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Headlines for Sunday, June 30, 2013

43-year-old Michael A. Jordan of O’Fallon, IL was killed Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle accident in Jefferson County.  State police say Jordan was northbound on I-57 at the 96-mile marker exiting a construction zone, when his motorcycle hit a series of potholes in the roadway, causing him to lose control of the motorcycle.  Jordan and a passenger, 50-year-old Pamela W. Schulter of O’Fallon, IL were thrown from the motorcycle, with Jordan striking a guardrail.  Schulter was taken to Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL for treatment of her injuries, and listed in critical but stable condition.

Minor flooding is expected to continue on the Wabash and Little Wabash rivers through mid-week.  The Little Wabash River at Clay City is forecast to fall below its 18-foot flood stage by Monday afternoon, while the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is expected to rise to 20.3 feet by this afternoon, just above the 19-foot flood stage, and to 15.5 feet at New Harmony by Monday afternoon, about a half-foot above flood stage.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation have announced plans to replace the two bridges carrying I-64 over the Wabash River south of Grayville, as part of Illinois’ long-range road plan for 2015-2019.  Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say they’ll share in half of the engineering, maintenance and construction cost of the new bridges.  The project is expected to cost $71 million.  The replacement bridges are part of Illinois’ $9.1 billion long-range construction plan.

Monday is the deadline to submit nominations for judging in the July Yard of the Month by the Fairfield Beautification Committee.  Judging will take place Tuesday.  Nominations can be made by calling 847-2921 with the name and address of their nominations.  To be eligible the yard must be within the city limits of Fairfield.

Illinois government retirees will start paying premiums for their state health insurance beginning Monday, but the money is expected to be put in a new state account.  A lawsuit had asked that the money be held in escrow until the state’s Supreme Court figured out if health insurance premiums are an unconstitutional diminishment of pension benefits.  A judge made the ruling on Friday.

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