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Unemployment numbers - Job picture shows slight improvement

The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show unemployment rates slightly improved in our region last month. Kankakee County's unemployment rate in March was 6.9%. That's down from last year's March number of 9.7%. The Iroquois County rate dropped from 6.5 to an even 6% this year.
Vermilion County's unemployment rate during March fell by three-tenths of one-percent to 6.9 percent. It had been 7.2 percent in February.

The jobless rate in the City of Danville held steady at 6.7 percent, compared to 6.8 percent in February. In March of 2014, Danville had an unemployment rate pf 10.2%.

In Champaign County, the 4.8 percent jobless rate last month compares to 6.6 percent a year ago. The Bloomington rate was 4.7% in March compared to 6.4 last March.

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Manteno stop Sunday for World War II Memorial

The Manteno American Legion is hosting the WWII Memorial Model Sunday. Legion Post #755 has planned an unveiling of original model of the National World War II Memorial. The event is set for 1 pm at the Manteno Sportsmen's Club.

The Manteno visit is the final leg of an Illinois statewide tour. The memorial will be headed back to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

Manteno Legion Commander Bill Cushman said American Legion members from across the state have been invited to Sunday's event.

More info about the Memorial Model can be found at www.pillarsofhonor.org

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‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ today in Kankakee

KC-CASA is hosting its annual 'Walk a Mile in her Shoes' event today. The County's Center Against Sexual Assault hosts the educational program to bring more awareness about violence against women. The program is set for 11:30 am at the Rec-Center, the former Armory on Indiana Avenue.

Spokesperson Tom Green welcomes everyone, men and women to take part in the mile-long walk.

Shoes are available for those who want to make the walk in women's high-heels. Last few years more than 150 men have participated.

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Kankakee County: Financial emergency !

Discussions are underway again in governmental circles in Kankakee County. There's serious talk about another round of budget cuts, following up on last year's elimination of sheriff deputies and correctional officers.

Revenues are not meeting projections. And couple the local picture with budget problems for lawmakers in Springfield, expectations are the state of Illinois will reduce county funding by another $1.5 million dollars.

As talks continue, County Board Chairman Mike Bossert says eliminating jobs may be the next step. He said furlough days, time off and shortened work week are all possibilities.

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IDOT to tour state for public input on infrastructure needs

Illinois Transportation and Capital Development Board officials are hitting the road to chat with Illinoisans to find out what investments they'd like to see when it comes to infrastructure.

The so called listening sessions will help both agencies determine what's needed to keep Illinois competitive in a 21st century global economy. Information generated by the meetings will be used to create a comprehensive package of recommendations for Governor Bruce Rauner.

Future dates for community events will be made public in the days to come at Idot.Illinois.gov.

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