Illinois jobless rate up slightly in June

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly in June while nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 9,000 jobs.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported the preliminary data Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics .

Unemployment inched up 0.1 percentage point in June to settle at 4.7 percent.

Layoffs begin at Indianapolis plant Trump criticized

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 300 Carrier Corp. workers were being laid off Thursday from the company's Indianapolis factory as part of an outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that drew criticism last year from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.

What's cooking at the Crossing?

What restaurant does C-U need? Tell our Tom Kacich here

CHAMPAIGN — The first restaurant in this particular space at southwest Champaign's Village at the Crossing was the short-lived Uncle Jack's.

Then came — and went — Minneci's.

Next up?

Just Askin': Causes of power outages

What are the most common causes for power outages in Champaign County?

While Ameren said it doesn't keep track of this on a countywide basis, Division Director George Justice broke down the main categories of power outages.

— Most common causes: severe weather-related (wind, storms, lightning).

— Equipment failure, including wires breaking.

Unemployment down throughout area in May over 2016

CHAMPAIGN — Unemployment rates continued to drop in May compared with the same time a year ago.

Here's the highlights from the latest Illinois Department of Employment Security report:

— In the Champaign-Urbana metro area, the May jobless rate dropped from 4.5 percent a year ago to 4 percent this year.

Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017



What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

Top of the Morning, June 3, 2017

Introducing Hannah Auten and Jessica Bursztynsky, who make up our third class of interns from the University of Illinois. They started this week.