Illinois officials say the state's unemployment rate fell .5 percent to land at 4.9 percent in March.

U.S. Veterans event in Peoria

Jul 8, 2013
Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  U.S. Armed Forces Veterans in the greater Peoria-area are being offered a sort-of match day Wednesday, July 10.  The goal of the event is to match veterans to appropriate service providers in the Tri-County area. 

Layoffs at multiple unemployment offices begin Friday

Feb 27, 2013

Layoffs at several state unemployment offices will begin Friday.  And the move has nothing to do with the federal sequestration.  Ironically, it's brought on by a better economy.   Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell says his agency runs the opposite of the economic cycle: "So when companies start to lay off workers at the start of an economic recession, we're busier.  We then receive more money from the federal government. We're entirely federally funded.