Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

Rauner signs bill to allow hiring preference for veterans

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Private employers in Illinois can now give preference to veterans when hiring new workers.

Rantoul company foresaw Mitsubishi closing

RANTOUL — Employees at a Rantoul manufacturer that makes auto parts for Mitsubishi Motors aren't panicking over news the company plans to sell or close its plant in Normal.

That's because Eagle Wings Inc. officials thought it might come to this several years ago and took action.

Jobs picture looking brighter

Unemployment figures for June, released Thursday by the state, painted a pretty picture for the area's jobs scene:

The last time the Champaign-Urbana area's rate was lower for June than it was in June 2015 was 2007. The new rate — 4.9 percent — was down from 6.2 percent a year earlier.

Applications for U.S. unemployment aid plummet to 42-year low


University of California raising minimum wage to $15 an hour

LISA LEFF, Associated Press

Staff air concerns over cuts in hours, pay at Urbana library

URBANA — Financial issues haven't reached the point of the Urbana Free Library cutting its hours of operation, as happened earlier this month in Champaign.

But another wave of budget-related cuts — in money spent on staffing, supplies and professional development — has led to some employees speaking out at Urbana library board meetings.

Updated: Unions rally at UI for contract talks

URBANA — A federal mediator has been called in to try to resolve a stalemate between the University of Illinois and about 1,350 employees working under an expired contract.

Union members delivered hundreds of postcards Tuesday to UI President Timothy Killeen, urging him to settle with two unions whose contract negotiations started more than a year ago.

Lack of police, fire applicants surprises officials

DANVILLE — The last time it took applications from aspiring firefighters and police officers, the city of Danville wound up with its typically large pile — more than 130 deep.

But as it gets ready for its latest round of testing two years later, the city has run into a problem no one's sure what to make of.

Updated: Unions to appeal ruling barring full Illinois worker pay

2:53 P.M. Tuesday, July 7, 2015