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Unemployment rates fall in February

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL IN NEARLY ALL METRO AREAS OF ILLINOIS LAST MONTH COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR >>>

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH SAYS 2018 IS OFF TO A ROBUST START...WITH DECLINES IN THE JOBLESS RATE IN 13 OF THE 14 METRO AREAS IN FEBRUARY.

Kankakee County's rate dropped from 6.%% in February 2017 to 5.1% this last month. The Champaign County rate in Febriary was 3.7% compared to 4.8% in February of 2017. Champaign-Urbana shows 3.7% in February compared to 4.8% last year.

Iroquois County's uneployment was 4.5% in February compared to 6.3% a year ago.

Ford County was listed 4.4% last month. It was 6.1% a year earlier.

11 METRO AREAS POSTED OVER-THE-YEAR JOB GAINS...WITH CHICAGO AND THE SUBURBS, AS WELL AS ROCKFORD AND THE QUAD CITIES ENJOYING THE MOST GROWTH.

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Fancher pleads guilty to theft, probation sentence

Former Gilman City Clerk Shelly Fancher was in Iroquois Circuit Court (Thursday) pleading guilty theft. She was charged with embezzling more than $40,000 from city funds over an approximate 6-year period.

Before Judge James Kinzer, Fancher was sentenced to 48-months probation, fined $250, and ordered to make restitution in the amount of just under $52,000.

Fancher’s arrest for the felony charge resulted from an audit showing a discrepancy in the amount of money collected from Gilman residents for water, sewer and garbage fees between 2011 and 2017.

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Danville man arrested after morning bank robbery

20-year-old Ruben Portugal of Danville is jailed for Thursday’s robbery of the First Midwest Bank. The Danville facility was robbed, according to police reports, about 11:30 am.

Portugal was arrested on preliminary charges of armed robbery and attempted vehicle hijacking following the robbery. He was taken into custody without incident after employees and witnesses gave police a description of a man who demanded money and fled. Portugal allegedly tried to then hijack a woman’s vehicle.

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Substantially Flood Damaged Homes in Wasteka Information

Due to the record flooding the city of Watseka experienced on February 21, the City has initially permitted homeowners and tenants to occupy homes regardless of the damages they recieved.
There are a large number of homes that must be declared Substantially Damaged by the Federal Mandate that the City must follow to adhere to the National Flood Insurance Program.
Letters of Damage Assessment will be composed for owners of these homes. By this Federal Mandate, homes that are substantially damaged must be relocated, elevated or demolished. These homes cannot be sold or occupied unless one of these three options have been complied with.

For questions and concerns contact City Hall at 815-432-2711..

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Portion of Cable Line Road to Close Monday

Starting Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 7:00am, CR 2200 East (Cable Line) will be CLOSED to through traffic. The bridge structure on CR 2200 East between 2100 N & 2000 N is being replaced. This structure replacement is approximately 2.25 miles north of Watseka. This section of roadway will be closed until mid-summer 2018. Please use alternate route. Road closure is marked with signage.