8-31-2011

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LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES CONTINUE TO IMPROVE

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, July 2011 unemployment rates dropped or were unchanged in all twelve Illinois metro areas compared with last year.  The July unemployment rate for the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area fell to 9.0 percent from 10.4 percent one year ago. This is the 12th consecutive month the rate has dropped when compared to the previous year.  In Bond County, the rate is 8.6% down from 10.0% a year ago.  The rate in Clinton County is 7.5% compared to 8.1%, Madison County 8.5% down from 10.2%, and the St. Clair County rate dropped from 11.4% to 10.1%. 

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SELF-HELP LEGAL INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE

Bond County Courts and the Greenville Public Library are opening new Bond County legal self-help centers to provide legal information, including court pleadings, non-court documents and letters, videos, and other information on civil legal problems.  The website provides information on the most common legal problems of lower income individuals and families. Anyone may use the online help center from any computer connected to the Internet and there are public access computers at the Bond County Courthouse and the Greenville Public Library. No specific legal advice is provided through the new site and centers. Only general legal information is provided and the user must decide how to use the information.  For specific legal advice, an attorney must be consulted. The center may be found at http://bond.illinoislegalaid.org


GREENVILLE PLAN COMMISSION MEETING CONSIDERS ZONING CHANGES

The Greenville Plan Commission met recently with a public hearing and discussion on specific rezoning requests. The first public hearing item was a request by Davis and Head, LLC. to combine two lots in the Villa Verde Subdivision.  There was no discussion on this item and the commission approved it, recommending the action to the city council. The second item in the public hearing was a request by several residents to rezone lots in the Vista Del Mar Subdivision from R-2 to R-1.  The lots are bounded by College Avenue, Oak Street, Eastern Avenue, and Stephens Street.  In addition, the northwest corner, lying south of College Avenue and East of Stephens Street is included in the rezoning request. After a good deal of discussion, Meta Fry said she did not want to be included in the request. She said she knew her duplex would be included if the request was granted but pointed out that if some calamity occurred after approval of the request, she would be barred from building a duplex there which would be a loss of income and value to her. The commission approved the first portion of the request but denied the section dealing with Ms. Fry’s property.

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