(SPRINGFIELD) Although November is nearly over, Illinois Department on Aging officials are still recognizing it as National Caregiver Month by noting that caregivers need support too. In fact, the DOA offers the Caregiver Support Program with local area agencies and other service organizations to provide information to family caregivers above available services, counseling, support groups, and training, along with limited supplemental service. Federal statistics show that one in five adults in America is a caregiver, while one in six caregivers are over 65 years old and one-third provides care for at least 20 hours a week.
(SPRINGFIELD) Home sales saw new energy in October as consumer interest helped lift sales just shy of positive territory, according to data from Illinois Realtors. The statewide home sales last month totaled 13,035 units sold, down slightly by two-tenths of a percentage point (0.2%) from October of last year. The statewide median price in October was $190,000, up 2.7 percent from a year ago. The time it took to sell a home last month averaged 51 days, down from 53 days in October 2017. Fifty (50) of Illinois’ one hundred two (102) counties reported home sales gains for the month of October 2018 over previous-year numbers.