Iroquois County

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A roundup of information about April 9 election

Here are links to information for the April 9, 2013 vote.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Tom Kacich: Legislators use trivial issues to prove their autonomy

For some members of Congress, especially those in "swing" districts that are neither overwhelmingly Republican nor Democratic, it's important to show their independence from their party leadership.

Joblessness, total jobs both up in February

Unemployment rates in February were higher than in January — and also higher than a year earlier — in most East Central Illinois counties.

Champaign County's rate was 9.2 percent, up from 9 percent in January and 8.4 percent in February 2012, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

Chuck Koplinski: Far more to 'Spring Breakers' than meets the eye

The first surprise of the 2013 film year, Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" is a bold look at today's younger generation, portraying it as a group that has no firm connection with reality, content to exist in a hedonistic lifestyle in which all of their needs are met without taking any responsibility for any of the fallout that may result.

Film capsules, March 28

From e3 magazine

Illinois Ancestors: Site pays tribute to Civil War at 150

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues to be acknowledged in Illinois at http://www.illinoiscivilwar150.org, where special events throughout the state are posted in addition to a most comprehensive list of links to Civil War data.

Group sues Ford-Iroquois agency over public records

PARIS, Ill. — The head of a watchdog group investigating the finances of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has filed a lawsuit, contesting the agency's denial of a Freedom of Information Act request.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Edgar County Circuit Court by John Kraft of Paris, Ill., who co-owns the nonprofit Edgar County Watchdogs' website with Kirk Allen of Kansas, Ill.

Heavy, wet snow still on the way

From the National Weather Service:

State seeks input on changes to special-education rules

For Larkin Armstrong, a Champaign first-grader who has special needs, spending time with her classmates without disabilities at school means they recognize her in the grocery store or around town as just another student who wants to learn.

Winter storm watch issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from late Saturday through Monday morning.

Ford and Iroquois counties are under a separate winter storm watch from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

Snow accumulation of five to eight inches and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour are expected.

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