Headlines for Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Mt. Vernon attorney has resigned from his position at the Bankruptcy Clinic following a firestorm of criticism about his Facebook comments regarding the death of Marion County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Officer Adam Conrad. Michael Curry made several negative and derogatory comments about Conrad after the correctional officer died in the Wednesday morning crash of the county’s transport van on I-57 south of Mt. Vernon. Curry had become upset after getting stuck in the traffic jam that followed. The owner of the Bankruptcy Clinic, Jay Howd, also apologized for Curry’s remarks, calling them reprehensible, inexcusable and unacceptable. He said Curry was not a bad person, but made a bad decision that spiraled out of control.

39-year-old Kelli L. Watson of Olmsted, IL was injured and transported to the Eldorado Hospital following a one-vehicle crash in Gallatin County Friday afternoon. According to the accident report, Watson was driving her Toyota Prius eastbound on IL Route 141 just east of Lake Road when she lost control of the vehicle on the ice-covered roadway. The Toyota went off the south side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. A 12-year-old passenger in her vehicle was not injured. Watson was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

Vigo Coal Company has announced it will be laying off 66 employees at its Mount Carmel and Boonville, IN Liberty mines. The layoffs are expected to be permanent and are due to a significant reduction in the amount of coal purchased from the mines.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is seeking to dismiss lawsuits brought by two daily fantasy sports sites that claim their contests are games of skill allowed by state law. Madigan issued an advisory opinion last month saying daily fantasy sports betting is illegal gambling in Illinois. Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel sued over Madigan’s opinion. In Friday’s court filing, Madigan argued she hasn’t ordered the companies to cease operations or threatened them with litigation. She said her opinion was prompted by legislators looking at changes for the industry.