Local News for Sunday, July 22

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Published on July 22 2012 10:51 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Lake Land College experienced record Spring Semester enrollment in 2012.

Enrollment totaled 15,367 students, including 4,180 who took courses at Illinois Department of Corrections facilities.

10th day enrollment for Summer 2012 was 3,005 students, down slightly from 3,028 in 2011.

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A Caseyville man is accused of making a bomb threat at Southwestern Illinois College.

James Sherrell is accused of leaving a note in one of the school's bathrooms Friday morning that made reference to a bomb.  Sherrell told police he found the note, but when he was interviewed, investigators determined he actually wrote the message.  He was being held in St. Clair County Jail on a felony disorderly conduct charge.

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Legislation sponsored by State Representative David Reis of Sainte Marie and State Senator Dale Righter of Mattoon to restructure the Southeastern Illinois Economic Development Authority was signed into law by Governor Quinn.

The Authority assists in the development, construction and acquisitions of industrial, commercial, housing or residential projects within its jurisdiction.

Reis said the Authority's prior makeup involved all appointees being made by the governor, which was a problem during the Rod Blagojevich administration.  He said the legislation changes the Authority's appointment process, adding 17 positions that will be appointed by each county board chairman.

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Calvary Baptist Church in Effingham will be holding Vacation Bible School beginning tonight.  The VBS theme is "Space Quest" and will be offered each night through Thursday from 6-8pm.  All children from age four through sixth grade are invited to participate.  The church is located at the corner of Fayette and Maple.  For more information, phone 342-6671 or 536-9729.

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Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has announced that 40 Illinois public libraries and community college learning resource centers will receive equipment to enhance Internet access for patrons with visual or physical impairments by allowing them to download audio books.

St. Elmo Public Library is among the recipients.

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Cowden United Methodist Church is hosting a combined fish fry and homemade ice cream social from 1 to 5 this afternoon.  The event will be held at the Cross at Wren Bridge Spring, five miles south of Herrick.  A free will donation will be accepted.  They're raising funds for a new roof for the church building.  There will be music.  Take along your lawn chairs.

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The annual Prairie Days at Bible Grove hosted by County Line Sodbusters wraps up today.  There will be field demonstrations, antique stock tractor pulls, a big raffle drawing this afternoon, and a worship service this morning.  Find out more at www.Prairiedays.com. 

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First Christian Church at 901 North Henrietta in Effingham is hosting Vacation Bible School today through Thursday.  Activities will begin with supper at 5pm with VBS activities beginning at 5:30.  Dismissal will be at 8pm.  All children in the community are welcome to attend.  For more information about registration and transportation, phone the church office at 342-6797.

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The state's unemployment rate inched up slightly from May to June, the first time unemployment has increased in nine months. The latest rate increased to eight-point-seven percent, up a tenth of a point. Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesman Greg Rivara still, unemployment has been improving.

Rivara says total unemployment has dropped 24-percent since January of last year. He says the state did add 4700 private sector jobs last month. He says manufacturing was one area of growth. In the last year, Rivara says the state has added nearly 22-thousand manufacturing jobs.

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The University of Illinois is offering free online classes to anyone who'd like to take them.  Rob Rutenbar, Head of the Computer Sciences Department, says they're starting off with several courses from the engineering program.

Rutenbar says the online courses gives high school students an inside look at what college life will be like.  He hopes the courses draw some of the high-schoolers to the university.  Those who take the courses won't receive credit, but they can get a certificate or a transcript.  U of I joins Stanford University, Princeton University, and other world class institutions that are already apart of the Coursera online education network.  Classes at the U of I should be available sometime this fall.

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Governor Quinn says he's shutting down state facilities despite the fact that lawmakers are still pushing to keep them open.

Quinn says the bottom line is the facilities need to be closed if the state is going to have money for schools, healthcare, and public safety.  A total of 62 facilities are being shut down including Dwight Prison, Tamms Prison, and youth detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro.  Opponents of the plan say moving prisoners could contribute to current overcrowding and endanger the safety of inmates and workers.  Most facilities will shut down on August 31st. 

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Sky VBS will be hosted by the Cumberland United Methodist Parish tonight through Thursday from 6 to 8:15pm.  Parents and grandparents are invited to join them nightly at 8pm for the Fly Away Finale.  Sky will be held at the Toledo United Methodist Church at 213 Madison in Toledo.