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PAXTON — Economic growth has been slow in the first 16 months since Paxton implemented its first tax-increment financing district in the downtown and along the Interstate 57 corridor.
That fact is evident by the lack of tax increment generated by property improvements in the TIF district and the lack of money disbursed back to property owners for improving their properties.
HOOPESTON — The purchase of the Hoopeston Wind farm by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will not delay construction on the 98-megawatt project that’s expected to be operational early next year.
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan praised House lawmakers for passing legislation that would put in place protections for low-wage workers who receive their wages on a payroll card, an increasingly common method of payment used by Illinois employers.
By JENNA KUIK
For the Paxton Record
GIBSON CITY — On Oct. 12, 1968, Stan Alt clocked in at Birkey’s Farm Store for his first day as a full-time employee.
The event would be insignificant in most small farming communities, where a job in agriculture is in the cards for many young people. But Alt’s path — and tenure — make for an interesting story.
RANTOUL — The 100 block of North Garrard Street in Rantoul is video central, so to speak, for Victor Torres III.
Torres has opened a video game store, We Play Games, at 115 N. Garrard St.
Next door at 113 N. Garrard St., he has opened Classic Video Warehouse.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, voted to support legislation that would increase the hours needed to qualify as a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act from 30 to 40, eliminating the incentive for employers to cut hours to avoid penalties under the law.
PAXTON — Samantha Langley is enjoying her new job as a media marketing consultant for the Paxton Record and News-Gazette Community Newspapers Group.
The 22-year-old rural Paxton resident’s first day on the job was March 25, and her first day selling advertising for the Paxton Record was April 3.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Downtown Revitalization Committee has called a public meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at City Hall.
PAXTON — John Beintema from Ameren Illinois’ Act On Energy program will give a presentation about how businesses can use the program to save money with energy-efficient upgrades during the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Lunch & Learn session.
February’s unemployment statistics contained a mixed bag of results for East Central Illinois.
Iroquois County and five other area counties saw slight improvements in their unemployment rate, compared with February 2013.
But Ford County and four others had higher unemployment rates than a year earlier.