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Illinois Unemployment Rate Rises to 16.4% Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate jumped +12.2 percentage points to 16.4 percent, while nonfarm payrolls shed -762,200 jobs in April, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact Illinois businesses and households, based on preliminary data... Read More.

Rend Lake Accepting Bids for Gate Attendant

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake is announcing the opportunity for persons to bid on the contract to perform gate attendant services, in the Rend Lake campgrounds, during the 2020 recreation season. Rend Lake will be awarding contracts for two positions. Both... Read More.

Memorial Day Memories

Medal of Honor recipient says his decoration belongs to those who never made it home By Dr. Mark DePue It was February 23, 1945, when Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams of the 3rd Marine Division earned an honored place in Marine Corps history. His unit was fighting... Read More.

Illinois Students Advance to National Finals in Cybersecurity Challenge

Testament to State’s Commitment to Advancing STEAM Programs Springfield, IL - Girls across Illinois, despite the transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, have persevered in their cybersecurity learning through the Girls Go CyberStart (GGCS) program. Out of the 385 girls from Illinois that... Read More.

Shimkus’ Art Contest Winner Influenced by Coronavirus

MARYVILLE, Illinois – Reflecting the trying times we are enduring, an oil painting titled "War Paints" by Red Hill High School's Lydia Higgins has been selected as the winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for the 15th District of Illinois, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15)... Read More.