Headlines for Monday, January 25, 2016

Much warmer weather is on the way for Southern Illinois. Temperatures are forecast to moderate into the mid-fifties by the end of the week with only occasional chances of rain. No severe weather or wintry precipitation is in the extended forecast.

Mount Vernon bankruptcy attorney Michael Curry resigned Friday after a series of rants he posted on Facebook went viral. Curry posted a series of hate-filled posts about a traffic accident last Wednesday that claimed the life of Marion County correctional officer Adam Conrad. Curry was upset about being stuck in traffic following the crash, and took out his frustrations on the young officer killed in the crash. Protesters showed up at his law office on Friday, condemning the Facebook rant.

Illinois Eastern Community College Trustees say some vacant positions will not be filled because of the state’s budget mess. The IECC District has not received payment from the State since last July. Officials say they will also have to increase enrollment to offset the deficit. The district’s plan includes more than $5 million in revenue growth and cost savings.

Jackson County has joined Saline, Gallatin and St. Clair Counties in suing the State of Illinois over unpaid bills. The suit seeks to have the state release tax money already collected for the salaries of top local government jobs.

Vigo Coal Company will lay off 66 workers at its Mount Carmel and Boonville, Indiana mines. Officials say the layoffs are expected to be permanent.

Fairfield City Council meets Tuesday night. Aldermen will hear a report from Jerry Quindry about the city’s tree planting project south of Interstate 64. Recent flooding and a neighbor’s construction of a duck hunting area have threatened the project.