Higher gasoline prices are largely responsible for a 0.5 percent increase in consumer prices last month from November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.For all of 2010, BLS added, prices rose 1.5 percent.Also just in, from the Census Bureau: Retail sales were up 0.6 percent in December f
As the Bears get set to host the Seattle Seahawks in their divisional playoff this Sunday, Chicagoans are starting to come together like they did when the Blackhawks glided toward hockey’s Stanley Cup last spring.The excitement brings to mind some words of a 19th century German philosopher: &l
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.