Employment

Employment

AP Fact Check: White House's selective reading on economy

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pitched a wildly off-base claim about economic growth Monday as the White House used selective statistics to build a case that the economy is doing much better than when Barack Obama was in office.

Strike targeting 25 Chicago hotels continues

CHICAGO (AP) — A strike targeting 25 downtown Chicago hotels is entering a fifth day as housekeepers, cooks and others remain off the job.

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday, the strike's fourth day, that some hotels scrambled to clean rooms and check in guests.

VA report shows 167 positions vacant at Danville hospital

DANVILLE — A new report mandated by Congress shows that the local Veterans Affairs hospital — and others like it across the country — are more than a little shorthanded, particularly when it comes to medical and dental positions.

U.S. adds 201,000 jobs; jobless rate stays at 3.9%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States picked up in August as employers added a strong 201,000 jobs, a sign of confidence that consumers and businesses will keep spending despite the Trump administration's ongoing conflicts with its trading partners.

The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent, near an 18-year low.

Disney workers OK contract raising minimum wage

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of Walt Disney World workers on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a new contract that increases the starting minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next three years while enabling Disney to use more part-time workers and require new workers to stay in their positions longer before transferring.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 6-13, 2018

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CAF AIRPOWER HISTORY TOUR

Uncertainty remains for DACA program despite judge's ruling

Lissette Contreras can't do much planning for her future. The prospect of having to move back to Mexico City, which she left at age 3, is always in the back of her mind.

Finalist for Rantoul village administrator job withdraws

RANTOUL — One of the two top candidates for the Rantoul village administrator position has taken his name out of the running.

Mayor Chuck Smith said David Nord, a private consultant who previously served for 25 years as the village administrator in Cherry Valley, has withdrawn his name.

Legislators frustrated by number of unfilled high-paying jobs

CHAMPAIGN — With unemployment at its lowest level since 1969 and high-wage jobs sitting empty, U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and John Shimkus want to know why people aren't jumping at positions.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2018

EVENTS

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NATIONAL SWEETCORN FESTIVAL