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(Farmer City-jm) -- The Farmer City city council will meet tonight in an emergency meeting. According to an agenda from city hall, council members will be asked to approve the resignation of Larry Woliung and appoint an acting city manager. WWHP News will follow this story and have more updates when they become available.



(LeRoy-jm) -- Two 14-year-olds have been arrested for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to a LeRoy business over the weekend. The two teens allegedly called in the bomb threat Sunday morning to the McDonald’s. Both teens were arrested, booked and released to their parents.



(Clinton-jm) -- The 2017 Clinton May Days kicked off last night. The festival continues through Sunday. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard has the activities for tonight and this weekend…




Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard.



(Bellflower-jm) -- This weekend’s Bellflower Country Opry show has been cancelled. Mark Boobert, portraying Elvis was suppose to perform. The group says the show will likely be rescheduled.



(Clinton-jm) -- DeWitt County residents needing food assistance can go to Clinton on Saturday, June 10th. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will hold a food giveaway from 10 to 11:30 at the First Christian Church of Clinton on N. Jackson St. Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food.


(Decatur-jm) -- The Macon County Master Gardeners will hold their 2017 Garden Walk on Sunday, June 11th. Those attending will visit seven Decatur area gardens, learn more about urban gardening techniques and more. The event runs from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the walk. For more information or to get your tickets call the Macon County Extension Office at 217-877-6042.


(Springfield-jm) -- Lawmakers continue to meet in Springfield with an end of the month deadline for a budget. The state has been without a budget for nearly two years and the end of the spring legislative session ends at the end of the month with no signs of a budget. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City has the latest on budget talks from Springfield…

State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials say the April unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage points to 4.7 percent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that nonfarm payrolls decreased by 7,200 jobs over the month. That's based on preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics .

IDES Director Jeff Mays says the drop in unemployment was because of a shrinking labor force.

Officials say March job growth numbers were revised to show a drop of 7,700 jobs. That's fewer than the 8,900 jobs originally estimated were lost.

April's monthly payroll drop kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. Statistics indicate payroll declines in March and April. That leaves Illinois 25,600 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000.


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