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State Unemployment Rate for June

ILLINOIS — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in June. It was the first time the state jobless rate fell below 6 percent since 2008.   The department said Thursday in its monthly unemployment report that the state nonetheless lost 7,500 jobs for the month.  …Continue Reading

Aaron Schock

Former Congressman Schock still spending campaign money

SPRINGFIELD — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has spent more $1 million out of his campaign fund on lawyers—and yes, that’s legal.   The latest Federal Election Commission filing show Schock has taken out more than $1 million in legal fees in the past three months as a federal grand jury looks at his campaign spending.…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner Angry

Budget sent to Rauner by Senate similar to previous one vetoed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved over the complaints of Republicans a one-month, temporary budget to keep state government operating.   The $2.3 billion spending plan covers “essential” services such as police protection but adds payroll for all 64,500 state workers. The vote was 39-0 with 15 “present” votes.   The measure…Continue Reading

Starved Rock

ADM donation to help state maintain state parks and recreation areas

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today presented a $325,000 donation to Living Lands & Waters, an organization that promotes the health and vitality of U.S. inland waterways, at a volunteer cleanup event at Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois.   The donation brings ADM’s total support for the organization since 2004 to…Continue Reading

MacArthur High School

Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with MacArthur

DECATUR – The DPS Board of Education approved the Mentor 2.0 program agreement between Big Brothers Big Sisters and DPS 61 on Tuesday night.   The agreement allows for a program to be instituted where approximately 50 ninth graders from MacArthur High School will be paired with college-educated working professionals in one-on-one mentoring relationships.  DPS…Continue Reading

Rodney Davis Action

Davis still skeptical of Iranian deal

DECATUR–  President Obama is hailing the recent nuclear agreement with Iran as a diplomatic win, however not everybody in Washington sees it that way.   Congressman Rodney Davis applauded the president for his work, but said he wasn’t sure if an agreement means the same thing to Iranian leadership as it does to American leadership,…Continue Reading