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Headlines for Saturday, May 25, 2013

A House compromise bill that would allow law-abiding Illinois residents to carry a concealed weapon is moving closer to passage. The proposal will allow Illinois State Police to issue a concealed carry license to applicants that are at least 21 years old, meet current FOID card requirements, pay a $150 fee for a 5-year license, complete 16 hours of training which includes 3 hours of live firing and have not been convicted of a violent crime or two DUI’s in the past five years.

After a little more than 90 minutes of deliberations on Friday, a White County jury found in favor of Evergreen Energy in a wrongful firing case. Former tool pusher Michael Thomason of Carmi sued Evergreen Energy, alleging the company wrongfully terminated his employment.  Thomason had sought over $240,000 in damages and lost income. Evergreen Energy was represented by Fairfield attorney Matt Vaughan.

The Fairfield City Council meets next Tuesday with a full agenda. Mayor Chuck Griswold is expected to make a number of appointments, including members of the Library, Police Pension, Zoning and Tourism and Recreation Boards and members of the Fire and Police Commissioners. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall.

The North Wayne School Board is applying for a $100,000 maintenance grant for a health/life/safety amendment. The board also approved advertising vacancies for a Title I aide at Johnsonville and Mt. Erie, a speech therapist and an Elementary PE aide at Johnsonville and Mt. Erie.

Fairfield’s annual Memorial Day Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Veterans Section of Maple Hill Cemetery.  Fairfield Mayor Charles Griswold will be the keynote speaker.  J.C. McDuffee , pastor of the Lebanon North CP Church will serve as chaplain for the service.

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