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DeKalb County treasurer predicts additional rate increases and lower assessments for the next couple of taxing cycles.

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Illinois hospitals are bracing for Medicaid reimbursement rate cuts at the state level. This issue entered the spotlight after a Rockford-area health-care provider announced budget cuts. NIU's Jim Ciesla says other hospitals could take similar steps amid uncertainty over state and federal policy matters. 

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Construction is nearing for an 80-room, four-story Hampton Inn along I-88 and Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Mayor Kris Povlsen says the hotel may keep visitors from leaving the city to stay overnight in neighboring towns. 

There's a push in northern Illinois to introduce more young people to the world of finance. Some young adults in the Rockford-area will get a chance to learn about such careers. 

Rockford-based Swedish American Health System has announced layoffs and job position eliminations to stay in the black,  citing potential reductions to reimbursement rates under the state's Medicaid program. 

Belvidere plant ready to turn out new Dodge Dart

Apr 30, 2012

Official production of the new Dodge Dart is being launched in northern Illinois this week.  The model is being assembled at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. 

Unemployment in the Rockford metro area dropped from 13.4 percent in March 2011 to 11.7 percent in March 2012 -- the largest decline in any Illinois metropolitan area – according to a government report released Thursday. Statewide unemployment dropped to 9.0 percent.

Unemployment in the city of Rockford also dropped 1.7 points, but it stands at 12.8 percent this year compared to 14.5 percent in March 2011.

The Rockford metro unemployment rate is the highest in the state. The lowest rate is in the Bloomington-Normal metro area at 6.7%. The DeKalb County rate fell 0.6 point to 8.4%

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Many residents of a small LaSalle County town are still in shock after news that one of its largest employers will be closing its doors next month.