GOVERNOR RYAN FOUND GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS
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.
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.
COUNTY FARM BUREAU FOUNDATION AWARDS FIRST SCHOLARSHIP
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.
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.
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.
2 BOARD AGENDA
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.
RECEIVES TWO BIDS FOR DAM REHAB AND DREDGING
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
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."
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.
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.
BUSINESS TRAVELING TO SOUTH AMERICA
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
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.
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
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
MAVIS A RUNGE
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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