CHICAGO (AP) - The jobless rate in all 12 Illinois metro areas dropped again in June. State officials say Decatur's rate of 9.2 percent was more than three percent lower than a year ago. Danville's rate dropped more than two percent and Rockford's rate was 1.5 percent lower.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Business and labor groups want an Illinois agency to move faster on implementing hydraulic fracturing rules. Supporters of "fracking" had hoped the high-volume drilling would begin his summer. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say they're on track to meet a November deadline.
CHICAGO (AP) - An 18-year-old faces murder and other charges in the death of a Chicago girl last week. Police say Tevin Lee was shooting at someone outside a house where Shamiya Adams was at a sleepover. A stray bullet struck the 11-year-old girl in the head and killed her.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Federal immigration detainers that led to protests in McLean County two years ago have dropped significantly. There have been only 18 this year compared to 122 in 2012. Detainers allow immigrants to be jailed without probable cause at the request of federal authorities.
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