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Illinois unemployment rate rises in June

CHICAGO — The unemployment rate across Illinois increased slightly in June, ending nine straight months of decreases.

In its monthly report on statewide unemployment Thursday, the state Department of Employment Security said the jobless rate rose a tenth of a percentage point to 8.7 percent. The national unemployment rate put out by the U.S. Department of Labor held steady at 8.2 percent in June.

In Illinois, the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost a net 4,900 jobs.

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Attorneys for George Ryan before Appeals Court

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan are going before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to contest his conviction on several corruption charges.

Ryan's lawyers will begin their arguments Friday.

The U.S. Supreme Court in April ordered the appeals court to revisit Ryan's arguments to overturn his conviction. Last year, the lower court rejected arguments that the 2006 convictions should be tossed because prosecutors never proved Ryan took a bribe.

The high court took issue with how that court reached its decision. In upholding Ryan's convictions, the court concluded defense attorneys didn't make a timely objection to jury instructions about 'honest services' laws

The 78-year-old Ryan is nearing the end of a 6 1/2-year sentence. He is due to be released from a federal prison in mid-2013.

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All Roads Lead to the Iroquois County Fair

                      Slow Boys Tractor & Engine Club

CRESCENT CITY --  The mission is pretty simple:  just let people know about the history that surrounds the  Iroquois County Fair.

It’s actually the 4-H and Agricultural Iroquois County Fair.  And the farming community wants the public to know it supports the fair and what the Iroquois County area is all about.

The “Slow Boys Tractor and Engine Club” paraded their vintage equipment across the roads of Iroquois County (Wednesday), heading out to the Crescent City fairgrounds to kick-off this year’s week at the fair.

WGFA’s Carl Gerdovich visited with Art Downs at the long line of tractor operators just outside the radio station studio……….            

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Voters to Decide on Sale of Hidden Cove Sports Complex

The voters will decide whether the Bourbonnais Township Park District should buy the Hidden Cove Sports Complex.

A special meeting of the park district Monday revealed a referendum is in order for the November ballot.  The proposed sale of the complex for $2.4 million in bonds has stirred emotions of those FOR and AGAINST taxpayers purchasing the facility.

The consumer watchdog group, OUTRAGE, forced a vote by circulating petitions to give voters a say on the proposed sale.

The petitions showed there’s more than enough valid signatures to place the matter on the ballot.

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Watseka School Board Takes No Action on Abatement Request

A request for a business tax abatement is left in limbo after the Unit Nine school board took no action on the matter Monday night.

The issue died due to lack of a motion.

Business owner Roger Dittrich addressed the board members, requesting a 10-year tax abatement based on a sliding scale of 10% per year.  Dittrich and business owner Dennis Wittenborn have talked to the school board, the city of Watseka, and the Iroquois County Board.

The tax break request is to defray start-up costs for three new business developments….a new Monicals Pizza, Steak ‘N Shake and Taco Bell.  All are planned for construction along Route 24 East in Watseka.

Last week, the Iroquois County Board voted NO to the abatement.  It was a 15-4 vote to deny the request.  Some members said it’s not good policy to give certain businesses an upper hand.


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