• Illinois unemployment rate falls again in May

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    Illinois’ unemployment rate fell in May to 9.1 percent. It was the second straight monthly drop after a series of increases earlier this year. The state Department of Employment Security says Thursday that May’s decrease was due in part to gains in construction employment. The state added a net 3,900 construction jobs during the...

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    Audit: DCFS case backlog biggest since 2006

    by  • June 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Auditor General says a state agency that reviews child abuse claims missed a deadline to investigate cases nearly 900 times in 2012. An audit showed 884 of roughly 65,000 allegations missed the 60-day deadline required for officials to investigate an abuse allegation. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that’s up...

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    Senators want Quinn’s gun verdict

    by  • June 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — A group of Illinois senators is urging Gov. Pat Quinn to reveal his stance on the carrying of concealed guns to avert a “public safety and constitutional crisis.” A letter signed by 23 Democrats — including Senate President John Cullerton — went to Quinn Thursday and was obtained by The Associated Press....

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    Wamac pair jailed after scuffles with police

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    A Wamac couple remains this morning in the Marion county jail, after a traffic stop Wednesday morning resulted in both their arrests. 29-year-old Lori Yarbrough and 35-year-old Jason Yarbrough were initially stopped because of a loud muffler and because their van matched the description of a vehicle believed to have been involved in an...

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    Four Illinois toddlers drown within a week

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    The drowning of a 2-year-old suburban Chicago child Tuesday is the fourth drowning reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in the past week. The agency is reminding parents and caregivers of the need to constantly supervise children when they’re near water. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of...

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