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Hoopeston targeted for new hotel, truck stop

Hoopeston has been selected as a site where a national hotel chain is looking to build. Cobblestone Hotels has agreed that Hoopeston would be a fit for one of its franchises.

Harry Brockus, CEO of Hoopeston Regional Health Center and a member of a foundation seeking economic development in Hoopeston, says a group of local investors is looking into financing and operating the hotel. He says it is proposed for a 5-acre site along Illinois route 9 between Star Chrysler and a Marathon gas station.

Brockus adds one thing being explored is possibly getting some help with funding through the USDA.

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Unemployment figures show promise

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED IN ALL 14 METRO AREAS LAST MONTH, COMPARED TO YEAR AGO LEVELS. >>>

ALL BUT THREE METRO AREAS SAW THE JOBLESS RATE DROP BY AT LEAST ONE PERCENT COMPARED TO DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR SAYS ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH AS FOR JOB GROWTH...

GOUGH NOTES THAT MOST METRO AREAS SAW JOB NUMBERS INCREASE IN MANUFACTURING, CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSPORTATION LAST MONTH.

KANKAKEE UNEMPLOYMENT IN DECEMBER WAS 5.3%...down from 6.5% IN 2016. IROQUOIS COUNTY IS LISTED AT 4.3%, DOWN FROM 6.1% IN DECEMBER OF 2016. 

ILLINOIS BUSINESSES ADDED JOBS IN NINE METRO AREAS, WITH THE LARGEST INCREASES IN KANKAKEE at just under 3%.

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Will County leads Illinois in employment opportunities

In a recent study conducted by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Will County led the state in the percentage of change in the total number of private sector, unemployment insurance-covered jobs, growing by more than 30 percent over the past seven years.

The study titled “Where Workers Work” also reported significant growth in 2017 in manufacturing, healthcare, and sales-related employment. Each of these industries are strong in Will County, but Will County Executive Larry Walsh noted challenges remain and a regional approach is the key to future success.

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Seven Chicago area Toys R Us stores closing

Seven Chicagoland Toys R Us stores are closing in the next few months. "USA Today" reports the retailers that will shut down starting in February are in Chicago's Bricktown Mall, Highland Park, Schaumburg, Vernon Hills, Matteson, Burbank and Niles. Toy R Us, once a national leader in toy sales, filed for bankruptcy in September.

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Bradley Police investigate ‘shots fired’

Police in Bradley responded to the 800 block of Christine Drive about 11 pm Wednesday after a call of “shots fired” was made to the police department. Upon arrival, Officers were unable to locate any suspicious subjects or vehicles at that time. Officers did observed property damage to the building from the reported incident and recovered several shell casings.

Officers spoke to residents living at that location along with witnesses and no one was observed or reported to have been injured during the incident.

The case is under investigation. Anyone having information about this incident please contact either CrimeStoppers at 815-93CRIME or the Bradley Police at 815-933-3315.

Citizens are also reminded, you may also use the Safe-To-Tell app on your smartphone.

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