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Danville Police Investigate Fatal Sunday Shooting

Danville police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old local man early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the area of Robinson and Williams Street around 4:50 a.m. to a call of shots being fired.

When they arrived, a man was lying in the street, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Investigators urged anyone with any information to call the Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 446-TIPS (8477).


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Iroquois County resident diagnosed with rodent-spread disease

WATSEKA — The Illinois Department of Public Health reported late Friday (5/11) afternoon that an Iroquois County resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

The syndrome is a disease spread by rodents, according to the report.

The Iroquois County resident first showed symptoms in late April after cleaning out a structure where rodents were seen and was hospitalized in May with fever and shortness of breath.

The person is recovering after being released from the hospital.

Results of tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be available next week.

According to a Department of Public Health press release, it marks the state's third case of the disease.

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2012 college grads enter improving job market

NEW YORK — The class of 2012 is leaving college with something that many graduates since the start of the Great Recession have lacked: jobs.

To the relief of graduating seniors — and their anxious parents — the outlook is brighter than it has been in four years. Campus job fairs were packed this spring and more companies are hiring. Students aren't just finding good opportunities, some are weighing multiple offers.

In some ways, members of the class of 2012 got lucky. They arrived on campus in September 2008, the same month that Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, touching off a financial crisis that exacerbated the recession.

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Barickman Calls for Vote on Enterprise Zone Extension Legislation

House Democrats refuse to allow vote on legislation

Springfield, IL…State Representative Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) said that the House must act on legislation that will extend the life of current enterprise zones, which will begin to expire in the coming years, or face significant problems that will result due to the loss of this proven economic development tool.

“There are around 100 enterprise zones throughout Illinois.  These are proven economic development tools we have at our disposal to attract and retain jobs,” said Rep. Barickman.  “Since the creation of enterprise zones over 700,000 jobs have been created or retained within the areas.  Around $33 billion dollars has been invested by tens of thousands of businesses within the zones.  If the extension is not approved in the near future Illinois will take a significant step backwards and risk the loss of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investments.”

Enterprise zones are economic development tools which allow businesses located in designated regions to receive specified incentives. Businesses located within the zones can receive a number of benefits, such as a $500 tax credit for each new job created or a sales tax exemption for machinery and building supplies.  In order to maintain these incentives businesses must meet specified requirements for job creation and retention, as well as capital and infrastructure investments.

Read more: Barickman Calls for Vote on Enterprise Zone Extension Legislation

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Wal-Mart Donates Bikes for Celebrate Students Night

Watseka, IL – The Watseka Wal-Mart store donated three bicycles for the “Celebrate Students” Night held on May 8, 2012 at Watseka Community High School. 

 This event showcases the many accomplishments of the Unit 9 students.  All Unit 9 students who attended the event were eligible for the free bicycle drawing.  The event also highlights the many activities associated with the Coordinated School Health Grant which partners the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department with Unit 9 Schools in order to promote physical activity and good nutrition in the local schools. 

  During the event, students were provided with free nutritious snacks that were sized according to appropriate portion size.  Dee Ann Schippert, Community and Schools Coordinator, for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, said this is an annual event that students, parents and community members enjoy.  Schippert said the goal is to teach students that being physically active and eating properly can be fun.  “We don’t want students to think about good nutrition and physical activity as a burden,” said Schippert.  “Eating right and being physically active can be fun and when incorporated into their daily lives will immensely impact their health as an adult in a positive way.”

Winners of the bicycles were:  Anna Parmenter, Bricen Walwer and Courtney Thompson