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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced this week that his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices to the public due to the lack of a state budget.

The jobless percentage for August 2015 was down 0.2% from the July 2015 report of 5.8%.  The decrease in the unemployment rate was not, however, accompanied by new job creation.  Total nonfarm Illinois jobs remained flat at 5.92 million.  The August jobless numbers were reported last week.

The 7,565 incoming students that have signed up to begin their class work this fall have created a headcount that is second only to the 7,583 students of 2005.  The overall 2015-16 enrollment of 44,087 – a number that includes both undergraduate and graduate students – is up more than 1 percent from the 43,602 students who signed up in fall 2014.  The University of Illinois reported that the percentage of students who are Illinois residents is up from last year.      

The General Assembly overrode Gov. Rauner’s amendatory veto of HB 1.  Rauner approved most of the bill, but had expressed concerns about the costs of the measure to the public sector, especially to the state-funded Medicaid system.  Proponents of HB 1 agreed that there would be a cost impact, but asserted that overall benefits to Illinois public health – especially the urgent need to equip more first responders with opiate antagonists – justified the veto override.

The pilot program is aimed at vials containing Schedule II controlled substances.  These include opiate medications such as hydrocodone, found in widely-prescribed painkillers such as Vicodin.  Strong analgesics are blamed for widespread growth among some Americans in opiate tolerance, which can progress in some cases to drug addiction.  The pilot program was announced on August 29 by Gov. Rauner.

The key number dropped to 5.8% in July 2015, down from 5.9% in June 2015 and substantially down from the year-earlier rate of 6.7% in July 2014.  However, Illinois unemployment rates remained substantially higher than the nationwide total in July.  The overall U.S. jobless number was 5.3% in July.  The new numbers were released on August 20.