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The Review December 10, 2013 UNEMPLOYMENT
Jobless rates hold steady in Sauk Valley Carroll, Bureau counties see year-to-year improvement, in fact BY PAM EGGEMEIER
Despite a 2-month wait since the release of the last county unemployment statistics, numbers throughout the Sauk Valley havenâ€™t changed much during that time. A combined report for September and October was released Thursday, as the Illinois Department of Employment Security played catch-up from the partial government shutdown. Federal Bureau of Labor statistics activity came to a standstill from Oct. 1 through Oct. 16. That information is needed by state agencies to compile unemployment reports. Both Lee and Whiteside counties saw their jobless rates increase by one-tenth of a percentage point from September to October. Lee Countyâ€™s rate inched up from 8.7 to 8.8 percent during that period. Whitesideâ€™s jobless rate moved from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent. The year-over-year movement was
also marginal in both counties. Lee Countyâ€™s jobless rate in October 2012 was a mirror-image at 8.3 percent. In Whiteside County, October of last year was slightly lower at 8.6 percent. The highest unemployment rate in the region still belongs to Ogle County. It was 9.2 percent in both September and October, which was an improvement from its 9.7 percent rate from 2012. Both Carroll and Bureau counties saw year-over-year drops in their jobless rates. Carroll dropped from 7.5 percent to 7.3 percent from September to October, while Bureau saw a slight increase from 8 percent to 8.1 percent month to month. The numbers held steady during the period throughout most of the state, according to IDES Communications Manager Greg Rivara. â€œThe local data was very similar across the state for October,â€? Rivara said. â€œThere were minor movements up or down, and the reasons were simi-
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lar in many localities.â€? Downward movements in certain state metro areas, particularly Peoria and Decatur, were tied to a global economic slowdown that has affected larger companies like Caterpillar and John Deere. Rivara said there is positive movement with job growth statewide. In the past 46 months, the state has seen 34 months of job growth, with only 12 months of losses. Illinois gained 10,300 jobs in September and 15,400 in October â€“ the stateâ€™s largest 2-month increase since May 2010. â€œItâ€™s coming at a deliberate pace, but our reports indicate it should continue,â€? Rivara said. Congressional gridlock could pose a threat to local economic growth, IDES Director Jay Rowell said in a news release Thursday. â€œOur overall economic growth will be slowed if Congress does not continue unemployment benefits for the longterm unemployed as it approaches
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Miracle, a 10-month-old calico, kicks back in her cage, attempting to win over Maria Durham and Greg Burke. Her temporary home at Happy Tails will be open at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, until Dec. 23. The not-for-profit anticipates more cats will get homes this month than all year combined, said Brittany Mitchell assistant cat administrator.
STERLING â€“ The annual Christmas Wish drive has started for Twin Cities PADS Homeless Shelter, 111 E. 29th St. Donations are needed by Dec. 21 to allow residents to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at a motel in Rock Falls. Checks can be sent to Twin Cities PADS, 111 E. 29th St., Sterling, IL 61081, with Christmas Fund in the memo line. Donations also can be dropped off from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the shelter office, or from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night with t h e shelter volunteers. Needed item donations are grocery store gift cards to buy perishable items; powdered juice mixes; decaffeinated coffee; cereal; hats; gloves; socks; and underwear. Donors are asked to call ahead, 815-6262210, before dropping off donations. More volunteers are needed for the shelter. Shifts are from 7 to 11 p.m., 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., and 3 to 7 a.m. Individuals, groups, and organizations are wanted. For more information, call the shelter or visit the shelterâ€™s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/TwinCitiesPads.
Funds for Lee food, shelter programs DIXON â€“ The Lee County Emergency Food and Shelter Program will receive $6,301 from federal agencies. The money will come from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency. A board of area agency representatives will determine how the funds will be distributed among the local emergency food and shelter programs. Lee County EFSP has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with Community Food Pantry of Dixon, Emergency Food Pantry of Amboy, Lee/ Ogle Regional Office of Education, Neighbors in Christ Ecumenical of Lee County, Tri-County Opportunities Council, and YWCA of the Sauk Valley participating. The agencies were responsible for providing a vast number of meals and nights of lodging. Public or private voluntary agencies interesting in applying for funds must contact Joann B. Sheridan, local board chair, at 1806 W. First St., Dixon, 61021, or by calling 815-4408080 for an application. The deadline to apply is Dec. 16, 2013.
