Headlines for Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The City of Albion has approved a $50,000 payment to settle a lawsuit brought by Greenwalt Construction of Wayne City.  Greenwalt had initially been hired to build a new fire house for Albion. After Greenwalt poured the foundation for the structure, the city pulled the plug and decided to built the new fire house at a different location with a different contractor.  The lawsuit had been pending for five years.

Flora Mayor Bob Tackitt died Monday following complications from surgery. He died at a hospital in St. Louis.  A veteran of the Vietnam War, he had retired from the Ill. Secretary of State’s Driver’s License Office.  Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Mike Stanford will serve as acting mayor.

Former Harrisburg physician Dr. Brian Burns has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of trying to hire someone to kidnap the Saline County State’s Attorney.  Burns is still awaiting trial on charges he murdered his estranged wife, Carla Burns.

Illinois’ failure to pay its bills on time has resulted in $1 billion in late-payment penalties.  A report issued Monday shows that the state had $9 billion in overdue bills on Dec. 31. The overdue bills now amount to $8.8 billion.  Some of the overdue bills carried late payment charges of up to 12 percent.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau is offering six $750 scholarships to Wayne County youth planning to major in an ag-related field of study for the fall 2018 semester.  In addition, the Young Leader Committee will be awarding one $750 scholarship.  More information is available by calling the Farm Bureau office at 842-3342.