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DACC Plans Satelite Facility in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON — People in northern Vermilion County and southern Iroquois County who want to continue their education or training at Danville Area Community College won't have to commute to Danville to do that much longer.

DACC officials announced Thursday that the college will open a satellite site in Hoopeston by the fall 2013 semester, if not sooner, to improve access to higher education to residents in those areas.

Officials said they're able to do that with help from community partners including the Hoopeston Regional Health Center, which is providing the site, and the Hoopeston Area Healthcare Foundation, which donated $206,000 to the DACC Foundation.

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Congressman Manzullo Ready for Next Career


CHICAGO — Outgoing Congressman Don Manzullo says he's moving on after losing a tough primary battle with a fellow Republican incumbent.

The Republican is also calling for an end to super PACs. Manzullo tells Chicago's WBBM-Radio that ads run by outside political groups were part of the reason he lost. Manzullo says political groups nationwide are allowing a 'handful of millionaires' to decide elections.

Manzullo was first elected in 1992.

He lost the March primary to Congressman Adam Kinzinger for the new 16th District seat. The district curves around Chicago's outermost suburbs, stretches through north-central Illinois and touches both the Wisconsin and Indiana borders.

The new map forced the incumbent run-off.

The 68-year-old Manzullo was a longtime lawyer and congressman. He says he's ready for something else when his term expires.  {AP}


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Dugan Receives Prestigious Award for Advocacy of Illinois Firefighters

SPRINGFIELD, IL– In recognition for her years of advocacy and leadership in the legislature on behalf of Illinois firefighters, state Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Bradley) was presented with the Glen Walters Legislative Awardfrom the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois during its 39th Biennial Convention on June 14 in Lombard.

Glenn Walters, Sr., deceased President Emeritus of the AFFI, was beloved for his straightforward approach, his ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hand, and his knack for moving legislation forward for the good of firefighters in Illinois.  The Award was established by the AFFI in his memory to be given to those legislators who have acted consistently in the interest of their members.  Dugan was selected to receive the award for her outstanding contributions toward improving the quality of life for fire fighters throughout the State of Illinois”

“Representative Dugan has been a longtime supporter of not only firefighter’s needs and concerns, but of issues affecting all working men and women in Illinois,” said Pat Devaney, President, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois.  “We applaud her efforts and we sincerely appreciate her dedication and support.”


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Palenik—guilty verdict

An Iroquois County jury Thursday convicted a Chebanse man for residential Burlgary and Criminal trespass to property.  19-year-old Dillon Palenik faces 4-15 years in prison when he’s sentenced in August.

The jury took just an hour and 15 minutes to return its verdict in the 2-day trial in Watseka.  Judge Gordon Lustfeldt heard the case.

Palenik, according to testimony, was caught trying to steal a TV from the home of Daniel and Shannon Booi on March 28, 2011.


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Jobless Rates Drop Again >

Cautious optimism is the word from Illinois officials as the state’s  unemployment rate fell in May. It’s the fourth consecutive drop this year.

According to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Iroquois, Ford and Livingston county numbers all dropped.  IDES spokesman Greg Rivara says “it’s not surprising when you look at the trend, (which) has shown steady, consistent improvements.”

Statewide, the year-over-year unemployment rate has fallen every month of 2012. Illinois’ jobless rate for May was 8.4 percent.

McLean County had no change in its overall number of non-farm jobs, which totaled 91,400 in May. Job declines occurred in retail, which lost 400 jobs. Meanwhile, the government sector added 400 jobs and the leisure and hospitality sector added 300 jobs.

Rivara said the monthly fluctuations for jobs within specific industries such as retail could be a result of various factors, including the end of the school year. The increase in jobs in leisure and hospitality is indicative of graduations that took place at area schools, he added.

Other Central Illinois counties and their May (May 2011) rates are: DeWitt, 7.1 percent (7.6 percent); Ford, 7.5 percent (8.5 percent); Iroquois, 7.2 percent (7.9 percent); LaSalle, 9.8 percent (10.1 percent); Livingston, 7.2 percent (8.1 percent); Logan, 7.1 percent (7.2 percent); Tazewell, 6.6 percent (7.1 percent); and Woodford 5.8 percent (6.4 percent).