(Waukegan, IL) A woman who was high on computer cleaning fumes when her vehicle hit and killed a child in 2012, has left prison early. Carly Rousso was convicted of both reckless homicide and aggravated DUI for the incident that killed 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento in Highland Park, and received 5 years in prison. The now 23-year-old’s release Friday came just 3 and a half years into her prison term. Rousso was 18 when she huffed computer dust cleaner in her father’s car, passing out and leading to the deadly crash. The family of the victim, to this day, says the punishment was too light for the crime. Rousso, though now free, will still serve two years on parole.
Illinois public universities struggle with enrollment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Some Illinois lawmakers are looking to find solutions for higher education, declining enrollment and financial concerns as more graduating high school students are enrolling in out of state instututions. Figures from the Illinois State Board of Education show 46 percent of 2016 Illinois high school graduates who enrolled in a four-year university went out of state. That’s compared with 2002, when 29 percent enrolled in another state. State Sen. Chapin Rose sounded an alarm saying higher education needs to be retooled. Rose and State Rep. Dan Brady are proposing a bill that calls for a comprehensive overhaul of higher education. Al Bowman, the executive director of the state board and a former president of Illinois State University says the state “has had a history of out-migration for many, many years.”
U of I team studying spread of information on social media
URBANA, Ill. (AP) University of Illinois researchers are using a $4 million grant to study how information moves across social media, affecting people’s beliefs and shaping events. Computer Science Professor Tarek Abdelzaher is leading a team that received a five-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The team has been modeling information spread on Instagram and Twitter and will study other platforms. The spread of information via social media has influenced everything from the “ice bucket challenge” to the 2016 presidential election. Abdelzaher says the team wants to study how people react to events and whether social media is creating “echo chambers where we only hear what people who will think like us say.” He says there are interesting questions about “a reality that didn’t exist 10 years ago.”