October 11, 2012

Despite Unemployment Drop, Finding Work Still Challenge

With the local unemployment rate peaking in 2010 before a steady decline, finding a job now may be a more promising experience than it was two years ago.

Yet, the rising costs of basics, such as food, shelter and medicine have left many families still struggling to make ends meet, and just having a job may not be enough.

October 02, 2012

Federal Government to Buy Thomson Prison

An Obama administration official says the federal government is going to buy a state prison in western Illinois as a facility that will hold high-security inmates.

October 01, 2012

Caterpillar Plans Late-Year Shutdown in Decatur

Days after saying it is worried about the slow pace of the global economy Caterpillar Inc. says it will shut down parts of its operations in Decatur for a week in November and all of December as demand for some products drops.

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