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Illinois unemployment numbers unchanged

A new report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows the state’s jobless rate was unchanged during January at 5.7 percent.

Non-farm payrolls increased by 1,700 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The modest monthly gain in January payrolls, however, kept Illinois’ job growth well below the national average. During January Illinois was 31,900 jobs short of its peak employment level in September of 2000.

IDES Director Jeff Mays said, ‘’clearly, we’re disappointed that job growth hasn’t been more robust as we are still far behind the peak employment level of nearly 17 years ago.’’

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy says if Illinois had grown at the same rate as the nation since the beginning of the recovery in 2010, the state would have an additional 222,700 jobs.

The Illinois unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in January compared to a national rate of 4.8 percent.

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Community Action Agency honors ‘movers & shakers’

An Iroquois County woman is among the honorees at the annual dinner and awards night for the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency. The 52nd annual awards dinner is tonight (Friday).

Jen Hendrickson of the Gilman-Danforth Library District is being presented with a Community Action Movement Award.
Others being recognized include Peter Blackmon, Director of the David Palmer Arena in Danville; Richard Brazda, past-Director of the Danville Mass Transit, and Vicki Haugen, Pres ident of Vermilion Advantage.

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No charges will be filed in death of man outside Buckley bar

Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine says he will not be filing any criminal charges in connection with the death of a 25-year-old suburban Chicago man who died after a fight outside the Dutchmaster’s Bar in Buckley.

Daniel Connolly died of suffocation while being subdued by two men following the fight on Christmas night.

A Ford County Coroner’s inquest ruled the death a homicide.
Devine said his office conducted “an extensive review” of the investigation into the death, consulted with Connolly’s family, and found the Iroquois County Sheriff Department’s investigation thorough.........

Illinois State Police were involved with the investigation and the Ford County Office of Doug Wallace conducted a thorough inquest. Devine said investigators were involved all along the way......

Should any credible evidence surface, Devine said the case would be reviewed. But at this time, no criminal charges will be filed.

The coroner’s jury ruled that Connolly’s death was a homicide; that Connolly died from positional asphyxiation due to his compromised position while being restrained.

Testimony from witnesses and medical personnel indicated Connolly was a willing participant in the fight, that he suffered from asthma, and he became unresponsive while being restrained by two other men. He was pronounced dead later at Gibson Area Hospital.

Police also reported Connolly and his brother had been asked to leave the bar when tension escalated inside the bar earlier. Police said the men did leave but later returned and it was Connolly who started battering another man outside the bar when words were exchanged.

The inquest evidence also revealed toxicology and histology results showed Connolly tested positive for a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.183 — plus cocaine and cannabis.

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City of Hoopeston restores 9-1-1 dispatch center

The Hoopeston City Council (Tuesday) voted to bring back its emergency dispatch center. And in the process, please a lot of towns=folks.

Now, finding a way to finance the operation is next. And it appears there may be a local one-percent sales tax referendum question on the future ballot to help pay to continue the dispatch service.

A proposal for the referendum was made to pay for the dispatch center, equipment and personnel. The motion though, was defeated.

The Council then approved an inter-governmental agreement to forward all local calls from the Vermilion County Dispatch Center to a designated-Hoopeston dispatch center.
The agreement has been in place since January. But few local people knew about it.

The Council now hopes to put its Hoopeston dispatch into operation quickly.

The agreement is under the umbrella of the Vermilion County Emergency Telephone System Board.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry is quick to point out, a one-percent sales tax for support would be shared by everyone making purchases in Hoopeston, not just a tax on local Hoopeston residents. It’s just like the public safety taxes already in place in several surrounding counties, where the tax on certain items supports public safety.

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Riverside Medical Center Receives the Women's Choice Award® as one of America's Best Hospitals for Heart Care

Riverside Medical Center has been named one of America's Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women's Choice Award®, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of American women. Heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year, taking the life of one woman every minute. Even more, heart disease is commonly thought of as a "man's disease," but it affects more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

"We want to ensure that every woman has the education, tools and resources to keep her heart healthy, even before heart disease is diagnosed," said Dr. Nha Huynh, cardiologist at Riverside Heart & Vascular Institute. "That's why we stress the importance of early detection, which is available through a variety of screenings."

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