CHICAGO (AP) - The unemployment rate in Illinois increased slightly in June while manufacturers and local governments cut more jobs than they added.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says Thursday that unemployment increased to 9.2 percent last month. That was up from 9.1 percent in May. June's figure ended two months of decreasing unemployment.
Employers around the state added a net 5,400 non-farm jobs for the month. And department Director Jay Rowell says the net 9,000 jobs added by private-sector employers is an encouraging sign that they're optimistic about the future.
Meanwhile, manufacturers cut a net 1,600 jobs for the month. Illinois' manufacturing had been one of the state's strongest employment sectors until recent months.
Construction firms added 5,400 jobs in June.
The St. Louis amnesty program is expanding this year.
The program allows people with certain types of arrest warrants to avoid jail time by appearing at certain events. Thousands of people have already participated and now people who have outstanding child support payments will be eligible.
Charges are filed against a man for allegedly shooting his friend after an argument over spilled beer.
Steven Rozier Jr faces charges including murder for allegedly shooting Mario Shackelford several times in the chest.
The incident started when three men, including Rozier and Shackelford, were drinking beer in a car. Rozier spilled his beer and an argument followed. During the argument, police say Rozier got a gun and started shooting.
Shackelford was pronounced dead at the scene.