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Headlines for Saturday, June 15, 2013

The sentencing date in the wire fraud and money laundering case of Mt. Carmel CPA Kevin C. Williams has been changed.  Williams was set to be sentenced September 26th after pleading guilty to swindling an elderly client’s trust out of over $2 million.  According to the U.S. District Court docket, Williams is now scheduled to be sentenced on October 24th.  He faces up to 40 years in prison, 20 years on the money laundering conviction and 20 years on the wire fraud conviction.  As part of his plea agreement, Williams has already agreed to pay restitution to the Spond Family Life Insurance and Spond Charitable Remainder Unitrtust in the amount of $2,087,630.

Power is scheduled to be out in parts of Fairfield this Tuesday morning.  Weather permitting, power will be turned off to residents in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of SW 6th Street, the 500 and 600 blocks of West Wilson Street, the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Illinois Avenue and the 400 and 500 blocks of Broadway Avenue starting at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, weather permitting.  The outage is planned to allow crews to perform required power line maintenance.  Residents with questions can call (618) 516-3440.

The annual Wayne County Farmers Market officially starts a new season today in Fairfield.  This will be the 29th year for the event.  The Saturday market will be held at the northwest corner of the Wayne County Courthouse from 7 until around 10 a.m.  A Wednesday market will be held from 7 a.m. til noon at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.  Sellers for the market must be from Wayne or an adjoining county and must clean up after the market.  Produce or products must be home grown, home baked or homemade.

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced Friday that the Illinois Supreme Court has approved a proposal designed to lessen the legal costs in civil cases for clients of limited means.  The proposal deals with a concept known as “limited scope representation” and allows attorneys to provide paid legal services on a portion of the client’s legal matter, rather than seeing it through from beginning to end.  The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, which has also given its approval, held a public hearing on the proposal earlier this year, and indicated widespread support for the concept.

The beginning of the summer boating season may see harsher penalties for boat operators found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The Illinois General Assembly approved a plan earlier this spring that would allow the state to suspend  or revoke a person’s driver’s license if they’re involved in a serious boating accident and found to be impaired.  A spokesman for Governor Pat Quinn says his administration supports the measure.

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