Headlines for Tuesday, November 5th

27-year-old Michael M. Gallegos was arrested by Fairfield police early this morning after a motorcycle chase that reached sustained speeds of 105 miles per hour. He was taken into custody on charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding and driving without a valid license and lodged in jail, pending a court appearance.

Frontier Community College will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa for community children on December 7th. The event will be held at Bob Boyles Hall from 9 to 10:30, and it will include a hot breakfast, crafts, and a photo with Santa. Children 2-8 may attend, and the cost is $10 per child.

Illinois State Police District 19 troopers will conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols in Wayne, White, and Hamilton counties this month in both daytime and nighttime hours. ISP will focus on DUI, speeding, safety belt and child restraint use, and distracted driving violations.

Illinois’ congressional delegation is backing Governor J.B. Pritzker’s appeal to FEMA to reverse its decision to deny aid to individual flood victims. A letter signed by the state’s U.S. congressmen says about 1,695 homes and businesses sustained major damage due to floods and asks FEMA to reconsider.

The Wayne City Village Board met last night and heard from HLR Engineering about the village’s drainage issues. Two issues need to be addressed before further study, including state-owned culverts. If the state doesn’t repair them, the study’s next portion could cost roughly $15,000.

The Albion City Council met last night and heard of delinquent water bills left by renters that have moved away. The city’s current ordinance states that property owners assume the bills if no other party may pay, and bills are delinquent almost two months before any action. The water committee will examine the dilemma and give a report next month.

U.S. Representative John Shimkus confirmed his intention not to seek re-election yesterday morning. He had reportedly been asked to reconsider not seeking another term by several House members late last month. Six Republicans and two Democrats have announced their intent to run for his seat.

Jill VanHyning

Fairfield Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of Jill VanHyning as its Director of Human Resources. VanHyning joins the FMH staff with over 17 years of experience in Human Resources in healthcare, and she also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University.

Mark Gebhards, Executive Director of Governmental Affairs with the Illinois Farm Bureau, says one key issue the IFB is working on right now is the planned expansion of broadband. He says the IFB and telecommunications companies are working to make sure property rights can be kept as Internet companies lay fiber on property. They also aim to ensure any damages during installation are fixed. Radio story

Legislation ending the practice of suspending someone’s driver’s license because of overdue parking tickets is headed to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk. The “License to Work Act” prevents license suspension for non-moving violations, like parking fines. Supporters say people need their licenses to go to work and make money to pay off their fines. If the Governor signs the bill, it will take effect in July.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has tendered notice that he will resign his seat on the bench, effective December 2020. The 79-year-old Republican was first elected to the state’s high court over Democrat Gordon Maag in 2004. He said in a statement that he would not run again due to his age.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 19.52 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.64 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 8.53 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.51 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 14.93 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $49.25, unchanged from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $56.84, up $0.66 from yesterday morning.