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Organizers ban campaigning at Veterans Day parade

Sunday, 10 November 2013 09:39 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The annual Veterans Day parade in Illinois' capital city has a new rule this year: No politicians, and no campaigning.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the change is part of an effort to refocus the event on the military men and women who served the country.

Organizers also are banning participants from throwing candy to people lining the streets downtown Springfield.

Sam Montalbano is a parade organizer. He says World War II veterans "aren't going to be around much longer" and it's time to salute them.

Monday's parade will honor all veterans.

Politicians who served in the military may participate with their veterans groups, but they can't do any campaigning.

Instead of candy, participants will hand out small American flags.

Former village trustee admits health care fraud

Sunday, 10 November 2013 09:31 Published in Local News

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois village's former trustee faces up to a decade in federal prison now that he's pleaded guilty to committing health care fraud.

Thirty-nine-year-old Darron Suggs pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.

Suggs admitted he filed fraudulent Medicaid bills on behalf of two people receiving federal aid for home health care. He falsely claimed he acted as their personal health care assistant for seven years beginning in 2006.

The federal government says the fraud netted Suggs nearly $65,000.

Suggs was a Washington Park trustee who also served as a St. Clair County probation officer but left that job in July.

Suggs also faces up to $250,000 in fines when sentenced March 14.

The shutdown's surprise effect on jobs numbers

Saturday, 09 November 2013 09:25 Published in National News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown may have affected October's jobs numbers. But not how you think.

In the height of irony, the 16 days of federal worker furloughs and government disruptions may have helped, not hurt, the improved jobs picture.

Because of the shutdown, the Bureau of Labor Statistics delayed the release of the jobs numbers by one week to allow more time to collect payroll and household data. That extra time resulted in an above average response rate for payroll data.

A stronger participation rate can skew the hiring numbers up. As a result, to some economists, Friday's robust jobs number is looking slightly inflated.

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