DACC to get part of federal funding for job training

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will share in the $15.79 million in federal funding heading to Illinois community colleges to develop and expand innovative job training programs through local employer partnerships.

Global recession, glut of attorneys blamed for drop

Nationally, applications to law school have dropped by 12.5 percent this year, continuing a general downward trend that began in 2005, according to the Law School Admission Council.

Local unemployment shows little improvement

Unemployment rates in East Central Illinois haven't budged much from a year ago, figures from the state Department of Employment Security show.

Four of the 11 counties in the region had higher unemployment rates in July than they did a year earlier. Seven had lower rates, but only by scant amounts.

UI employees bargaining for a better deal

URBANA — As freshmen arrive on campus this week, the usual welcome party of upperclassmen and staff will meet them to help carry luggage and guide students to their new dorm rooms.

Danville school board files complaint against teachers' union

DANVILLE — The Danville school board has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the Danville Education Association in an effort to force the association to come to the bargaining table.

Mervis will keep Marco site open

CHAMPAIGN — Mervis Industries expects to continue use of its Marco Recycling facility in central Champaign once Mervis opens its new regional recycling center in Urbana, a company official said.

Sales of many items starting to recover for Champaign firm hurt by recession

CHAMPAIGN — The recession proved to be a big hurdle for Litania Sports Group.

The Champaign-based company, which sells Gill track and field equipment as well as Porter Athletic and PowerMax products, took a big hit when construction of school sports facilities dwindled.

Work program teaches teens valuable lessons

CHAMPAIGN — 75 pushups.

That was the penalty for not shaking their boss' hand and saying good night as Terrace Davis and Trevon Adams left work at the Tire Barn earlier this summer. It's something they, Jamal Karil and Damien Lyons are required to do every day.

Jobless rates jump in June, but not compared to 2011

CHAMPAIGN — Area unemployment rates jumped in June, with Champaign County's rate climbing to 9.1 percent, up from 7.1 percent in May.

Vermilion County's rate increased to 10.5 percent in June, up from 8.9 percent in May, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Hawkeye purchaser will close Danville site

DANVILLE — U.S. Foods has decided to close the Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution facility in Danville, following U.S. Food's purchase of the Hawkeye corporation earlier this month.

About 30 people work at the Hawkeye facility at 1536 E. Fairchild St., Danville.