Last January, statistics released by the National Center for Health Statistics showed home births in the United States jumped 29 percent between 2004 and 2009. In recent years, an average of 30,000 babies, or 1 percent of all babies, are born at home. And year to year, the number of home births is increasing. In Illinois, women’s home birth options are severely limited.
The average price of a gallon of gas in the U-S reached records highs in 2011 and 2012. But the Patrick DeHaan of the gasoline price tracking website GasBuddy.com predicts that gasoline prices will come down a bit for 2013, getting close to 2011 levels.
The Illinois Department of Public Health says 368 people in the state have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and 27 have died.
A couple of years after the Indiana Department of Education made cursive writing optional in the state’s schools, there is a renewed effort to bring it back as a requirement.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's working on a gun control ordinance for the city of Chicago after an assault weapons ban stalled in the Illinois General Assembly.
The inability of Illinois lawmakers continue to find a solution to the state’s multi-billion dollar pension crisis could impact efforts to attract faculty at colleges and universities.
James O’Donnell, a survivor of the 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis, has died at the age of 92.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is reintroducing an early inmate release plan to ease prison crowding.
Participants in Champaign-Urbana’s two Municipal Electricity Aggregation programs have saved nearly $1.2 million so far, compared to what their electric supply bill would be under Ameren. Figures released by the two cities list the savings at more than $690,000 through November for Champaign customers --- and about $500,000 saved through September for Urbana households.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says music director Riccardo Muti will miss three concerts and a student engagement because of flu-like symptoms.