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Iroquois, Vermilion County unemployment rates improve

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has released new figures showing unemployment rates have improved. The Iroquois County rate in September came in at 5.1%...down two-tenths of a percent from a year ago. Vermilion County's jobless rate improved last month too. It was 6.4%...down from 6.7.

The Danville-Vermilion County area was ranked second among Illinois metropolitan areas which saw the biggest job gains.

The last time Vermilion County's jobless rate was equal to or lower than last month's 6.4 percent rate was in September of 2007 when it was 6.3 percent.

The report also shows the unemployment rate for Champaign County dropped from 5.4 to 4.4 percent. Champaign County was ranked number one in Illinois last month for job gains among Illinois' metropolitan areas.

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.1% last month. But Illinois businesses lost jobs in eight metro areas. There's been weak employment growth since January.

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No injury in rural Onarga accident

A Gilman woman escaped injury Thursday in a single-vehicle accident in Iroquois County.  22-year-old Brennan Whitlock swerved to miss an animal while eastbound at County road 1300N.  The vehicle ran into a ditch and hit a utility pole.  Onarga Fire and IMH Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene, alon g with Sheriff's Police.

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Jasper County crash bottles up I-65 traffic >

All lanes of southbound I-65 are open today (Fri). The lanes were closed early yesterday (Thurs) due to a semi crash in Jasper County. It happened around 1 am near the Roselawn Exit.

Indiana State Police dispatchers said a semi rolled over onto its side. It may have been the result of a hit and run with another semi.

The Indiana Department of Transportation removed oil from the roadway.

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Governor Pence talks agriculture in Benton County, IN >

Indiana Governor Mike Pence talked about the impact of agriculture on the Hoosier economy Thursday. The governor was in Benton County at Buchanan Farm.

Pence met with members of the community talking about a broad range of topics. A question and answer session took direct focus on the impact of agriculture on the state's economy.

There was concern expressed about the need to lower property taxes on farmland. It was pointed out taxes have more than doubled in the last 10 years and it appears the numbers are going even higher.

One farmer pointed to where you could have up to $70 per acre in some communities, which typically out-paces most classified and zoned properties in the state of Indiana.
Pence responded saying he supports easing tax burdens for farmers and understands the concerns.

It was pointed out during discussion of the income tax formula, as it applies to agriculture and the appreciation in farmland values, the income formula has been outpaced by the land appreciation.

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Former Momence Police Chief stripped of pension

Former Countryside and Momence Police Chief Tim Swanson, who's serving a 27-month prison term, now appears to have lost his $100,000 a year police pension. The Countryside Police Pension Board is moving to strip Swanson of the pension benefits.

Swanson is serving his 27-year prison term and then has to repay some $300,000 in restitution and fines, once released from custody.

Swanson admitted to stealing money from a police non-profit organization. He's been in a court battle to keep his six-figure annual pension, arguing since pleading guilty to tax charges connected to the pilfered-funds, his crime was a personal act, not connected to his job as a police official.

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