02-03-2009

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TEEN DRIVING DEATHS IN ILLINOIS DROP

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White recently announced that teen driving deaths in the state dropped by over 40% in the first full year of the state's graduated driver licensing law. In 2007, 155 teens age 16-19 were killed in automobile accidents but in 2008, 92 teens died in accidents. The law gives teens more time behind the wheel to obtain valuable driving experience and limits in-car distractions.


ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATES INCREASE FOR 20TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

 

Unemployment rates for December increased in all 12 Illinois metropolitan areas for the 20th consecutive month, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  The unemployment rate in the Illinois section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical area was 8.3 percent in December 2008, up 2.3 percent from December 2007.  The Bond County rate increased from 5.9% in December 2007 to 8.6% in 2008.  Clinton County rates increased from 5.2% to 7.4% and Madison County from 5.7 to 8.1%.


SPACE HEATER AND GENERATOR DANGERS

 

With winter weather causing power outages, residents often turn to using generators and space heaters. Illinois State Fire Marshall David Foreman reminds you of the dangers that are associated with these appliances. Generators can release carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas also known as the silent killer. Space heaters can cause fires if placed to close to anything flammable. Generators should operate in well ventilated locations outdoors so exhaust fumes are away from all doors, windows and vent openings. Do not refuel the generator while it is running, and, never store fuel inside your home. Space heaters should never be placed near anything combustible and should always be turned off when you leave or go to bed. Finally, make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector with fresh batteries.

 


THREE LINCOLN DOCUMENTS ON DISPLAY IN SPRINGFIELD

 

Three of the world's most significant, original Abraham Lincoln documents will be displayed in the overnight hours leading up to his 200th birthday, in a first-of-its-kind vigil in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.  Original manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and 13th Amendment to the US Constitution may be viewed in the plaza of the museum from 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 11, through 8:00 AM Thursday, February 12, Lincoln's birthday.  The viewing is free and open to the public and full transcripts of each document will be available for all visitors.


READING LINK IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS

 

Kaskaskia College is asking residents to give from the heart by volunteering as a Reading Link Tutor.  More Volunteer tutors are needed to assist adult learners who are 16 and older, in reading, writing, basic math and learning basic English skills.  The Reading Link will hold formal training, free of charge, for volunteers who are interested in sharing their abilities to assist others in the area.  Free volunteer tutor training will be available at the Greenville Education Center on Monday, February 9.  To register or for more information call Kaskaskia College.





DEER HUNTING SEASON TOTALS

 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released deer harvest totals for the 2008-2009 season. A total of 188,425 deer were taken with 105,595 by firearms and nearly 65,000 by archery. The deer harvest was slightly lower than last season. Local county harvests were Bond 1480, Clinton 1393, Fayette 3333, Macoupin 3169, Madison 2155 and Montgomery 2125




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