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Unemployment rates fall again

Newest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the jobless rates in all of the state’s metro areas fell again in December. Kankakee, Danville and Champaign-Urbana showed significant drops.

The Kankakee unemployment is listed as 6.5%, down from 7.3% in December of 2015. In Vermilion County the jobless rate in December 2016 was 7.2 percent, compared with 7.7 percent a year ago. The Champaign-Urbana-Rantoul area the jobless rate fell from 5.7 percent in December of 2015 to 4.9 percent last month.

The Bloomington unemployment was 5>5 in December compared to 5.6% in December 2015. Decatur’s rate was 6.4%, down from 7.7% a year earlier.

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DACC Ag Club Farm Toy Show

Danville Area Community College’s Ag Club will be hosting its 29th Annual Farm Toy Show Sunday. The event is from 9 am ‘til 3 pm in the Mary Miller Gymnasium on campus at Danville Area Community College.

The show consists of farm toys in a variety of sizes. Scale models as small as 1/64th the actual size will be shown. And the general public is given the opportunity to buy, sell, or trade toys with area collectors and dealers.

Info is available at (217) 443-8816 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admission will be $2 for adults and those 11 and under are admitted free. Proceeds go to the Danville Area Community College Ag Club’s Activity Fund.

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Tim Smith named new CEO at IMH

A veteran member of the Iroquois Memorial Hospital family is the new Chief Executive Officer.  Tim Smith was named to the position Thursday. 

The IMH Board of Trustees states in a pree release, "The Board of Trustees is looking forward to Tim's leadership and innovation as he leads IMH into our second century of providing quality healthcare to the area."

Smith most recently served as chief operating officer.  He's also served the hospital as chief information officer.  Smith began his career at IMH in 1995.

Former CEO Chuck Bohlmann retired in December.

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Kirk Miller Re-Elected Ford County Fair Board President

Kirk Miller, Melvin was re-elected president of the Ford County Fair Board at their annual meeting January 14.

Dallas Meyer, Thawville, and Corinne Brown, Paxton, were re-elected vice-president and secretary-treasurer respectively.

Roger Wycoff, Piper City, Meyer and Brown were re-elected to the board of directors while Steve Meenen, Melvin was elected to his first term on the board. Additional board members include Vera Bunting ,Scott Harden, Caity Heap and Leanne Wright, Gibson City; Dave Kaeding, Loda; Tim Muehlenpfort, Melvin; and Connie Stilwell, Paxton.

This year’s fair is scheduled for June 25-July 1. Favorite events from previous years will be scheduled again including the demo derby and a concert. Details on all events will be posted on the fair’s website, www.fordcountyfair.org.

The board’s next meeting will be Saturday, February 4, 8 a.m. at the Arcade in Paxton.

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Watseka OK's video gaming license

The Watseka City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday night to approve another video gaming license.  A yet-to-open business at the west juntion of Route 1/24 was granted the license.  The vote reversed a committee vote last week denying the application. 

Aldermen Dennis Cahoe and John Allhands spoke in favor of the application.  They supported the business to keep the west side of town active, adding that the proceeds will only improve revenues. Cahoe also said the revenue generated goes to the police penion fund, which lessens any additional burden on taxpayers paying into the retirement fund.

Voting against the application were aldermen Mike Marcier and Rick Elliott.  The Council has talked about ending any further gaming licenses.  Several existiung taverns already are licensed and two more stand-alone businesses will soon open as gaming facilities.



Developer John Martin addressed the city council (Tuesday) about earlier reports of the city not interested in further expansion of the Martin sub-division  on the city's southeast side. Marftin informed the members of  a business looking to erect a new facility next to Heritage Woods.  The proposal could generate up to 25 jobs.

Martin said "this is all about progress in a small community that needs to grow and needs the jobs."  He said Gardant Management Solutions is interested in talking to the council about its offer. 

The Council agreed to listen to proposals in the future.

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