The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. It was the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate.
The July figure represents a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984. The last time the rate was lower than 6.8 was in August 2008 when it was 6.7. There are 35,600 more jobs than one year ago.
The monthly employment report that the department released Thursday shows employers creating 11,200 private-sector jobs.
Department Director Jay Rowell says the falling jobless rate "seems to be picking up momentum with the warmer weather." The federal government said earlier this month that national unemployment rate edged up to 6.2 percent in July.
Bats found in Cissna Park and Watseka areas have tested positive for rabies. Property owners are advised to take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of rabies.
The Iroquois County Public Health Department is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health's Division of Infectious Diseases and Iroquois County Animal Control in response to laboratory confirmation of the positive tests. The first bat was obtained in the Cissna Park area in May. The second bat testing positive through the Illinois Department of Public Health's State Laboratory was found in the Watseka area last week.
The bat is the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois. Although there are many misconceptions, rabies is transmitted to humans when saliva from a rabid animal gets inside the body of a person, typically through a bite or scratch from the animal. Bats flying above a person's head would not pose a risk for rabies for that person.
To prevent any spread of rabies, the Illinois Department of Public Health suggests:
• Be a responsible pet owner. Keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats and ferrets. This requirement is important not only to keep your pets from getting rabies, but also to provide a barrier of protection for you if your animal is bitten by a rabid animal. • Keep pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal or exposed to a bat, seek veterinary assistance for your pet immediately. • Call the local animal control agency to remove wild or stray animals in your neighborhood. Iroquois County residents should contact Iroquois Animal Control at (815) 432-6985. • Avoid direct contact with unfamiliar animals. Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter. • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call animal control for assistance. • Teach children not to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. "Love your own, leave other animals alone" is a good safety principle for children to learn. • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people or pets. or further information contact Roxann Basham, RN, BSN at (815) 432-2483 Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M.– 4:30 P.M at the Iroquois County Public Health Department.
River Valley Metro Mass Transit District began providing bus service in the Kankakee metro area in 1999. Today, RVW operate twelve local routes and three commuter routes seven days a week, providing nearly one million rides each year.
To mark ITS fifteenth year of service, an anniversary celebration at the Bourbonnais Metro Centre is today (Friday), August 15th, from 5 pm to 8 pm.
An evening of fun includes • Cruise-in car show. Car clubs and individuals with special cars are welcome. • Photo art exhibit and sale hosted by the Kankakee Camera Club. • Food vendors
Ample parking is available in the East parking lot at Cigna, just off Rt. 45 on St. George Road. Shuttle busses to the Metro Centre will run continuously throughout the event.
For more information, please call 815-935-1403, or go to RiverValleyMetro.com
A Danville man was killed early this (Thursday) morning when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a vehicle at Route 150 and Avenue G. 33 year old Christopher A. Williams was pronounced dead at Presence United Samaritans Center Emergency Room at 1:13 this morning. An Autopsy is scheduled. This is still under investigation by the Danville Police Department and the Vermilion County Coroner's Office.
The U-S Federal Court in Urbana is announcing the conviction of former Herscher Bank president David Rabideau (Rab-uh-due). The 43-year-old from Clifton pleaded guilty to receiving a kick-back of $75,000 in a 2007 real estate deal. His plea was also for filing false income tax returns.
The Court reports Rabideau also admitted to not reporting taxes on over $9,500 in capital gains.
A September 11 sentencing date is scheduled. Rabideau could be looking at up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $1-million dollars.