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Will County leads Illinois in employment opportunities

In a recent study conducted by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Will County led the state in the percentage of change in the total number of private sector, unemployment insurance-covered jobs, growing by more than 30 percent over the past seven years.

The study titled “Where Workers Work” also reported significant growth in 2017 in manufacturing, healthcare, and sales-related employment. Each of these industries are strong in Will County, but Will County Executive Larry Walsh noted challenges remain and a regional approach is the key to future success.

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Seven Chicago area Toys R Us stores closing

Seven Chicagoland Toys R Us stores are closing in the next few months. "USA Today" reports the retailers that will shut down starting in February are in Chicago's Bricktown Mall, Highland Park, Schaumburg, Vernon Hills, Matteson, Burbank and Niles. Toy R Us, once a national leader in toy sales, filed for bankruptcy in September.

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Bradley Police investigate ‘shots fired’

Police in Bradley responded to the 800 block of Christine Drive about 11 pm Wednesday after a call of “shots fired” was made to the police department. Upon arrival, Officers were unable to locate any suspicious subjects or vehicles at that time. Officers did observed property damage to the building from the reported incident and recovered several shell casings.

Officers spoke to residents living at that location along with witnesses and no one was observed or reported to have been injured during the incident.

The case is under investigation. Anyone having information about this incident please contact either CrimeStoppers at 815-93CRIME or the Bradley Police at 815-933-3315.

Citizens are also reminded, you may also use the Safe-To-Tell app on your smartphone.

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Freezing rain messing up traffic, dangerous driving conditions

Early morning black has caused dangerous conditions throughout the WGFA/WIBK-listening areas. Law enforcement is reporting multiple reports of vehicles slide-offs and colissions. Most all roads are so slick, drivers can’t make turns without sliding.

Jackknifed semis and cars leaving the roadways have been reported all over the state. I-80 and I-55 in Will County has been a trouble-spot. Several accidents have resulted in injury.

School parking lots are quite popular for minor accidents. The slick conditions finds motorists unable to avoid wrecks. Officials are asking drivers to be extremely cautious and take their time if they must go out, at least this morning.
Many schools reported one and two-hour delays; others closed.

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Rep. Parkhurst Introduces Good Samaritan Bill

Kankakee, IL – Last week, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) introduced legislation to help our state’s most vulnerable in the most extreme circumstances. House Bill 4254 comes at the request of local homeless advocates and amends the Good Samaritan Act providing non-profit organizations or their employees who open a temporary overnight shelter are not liable for civil damages except in the case of willful or wanton misconduct.

“Over the past month our state experienced persistent extreme cold weather often staying well below freezing. Those who wish to help our vulnerable populations should be able to provide a temporary shelter in good faith without fear of lawsuits,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

HB 4254 was introduced on January 16th and awaits committee assignment.

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