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Settlement in non-compete clause, Jimmy John's to pay $100,000

Champaign-based Jimmy John's has reached a settlement with the Illinois Attorney General on the sandwich chain's non-compete agreements for its employees.

Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit in June against Jimmy John's for imposing "highly restrictive non-compete agreements" against low-wage staff members, which she said at the time were illegal and unenforceable. Employees were required to sign the agreement which said they cannot work for another similar sandwich eatery within two miles of a Jimmy John's for two years after they stop working for the company. The restaurant chain has nearly 300 locations in Illinois.

But under the deal announced Wednesday, the sandwich company has to notify all current and former employees that their non-competition agreements are unenforceable and confirm that Jimmy John's does not intend to enforce them. The company also has to pay $100,000 for education and public awareness on the issue.

Starting in January, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act will prohibit use of non-compete agreements for employees earning less than $13 per hour.

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Vermilion County Board unanimously re-elects Marron

Vermilion County Board members unanimously elected Mike Marron to another two-year term as chairman Monday night.

Marron is from Fithian. He’s served as chairman the last two years, after succeeding Gary Weinard of Hoopeston.

Todd Johnson, a Rossville-area Republican, was chosen as vice chairman.

Marron said he believes the board have a great opportunity the next few years to accomplish things.

Republicans retained the majority on the 27-member board in the November election.

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Berger to continue as chairman of Ford County Board

Gibson City resident Randy Berger was re-appointed to another term as chairman of the Ford County Board. The 62-year-old Berger says focus will need to be put on efforts to reduce the red ink in the county’s budget.

The Board voted 7-0 Monday night to re-appoint Berger as Chairman. Berger is midway through his third four-year term as a county board member. His appointment to his second two-year term as chairman occurred during the reorganization meeting. No other board members were nominated for the top leadership post.

The board unanimously approved the appointment of board veteran Bob Lindgren of rural Loda as its vice chairman.

Five recently elected board members were also sworn in by County Clerk Amy Frederick: Included were: Chase McCall of Gibson City, Tom McQuinn of Paxton, Jason Johnson of Paxton, Tim Nuss of Roberts and Dr. Bernadette Ray of Gibson City.

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Pensions strapping government agencies

The Danville City Council is expected to vote on a motion to close one of the city’s fire stations. Expenditures need to be reduced in order for local officials to meet the demand to pay pension plans for the police and fire departments. But the issue of public safety has many people opposing closing down a fire department facility.

The city of Kankakee’s financial picture is gloomy too. An audit shows Kankakee’s police and fire pension liability increased by over $14 million dollars. That’s in just one-year. The price tag for that pension was at $100-million in April.

Pension reform is the cry at all levels of government. It’s so bad, many communities are being forced to raise property taxes. Local officials claim unless the state implements meaningful pension reform, the matter is out of control and can’t be fixed.

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Parade winners in Bradley Parade

Officials with the village of Bradley announced the winning entries in the Christmas Parade held Friday evening.
The Bradley Police department claimed first-place in the Business Category.

Little Green Schoolhouse took 2nd place.
Bargain and Treasures was the 3rd place winner.

The General Service Club category :
River Valley Youth Baseball League was the first-place winner.

Bradley Cub Scout Pack #319 took 2nd place.
Bishop McNamara Catholic High School claimed 3rd place.

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