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Unemployment numbers up … Jobs Up in All Metro Areas for First Time Since May 2000

For the second month in a row unemployment rates are up across East Central Illinois. The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show Iroquois County at 3.7% in July and Ford County at 4.4%. Iroquois was at 3.4% in June. Both Ford and Iroquois though are still below what they were a year ago. Vermilion County’s jobless rate rose from 4.7 percent in June to 5.4 in July. Danville’s unemployment rate also rose, reaching 6.5 percent in July. It had been 5.3 percent in June.

Across the area, Champaign County’s jobless rate rose from 3.8 percent in June to 4.2 percent in July. In Edgar County the unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in June, but climbed to 4.2 in July. In Iroquois County the jobless rate also rose slightly…going from 3.4 to 3.7 percent last month.

Kankakee County unemployment was at 4.6% in July…down from 5.3 in July of 2018.

Illinois businesses added jobs in all fourteen metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Carbondale-Marion (+2.3%, +1,300), Lake - Kenosha (+2.3%, +9,900), Danville (+2.2%, +600), and Rockford (+2.0%, +3,000). The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro division was up (+1.3% or +47,700).

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Assault and drug arrests made by Iroquois County deputies...

A 38-year-old Watseka man was jailed after an arrest by Iroquois County sheriff's police.  38-year-old Jose Gomez is charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

24-year-old Travis Morris of St. Anne was arrested by Iroquois County deputies on a warrant out of Kankakee County.  Details on the offense were not available.

23-year-old Andre Maiden of Kankakee was charged with aggravated assault and battery.  He was arrested by Iroquois County deputies.

20-year-old Elliott Jones of Gurnee was jailed in Watseka.  He was arrested by Iroquois County sheriff's police on a local warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle.

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Milford man arrested after domestic mess in Iroquois County

40-year-old Donald Jessie Jr. of Milford was jailed in Watseka after an arrest Tuesday in Iroquois County.  Milford Police charged Jessie with aggravateddomestic battery, aggravated battery to a police officer, threatening an officer, interferring with a domestic alteration report, resisting arrest, and criminal damage to property. 

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ISP nab Peoria woman with 38 pounds of pot on I-55

A traffic stop on I-55 near Pontiac Thursday morning results in the arrest of a woman found with 38 pounds of marijuana. Illinois State Police report 45-year-old Anita Williams of Peoria was jailed in Livingston County. During a traffic stop for a moving violation, an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle prompted a search after Williams was arrested on an outstanding warrant. A subsequent search of the vehicle by troopers resulted in the seizure of approximately 38 pounds of cannabis.

Williams was charged with manufacturing and delivering more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a class X felony and unlawful possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a class one felony. She could be looking at a 30-year prison term.

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September 3 marks start of petition filing for March 2020 election

Political hopefuls should note the first day for candidates of established political parties to begin circulating their nominating petitions for the March 17, 2020 primary election is Tuesday, September 3. Necessary paperwork must be filed in the respective county clerk’s office between Monday, November 25, and 5 p.m. Monday, December 2.

In Iroquois County, offices to be nominated in the primary election are those of the circuit clerk, coroner and state’s attorney. Nominations are also up for 10 county board members, including two from District I, three from District II, two from District III and three from District IV. All of Iroquois County’s 37 precinct committeemen will also be elected.

Petition packets are available in the Iroquois County Clerk’s Office on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  For more information, call 815-432-6960.

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