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Even before two high-paying, high-profile administrative jobs opened up in the Swanland Building, the local job outlook was trending up. A few numbers of note from the just-out July unemployment figures for Illinois:

Union, Mitsubishi negotiate in hopes of plant being bought

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Union officials say they're pursuing contract negotiations with Mitsubishi even though the automaker plans to shut down its central Illinois plant.

Go figure: Aug. 27, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines


Cronus site inching ahead

Add up the price tags of the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine, State Farm Center renovations and Phyllis Wise' bonus — and it still doesn't come close to matching the area's biggest construction project: the $1.5 billion Cronus fertilizer plant, to be built just west of Tuscola. Here's the latest, courtesy staff writer Tim Mitchell:

C-U driving to work? Not so much

New transportation estimates out from the U.S. Census Bureau show that C-U has more in common with America's major metros than you might think. To the numbers:

PBL reaches 3-year contract with union

PAXTON — The PBL school board has a new three-year collective bargaining agreement in place between the district and its employees.

EIU cutting 118 jobs just before semester starts

CHARLESTON — Declining enrollment and uncertainty over state funding have led Eastern Illinois University to lay off 67 employees.

Additionally, another 51 positions that had been vacated due to retirements and resignations will not be filled, EIU President David Glassman said Tuesday, less than a week before the start of the fall semester.

UI professor says NLRB ruling was the right call

A University of Illinois professor says had the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of Northwestern University football players' effort to form a union, it would have given the school an advantage over the rest of the division one schools.

Landed your first job? Tips for managing your money

NEW YORK — Landing that first job out of college calls for a celebration. But when the party is over, it's time to sit down and figure out how to make your money work for you.

"First jobs give you the opportunity to set yourself up for financial security," says Kelley Long, a Chicago-based certified public accountant.

High school students soak in college scene

CHAMPAIGN — Sara Edgar has her future pretty well mapped out: Before even graduating from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in two years, she'll earn her associate degree in criminal justice at Parkland College and attend either New York University or Georgetown for her undergrad. Then, it's off to law school to become an attorney.