UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IMPROVE
For the fifth consecutive month, unemployment rates have decreased in Illinois, according to information from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. So far, Illinois has added 70,000 jobs, more than any other state in the midwest. In May, the unemployment rate for the Southern Illinois section was 9.1%, down from 9.2% last May. Bond County saw an increase from 8.2 to 8.7% for the same time period. Clinton County stayed the same at 7.1%, Macoupin County was up to 9.6% from 9.5%, St. Clair County increased to 9.8% from 9.5% and Madison County showed a decrease to 9% from 9.5%. The drop in unemployment may be attributed to the hiring of the 2010 census workers. Overall the unemployment rate for the U.S. is 9.3%.
VERNON, NORMA AND DANIEL CHUTE
Vernon Chute age 79, Norma Chute age 77 and Daniel Chute age 15 passed away as a result of an automobile accident. A joint funeral service will be held Saturday at 11AM at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. Visitation for Vernon and Norma will be at the church Thursday from 4-8PM and visitation for Daniel will be at the youth wing of the Greenville Free Methodist Church Friday from 5-9PM and on Saturday from 10AM until service time also at the church. Interment for Daniel will follow the service at Waite Cemetery. Interment for Vernon and Norma will be Sunday in Rushville City Cemetery. Memorials for Daniel can be made to Comets Athletics and for Vernon and Norma to the Greenville Free Methodist Church.