News Roundup: Illinois jobless rate improving

According to a report released last week, Illinois' unemployment rate fell from 10.3 in July to 10.1 in August. However, the state's unemployment rate is still higher than the 9.6 national average, with one in ten people out of work. The current trend may signal a break in the 33 month unemployment increase that has lasted until this year.

Also in the news...

  • A group is calling on state education officials to make parental
    participation a requirement for any school vying for funding from the
    $146.6 million in federal improvement grants coming to Illinois this
    fall. That group, the Statewide Education and Grassroots Education initiative, a campaign by the TARGET Area DevCorp, wants parents to be more involved in education reform.
  • White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel could leave Washington, D.C. "relatively soon" if he decides to run for mayor of Chicago, according to statements made to the Wall Street Journal.
  • There isn't enough protection for corporate whistle-blowers, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. The report says that the federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration hasn't done enough to ensure that whistle-blower investigators have adequate training. Claims of reprisal against whistle-blowers are largely ignored by the agency, according to the report.

-Compiled by Louis McGill

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