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Area Unemployment Drops

Unemployment numbers show a decline again. Unemployment fell in Iroquois, Vermilion and Champaign Counties during February.

In Iroquois County the rate fell over the year from 9.4 percent last February to 6.5 percent here in 2015. In the City of Danville, the unemployment rate shows a sharp drop from 10.9 percent in February of 2014 to 6.8 percent this February. The newly-released figures from the Department of Labor states the figures have not been seasonally adjusted.

Vermilion County's jobless rate dropped from 7.8 percent in January to 7.2 percent. In Champaign County the rate dropped from 5.8 percent in January to February's 5.2 percent.

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KCC breaks ground for new Technology Center

It'll be one of the best. And it will serve as a regional resource. That's what Kankakee Community College President Dr. John Avendano said about the soon-to-be-built new Advanced Technology Education Center on the KCC campus.

A groundbreaking event (Tuesday) brought several professionals to the riverfront campus.

Avendano said the completed building will meet requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification.

A 21,000 square foot building will contain classrooms, labs, offices and support spaces for hands-on training. This will include training for jobs in the fields of wind generation, solar thermal, and electrical instruction.

KCC already trains wind and solar technicians and hosts information sessions for the community. It's part of a grant received from the National Science Foundation. The ATEC center will also be home for continuing training for technicians and electricians already in the profession.

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Kankakee house fire does $40,000 damage

A house fire, believed to have started in a bedroom, did about $40,000 damage to a house in Kankakee. Firemen answered the call to the 600-block of Dearborn Avenue.

The occupants were not at home. No injury was reported.

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Inmate escape at Kankakee County Detention Center

Sherriff's Police in Kankakee County are investigating an inmate escape from the Jerome Combs Detention Center. It happened at around 3 am this (Wed) morning when the inmate overpowered a correctional officer, took the officer's keys and uniform then stole the officer's vehicle.

The inmate is 23-year-old Kamron Taylor, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Taylor is a black male, 5-9, 170 pounds. He was recently convicted of murder and was awaiting sentencing.

Authorities report Taylor may be in the stolen vehicle, a 2012 Brown Chevy Equinox with an Illinois registration P 5 0 6 6 6 0.

Anyone observing Taylor or the vehicle should call 9-1-1.

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Braidwood Nuclear Plant idled for Scheduled Work

Operators removed Braidwood Nuclear Power Station Unit One from service early Monday morning for a planned refueling outage. While the unit is offline, technicians will be replacing nearly one-third of the reactor's fuel, as well as performing thousands of inspections and maintenance activities to keep the unit running safely and effectively for another two years.

Refueling outages usually happen every 18 months, with the work being completed by more than 12-hundred supplemental workers and 800 permanent employees.

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