Early voting in Illinois began Thursday. Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher advises voters they can now cast an early ballot for the November election by visiting the local election office. Those intersted can also request a vote-by-mail ballot application.
The deadline to receive a completed signed application by mail is Thursday, November 1 at 4:30 pm. Questions can be directed to the Clerk's Office at 815-432-6960.
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A candidate forum at the Civic Auditorium in Kankakee (Thursday evening) featured State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst and Lisa Dugan. The two are seeking the Illinois House seat in the 79th District in November’s election.
The Republican Parkhurst and Democrat Dugan have exchanged barbs in political mailings over the past several weeks. The two women are supported financially by state political leaders.
The budget stalemate over two years, and its effect on operations of state social services, has been a focal point in the campaign.
Parkhurst has held the post the last two years. Dugan served the area 10 years before not seeking re-election.
The two candidates meet again on stage at KCC’s Auditorium October 3rd. The public is invited to the 7 pm event.
Jobs up in ten metros, Kankakee with marked improvement
Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in August in thirteen of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and was unchanged in one, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in ten of the metropolitan areas.
“The unemployment rate continued its downward trend in all metro areas except one where it was unchanged,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “These are some of the lowest unemployment rates we have seen in years. In fact, for the sixth consecutive month, the Chicago metro area had its lowest unemployment rate on record.”
Kankakee County's unemplyment is at 4.7% -- down from 5.1% in August of 2017.
Iroquois and Ford County shows improvement too. Iroquois County is 3.9% -- down from 4.1 last year. Ford County unemployment is 4.6% -- down from 4.9%. The Vermilion County area improved from 6.8% a year ago to 5.9%.
Illinois businesses added jobs in ten metro areas, with the largest increases in: Kankakee (+6.2 percent, +2,900), Champaign-Urbana (+1.6 percent, +1,700), the Quad Cities (+1.1 percent, + 2,100), and Rockford (+1.1 percent, +1,600). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.8 percent or +28,400). Illinois businesses lost jobs in three metro areas: Carbondale-Marion (-0.9 percent, -500), Springfield (-0.3 percent, -400), and Bloomington (-0.2 percent, -200). Total nonfarm jobs were unchanged in Peoria.
Unemployment rates dropped over-the-year in August in thirteen of Illinois’ metropolitan areas and was unchanged in one, according to numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in ten of the metropolitan areas.
Noticeable decreases included Kankakee County – now at 4.7%, down from 5.1% in August of 2017. Danville’s unemployment rate went from 6.8% last August to 5.9%. Champaign-Urbana was unchanged at 4.5%.
Iroquois County unemployment is at 3.9( -down from 4.1% a year ago.
Ford County came in at 4.6, down from 4.9%.
Vermilion County is at 5.9% down from 6.8 a year ago.
“The unemployment rate continued its downward trend in all metro areas except one where it was unchanged,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “These are some of the lowest unemployment rates we have seen in years.”
Illinois businesses added jobs in ten metro areas, with the largest increases in: • Kankakee (+6.2 percent, +2,900) • Champaign-Urbana (+1.6 percent, +1,700) • Quad Cities (+1.1 percent, + 2,100) • Rockford (+1.1 percent, +1,600)
Grain tour aims to increase foreign sales for the Illinois agriculture industry and reinforce the state’s commitment to exporting Illinois grain
Beginning Monday, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will host more than 20 international buyers from four different countries in an effort to increase export sales for the Illinois grain industry. During the past five years, the Illinois Grain Tour has generated more than $205 million in sales of grain, oilseeds, DDGS, and equipment.
“The export of Illinois grain is vital to the growth of our industry and the Illinois economy,” said Agriculture Director Raymond Poe. “Nearly half of the corn and soybeans produced in our state are exported, resulting in billions in direct sales annually. The Illinois Grain tour gives the Department the opportunity to find additional markets for our commodities and showcase world-class facilities located right here in Illinois to foreign investors.”
Participants begin the tour by meeting with representatives from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.