his own money to independent booksellers around the country.
"We're in a juncture right now where bookstores as we have known them are at risk," Patterson last week told NPR's Renee Montagne. "Libraries as we've known them are at risk, publishers are at risk, American literature is at risk, as we've known it, and getting kids reading is at risk."
Each individual bookstore received up to $15,000 and there are no limits on how they use that money.
A former U.S. Representative from Illinois has been deported from Zimbabwe. Mel Reynolds was forced to leave after pleading guilty to breaking the country's immigration laws by staying longer than his visa permitted.
Reynolds pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing pornography.
Governor Pat Quinn has hired Bill Hyers to serve as chief strategist for his 2014 re-election campaign. Hyers, an Illinois native, managed Pennsylvania for President Obama's campaign for re-election in 2012.
Hyers recently managed Bill de Blasio's campaign for mayor of New York City.
According to a news release, the campaign will announce additional senior staff in the coming weeks.
Quinn faces anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman in the March 18 primary.