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Hoopeston council picks insurance provider

According to the Commercial News, City council members voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Coventry Insurance for the city employees’ health insurance, effective Jan. 1.
Employee health insurance will cost the city $460,216 next year, an increase of $90,000 more than last year’s insurance.
“I’m sure no one likes it,” said Alderman Bill Goodwine, finance committee chairman, “including the city.”
Although Goodwine said he met with all the employees concerning the insurance, the city did not receive the final choices until late, therefore, employees were not given a chance to discuss the options at length. The best choice, according to Goodwine, was Coventry even though the deductible and out of pocket costs for single employees and families did go up.
“The insurance industry is total chaos,” Goodwine added.
The Fraternal Order of Police contract also was approved unanimously, which included five changes in the contract.
The changes, according to Alderman Brandon Hamilton, police committee chairman, were time frame of the contract, wages, longevity, residency requirements and insurance.

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Danville department to lose almost a century of experience

According to the Commercial News, The Danville Fire Department lost just short of a century’s worth of experience with three retirements this year.
In recent weeks, Assistant Chief Larry Jaggers and long-time firefighter Cody Comrie announced they were leaving the job they loved for so many years.
Both leave with several years of experience on the fire department. Jaggers, who also served as an investigator before moving up to assistant chief, retired with 29 years 10 months to his credit on the department, according to union president Jerry Sparks of Danville Firefighters IAFF Local 429.
Comrie, the latest in his family’s long line of firefighters, cleared 30 years with the department in September. He announced his retirement earlier this month after an injury kept him from returning.
In addition, Pamela Hawker retired from Danville Fire after 30 years with the department. She stepped away from the job earlier this year, submitting her retirement in January, Sparks said.

Vermilion jail officer arrested over pot taken into jail

According to the News-Gazette, A correctional officer has been arrested for taking marijuana into the Vermilion County Jail, according to Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn.

Correctional officer Doug Maloney of Catlin was served a warrant Tuesday, Hartshorn said, and was later booked on preliminary charges of official misconduct and introducing contraband into a penal institution. He has not yet been arraigned in court on formal charges and was released on bond Tuesday.

Hartshorn added that Maloney has been fired from his job as a correctional officer at the jail, a position he has held for 11 years.

Hartshorn said Maloney’s supervisor reported some suspicious activity, and in early December, investigators with the sheriff’s office pursued the information and ultimately gathered evidence indicating Maloney had taken cannabis into the jail in return for money from an inmate.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 & Thursday, December 25, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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Danville Police continue to search from a man who robbed Landmark Credit Union on Monday

Danville police continue to search for a man who concealed his face with a scarf while robbing the Landmark Credit Union on Monday.  Danville police Commander Jane McFadden said officers rushed to Landmark Credit Union, 506 W. Fairchild St., at 1:20 p.m. Monday, responding to reports that the credit union had been robbed.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, December 22, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Department
Police Blotter
Friday, December 19, 2014-Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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November Unemployment Falls to 6.4 Percent

CHICAGO – Illinois employers added +2,300 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent despite more people looking for work, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The data is seasonally adjusted.

The last time the rate was lower was June 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. It was 9 percent in November 2013.

“Key economic points in November show our economy continues to move forward. More people are working and re-energizing their job search and employers say they have vacancies to fill,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “We must continue to match the unemployed with current opportunities and identify the barriers that prevent workers from being hired.”

Employers added +298,700 private sector jobs since job creation returned to Illinois in February 2010. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+127,200); Education and Health Services (+65,800); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+42,900); and Leisure and Hospitality (+38,500). Government remains the job loss leader, shedding -24,700 positions during the same period.

November job growth was led by Manufacturing (+3,600); Construction (+2,100) and Leisure and Hospitality (+1,900). Retail Trade declined -8,700. In November, the number of unemployed individuals declined -7,900 (1.8 percent) to 421,000. Total unemployed has fallen -332,500 (-44.1 percent) since the unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 percent in January 2010. The labor force grew by +16,500 (0.3 percent) to 6,547,000.

Unemployment data are from a survey of households. Jobs data are from a survey of employers.

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