Oakwood schools union, district reach agreement

OAKWOOD — One day after a 10-hour bargaining session ended with no deal, Oakwood teachers and staff approved a new contract with the school board Thursday.

Dual-credit program puts student ahead of the game

CHAMPAIGN — Carlos Juarez has always loved being a repairman.

The Champaign Central High School senior grew up working on his little sister's bike, messing around with car engines with his friends and changing tires.

John Roska: When FMLA applies for sick days

Q: Can I make my employer give me medical leave? I need to be off several days for surgery, and don't have any paid vacation or sick leave that I can take for it.

A: If the FMLA applies, your employer must give you unpaid leave for surgery. Whether the FMLA applies depends on several things.

Quick Read: C-U again near tops in job opportunities

For the fourth time in the last five quarters, Champaign has landed on the list of 10 U.S. metro areas with the most job opportunities per capita.

This time, Champaign ranked No. 8 on Beyond.com's list of metro areas with the highest number of open jobs and the least competition for them during the third quarter of this year.

Quick Read: Beyond Volition

The U.S. video game industry grew much faster than the overall U.S. economy between 2009 and 2012, according to a report released this week by the Entertainment Software Association.

The video game industry grew by an annual rate of 9.7 percent, while the overall economy increased by only 2.4 percent a year.

Tuscola official spells out expectations of Cronus

CHAMPAIGN — The new Cronus Fertilizers plant west of Tuscola is expected to draw employees from a five- to six-county area at a minimum, a Tuscola economic development official said.

Urbana holds workshop for public safety jobs; veterans get preference

URBANA — Military veterans as well as active duty guard and reserve members who might be interested in becoming police officers or firefighters are encouraged to attend an open house at the city building in Urbana on Wednesday.

From 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a firefighter workshop; from noon to 1 p.m., a public safety open house; and from 1 to 2 p.m., a police officer workshop.

Flash index shows growth in state's economy

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index rose to 106.5 in October, signaling continued growth in the Illinois economy.

The index increased two-tenths from 106.3 in September, according to the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

October's reading was the highest since March, but still below the post-recession peak of 107.2 that occurred in January.

Next milestone for Cronus plant: Groundbreaking

TUSCOLA — One milestone down, a few more to go.

Now that Cronus Chemicals has selected Tuscola as the home for its $1.4 billion fertilizer plant, officials will be working on completing the next steps to bring the project to the second big milestone: groundbreaking.

Hiring to start soon for AT&T center in Rantoul

RANTOUL — AT&T will soon begin hiring about 100 new employees for its Rantoul call center.

The company announced in June it would relocate positions from its Springfield facility to the Rantoul center on the former Chanute Air Force Base.