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Gas prices surge nationwide

  CHICAGO – Gas prices in Northcentral Illinois have spiked and the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline increased nearly a dime since last week to $3.46. The American Automobile Association says the recent price bounce may fade if demand and oil costs remain low, however,

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Illinois unemployment down in January

  SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today that the unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In January, the industries with the largest gains included Government, Hospitality, and Educational

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