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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Friday, December 19, 2014-Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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November Unemployment Falls to 6.4 Percent

CHICAGO – Illinois employers added +2,300 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent despite more people looking for work, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The data is seasonally adjusted.

The last time the rate was lower was June 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. It was 9 percent in November 2013.

“Key economic points in November show our economy continues to move forward. More people are working and re-energizing their job search and employers say they have vacancies to fill,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “We must continue to match the unemployed with current opportunities and identify the barriers that prevent workers from being hired.”

Employers added +298,700 private sector jobs since job creation returned to Illinois in February 2010. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+127,200); Education and Health Services (+65,800); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+42,900); and Leisure and Hospitality (+38,500). Government remains the job loss leader, shedding -24,700 positions during the same period.

November job growth was led by Manufacturing (+3,600); Construction (+2,100) and Leisure and Hospitality (+1,900). Retail Trade declined -8,700. In November, the number of unemployed individuals declined -7,900 (1.8 percent) to 421,000. Total unemployed has fallen -332,500 (-44.1 percent) since the unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 percent in January 2010. The labor force grew by +16,500 (0.3 percent) to 6,547,000.

Unemployment data are from a survey of households. Jobs data are from a survey of employers.

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Woman who tripped on sidewalk suing City of Paxton

According to the Paxton Record, A Paxton woman who tripped on a piece of strap material that was frozen to a public sidewalk is suing the city, along with the contractors who left the material on the sidewalk while renovating a downtown building last winter.

Christine Crosby and her husband, Allen, filed an eight-count lawsuit on Dec. 15 in Ford County Circuit Court, seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages for each count.

Named as defendants are the City of Paxton, Scaggs Properties LLC, Bickers Construction Inc. of Champaign and contractor Eric Lyons.

Christine Crosby claimed in the lawsuit that she has sustained “significant injuries,” for which she continues to receive medical treatment, as a result of the defendants’ negligence. She claimed she has also suffered “physical and emotional pain,” “loss of enjoyment of life,” lost earnings and a diminished earning capacity and disfigurement.

The lawsuit alleges the incident occurred on Jan. 30, 2014, when Christine Crosby was walking on the sidewalk next to a building at 102 S. Market St. The lawsuit says Scaggs Properties, which owns the building, was the general contractor in charge of renovating it; Scaggs Properties had hired Bickers Construction Inc. and Lyons as subcontractors.

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Hoopeston City Council approves putting city sales tax on April 2015 ballot

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 6-1 to put a one percent sales tax on the April 2015 ballot.  A similar referendum was defeated in November 596-572.  Alderman Randy Carter said that many people who supported the sales tax felt it was not clearly communicated to residents what the money would be used for, including curbs, streets, water lines, money to attract new businesses and a dentist.  He also talked about area towns which each have city sales tax, including Watseka, Danville, Mahomet and Rantoul.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

NEWS RELEASE
December 18, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, December 18, 2014

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Women Making a Difference Winners

December
50/50 Winners

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Prosecutor: Decision on whether to charge official coming this week

According to the Paxton Record, PAXTON — Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said Monday that he hoped to decide sometime this week whether to criminally charge a longtime Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board member and Button Township supervisor

Illinois State Police said they consulted Yedinak before arrested Dean A. Swan, 52, at his rural Paxton home last month.

Swan was booked at the Ford County Jail on a preliminary charge of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony; and violating the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, a Class 4 felony.

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Tom Kacich: Candidates for Frerichs seat include minister

According to the News-Gazette, An update on the process to replace Mike Frerichs in the state Senate: Naomi Jakobsson doesn’t want the position but several other people do.

Jakobsson’s name has been floated as a possible contender to fill the remaining two years on the Champaign Democrat’s state Senate term, once he moves up to the office of state treasurer next month.

“You know what?” she said Tuesday. “If it were a two-year term without having to run (in 2016) I would do it.”

But the Champaign and Vermilion County Democratic Party chairmen who will name Frerichs’ successor — Al Klein and Frank Wright — want someone who not only will move into the 52nd District Senate seat for two years, but will run for election in 2016.

“Beyond those two years I don’t really have it in me,” Jakobsson said.

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Iroquois County files no charges in Sheldon Shooting

News Release
December 16, 2014

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Iroquois County Man Shot Over Firewood

On Monday, Dec. 15, the Iroquios County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rural Sheldon address in reference to an individual who had been shot.

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