News Headlines – October 21, 2017

Last Updated on October 21st, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ latest jobs report shows a huge loss. Winnebago County’s prisoner road crew is the latest budget casualty. The new chancellor at Southern Illinois University says the school must break down its bureaucratic barriers if it is going to succeed. The U of I has landed the state’s top basketball prospect.

>>Illinois’ Latest Jobs Report Show Huge Losses

(Springfield, IL) — You have to work hard to spin something positive out of Illinois’ latest jobs report. The state’s employment agency yesterday said that Illinois lost almost eleven thousand jobs in September. The report says the trade and transportation sector lost the most jobs, followed by education and health services and the leisure industry. Illinois employment director Jeff Mays says the state’s economy continues to sputter, and is falling behind other states that have seen a rebound from the great recession.

>>Winnebago County Sheriff Cuts Prisoner Road Crews

(Rockford, IL) — Someone else is going to have to pick up trash and handle the grunt work at local festivals in and around Rockford. Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana yesterday canceled his jail’s work crew details. Caruana blames budget cuts for the decision. The sheriff says prisoner crews performed more than nine thousand hours of work since they were reintroduced two years ago.

>>SIU Chancellor Blasts Bureaucracy For Slowing University Recovery

(Carbondale, IL) — Southern Illinois University’s new chancellor says bureaucratic bloat is holding the school back. Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno yesterday told students and faculty members at an open forum that there are plenty of ideas to revive SIU, but he said that ‘bureaucratic and artificial boundaries’ are stopping the school from moving forward. Montemagno is proposing a plan to shake up how the school is organized and managed to better promote ‘synergy.’

>>Flyers Not Choosing Quad Cities Airport

(Moline, IL) — More and more flyers in the Quad Cities are driving to Chicago to catch a flight. Managers at the Quad City International Airport yesterday said that new numbers show about 31-percent of people in the Quad Cities flew out of Chicago last year. That’s compared to just under 20-percent back in 2010. One of the reasons may be the loss of Airtran from the Quad Cities’ airport in 2010. Airport managers say they’re studying a way to reverse the trend.

>>Top Illinois Basketball Recruit, Ayo Dosunmu, Picks U Of I

(Urbana, IL) — The best basketball player in the state of Illinois will play his college ball at the University of Illinois. Morgan Park High School senior Ayo Dosunmu made it official yesterday and committed to the U of I. Dosunmu is a four-star recruit, he’s the top basketball player in Illinois, and the 30th best prospect in the nation. Dosunmu said he’s attracted to the U of I because of the school’s new coach and new basketball philosophy.