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Headlines for Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Fairfield Retail Merchants are planning a promotion in conjunction with the unearthing of two time capsules on the court house lawn in Fairfield on Saturday, June 21st.  Various civic groups will be selling baked goods and concessions starting at 10 a.m. around the courthouse square.  The Wayne County Historical Society will be providing pamphlets for a “walking tour” of downtown Fairfield and will be displaying large photographs of Fairfield’s past in many stores.  The city will begin digging for the time capsules around 1 p.m. with the items to be revealed to the public around 2 p.m.  The items will then be displayed at the Hanna House Museum June 28th through October 25th during regular museum hours.

The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m.  Items on the agenda include a garbage rate increase and the sale of excess real estate.  A committee report is also listed concerning a multi-use vehicle for the city fire department, and the awarding of bids for repairs to the Chamber of Commerce building.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to travel to Troy, IL next week to visit Chloe Stirling, who had her homemade cupcake business shut down in January by the Madison County Health Department, saying she was out of compliance with health regulations for food.  Lawmakers have since passed a bill that overrides the local rules and sets standards for selling baked goods made at home.  Governor Quinn is expected to sign the bill at Stirling’s home on Tuesday.

Fifteen people, including two from south-central Illinois, are facing federal charges for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid home services program in Illinois by filling out bogus time sheets.  The charges were announced Thursday in Springfield.  Among those charged are 46-year-old Jody R. Wooters of Centralia, IL and 31-year-old Margaret Teriet of Mt. Vernon, IL.  The home services program allows people with disabilities to hire assistants to perform household tasks and help with personal care, and submit time sheets twice a month for payments.

Armadillo sightings have been confirmed in southern Illinois.  A report says the mammal has been slowly expanding its range northward, with confirmed sightings in southern Illinois and southern Indiana as recently as last year.  Wildlife experts said most of the sightings have been in the form of roadkill.  The report said the armadillos have been making steady progress northward from Central America to Mexico, Texas and the southeastern United States since the late 1800s.

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