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Labor Day: The meat cutter

 

 

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

Jeff Baumann always dreamed of owning his own business, and a career in meat cutting led him to fulfill that dream.


Labor Day: The locksmiths

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

When Denny Birt started working at a locksmith shop in high school, the job was manual.


Labor Day: The machinists

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

This is part of a two-day look at the trades in East Central Illinois.

Keith Parrish grew up in an era when your dad made sure you had a trade.


Labor Day: The dressmakers

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

This is part of a two-day look at the trades in East Central Illinois.

When Tina Colombo needed a dress for a special occasion as a girl, she didn't go to the mall or nearest dress store. She sewed something herself.


Sixteen employers in Champaign County have 500 or more workers

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois and Carle continue to dominate employment in Champaign County, but 14 other local employers in the county have at least 500 employees, according to a newly released directory.


Jobless rate rises in Champaign-Urbana, Danville areas

Even though unemployment rates have climbed the last two months, four Illinois metropolitan areas are seeing encouraging signs.

Decatur, Peoria, Chicago and Rockford – all of which are home to heavy industry – had lower unemployment rates in July than they did a year ago.


GED classes filling up as more look for help in getting job

RANTOUL – Shevone Taylor, a GED instructor in Rantoul, said the Parkland Adult Education Department is seeing an increase in the number of people wanting to get their high school diploma after having dropped out of school.


Safety organization to build new office in Champaign, expand staff

CHAMPAIGN – The Board of Certified Safety Professionals will build a new headquarters in Champaign this fall, with plans to double its staff in five to 10 years.

The professional organization, which employs 22 at its office at 208 Burwash Ave., Savoy, is ready to build a $3 million office at 2213 W. Bradley Ave., C.


Tax credit will help small businesses with health insurance costs

WASHINGTON – More than 4 million mom and pop restaurants, hardware stores and other struggling small businesses will be eligible for a tax credit this year to help buy health insurance for their workers.