October 24, 2014  5:18 am

Unemployment Numbers Drop  FMs
Unemployment has fallen throughout the area.  According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, La Salle County’s rate fell from 8.8 percent in August to 7.6 percent in September. Bureau County saw unemployment drop to 7.7 percent from 8.3 in August and Putnam County was down to 7.3 percent. Overall, however, 500 jobs were lost but gains were seen in transportation, warehousing and utilities.

Ebola Test Negative in Chicago
 Tests have determined that a child who had traveled from Liberia to Chicago does not have Ebola.   In a news release Thursday night, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Ebola Resource Network said preliminary tests — later confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — were negative for Ebola.   The release says the child who reportedly vomited while traveling has been discharged from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Possibility Earlville Sand Mine
A sand mine company looking to build in Earlville will have to wait for more discussion. Earlville Mayor Mike Hall says talks between the zoning board of appeals and EOG Resources will continue to try and get both sides to meet on the same level. The city held a special hearing on Wednesday night at the Earlville School gym, in which many residents were voicing their concerns of the sand mine, including on subjects of air quality and potential fracking.
Hall said they are not pushing for the vote until the city has had the chance to review all the needs from both EOG and residents.  The project will be up for discussion again at the next city council meeting on November 12th.

STHS Band Finishes Second (SPL)
The Streator Township High School Marching Bulldogs finished second at the Illinois Marching Band Championships last Saturday in Champaign. Band Director David Grayson says he is very proud of his group for the performance they put together for those in attendance at Memorial Stadium. Grayson says a team is judged on four categories including group sound, group ensemble, then individual sound and individual ensemble. Streator finished with a score of 70.1 in Field 3A and their best finish ever at the championships. The Marching Bulldogs finished fifth in 2013.
The group has been performing songs from the likes of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons throughout the season during football games. Tonight, the band will perform parts one and three of their championship march at halftime of the football game.

Voting Complaint
 A Republican complaint in Rock Island County says absentee ballots are being opened early and poll-watchers are being prevented from watching early voting procedures. The complaint alleges the "correct outcome" of a tight race for governor could be in jeopardy if proper procedures aren't being followed.
Delayed Results
 Some Illinois elections officials predict there could be major delays in announcing election results next month if they follow an attorney general's opinion. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says state law prohibits any vote-counting before the polls close on November 4th, including simple tabulating to speed the counting of results later in the evening.

Cub Scouts Hurt
 Three Cub Scouts injured during a science experiment in Montgomery County are expected to make a full recovery. Police say the scouts and a parent were mixing boric acid and antifreeze in a fire pit Monday night when it blew up and they got burned on their hands and arms.

Asian Carp Shut Down
 Authorities in southern Illinois have given an Asian carp processing plant 30 days to stop rotten odors or face a shut down.  Grafton Police Chief Chris Sullivan filed the ruling Wednesday against American Heartland Fish Products. The company has five days to appeal.  The carp-rendering plant opened in April, turning the invasive species into dehydrated meal and fish oil.