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DIXON â€“ During this time of year, houses all across Dixon have wreaths hanging out front. And the two firehouses are no different. On Tuesday, the Dixon City and Rural fire departments, for the 20th consecutive year, hung wreaths for the Keep the Wreath Red campaign. The goal is to increase fire safety awareness, specifically with holiday-related fires. Until Monday, Jan. 6, the wreaths at both departments will be aglow with red lights and a single red light in the middle. That is, unless thereâ€™s a holiday-related fire in either department, at which point the lights will be turned white. As the wreath was being hung on the Dixon Rural fire house, Chief Norris Tucker Jr. said heâ€™s a little superstitious, so the white lights are already on the wreath. He just hopes they wonâ€™t be needed. Kitsonâ€™s Tree Farm in Dixon donated the wreath to the Dixon City Fire Department, and Nicholâ€™s Flowers and Greenhouses in Dixon donated the wreath to Dixon Rural. Dixon City Fire Department Chief Tim Shipman said his department runs fire safety awareness programs all year with school children and adults, because itâ€™s a proactive approach. â€œThe motto is, â€˜Fire
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Holiday decorations present an increased risk of fires, the chiefs said, with old extension cords and lights being used around trees that can dry out and catch fire quickly. Shipman said the Keep the Wreath Red campaign was started by Paul Boecker, who worked as a firefighter in the Chicago suburbs. Boecker first had the idea in 1954, but it gained traction in 1971 after he became the fire chief for the LisleWoodridge Fire Department. A handful of other area fire departments participate in the campaign, Shipman said, adding that it was adopted by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association in 1980. Since 1983, when the two local departments started putting up the wreaths, both chiefs have noticed the switch to white lights happens less frequently, they said. Asked whether he thought the Keep the Wreath Red campaign had made a difference in the Dixon area, Shipman was optimistic. â€œI hope so,â€? he said. â€œI think so.â€?
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ABOVE: Dixon Rural firefighter Matt Schumacher hangs a wreath on the station Tuesday to kick off the Keep the Wreath Red fire safety campaign. The wreath is meant to remind people to be extra cautious during the holiday season. Its red lights chance to white only if thereâ€™s a holiday-related fire in either department.
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Ice sculpting at Ottawa festival encourages winter
BY ANDREA MILLS
TTAWA â€“ No one knows cold like those who take up ice sculpting. Area lovers of winter, or those who think they just might be able to tolerate the cold, can seek art Dec. 14 at Ice Odyssey, an ice sculpting event along the streets of downtown Ottawa. Artists will transform blocks of ice into holiday artwork from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Madison Street. The public is welcome to stroll by and watch their progress. Before the sculpting gets underway, visitors can get warm in the first OES Reindeer Run. This run-walk takes off from Ottawa Township High School, 211 E. Main St. Race day registration is from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The runners start at 8 a.m. and walkers at 8:15. There is an entry fee of $25. Children 10 and younger have their own adventure in the Fun Run, which begins at 8:45 a.m. Those attending the festival can take stagecoach rides for $1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jordon Block Park, 119 W. Main St. They also can look over the holiday bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 725 LaSalle St. Items available include gift baskets, homemade soap, candles, glasswork, and jewelry â€“ a variety of merchandise. Visitors who want some chilly sports can head to the park to play nine holes of miniature golf from 10 a.m.
If you go What: Ice Odyssey When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 for ice sculpting on Madison Street; festival 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Old Town District in Ottawa Cost: Free, some costs involved depending upon activity Dec. 13: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Freezin For a Reezin at Handy Foods, 604 W. Main St; 4 to 8 p.m. holiday bazaar, 725 LaSalle St.; and 5 p.m. tree lighting at Jordon Block Park, 119 W. Main St. Information: 815434-2737
to 3 p.m. and ring toss for $1. The games are made out of ice. Santa and mascots will be downtown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as will the high school carolers from noon to 2 p.m. Both the Reddick Mansion, 100 W. Lafayette St., and the Ottawa Historical and Scouting Museum, 1100 Canal St., are open that day. The mansionâ€™s hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While in town, travelers can try to get a little exercise by taking the mural cellphone tour downtown. â€œA Brush With Historyâ€? booklet can be picked up at the Ottawa Visitors Center, 100 W. Lafayette St., or visit www.ottawaillinoismurals.com to download the information. Among the murals are Streetscape Reflections, Ottawaâ€™s Earliest Resi-
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Ice is just another art medium during the annual Ice Odyssey in Ottawa. This yearâ€™s event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14.
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