Headlines for Monday, August 3, 2015

The Boil Order for Ellery Water System No. 1 (residents west of Albion) has been lifted. You no longer need to boil any water to be used for human consumption.

Illinois is now in its second month without a budget. Officials say prospects for a breakthrough are slim. Lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday to decide if they should give themselves a pay raise.

A pretrial hearing for two women accused of stealing money from the Anna Bixby Women’s Center in Harrisburg has been moved to October 9. Barbara Wingo and her daughter, Terri Wingo-Eichorn are accused of forging documents and taking money from the non-profit organization for their own personal use.

A suspicious death is being investigated in Franklin County. 44-year-old Michael L. Brayfield’s son went to check on his dad Sunday afternoon and found him unresponsive. An autopsy has been scheduled. Officials say the death is being investigated as suspicious.

The Fairfield Community High School Mulebackers annual organizational meeting has been set for this Thursday following the Fall Athletes Meeting at FCHS. Anyone 18 or older living in the FCHS district is welcome to attend.

Rep. Jerry Costello has gathered more than 10,000 signatures on petitions to keep the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta open. Gov. Bruce Rauner has targeted the facility for closure because of budget problems. Costello says the complex brings up to $13 million a year to Southern Illinois.