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Layoffs Slow to 539K in April; Jobless Rate Rises

Posted: 05/08/2009 - Layoffs slow to 539K in April; jobless rate rises Eds: APNewsNow. Will be led. Moving on general news and financial services. By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pace of layoffs slowed in April, with employers cutting 539,000 jobs, the fewest in six months. But the unemployment rate climbed to 8.9 percent as many businesses remained wary of hiring given all the economic and financial uncertainties. The Labor Department tally wasn't nearly as deep as the 620,000 job losses that economists were expecting. The rise in the unemployment rate from 8.5 percent in March matched economists' forecasts. If laid-off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part-time work are included, the unemployment rate would have been 15.8 percent in April, the highest on records dating back to 1994.

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Former Red Sox Great Dom DiMaggio Dies at 92

Posted: 05/08/2009 - BOSTON (AP) -- Dominic DiMaggio, a seven-time All Star who still holds the record for the longest consecutive game hitting streak in Boston Red Sox history, has died at his Massachusetts home. He was 92. DiMaggio died at about about 1 a.m. on Friday, according to his wife, Emily. Known as the "Little Professor" because of his eyeglasses and his 5-foot-9, 168-pound frame, the younger brother of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio hit in 34 consecutive games in 1949. Dom's streak was broken on Aug. 9 when his big brother caught a sinking liner in the eighth inning of a 6-3 Red Sox win over the Yankees. In addition to his wife, the San Francisco native is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

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Boone County Toddler Died from Severe Head Injury

Updated: 07/23/2010 - The Boone County Coroner has determined a 19 month old girl died from severe head trauma on Tuesday in Poplar Grove. Kendelyn Eberly's death was suspicious, according to the coroner. The death is under investigation by the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

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Layoffs Slow to 539,000 in April, Jobless Rate Rises

Posted: 05/08/2009 - The pace of layoffs slowed in April, with employers cutting 539,000 jobs, the fewest in six months. But the unemployment rate climbed to 8.9 percent as many businesses remained wary of hiring given all the economic and financial uncertainties.

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Gov. Quinn Nears 100 days

Posted: 05/08/2009 - Pat Quinn is about to mark his first 100 days as Illinois governor, but he's focusing more on the upcoming 24 days.

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Food Bank Distribution Up

Posted: 05/07/2009 - The amount of food heading to Stateline food banks right now is skyrocketing during these tough economic times.

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Savio's sister speaks on Drew Peterson's arrest

Updated: 05/07/2009 - Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson has been indicted for murder in the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio. Her body was found in a bathtub back in 2004. Savio's sister lives in Machesney Park, she says today's arrest is bittersweet.

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Drew Peterson indicted on murder charges

Updated: 05/07/2009 - Authorities say former Illinois police sergeant Drew Peterson has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of his third wife.

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Emergency Lessons from the NIU Shootings

Updated: 05/11/2009 - The survivors of last year's shootings at Northern Illinois University still live with the terrible experience every day. But Stateline emergency responders want the tragedy to leave more than pain behind.

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Rosecrance Flowers Bloom Fundraiser

Updated: 05/07/2009 - For those of you with green thumbs who are now gearing up to buy flowers for your garden, you have a special opportunity today.

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Madigan: Fire Holdovers from Ryan, Blagojevich

Posted: 05/07/2009 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to "fumigate" state government by firing thousands of people who were hired by two disgraced former governors.

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Bernanke Calls For Revamped Banking Oversight

Updated: 05/07/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke today told a Fed conference in Chicago of a need to strengthen oversight of the banking system to prevent future financial crises.

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Durbin Hands Gavel to Specter

Updated: 05/11/2009 - Majority Whip Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) agreed to hand over his subcommittee chairmanship on crime to Republican turned Democrat Arlen Spector (D-PA).

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