Summer jobs program lacks males

CHAMPAIGN — A joint city and school district program that finds summer jobs for Champaign students is having trouble attracting boys — particularly black males — who meet the program's requirements.

John Roska: State law governs personnel files

Q: Can I look at my personnel file with my employer? I asked, but they won't let me see it.

A: If there's a personnel file, you employer must let you see it. If the employer won't, you can complain to the Illinois Department of Labor.

The Personnel Record Review Act applies. It was originally passed in 1984, and has been tweaked since then.

Tour aims to break old-school perception of manufacturing jobs

DANVILLE — It's dirty, hot, sweaty, back-breaking work where you check your brain at the door.

That's Judd Peck's description of the old-school perception of manufacturing that companies like his — Danville Metal Stamping — battle to dispel, especially when trying to find qualified workers.

Pork processing plant expands in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Rantoul Foods' pork processing plant will build a 48,000-square-foot expansion.

U.S. jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low


Campaign touts accomplishments, entices tech talent

CHAMPAIGN — A marketing campaign to persuade prospective employees to move to Champaign-Urbana could get underway in a few months if backers can find a way to cover the $100,000 cost.

Study: Closing nuclear plants could cost state $3.6 billion

CLINTON — A new study from the Nuclear Energy Institute says Illinois could lose $3.6 billion in output and as many as 13,300 jobs if Exelon Corp.'s Clinton, Byron and the Quad Cities nuclear plants close prematurely.

Most public comments on proposed Vermilion County mine in opposition

GEORGETOWN — Richard Sollars drives 172 miles round-trip everyday from his home in Ridge Farm to work in a coal mine in Carlisle, Ind.

Area jobless rates plummet

CHAMPAIGN — Unemployment rates in East Central Illinois were sharply lower in August than they were a year earlier, the state Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

Champaign County's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, down from 8.9 percent in August 2013, while Vermilion County's rate was 9.7 percent, down from 12.2 percent a year earlier.

Slowdown leads to job cuts at Frasca International

URBANA — Frasca International has trimmed about 14 positions in the last month, largely as a result of a slowdown in orders, company President John Frasca said.

The Urbana-based company, which still employs more than 180, makes flight simulators used to teach pilots how to fly single-engine aircraft, commercial aircraft, passenger airplanes, military training aircraft and helicopters.