Spring Valley Fatal Motorcycle Accident
A motorcycle accident in Spring Valley Sunday evening claimed the life of a Peru man. Spring Valley Police say a motorcycle driven by 35-year old Randy Mosell, Jr. was eastbound on US Route 6 in the Spring Valley curves when he lost control of his motorcycle after he passed a vehicle. Authorities say Mosell ran off the roadway and struck a road sign post. Mosell was taken to Saint Margaret’s hospital in Spring Valley where he died shortly after arrival.
A woman is in the hospital following a stabbing in Streator Saturday morning. Streator Police say officers responded to the 1200-block of East Main Street for a domestic dispute and a 34-year old woman who had been stabbed. Authorities say the suspect, 29-year old William Milian fled on foot prior to officer’s arrival and was located a short time later in the 1500-block of East Morrell Street. Milian was taken to the La Salle County Jail on an aggravated domestic battery charge. Authorities say the 34-year old female was taken to Saint Mary’s hospital then transported to another hospital.
Unemployment numbers were down slightly in the area. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, La Salle County fell to 8.7 percent in June from 8.9 in May. La Salle County also saw a drop of two-and-a-half percent in unemployment from June 2013 to June 2014. In Bureau County, unemployment stayed even at 7.4 percent from May to June and Putnam County saw a drop from 8.2 percent in May to 7.5 percent in June. Livingston County unemployment fell year-over-year to 6.9 percent. Overall, transportation, warehousing and utilities saw the biggest job gain while government jobs saw the biggest decline.
Quinn on Minimum Wage
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure. Quinn and other Democrats spoke at a Chicago campaign event yesterday about the non-binding measure on the November 4th ballot. It asks if the minimum wage should be raised from $8.25 to $10.
Farm Rented Land
A University of Illinois economist says farmers who rent land will probably need to renegotiate what they pay after watching corn and soybean prices fall to their lowest prices since 2010. Prices have fallen as the expected size of each crop has grown. Farmers across the Midwest are expecting strong production thanks to a season of good weather.
Fast Food Wages
Fast food workers from across the country have voted in suburban Chicago to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation by including civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered yesterday in Villa Park. They're pushing for $15-an-hour wages, but industry officials say that would hurt job creation, and that the solution is more education and job training.
Illinois State Fundraising
It's been a banner year for fundraising at Illinois State University. The school has announced it set a fundraising record by raising $19.5 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That compares with $14.8 million over the previous year. The record-setting tally includes two donations of $1 million or more. In all, more than 10,400 alumni offered some form of gift to the university during the fiscal year.
One of the country's most popular music festivals starts in Chicago in a few days and that means traffic headaches for some motorists. Sections of some roads in downtown Chicago are already being closed as Lollapalooza organizers set up for the three-day event that starts on Friday. Around 100,000 people are expected to attend each day of the festival in Chicago's lakefront Grant Park. The rock band Kings of Leon and rapper Eminem are among this year's headliners.