| Mar 15, 2012
| 4:27 PM
Thousands of union workers gathered across Illinois today to protest Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget cuts that include mass layoffs and the closure and consolidation of several state facilities, including prisons.
State employees represented by...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 3:09 PM
The House made the first move against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal Thursday, lowering the estimate of how much money the state should expect to take in next year by more than $200 million.
For a state that owes more than $8 billion...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 9:27 AM
Chick-fil-A is “very much supportive of the family,” according to Dan Cathy, president of the popular fast food chain. That is, “the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said.
And that doesn’t include Adam and Steve,...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 7:08 AM
Sarah Wu does not look like a troublemaker. The slight, blond mom comes off, by her own admission, as "a super nice person … without a bad word to say."
That may be why the speech pathologist was able to crank out an incisive daily blog...
| Oct 26, 2010
If you've been holding off getting screened for high cholesterol, diabetes or hypertension because of a co-payment, you soon won't have a reason to put it off.
That's because co-payments, which typically cost at least $20, for a host of preventive...
| Jun 20, 2012
On a recent steamy holiday weekend, customers at a discount grocery store in Evanston loaded their carts with bags of chips, boxes of cookies, 2-liter soda bottles and jugs of fruit punch, among other items, then paid for it all with food stamp credit....
| Apr 16, 2012
| 10:00 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fast food may often be high in salt, but the exact levels seem to vary based on the country you live in, according to a study published Monday.
Looking at fast-food menu information in six countries, researchers found that the...
| Aug 2, 2012
"From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg
Every child fantasizes about running away from home to teach his or her parents a lesson. One summer, 12-year-old Claudia showed me exactly how it could be done, in comfort and...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 1:08 PM
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) has long and controversial ties with large food and beverage corporations, including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Hershey, Kraft and Unilever.
As partners, the companies have a national platform at nutrition...
| May 24, 2012
It's not surprising if you find yourself mulling the word Mondelez lately, given its conjuring of everything from "Mon-de-leza Rice" to the Russian term for a sex act.
It's also not surprising if you find yourself going, "Monde-who?," given that it's a...
| Nov 15, 2011
These days, when he puts on his suit and tie, he goes to work before a deafening throng of more than 20,000 paying customers, not to mention hundreds of thousands more following on TV and radio. His performance and that of those under him invite enough...