Quinoa, once a staple of the Incas, is now increasingly popular in the U.S. It's high in protein and iron, and much of it comes from the windswept, high-altitude plains of Bolivia, known as the altiplano.The Bolivian altiplano doesn't look like good farmland. It doesn't even look fertile.
Illinois lawmakers have voted to increase the state's income tax almost 67-percent to help reduce the state estimated 15-billion dollar budget deficit. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn supports the move, and promises to sign the measure..Illinois is a fiscal mess.
Realtor Jody Velto has run out of flyers for the two-family home she's trying to sell in an Upland, Calif., development.It's fared comparatively well despite the fact that Upland is in San Bernardino County -- one of the hardest-hit communities in California.
Eye-popping headlines from Illinois this morning about action taken early today by legislators there:-- "Lawmakers Pass 67 Percent Tax Hike." (Chicago Tribune)-- " Ill. Faces 66 Percent Tax Boost Amid Budget Crisis."