A state commission says Illinois schools shouldn’t be forced to consolidate. Monday night's hearing in Rockford was the final of four public hearings on the issue. The Classrooms First Commission has now toured its plan around the state. House Bill 1216 was signed into law on August 23, 2011, creating a commission to research issues affecting school districts.
Most of the events during Money Smart Week are given by finance professionals. One set of presentations, though, is not being given by a bank officer or a CPA. Northern Illinois University's Financial Cents program employs students to teach their peers what they need to know when it comes to money. Now, during Money Smart Week, they're doing the same thing for the larger community.
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.