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Another Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued for Bureau, Henry and Putnam Counties.
The temperatures will be in the single digits to middle teens through the mid-morning and winds could get as high as 15 mph.
The wind chill readings will drop into the 5 above zero to 15 below zero range.
Even colder temperatures are expected tomorrow and everyone is advised to make sure you have proper heating equipment in your home.
The Bureau County Unemployment rate saw only a slight change in October but definitely in the wrong direction.
The rate rose .1 percent to 8.1 percent for the month. However it is down from the 8.5 percent at this time last year.
LaSalle County saw a .3 percent rise to 10.2 percent in October, up from their September 2013 and October 2012 rates.
Henry County saw a .3 percent increase to 7.3 and Putnam county saw their rate fall .6 percent to 8.4 in October as well.
Local Unemployment Numbers for September and October were delayed this year due to the government shutdown.
>>Governor Signs Pension Bill Into Law
(Springfield, IL) -- The comprehensive pension reform bill is now officially state law, and promised lawsuits won't be far behind. Illinois' attempt to bail itself out of a 100-billion-dollar employee pension debt was signed by Governor Quinn without any fanfare. The controversial law takes effect next June, but legal challenges from public employee union leaders could stop it in its tracks. They argue that the law is unconstitutional because it makes changes to earlier promises that state workers were given regarding their retirement accounts.
>>Winter Storm Pounds Southern Illinois
(Undated) -- A winter storm packing rain, ice, and snow is pounding southern Illinois. Local towing companies are being overloaded with reports of vehicles spinning off the roadways. Metro-east authorities say that yesterday they dealt with four times as many crashes as they do on a normal day.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for seasonal temporary employment.
All IDOT Operation's facilities located in all 9 counties of District 3, including Bureau and LaSalle, are looking for emergency snow-removal positions.
Employees would work as needed until April 15th and must possess a valid Class A or B commercial Drivers' License with an N or X endorsement and with non-restricted air brakes.
Applications will be graded on job-related experience and qualifications and must be received by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, December 18th at the IDOT District 3 Office in Ottawa.
The application can be found on the IDOT website HERE.
A drug bust in Princeton has landed 5 people in Bureau County Jail.
TRI-DENT(Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team), in cooperation with the Princeton Police Department, made the arrests on the 800 block of N Euclid St. yesterday following a lengthy investigation.
32-year-old Michael Kasperski, 27-year-old Bryan Oliver, 37-year-old Maxwell Burgess, 21-year-old Alyssa Stroud and 54-year-old Keith Stroud, all of the same address, were arrested for various drug possession charges.
The Freezin' For A Reason Toy Drive kicks off today in Princeton.
Matt Cochran of the Bureau County United Way will be "freezing" inside of the cocoa cottage next to the Prouty building in downtown Princeton until he collects 1000 toys.
Suggested donations are toys for children (newborn-8th grade) such as books, board games, action figures, Legos, sports toys and Barbie dolls and can be dropped off at the Cocoa Cottage after noon today.
Monetary donations are also accepted and all items collected will benefit children in need within Bureau Coutny.
Cochran will be braving the cold starting at noon and won't be moving until the 1000 toy goal is reached.
>>Union Leaders Gearing Up For Pension Fight
(Springfield, IL) -- State employee unions are gearing up for a court fight over the new pension reform bill. A coalition of state unions called "We Are One Illinois" is urging Governor Quinn not to sign the bill, something he has promised to do. The law doesn't go into effect until next June, but court challenges can be filed before then. Union leaders argue that the law is unconstitutional because it makes changes to earlier promises that state workers were given regarding their retirement accounts.
>>Downstate Officials Prepare For Winter Storm
(Williamson Co., IL) -- Local emergency management officials are preparing for a winter storm expected to slam southern and central Illinois. A mixture of freezing rain and snow will fall this afternoon through early tomorrow evening, with some areas getting over six inches of snow.
Opportunity Knocks in Princeton is holding an open house tonight to showcase their 3 business.
The business incubator on Park Ave. East currently houses Round 2 consignment center, Cross Fit 56 Fitness Center and Cyber Tech Security, a firearm safety and concealed carry instruction center.
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