(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois home prices moved higher in November while home sales slowed slightly as consumers began to turn their attention to the holidays, that’s according to data from Illinois Realtors. The statewide home sales last month totaled 11,608 units sold, down 1.6% from November 2017. The state’s median price in November was $190,000, up 2.7% from a year ago. The time it took to sell a home last month averaged 54 days, down from 58 days in 2017. The data shows forty-one (41) Illinois counties reported sales gains for November 2018 over previous-year numbers. Go to www.illinoisrealtors.org.
(SPRINGFIELD) The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Illinois’ population shrunk by more than 45,000 over the twelve months ending last July 1st. The numbers released yesterday show that loss was more than any other state except for New York, which lost more than 48,000 residents. The two states were among nine that lost population during the one year. The estimates have Illinois remaining as the sixth most populous state with more than 12.74 million people, behind California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.
(SPRINGFIELD) Whether making a signature dish or trying something new this Christmas holiday season, the secret ingredient is always “food safety.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 48 million people a year get sick this year from a foodborne illness, with 128,000 hospitalized, and over 3,000 people who’ll lose their lives. Everyone should adhere to the four food safety steps :
* CLEAN – wash hands, dishes, countertops, and utensils before and after preparing each food item
* SEPARATE – keep raw eggs, meat, poultry, and their juices away from foods that will not be cooked
* COOK – use a food thermometer to ensure all meat and poultry are fully cooked / color is not an indicator
* CHILL – divide leftovers in separate containers and refrigerate within two hours / use within four days