Morning Minute: Fewer file for unemployment

Jobless claims fell last week, marking a change in direction after four previous weeks of increases, CNN Money reports. According to the Labor Department, about 365,000 people filed for unemployment last week, a drop from the 392,000 claims filed the week before.

In other news:

The Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® contributed $10,000 Wednesday for the area’s economic development job creation plan. Read more in the Pantagraph.

Chicago’s vacant building ordinance nets $619,000 in fines. The Chicago Tribune reports that the city of Chicago has levied fines against more than 150 financial institutions for not following the city’s vacant building ordinance.

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