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Headlines for Sunday, May 19, 2013

34-year-old John R. Robertson, 18-year-old Kevin Lemond and a 16-year-old juvenile all from Fairfield face preliminary charges of kidnapping, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery in connection with the alleged kidnapping and beating of 19-year-old Patrick Vaughan of Fairfield on Saturday, May 11th.  The juvenile has been housed in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center in Benton, IL while Robertson and Lemond were lodged in the Wayne County Jail.  The three are accused of forcing Vaughan into a car and driving around while beating him and smashing his cell phone before eventually releasing him.  John R. Robertson was out on bail awaiting sentencing on charges related to the October 18, 2012 beating of Reggie Shemwell of Fairfield at the time of his arrest Friday afternoon.

At a recent special meeting of the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees, the board approved a resolution to issue $1,905,000 in general obligation community college bonds for the purpose of increasing the working cash in the district.  There will be no tax levy increase associated with the bond issuance.  The bonds will be issued to increase the working cash reserves of the college due to delayed payments from the state of Illinois.

The Fairfield Grade School board meets at 6 Monday evening in regular session.  Employment of a vocal music instructor and co-cheerleading coaches is expected to take place, along with discussion on Voluntary Student Accident Insurance and moving the June board meeting from the 17th to the 24th.

One winning ticket was sold in Florida for last night’s Powerball drawing.  The jackpot was worth an estimated $600 million, second only to the Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million last year.  The winning numbers drawn were 10-13-14-22-52 and the Powerball was 11.  Wednesday night’s jackpot goes back to an estimated $40 million.  Several states participate in Powerball, including Illinois.

The April unemployment rate in Illinois fell to 9.3 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  They report there were 2000 fewer jobs over the month, but 40,300 more jobs than a year ago.  The number of unemployed people decreased by 18,000 in April to 611,000.  The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and actively seeking employment.  The IDES says Illinois has added over 216,000 private sector jobs since 2010, with the Professional and Business Services sector recording most of the gains.

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