Employment

Ford, Iroquois see jobless rates drop from year-ago levels

CHICAGO — Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in June in all of Illinois’ metropolitan areas and all but two counties, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


$750,000 loan granted to Colmac Coil

PAXTON — When Paxton’s largest employer, Baltimore Air Coil, closed in 2009, laying off its 223 workers, Colmac Coil stepped up to try to fill the economic void.


Mayor tells of projects city is pursuing to generate economic growth

PAXTON — In addition to a 41-room motel and a Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant  proposed to be built on the city’s west side, Mayor Bill Ingold touched on a number of other ongoing economic-development projects during a program he gave to the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.


Jerky maker looking for bigger presence in Paxton

PAXTON — With no signage on its white-painted brick walls, even some locals aren’t quite sure what happens every day inside the old building at the northeast corner of Taft and State streets near downtown Paxton.

“Nobody really knows,” Mayor Bill Ingold said. “They just see trucks coming and going, and cars parked on the west side of it.”


Metro areas' unemployment rates improve

CHICAGO — Unemployment rates in Illinois fell in 12 metro areas from where they were a year ago — including in both Champaign and Danville — according to preliminary data released last week.

The numbers come from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Medical marijuana grow site in Kankakee approved

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner awarded licenses Monday to dozens of medical marijuana businesses across the state after conducting an internal review that found flaws in the never-completed license award process under former Gov. Pat Quinn.


Family Dollar store in Paxton closing in August

PAXTON — The Family Dollar store in Paxton is closing in August as a result of slow sales.

A sign was posted Monday on the front door of the discount store, located at 100 W. Ottawa Road, informing customers of the impending closure.


Unemployment drops throughout area

Unemployment rates dropped in April throughout East Central Illinois.

Ford County’s rate was 6.4 percent in April, down from 7.1 a year earlier, while Iroquois County’s rate fell from 7.5 percent in April 2013 to 6.5 percent last month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


Kinzinger votes to restore 40-hour work week

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. 


Unemployment up in Ford County, down in Iroquois

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.


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