Headlines for Tuesday, November 6th

Fox News Radio says polls indicate J.B. Pritzker will succeed Bruce Rauner as Governor of Illinois.

Early polling reports have varied around Fairfield, with some places reporting a high number of voters and others working through a slow day. Polls close at 7 tonight. Live election coverage tonight on 104.9 WFIW and wfiwradio.com starts with us joining Fox News Radio at 6:00 p.m. Local results will begin at 8:15 and continue three times an hour until races are decided. Our coverage is sponsored by Steve Thomson, your Country Financial Representative in West Salem.

26-year-old Shelly N. Burchell was arrested yesterday for domestic battery. She is accused of striking one person in the neck area and spitting in their face. Burchell was transported to the Wayne County Jail and held, pending an appearance before a judge to set bond.

The Johnsonville Community Ruritan Christmas Auction and Soup Supper will be held this Saturday, with supper beginning at 5. The auction will feature items provided by Thomas Factory Outlet, and it will begin at 6. Both the supper and auction will be held at the Ruritan Building in Johnsonville.

North Clay High School Graduate Andy Haines has been named the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. Haines was a catcher for Eastern Illinois University before serving as a hitting coach and manager in the Miami Marlins farm system. He was the assistant hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs last year.

Election Day will be overseen by officials from the state’s Attorney General’s office in Saline County today. State investigators were reportedly called to the Saline County Courthouse yesterday after concerns about the openness and transparency of the election. County Clerk Kim Buchanan is accused of kicking poll watchers out of the courthouse.

The Albion City Council met yesterday and passed an ordinance dealing with the city’s rogue chicken problem. The ordinance allows up to 12 hens and one rooster inside city limits per approved pen area. Should they be found roaming the city, anyone can capture them and take them to Animal Control or to the police. The fowl could then be incarcerated, with a ticket and fine given to its owner.

Wayne County Treasurer Donna Masterson says nearly 60 percent of the county’s real estate taxes were paid in the first installment due date on Friday. Her office anticipates that number to go up as they tabulate payments made by mail, and she expects to send checks to the county’s taxing bodies, including its schools, within the week. The second installment of real estate taxes is due December 7th.

Frontier Community College has experienced a 7.8 percent growth in student enrollment over the past year, bucking the state community college trend of declining numbers. However, Full Time Enrollment numbers are down, which means that more people are taking fewer classes.

The Village of West Salem has issued a Boil Order for all residents east of Main Street and south of North Street. All residents in the affected area should boil water to be used for human consumption until further notice.

Western Wayne Water District will be shutting off the water tomorrow at 8 a.m. on the south side of Illinois Highway 15. The water will remain off until the District’s work is complete, though no estimate has been given as to when that will be. All customers in the affected area will then be placed under a boil order when their water is turned back on.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that all offices and facilities will be closed today in observance of the General Election Day. They will reopen tomorrow with normal operating hours.

Illinois will receive $691,000 in federal funds to expand the availability of locally grown produce, and the state’s Department of Agriculture has announced the money will be divided among 12 projects. Projects to be funded include improving crop pest-detection, improving “high tunnel” farming, and developing online information to educate consumers.

Libertarian Kash Jackson feels that both gubernatorial incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger JB Pritzker are out of touch with the problems of everyday citizens. In a final effort to increase his election standing, Jackson says the two millionaires don’t have an appreciation for the struggles that the average citizens across the state face every day.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.37 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 9.04 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 16.53 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).