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Unemployment went up in Springfield and Decatur compared to a year ago | First Listen

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  • Unemployment went up in Springfield and Decatur compared to a year ago, but hiring was up
  • Federal lawmakers from Illinois calling for their Republican colleagues to avoid a government shutdown
  • An aide to Governor Pritzker named as executive director of next year's Democratic National Convention
  • 2023 has been a record year for book ban attempts in the U.S.
  • Work continues on the Farm Bill in Washington
  • Route 66 Mother Road Festival Producer Greg Cooper talks about the Mother Road Festival happening in Springfield this weekend
Michelle Eccles anchors NPR Illinois' Morning Edition. Michelle has more than 30 years of experience in broadcasting which all began at her high school radio station, Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. She attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale for her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus in Radio Television and went on to become an award winning anchor and reporter for stations in Decatur and Springfield.
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