Memorial Day services have been set in Fairfield and Wayne City on Monday. Fairfield’s service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Veterans section of Maple Hill Cemetery. The keynote speaker will be Fairfield Mayor Charles Griswold, with Elmer McDuffee serving as Master of Ceremonies. The observance will be held at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the event of inclement weather. Wayne City’s Memorial Day observance will be held at 2 p.m. at Thomason Cemetery, with Lamar Choate the keynote speaker.
Illinois State Police are continuing their stepped-up patrols during the holiday weekend and encouraging motorists to buckle up and drive safely on area roadways. Police will be aggressively enforcing the “Fatal Four” violations most associated with fatal traffic crashes through Monday night. They include speeding, DUI, not wearing a seat belt and distracted driving. While state police have not reported any fatal crashes this weekend, a three-vehicle accident in Jackson County late Friday night sent one driver to the hospital with major injuries. According to police, 51-year-old Gerald L. Tilley of DuQuoin, IL was driving a vehicle that was pulling a passenger bus with a chain and was preparing to turn onto U.S. Route 51 at Beech Road, when a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Ashley N. Daniels of Pinckneyville, IL hit the bus, causing it to catch fire. Daniels was airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis, MO with serious burns.
The Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night in regular session. Several appointments are expected to be made, including assigning aldermen to several committees including police and dispatch contract negotiations, expenditure and appropriations, revenue and income and future use and purpose of van committee. Several appointments are expected to be made, and the council is expected to discuss a proposal to resurface the parking lanes on Main and Delaware streets.
House and Senate Democrats have agreed on a proposed Illinois budget that would keep education funding at the same level and increase human services spending. One of the Legislature’s budget negotiators said Democrats will present their 2014 spending plan later this week, after which Republicans will get a chance to weigh in on it. Governor Pat Quinn proposed cutting education funding by about $400 million, a cut he said was difficult but necessary.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating reports of adverse events among patients in Illinois that received injections of a steroid produced by a Tennessee compounding pharmacy. The IDPHS is investigating five cases from patients who developed abscesses after receiving injections of MPA, an anti-inflammatory steroid used to treat several conditions including asthma and allergic reactions. All patients received the injections from a shipment originating from a pharmacy in Tennessee. All five Illinois cases were reported to have occurred at the Logan Primary Care clinic in Herrin, IL in Williamson County, and occurred between January 3rd and February 21st. An investigation into the cause of the adverse events is ongoing.