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Jobless rates drop again…

           Iroquois-Ford down to 5.5%, Livingston at 5.9%


Illinois jobless numbers continued to improve in September.

Kankakee and other metro areas showed improvement for a sixth consecutive month, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Vermilion County's jobless rate fell from 9.7 percent in August to 8.2 percent. In Danville the unemployment rate fell from 11.8 to 9.5 percent.

It was the fourth consecutive month that unemployment rates fell in each of Illinois' 102 counties. said IDES spokesman Greg Rivara.

"September was a good month for everyone," he said. "Most of the rates are at 2008 or before levels so that's very, very good news. We're at pre-recession levels."

Rivara said many employers don't have enough staff to meet demand and have tapped into overtime as much as they are able.

"Hiring's picked up ... They have confidence that demand is going to continue," he said.
Gains were reported in wholesale trade, which added 200 jobs; leisure and hospitality, which also added 200 jobs, and retail trade, which added 100 jobs.

There was no significant change in government employment.

Central Illinois counties and their figures from September (September 2013) include: DeWitt, 5.9 percent (8 percent); Ford, 5.5 percent (7.9 percent); Iroquois, 5.4 percent (7.6 percent); LaSalle, 7.6 percent (10.6 percent); Livingston, 5.9 percent (7.9 percent); Logan, 6.2 percent (8.3 percent); Tazewell 6.1 percent (9 percent); and Woodford, 5.5 percent (7.3 percent).


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Former Rossville resident killed in industrial accident

The Champaign County Coroner's office reports a former Rossville man died from injuries received in a work related incident in Rantoul. It happened Wednesday at BRG Sports in Rantoul.

50-year-old James Cornelius of Rantoul died Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, according to Coroner Duane Northrup.

Northrup says Cornelius reportedly fell from a significant height while working at the sports facility. He was found unresponsive and died the result of head injuries received in the fall.

The accident is being investigated by OSHA, Rantoul Police, and the Champaign County Coroner's Office.


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NENA recognizes Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator

      Ms. Dubble appointed to INENA/ILAPCO legislative committee

The Illinois Public Safety Telecommunications Association annual conference was held from October 19th to 22nd in Springfield. This conference is a joint conference between the Illinois National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Illinois Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).

During this conference the Illinois NENA presents the INENA Thank You Awards. These awards are given to INENA members through a nomination process by their peers.
The award committee then selects the recipients. The awards are then presented on the evening of the banquet while at the conference.

This year, Nita Dubble from Iroquois County was selected as one of the recipients.

Nita was selected for all of her work she did this year educating her legislators about the issues with 9-1-1 in Illinois, especially the financial and funding issues. Nita worked diligently with her representatives. Nita's work encouraged Senator Jason Barickman testified on behalf of the legislation that was sponsored for 9-1-1.

Nita also can be found working the dispatch console with her employees during a busy or stressful situation.

Over the last 9 years, Nita has ran a 9-1-1 Camp for Kids. This camp provides learning experiences for grade school children in different aspects of safety. They have done bicycle safety, agricultural safety, 9-1-1 safety and others.

Nita was recently appointed to the INENA/ILAPCO legislative committee. This appointment is made by presidents of the associations. Nita has always been involved on the legislative front in her own community. She has participated on the annual "9-1-1 Goes to Springfield", in which the 9-1-1 entities converge on Springfield and have appointments with their legislators to talk to them about the 9-1-1 issues.

"Nita is a true asset for Iroquois County. It takes professionalism and a hands-on, caring person to be involved and stay involved in keeping the public's safety in the fore-front," said Sandy Beitel, Illinois NENA President and Ogle County 9-1-1 Coordinator.

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‘Visionary Award’ presented at KCC Foundation Dinner

KANKAKEE --Donors and scholarship recipients gathered last night for the annual KCC Foundation Dinner.

The Partnership Award was presented to Riverside Medical Center.

The Visionary Award was presented to KCC Foundation founder Maggie Frogge. She serves as a KCC Foundation Board member. KCC President John Avendano said "Maggie has been a champion for the college in so many ways."

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NWS predicts a drier, less harsh winter

As the leaves color and fall, you might be remembering what we went through last winter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is extending some good news: It should be a drier and less harsh winter in Central Illinois.

NOAA came out with its winter temperature and precipitation outlook on Thursday. In NOAA terms, winter is December, January and February.

Meteorologist Chuck Schaffer said one of the contributing factors to that prediction is the impact of an El Nino, a warming of water in the Pacific Ocean that affects wind and weather patterns.
Schaffer said, "It's not an El Nino yet; It's expected to be weak."

Schaffer said there is nothing to suggest Central Illinois will receive above- or below-normal precipitation, leading to an "equal chance."

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