Headlines for Saturday, May 18

According to Fairfield Police Chief Keith Colclasure, the city of Fairfield is in the process of updating its police officer eligibility list. Packets for those interested are available in City Hall during regular business hours.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital recently renovated its 2nd Floor Computer Lab to be used for staff continuing education. As part of the renovation the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary offered to purchase new desk chairs to help provide comfortable seating for anyone who utilizes the area. Staff will use the area to learn about new electronic health record features and to complete continuing education in new healthcare trends.

Perry County, Illinois has had to lay off four full-time deputies, three part-time deputies, three full-time corrections officers and four part-time corrections officers due to budget cuts of $534,000. The lay-off is effective as of May 31.

An ongoing outbreak of E. Coli linked to ground beef has now sickened 196 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At this time, the CDC says that it has not identified a common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef that could explain the whole outbreak. The CDC recommends properly cooking ground beef and following other food safety steps to avoid getting sick.

Payrolls are on the rise in Illinois as the state’s unemployment rate is steady at four percent and more people in the state were working in April of this year than last year. The Nationwide unemployment rate is three point six percent.

The Illinois Policy Institute has released a plan that they claim can raise needed infrastructure funds for the state without raising taxes. The multi-pronged plan can be viewed in full at IllinoisPolicy.org

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 11.60 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 7.52 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 7.68 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).