The Chicago jobless rate has fallen to 9.4 percent from last year's 10.4, matching the Illinois rate, but still slightly higher than the national rate of 9.2 percent. The country's economy grew at a two-percent rate between July and September, an improvement over the 1.7 percent growth between April and June. However, economists surveyed by the Associated Press believe the economy will only grow by 2.7 percent in 2011.
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- Next week a residential home for sexually exploited young women is scheduled to open in the Chicago area. Named Anne's House, the home was designed with input from survivors of the sex trade, and it will house between eight to twelve women at a time. The illegal sex trade in Chicago currently exploits close 16,000 young people, a recent study found.
- Federal Judge James Zagel denied former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's bid to have the one conviction out of the 24 charges from his corruption trial tossed out. The retrial on the remaining 23 charges is set for January, and Blagojevich's legal team is thinning out.
- Early voting, which ends today, has spiked. Election officials say that there are two times the amount of early voting ballots compared to the previous election four years ago.
- With Police Supt. Jody Weis planning to relocate officers to higher crime areas, some aldermen are worried about a decline in police protection for their lower crime districts.
-Compiled by Louis McGill and Nick Moroni