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Local Insurance Agency Wins Awards for Service

Peterson Insurance's award winning service has once again merited recognition.
In order to receive these awards, Jay Peterson and his staff made several goals and continue to be active in the company and community.
Last year was their 50th year and Peterson praises the staff, clients and company partners for their continued good fortune. 
The four awards are the Gold Key Award, Inner Circle Club Award, Underwriter Merit Award, and the Beyond the Expected Agency Award.

Unemployment Rates in Central Illinois Decrease

Unemployment rates for Champaign, DeWitt, Logan, McLean, Macon, and Piatt counties went down in March from February of this year.
Champaign County dropped from 4.9 to 4.4 percent. DeWitt from 5.8 to 4.9 percent. Logan from 5.5 to 4.7. McLean from 4.7 to 4.3. Macon 6.3 to 5.7. And Piatt 5.2 to 4.6.
All of these counties' unemployment rates have gone down over 1 percent since March 2016 and the state of Illinois has reduced unemployment overall by 1.7 since last March.

Comptroller Cuts Checks For Healthcare Providers

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is telling health care providers the check is in the mail. 
Increased revenues from the tax season have paved the way for her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services. 
The money will go to nearly a dozen managed-care operations in Illinois serving Medicaid patients.

Congressman Davis Looking For Input on Airline Service

Congressman Rodney Davis is seeking input from constituents on their experience with the airlines.
Customer service issues will be discussed at a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Tuesday. Representatives of major airlines will appear before the committee. 
Constituents who would like to share their stories can visit www.Rodneydavis.house.gov.

Hundreds Rally for Higher Education

Hundreds turned out at a State Capitol rally to support Higher Education. Concerns were expressed about funding for schools and students worried about state MAP grants. 
Democratic Gubernatorial candidates were on hand as well with most speakers attacking Governor Bruce Rauner. JB Pritzker summed up the conditions at Illinois public post secondary schools.
State Senator Daniel Biss gave Rauner credit for helping colleges and universities, the ones beyond Illinois' borders.
Pritzker said Illinois needs to fight for more affordable college education, Biss believes tuition should be free.

Weekly Weather Summary

We could see some flooding throughout the weekend as we brace for a lot of rain this weekend. State Climotologist Jim Angel has more....

Chief of Police Discusses Prom

Local authorities are wishing all high school students a pleasant and enjoyable prom season but are also taking the opportunity to provide them with some basic safety reminders.
Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers is hoping youth will make good decisions during this prom season. He says saying no to alcohol and drugs and wearing a seatbelt should be top priorities.
While Chief Lowers says Prom is a great event and hopes all students have a great experience, he says it is always important to address students each year on making sure everyone arrives home for the night safely.
Earlier this week, students witnessed a re-enactment of a fatality accident at the high school. Chief Lowers says it was designed to demonstrate the dangers of drinking and driving. He says following that, students were addressed about those dangers and making good choices.
The Chief feels the messages they are trying to get across to the students do get received and received well. 

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