Hearings will begin in about a week on a $276 million rate increase request for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. MSD says the rate hike is needed to comply with stricter regulatory requirements and to reduce wastewater overflows into area creeks and streams.
State officials say the March unemployment rate dropped in every Illinois metropolitan area for a record seventh consecutive month.
A report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows that the Rockford metropolitan area with the state's highest unemployment rate, at 13.3 percent. That's almost 4 percentage points lower than the same time last year.
The Kankakee-Bradley metropolitan area March rate was second-highest, at 12.7 percent.
Other metro areas with jobless rates over 10 percent were: