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The University of Illinois Flash Index, which tracks economic activity in the state, fell for the second consecutive month in April, dropping to its lowest level since December 2012.

The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) has announced that it will present a Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Professor Jorge Chapa, an IGPA demographer and sociologist who died in October 2015.

URBANA, Ill. – Illinois’ economy continues to grow at a modest rate despite a slight uptick in the unemployment rate, according to the University of Illinois Flash Index.

The Index rose to 105.6 in February, up three-tenths of a point from the previous month, and well above the 100 level that marks the division between growth and decline. The slight rise reverses a two-month trend of lower readings since the index reached 106.1 in November 2015.

IGPA Distinguished Fellow and former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar is one of four Illinoisans honored as a 2016 Champion of Democracy by Illinois Common Cause. Edgar was honored on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Chicago.

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