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Jobless rate holding steady, rises slightly in Iroquois County

Unemployment numbers are holding steady in Illinois. But the local rate in Iroquois County did rise a bit in August. The Iroquois number jumped from 4.9 to an even 5% last month.

The Kankakee County rate is at 6.1%, down from 7.8 in 2014.

Vermilion County unemployment in August held steady at 6.7%. The City of Danville had a slight jump from 7.6 to 7.9%. The Champaign County rate dropped from 5% to 4.9.

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St. Anne Pumpkin Fest all go this weekend

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the pumpkin crop is down this year, but that won't stop any activities in St. Anne where the annual Pumpkin Festival is set for this weekend.

It's 27 years strong. And the fun never goes away.
And this year, the James Bond theme will find seven different Bond vehicles on display. They're featured in the Saturday afternoon parade.

94.1 WGFA is broadcasting 'live' Saturday.
The rain and flooding this summer took a big bite out of the pumpkin harvest. But there's still plenty of 'orange' that light-up St. Anne. A line-up of games, food, carnival rides, and live entertainment is enhanced with the Bond vehicles.

Doug Redenius is one of the founders of the Ian Fleming Foundation, making the movie-famous Bond vehicles available...

The Bond display will include the Neptune Submarine from the film "For Your Eyes Only," Q Boat and Flying Parahawk from "The World Is Not Enough," Pool Boat from "Live And Let Die," the Jaguar from "Die Another Day," the Aston Martin from "The Living Daylights" and the model Goldfinger Jet from "Goldfinger."

"This will be the first time that people can see this many vehicles on display at once," said Fleming Foundation co-founder Doug Redenius.

Pumpkin Festival co-chair Barb Deneau says "the pumpkin crop suffered just like all the other crops." But don't fret, the James Bond theme is making the weekend show a real attraction.

"This year's theme is 'The World of James Bond,'" Deneau said.

Co-Chair Bob Hubert says the small community comes alive for the annual event...

The Pumpkin fest runs Friday through Sunday in downtown St. Anne.

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Kinzinger comments on Pope Francis’ Address to a Joint Meeting of Congress

WASHINGTON – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-16) released the following statement regarding Pope Francis' address to a Joint Meeting of Congress:

"It's an honor to welcome Pope Francis to the United States and be part of his historic visit to Congress. I share his optimistic hope that we can follow the lead of great Americans like President Abraham Lincoln and ensure every individual has the opportunity to pursue their dreams. I was especially glad to hear his call to be 'at¬tent¬ive to every type of fun¬da-ment¬al¬ism' as we face violence per¬pet¬rated in the name of a re¬li¬gion or ideo¬logy.

"Pope Francis teaches that no matter what your position is in life, always be humble and forgiving – sometimes a much-needed lesson for many in Washington."

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Federal agency drops appeal of Illiana Expressway ruling

The Federal Highway Administration has abandoned its appeal of a court ruling against the proposed Illiana Expressway.

The motion added to the mounting obstacles in the way of the controversial 47-mile tollway to link Illinois and Indiana south of Chicago.

The agency gave no explanation for dropping its appeal of a federal judge's ruling in June. That ruling found the U.S. government's approval of the $1.5 billion project was "arbitrary and capricious" and in violation of U.S. environmental law.

It was in response to a lawsuit filed by Illinois environmental groups contending that federal approval relied on faulty information and didn't adequately consider environmental impacts.

In his first act after taking office, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner suspended the project and others as part of a review of spending.

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Federal grants awarded to township fire departments

U.S. Representative Robin Kelly's office announced (Tuesday) that Kankakee and Pilot Township fire departments have each been awarded federal grants to bolster their emergency operations.

The funds come from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.

Kankakee Township plans to upgrade its extrication equipment. The department is getting a little more than $20,000.

Pilot Township will use its $114,858 grant to purchase air packs; breathing apparatus equipment.

The grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to enhance fire response and other emergency protection.

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