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State Officials Say High Unemployment Rate A Good Sign
Unemployment is up in at least ten of the state's metropolitan areas but a spokesperson for the state's Department of Employment Security says that's a good sign. Greg Rivara says it means job seekers are more hopeful and really pounding the pavement. The state's unemployment rate jumped to nine-point-five percent last month. That's about half-a-percentage point higher than it was in January.
IL Mulls Speed Limit Increase
Illinois' House and Senate are considering bills that would increase the state's speed limit to 70-miles-an-hour. Major divided highways here currently have a maximum speed limit of 65. One Senator said the increase is aimed at making Illinois more like other states' speed limits.
Quinn Wants To Fight Against Tax Cheats
The state of Illinois is considering hiring more tax fraud investigators. Governor Quinn's proposal calls for hiring 75 auditors at the Department of Revenue. Illinois already employs about 500 workers in its audit division.
No Foul Play Seen In Fatal Mobile Home Fire
Investigators say a mobile home fire that killed five people doesn't appear to be the result of foul play, but the cause is still under investigation. Firefighters found the mobile home in flames when they arrived at the
scene in Sherrard, south of the Quad Cities early Wednesday morning. A man and two boys escaped, but the fire killed a woman and four girls.
Illinois Farmers Expected To Lean Less On Corn
More beans, less corn. That's the planting forecast for Illinois farmers this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers in Illinois are expected to plant twelve-point-two million-acres of corn, down 600-thousand-acres from last year. Soybean farmers are expected to plant nine-point-four-million-acres of beans, an increase of 400-thousand-acres. The USDA report says last year's drought damage to the corn crop has farmers planning more acres of other crops.
Assembly Hall Renovations Announced
Officials with the University of Illinois are unveiling their 160-million-dollar plan to completely renovate Assembly Hall. Reconstruction on the 50-year-old building will commence next near. Among the plans are the additions of air conditioning and luxury suites.
Exhibit At Willis Tower Spells Author's Name Wrong
An exhibit honoring famous Chicagoans at Willis Tower has a mistake in it. For more than a decade, the name of author Studs Terkel has been misspelled. In the heading paragraph detailing his life, the exhibit spells Terkel's last name with a "u" instead of an "e."
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