Who should classify UI's hires? Hearing set

URBANA — Civil service employee or academic professional?

University managers currently decide how their employees are classified, but state universities could be stripped of that power in 2013.

A public hearing has been scheduled on a proposal to have the authority solely in the hands of the state agency that oversees civil-service hiring at state universities.

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New jobs

DACC hires Bayard. Patrick Bayard has been named director of grants and planning at Danville Area Community College.

He was previously an adjunct professor in public administration and a program manager at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jobless rate falls in most East Central Illinois counties

CHAMPAIGN — Unemployment rates decreased slightly in November in most East Central Illinois counties.

But a few areas saw increases from October, according to statistics released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Champaign County's rate dropped sharply, from 7.7 percent in October to 7.2 percent in November.

Survey says ... C-U differs from rest of the state

It's often said that Chicago and the rest of Illinois are so dissimilar that the big city should be its own state.

You could almost say the same about Champaign-Urbana. Even on such basic data as the ratio of females to males, the two cities differ from the rest of Illinois, according to the Census Bureau's new American Community Survey.

Business and professional briefs Dec. 23, 2012

New jobs

Two join McGladrey. Sheena Braulick and Justin Miller have joined the staff of McGladrey LLP's Champaign office.

Braulick, a senior tax associate, is a certified public accountant with four years of public accounting experience.

Danville council to pick a tax levy scenario; cuts possible

DANVILLE - Anticipating personnel cuts, Danville city administration officials want to offer a severance package, specifically free health insurance for a limited amount of time, to ease the transition for employees who might lose their jobs in coming months, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

Unemployment rates fall throughout area

Unemployment rates dropped in all 11 counties of East Central Illinois in October, the state Department of Employment Security reported last week.

Champaign County's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, down from 7.8 percent in September. Meanwhile, Vermilion County's rate was 9.9 percent, down from 10 percent in September.

Urbana seeks arts intern

URBANA — The city of Urbana is seeking applicants for public arts intern. The pay would be $12 an hour, and the intern would work 10 hours a week for 15 weeks.

Program gives ex-offenders another chance

DANVILLE — When Sara Marzbannia moved back to Danville eight months ago, she struggled to find work.

The problem wasn't the tough job market. She had managed two fast-food restaurant franchises in Memphis, where she had lived for the the previous 1-1/2 years, and those restaurants in Danville were hiring.

Decision on civil service-academic professional designation won't please all

URBANA — No decision has been made yet on whether universities will continue to have the power to exempt certain employees from the civil service system, but a decision is likely to happen in the coming months.

Either way it's possible neither side will be satisfied with the outcome, whatever that outcome will be, according to one university trustee.