October 11, 2012

DCFS Rescinds Layoff Notices

Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services announced Thursday that hundreds of employees who had received layoff notices will not lose their jobs after all. Also, troubled families who had been cut off from state services will again be able to access them.


October 11, 2012

Teachers Union Calls for Pension Director to Resign

The head of the pension system for suburban and downstate teachers says Illinois has to consider reducing cost-of living adjustments for retirees. That has one of the state's two big teachers unions calling for his resignation.


October 11, 2012

Bugs Help Plants Tolerate Drought, Frost

A new study shows bugs, even those that feed on crops, might not always be a bad thing for farmers. It is possible some could ultimately do more good than harm to the plants they feed on, by helping them pull through hardships like this year's drought.


October 11, 2012

Danville Forums to Feature Vermilion County Candidates

Illinois’ new legislative district map has more districts sharing Vermilion County this year than during the past decade.. And candidates in all of those legislative races are invited to speak at two candidate forums scheduled for this Thursday evening and next Thursday in Danville.


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.


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