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Friday, May 28, 2010

* Employment signs pointing up in Illinois, officials say

The department called the trend toward month-to-month declines a significant sign of an improving job market. Through the first four months of the year, the state has added 51,000 jobs compared to the same period of 2009.

* Chicago’s unemployment rate fell to 10.7 percent in April

* Metro-east jobless rate falls by more than 2 percent

* 13 local counties see unemployment rates dip in April

* Decatur April unemployment at 12.8 percent

* Flags at half-staff to honor slain Chicago cop

* Illinois lags some states in combating hospital-acquired infections

* Ameren to seek rate rehearing Friday

Ameren Corp. plans to ask state regulators Friday for another hearing on its request for higher electric and natural-gas delivery rates after the original $130 million proposal was cut to $10 million.

At the same time, the company announced Thursday that it will pass cheaper wholesale electric costs on to Illinois customers June 1.

* Ameren dropping rates by 6 percent

A typical residential customer who uses 10,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year will save approximately $68, or about 6 percent on their total annual bill for electricity, said Johnson.

* No. 1 in felony drug cases

In Cook County, drug crimes represented a bigger share of felony cases than any other major county in the United States, according to a federal study released Thursday.

The Justice Department study — a snapshot of 39 counties in May 2006 — found that drug crimes were the most serious charge filed against 57 percent of felony defendants in Cook County.

Also in Cook County, only 9 percent of the felony cases involved violent crimes, the lowest percentage in the United States, according to the study. The percentage of property crimes and public crimes, such as driving under the influence, were in the average range among the 39 counties.

* Daley: ‘Understands’ what prompted home intruder shooting

* Daley blames beach arrests on drinking, texting high schoolers

* Daley blames suburbanites for city beach unrest

* Curfew breakers to be sent to parks

* New CTA L cars temporarily pulled out of service

Bombardier, the Pennsylvania manufacturer of the L cars, has been working on a modification tol improve the brakes, according to the CTA, which said the trains haven’t experienced any brake failures but that, under certain conditions a component was found to be affected by vibrations, whch the transit agency said could, over time result in a loss of braking friction.

* New CTA rail cars temporarily sidelined

* Chicago Teachers Union Election Gets Tougher for Incumbent

Just 500 votes separated CTU President Marilyn Stewart from her toughest challenger in last Friday’s election. More than 19,000 teachers cast ballots. Stewart didn’t get enough votes to avoid a runoff.

Last night, third place finisher Deborah Lynch announced she’s throwing her support behind challenger Karen Lewis. The fourth place finisher has also endorsed Lewis.

* Navistar critics say company wasn’t listening to them

* Southtown Star: No hiding the report, Oak Lawn

* Kane coroner makes first court appearance on misconduct charges

* Winnebago County Board freezes 3 salaries, some bonuses cut

* [Quad Cities] businesses prepare to bid for Thomson contracts

* Video: Inside [Normal’s] new baseball stadium

* Blagojevich judge says he won’t start over with jury screening

* American Blagojevich Idol: The Awesome Reality Show That Could Be

- Posted by Barton Lorimor        


7 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 8:10 am:

    –Through the first four months of the year, the state has added 51,000 jobs compared to the same period of 2009.–

    Sweet. That’s the whole ballgame, keep that needle moving up.

    The worker paradise of Indiana must be full up, lol.


  2. - wordslinger - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 8:13 am:

    If Daley’s right that drinking is the cause of problems at the beaches, he’s going to love it when his plan to open bars at 14 new beaches goes into effect this weekend.


  3. - Be honest - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 8:20 am:

    Daley is a joke. Chicago has ceded huge portions of it’s boundries to gangs. It is a shame. I wish the police had the resources to stop it. People paying 10,000 a year in property taxes to get poor schools and little safety. While those who pay no taxes own the streets and neighborhoods. The ward maps are a joke too. Young professionals want to move to the city and will help increase the tax base…but will they stay?


  4. - Vibes - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 8:29 am:

    Rich — your ST column is not necessarily too cynical, but it is naive about political timing. The Brady vote scandal is a much better September and October TV ad then something to hammer the guy with now — especially when Quinn needs a couple of R votes to keep the state from imploding before November.


  5. - Anon - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 10:03 am:

    Slightly off subject, but are you looking at some dental work, Rich? I think I’ve had what you described and it was a dying tooth that required a root canal. Anyway, glad to hear that you’re doing better.


  6. - wordslinger - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 10:18 am:

    I hear Duncan Keith has a good dentist. He better, anyway.

    Hawks in 5.


  7. - wordslinger - Friday, May 28, 10 @ 3:19 pm:

    If anyone’s looking for a great Memorial Day parade, River Forest has a peach on Lake Street. We honor the vets and have a very good time, too.

    After the vets and all the firetrucks from the western subs, the highlight is always the Proviso East marching band. They bring the noise, they bring the funk.


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