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Archive for June 25th, 2010

Enrollment At IVCC’s Ottawa Campus Rising

Posted by wlpo on June 25, 2010

Classes continue to fill up at the new IVCC-Ottawa satellite campus.

According to college officials, the Ottawa Center has reached 62 percent of its capacity with all CNA sections filled.  All 30 classes being offered in Ottawa have students enrolled.  Ottawa Center officials say students so far are from Ottawa, Marseilles, Seneca and Streator.  A total of 289 students have enrolled so far.

Walk-in registration is at Ottawa City Hall from 8 until 4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 11 until 7 on Tuesdays.

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Census jobs helped area employment numbers

Posted by wlpo on June 25, 2010

Finding a job might have gotten a little easier in May.  Area unemployment rates dropped from April to May.  But more people were still filing for unemployment last month when compared to the same time last year.

May unemployment for LaSalle County was 12.2%, Bureau County unemployment was 9.6%, and Putnam County unemployment was 10.5%.      It was 11.6% for the Ottawa-Streator area.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says most of the new hires were temporary Census2010 positions.  Fields like manufacturing and retail actually lost jobs.

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About 45 people have experienced “A Night without a Home”

Posted by wlpo on June 25, 2010

As the sun comes up over Washington Square in Ottawa, folks are waking up in sleeping bags, if they ever got to sleep.

About 45 people were able to experienced homelessness during “A Servant’s Heart “A Night Without a Home” Thursday night.

99.3 WAJK’s Jon Shap was there.  He says he got about two hours of sleep.  After trying to make it on the ground in a sleeping bag, he ended up on a park bench.

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