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Ameren Customers Benefit from Price Drop

Ameren Illinois says its customers are benefiting from a drop in the cost of natural gas. The company also says because it purchases a significant amount of natural gas for customers during the summer and stores it for later use, the benefits will continue next winter.

Ameren reports the per-therm cost of natural gas has dropped by almost 35-percent, since last year. The price it at its lowest level since 2002, and Ameren says the gas supply charge for April will be 42.05 cents per therm. The amount compares to 51.94 cents per-therm during March, reflecting a decrease of 19 percent.

The continued decline in the cost of natural gas is a reflection of oversupplied market conditions caused by strong production growth from shale gas regions in the United States. The company says natural gas prices continue to decline in the U.S. due to record levels of natural gas production coupled with relatively flat demand.

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Convicted murderer escapes from Kankakee detention center, reward offered

An investigative team is at work in Kankakee trying to find answers as to how convicted-killer Kamron Taylor managed to escape from the Kankakee County Detention Center.

The 23-year-old, who was awaiting sentencing for murder, overpowered a corrections guard around 3 am this (Wed) morning. Taylor then took the guard's keys and his uniform and slipped away from the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

Sheriff Tim Bukowski says how the system was broken down is one of the questions authorities are trying to answer.
Surveillance video has been reviewed. The Sheriff said just how it happened and why are questions they need to find answers to.

Taylor is considered armed and dangerous. When convicted earlier this year, he tried to escape from the Kankakee County Courtroom. He was also convicted of armed robbery in Tennessee.

Police did locate a stolen vehicle Taylor was in on Lincoln Avenue in Kankakee. Anyone seeing Taylor should call 9-1-1. A $5,000 reward is offered leading to his arrest.

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Area Unemployment Drops

Unemployment numbers show a decline again. Unemployment fell in Iroquois, Vermilion and Champaign Counties during February.

In Iroquois County the rate fell over the year from 9.4 percent last February to 6.5 percent here in 2015. In the City of Danville, the unemployment rate shows a sharp drop from 10.9 percent in February of 2014 to 6.8 percent this February. The newly-released figures from the Department of Labor states the figures have not been seasonally adjusted.

Vermilion County's jobless rate dropped from 7.8 percent in January to 7.2 percent. In Champaign County the rate dropped from 5.8 percent in January to February's 5.2 percent.

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KCC breaks ground for new Technology Center

It'll be one of the best. And it will serve as a regional resource. That's what Kankakee Community College President Dr. John Avendano said about the soon-to-be-built new Advanced Technology Education Center on the KCC campus.

A groundbreaking event (Tuesday) brought several professionals to the riverfront campus.

Avendano said the completed building will meet requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification.

A 21,000 square foot building will contain classrooms, labs, offices and support spaces for hands-on training. This will include training for jobs in the fields of wind generation, solar thermal, and electrical instruction.

KCC already trains wind and solar technicians and hosts information sessions for the community. It's part of a grant received from the National Science Foundation. The ATEC center will also be home for continuing training for technicians and electricians already in the profession.

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Kankakee house fire does $40,000 damage

A house fire, believed to have started in a bedroom, did about $40,000 damage to a house in Kankakee. Firemen answered the call to the 600-block of Dearborn Avenue.

The occupants were not at home. No injury was reported.

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