Former Illinois Governor George Ryan has been found guilty on all charges in his federal corruption trial in Chicago. Ryan and his co-defendant, lobbyist Lawrence Warner, faced more that 20 charges including racketerring and mail fraud.

Ryan was indicted in December of 2003 after an eight year investigation, including the "Operation Safe Road" investigation which led to dozens of indictments. "Safe Road" involved the selling of drivers licenses while Ryan was Secretary of State in the 1990's. Ryan was also accused of giving lucrative state contracts and leases to Lobbyist Lawrence Warner and others while Ryan was Governor from 1998 to 2002, and then being rewarded for his actions with money, trips, and other gifts.

The trial began in September 2005 and wrapped up in February of this year. Again former Illinois Governor George Ryan has been found guilty of all charges.


The Bond County Farm Bureau Foundation Board announced they have awarded their first scholarships since it was started. The scholarships are awarded to local students who are planning future careers in agriculture. Chelsea Marti of Greenville, a senior at Greenville High School, was awarded a $500 scholarship. Ron Marshall from the Farm Bureau told WGEL that Marti had to write an essay detailing what she had done and what she plans on doing in the future with her education.

Marshall told WGEL that the Farm Bureau is very excited that they were able to award Marti this first scholarship because they are a very new foundation. Marshall also said the Farm Bureau is happy they can give scholarships with being so new.

Some factors that were considered when awarding the scholarship were grades, the essay Marti had to write, and activities of what a student has done. Marti plans on attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale this fall. The Bond County Farm Bureau Foundation gives scholarships to area college-bound students majoring in an agriculture-related field of study.


The Bond County Community Unit 2 School Board is set to meet Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Unit Office Conference Room. On the agenda the Board will discuss air conditioning for the high school and will also review the curriculum. That's the Bond County Community Unit 2 School Board meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.


On their second try seeking bids for work at Patriot's Park Lake, the Kingsbury Park District has received two bids. In March, the KPD had one bid, from Blankenship Construction, but they decided to re-advertise the project because that bid exceeded the grant amount set aside for the work. Monday night two bids were opened…one from Blankenship and the other from Slatton Excavating. The base bids were $155,000 from Slatton and $122,471 from Blankenship. Alternates included mechanical dredging of the lake with bids of $186,240 from Slatton and $195,202 from Blankenship. There were also alternates for additional dredging and lowering and maintaining the water level during the project. The IEPA Clean Lakes grant that is providing a large portion of the funding earmarked $100,000 for the dam rehabilitation and $135,000 for the dredging. KPD board president David Barbey commented that both bids were "reasonable" while KPD director Jerry Sauerwein added that the bids were "not far off from where they need to be."

Sauerwein said he will forward the bids to their engineering firm, Cochrane and Wilkens, and a decision could be made at the board's regular May meeting or at a special session prior to then. Sauerwein added that the park district is required to provide "in-kind" services and could do the lowering and maintaining of the lake's water level which would allow some savings.



The Highland Police Department responded to an accident Sunday afternoon. 34-year-old Tami Austin of Highland was driving westbound on Route 160 when she allegedly ran a stoplight and collided into the side of a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Tony Fuller of Galesberg, IL who was traveling northbound on Troxler. Austin and one person in her vehicle were transported to St. Joseph hospital by ambulance. Fuller and two people in his vehicle were also transported to St. Joseph Hospital by ambulance. Austin was given a citation for disobeying a traffic signal.


Bob Rinella, who owns Synthesys Computer Solutions, along with Deloy Cole will be traveling to a school in Venezuela to upgrade its technology. Rinella told WGEL that he has always wanted to do a family mission trip, but he wanted to do a "geek" mission trip to use his computer skills to serve people in other cultures. Rinella said that in the process of looking for mission trip they found a school in Venezuela that has one computer for the entire student body.

Their purpose when they go down there will be to put in a student lab with five to ten laptop computers that have been donated and building a little lab that the students can use to learn basic computer skills.

Rinella also said that they are going to provide the school with a projector to teach computers with. Rinella's family is going to go to South America with him where they will be doing construction, destruction, and cleanup for the school and church. They will be leaving on May 10th and if you have any questions you can contact Rinella at 664-1420.


The Aces won 9-6 over Morrisonville on Monday. Dustin Lindahl got the win. Lindahl and James Lynch each had 2 RBIs.

The Bond County Cougars were 8-1 winners over Granite City on Friday. Cy Perfetti was the winning pitcher and A.J. Childerson got the save. Dylan Jackson had two hits. The Cougars split a doubleheader against Aviston on Saturday. They lost the opener 10-8 then won 16-0 on a one-hitter by Tanner Sussenbach, Jordan Zeeb, and Dylan Jackson. Brady Huber and Dylan Carr each had 3 RBIs.


22-year-old Mavis A. Runge of Pierron died Saturday in a motor vehicle accident on Route 143 near Pierron. Funeral services for Mavis A. Runge will be held Thursday at 11am at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Visitation is Wednesday from 4-8PM and Thursday from 8-11am at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the family.

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