Manufacturing drives big wage boost in Peoria

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(Original article by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz of the Chicago Tribune) Peoria County saw a 24% percent jump in average weekly earnings in the first quarter of 2018, the largest among the 349 largest counties in the United States, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase is over six times the national average of 3.7%. In the manufacturing industry, wages rose by an astounding 61%. Hiring sprees from big companies such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, and competitors for well-paying jobs have fueled the increase. Also fueling the increase is the boom in the construction market. Bradley University's $90million investment in a new business-engineering complex certainly contributes to this boom. For more info:click here
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OSF Receives Million Dollar Gift

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[Original article by Kristin McHugh of Peoria Public Radio] Caterpillar group president Ed Rapp and his wife Ann have donated $1 million. The donation to the OSF HealthCare Foundation will support neuroscience innovation. The innovation is focused toward earlier diagnoses and improving assistive technologies. Ed Rapp was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and has focused his retirement on helping find a cure. The donation will support collaborative efforts between OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute, Jump Simulation, and University of Illinois Engineers. The efforts will seek to improve the outlook of the more than 12 million Americans projected to suffer from a degenerative or autoimmune disorder within the next 20 years.     To read more: Click Here
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An ICE Primer

An ICE Primer

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Original Story at iBi.com Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) is a statewide 503(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership in education through technology. Formed in 1986 by a group of 30 educators, ICE has grown to more than 12,000 members, including teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, higher education representatives, school support staff and other stakeholders in Illinois education. It’s the state affiliate of the International Society of Technology Educators—a passionate community that believes in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation, and solve tough problems in education. With 13 chapters located across Illinois, ICE provides professional development opportunities to local educators. In the Peoria area, the ICE-HOI chapter has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension office to provide content and professional development hours to educators…
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