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Vermilion County Unemployment Rises

The unemployment rate in Vermilion County has risen according to the latest reports.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate increased nearly one-and-a-half percent. January’s rate was 8.6 percent compared to 7.3 percent in December. During January of this year the Illinois Department of Employment Security says there were an estimated 3,000 unemployed in the labor force in Vermilion County.

Despite unemployment numbers being up, the Conference Board reports area employers advertised for 4,300 positions and around 81-percent were seeking full-time employees.

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Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Newton County

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office reports a man was killed after being hit by a vehicle in Newton County Saturday.

Police responded to a call of a person struck by a vehicle on State Road 10 between DeMotte and Roselawn just after 10pm.

A man was found unresponsive on the side of the road. Police say a Honda SUV was traveling west on S.R. 10 when it struck the male from behind as he walked in the westbound lane.

The driver told investigators she did not see the man walking in the roadway. The Newton County Coroner pronounced the man dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was not injured and refused medical treatment.

Names are being withheld at this time and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

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Former Columbine Principal to Speak in Kankakee

The former Columbine High School Principal will be the keynote speaker at the Bourbonnais Township Park District’s Emergency Preparedness Leadership program next week.

Frank DeAngelis was serving as principal when the mass shooting occurred at Columbine on April 20, 1999. He will be talking about the event, the response, and the aftermath including the road to recovery.

The program will run from 8:30am-4:00pm on March 29th at the Kankakee Hilton Garden Inn’s conference center. Registration is required and the cost is $129 per person. For more information or to register, go to btpd.com.

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Mayoral candidates’ forum in Kankakee County

Four mayoral candidate forums were held Thursday night in Kankakee County. The Civic Auditorium in Kankakee was the setting for candidates from Bradley, Bourbonnais, Grant Park, and Momence.

The candidates addressed their respective strong points in their communities while also talking about issues that need attention too.

The city of Watseka’s mayoral candidates will each get a chance to speak next Thursday (March 23) at a noon luncheon sponsored by the Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club. The program is at Celebrations.

The Kankakee County branch of the NAACP is hosting forums at tzhe Kankakee Public Library next week. Kankakee school district #111 board candidates will talk issues at 5:15 pm Tuesday. The three Kankakee mayoral candidates step to the podium at 6:45 pm.

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Watseka #9 BOE votes to dismiss two teachers

Two Watseka Unit Nine teachers were dismissed (Thursday night) in a financial move by the Unit Nine School Board of Education.

Kris Lindquist’s teaching position at the Glenn Raymond School was eliminated in a Reduction in Force (RIF) move. Glenn Raymond P.E. teacher Dan Bleyle’s contract wasn’t renewed.
Several teachers attending the meeting asked the Board to reconsider the action to cut costs by finding other means . The Board contends the action is the result of doing what’s best for the future of the district.

Following a 90-minute closed session, the Board voted 6-0 to make the cuts. Board member Bob Burd abstained.

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