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DNR To Investigate Abandoned DeWitt County Railway Route For Potentail Trail

An abandoned rail line in the Farmer City area of northeast DeWitt County is the subject of a study to be done by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to see if a possible walking/hiking/biking trail is possible.
 
DeWitt County Board Chair David Newberg indicates the line connects between McLean County and Piatt County and could be the target of a multi purpose path for recreation.
 
Other efforts like this have recently cropped up in DeWitt County in recent years. The City Council has done preliminary work on a path out to Weldon Springs that could turn into something that would run through Clinton. 

National Social Security Month

April is National Social Security Month and now is the perfect time to get started managing your social security.
 
Jack Myers is reaching out to spread awareness and encourages young people to think about how social security figures into their futures. Social Security is not exclusively there for retirement purposes, but can benefit you when times are tough.
 
 
There are five steps that he recommends you go through to secure today and tomorrow for you and your loved ones. From understanding your social security to managing your benefits.
 
 
To learn more or create a my Social Security account go to socialsecurity.gov or give them a call at 800-772-1213.

U.S. Ag Secretary Position Just One Of Hundreds Of USDA Vacancies

The Trump Administration could finally have a Secretary of Agriculture in place as early as next week, however one commodity group suggests that's just the beginning of work to be done.  NAFB Farm Broadcaster, Jared White, has more....
 

AFBF LAUNCHES MARKET INTEL WEBPAGE

The American Farm Bureau Federation this month launched a Market Intel webpage, featuring market analysis and information. AFBF market intelligence director John Newton says the analysis pieces will help farmers and ranchers make key decisions for their businesses.
 
                  
 
Newton says the reports will cover a variety of topics important to farmers and ranchers.
 
 
Newton says AFBF expert economists will contribute regularly to the Market Intel section.
 
 
You can find the AFBF market intel reports online at www.fb.org/marketintel.

Unemployment Down in March But Losing Jobs

THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL BELOW FIVE PERCENT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE LAST MONTH. 
 
THE MARCH JOBLESS RATE CAME IN AT FOUR POINT NINE PERCENT, DOWN A HALF A POINT FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH. BUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH SAYS THERE WERE ALSO 89-HUNDRED JOBS LOST IN MARCH.
 
 
THE BIGGEST JOB LOSSES LAST MONTH WERE SEEN IN CONSTRUCTION…AND THE PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES INDUSTRY.
 
 
THE BIGGEST JOB GAINS IN MARCH WERE SEEN IN THE LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY SECTOR.

State, Federal Lawmakers Fighting For Route 66

Congressmen Rodney Davis, Darin LaHood and State Representative Tim Butler toured Route 66 communities in Central Illinois Wednesday. 
 
Davis talks about federal legislation preparing for the 100th Anniversary of Route 66 in 2026.
 
 
Davis referred to State Representative Avery Bourne who joined Davis earlier in the week for another Route 66 tour. Butler introduced legislation establishing a state Illinois Route 66 Centennial Commission.

Mendoza Attacks Rauner on Balanced Budget Claims

The odds of Comptroller Susana Mendoza making the cut on the Rauner family greeting card list shrink by the day. 
 
Mendoza continues to call for Governor Bruce Rauner and lawmakers to reach a budget agreement before the state gets hit with additional credit downgrades. She continues to make hay out of analysis from a political website on Rauner's claims he he has delivered a balanced budget proposal.
 
 
Some analysts maintain the Governor provided a budget that would be balanced if certain conditions were met.

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