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    Marion County sees lowest unemployment since 2008

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — May saw a second month of across-the-board declines in metro jobless rates in Illinois. The largest single drop was in the Rockford area, where unemployment fell from 10.3 percent a year ago to 8.9 percent. Springfield and  Bloomington-Normal have the lowest rates — 6 percent. In Marion County, however, unemployment was up...

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    Cable tech injured when power pole falls

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    CENTRAL CITY — According to Central City officials, a Charter Communications Technician was injured Thursday morning, when a power pole on which he was working reportedly broke off at the ground. The incident occurred just south of the Lion’s Shelter in the Central City Park. The technician, Ryan Hilmes, was taken to St. Mary’s...

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    Repeat child sex offender gets life plus 30 years

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — A repeat child sex offender was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years Thursday in federal court in Springfield. Jerry Lee Hendricks, 66, of Patrick, South Carolina, was convicted in July 2013 of four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography at the...

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    Questions linger about Rauner school clout

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    CHICAGO — Questions are being raised about the admission of a republican governor candidate’s daughter into an elite Chicago school. One of Bruce Rauner’s six children was rejected in 2008 to Walter Payton College Prep. Rauner says she had top grades, but didn’t meet attendance requirements. She later got in. Rauner’s foundation later gave...

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    Execs give up bonuses to raise hospital minimum wage

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    DALLAS, Texas — IKEA isn’t the only employer taking the initiative to raise its minimum wage employee’s pay. Last week Parkland Health & Hospital system in Dallas announced a new plan to raise the minimum wage to $10.25 for 230 janitors, cafeteria workers and other low-wage employees. The $1.50 per hour raise will be...

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    New law regarding teen drivers going into effect July 1

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — The law proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to further improve Illinois’ heralded graduated driver licensing (gdl) program takes effect July 1. The new law requires people ages 18-20 who failed to attend driver education to complete a 6-hour driver training and education course before applying for a driver’s license....

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