The third monkeypox case in Champaign County is at a daycare center

CHAMPAIGN — An adult employee at a daycare facility in Rantoul has come down with monkeypox. The “patient is doing well and the case poses little risk to general public,” the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced on Friday. They’re currently investigating the case.  According to The News-Gazette, it’s the state’s first case of monkeypox at […]

The job market got even better, in a surprisingly positive sign for the economy

WASHINGTON — The pace of hiring unexpectedly surged last month, as the U.S. job market showed surprising strength in the face of high inflation and softening economic activity. Employers added 528,000 jobs in July according to the Labor Department — a significant acceleration from the previous month. Job gains for May and June were also […]

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

Tax on eligible items will decrease to 1.25% from 6.25% from Aug. 5-14 SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Friday and lasting through Aug. 14, the state will reduce its sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent for certain clothing items costing less than $125 and school supplies. The “tax holiday” was included in Gov. JB […]