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State unemployment rate increases

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in December. The Illinois Department of Employment Security also announced Thursday that nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 14,000 jobs based on preliminary data. The November unemployment ...Read more

Rural bankers concerned over farm loan defaults

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019. More than 4 of every 10 bankers questioned for the January Rural Mainstreet survey said they expect farm loan ...Read more

Spring Valley’s FD in need of more volunteers

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley’s Fire Department is looking for more volunteers. In a city council meeting on Monday, Alderman Pellegrini addressed Chief Bogatitus’ concerns of lack of day time volunteers. According to Chief Bogatitus, the number of fire calls are increasing year ...Read more