9-07-2006




RYAN SENTENCED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan has been sentenced to six-and-a-half-years in prison after he was convicted on 22 counts of corruption earlier this year.  Ryan’s co-defendant, Larry Warner, a longtime friend and associate, has been sentenced to 41 months in prison.  Ryan was found guilty of steering state business to friends and associates in exchange for gifts and vacations.

Federal prosecutors were pushing for a sentence of eight to ten years for Ryan.  But the former governor's attorneys wanted a maximum sentence of 30 months, because Ryan is 72 years old and suffers from Crohn's disease and diabetes.  The judge in the case, Rebecca Pallmeyer, postponed a ruling on a request from Ryan’s lawyers for an appeal bond, which would allow Ryan to remain free while he appeals his conviction. 



NEW COIN TO HONOR LINCOLN

Our 16th president will be honored with a new commemorative coin.  Congressman John Shimkus and the rest of the Illinois House delegation were original co-sponsors of legislation creating the $1 silver coins.  These would be collectible items honoring Lincoln and could not be used as money.  The coin would only be available in 2009 during the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.  According to Shimkus, sales of the coin would help fund the celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday.  The bill passed both the House and Senate and now awaits presidential approval. 



SENATOR FRANK WATSON RECEIVES AWARD FROM THE IPAA

The Illinois Public Airports Association (IPAA) has named Senator Frank Watson "Legislator of the Year".  The award was presented due to his hard work to restore the state funding mechanism for airport projects providing economic growth for all Illinois airports.  Roger Marquardt, IPAA President, says they greatly appreciate the work Senator Watson has done for our airports, as he has been a champion of aviation in Illinois.  Watson believes airports are a major part of a strong transportation system, and that they play important roles in the economies of both local communities and the state as a whole.  The IPAA was organized in 1954 to promote the development and maintenance of publicly owned airports throughout the state and welcomed companies associated with aviation in 1970.

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CLINTON COUNTY 911 SYSTEM STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

Greenville police department dispatchers have been taking Clinton County 9-1-1 calls since Tuesday morning due to an equipment malfunction created by Mother Nature.  Around 5 a.m. Tuesday the Clinton County's 911 System was apparently struck by lightning causing significant damage.  Since that time all Clinton County 911 calls are being transferred to and answered by the Greenville Police Department.


ONE INJURED IN ACCIDENT

A Greenville teenager was injured Tuesday morning in a single vehicle accident on Triple S Road.  Deputies report that Sean T. Martin was southbound when he swerved to avoid an animal in the road.  Martin lost control of his pick-up truck and struck a fence and utility pole.  He was transported by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries. 



OBITUARIES

MABEL SPIES

A memorial service for 81-year-old Mabel Spies of Greenville will be held Saturday (Sept. 9th) at 11am at Patriot's Park.  Mabel Spies passed away February 26th.  Family and friends are welcome to the service.


MONSTERS INC TICKET GIVEAWAY

One of Disney’s most popular animated movies is coming to the ice at Savvis Center.  Disney On Ice presents Monsters Inc. Thursday September 14th…WGEL and Auto Pro are giving you the chance to win a Family Fun pack of four tickets.  Tune in the Mike & John Show on Tuesday morning…when you hear Harley the Really Scary Monster open the WGEL ticket window….be caller #8 and you’re a winner. 

Here are the official rules…

You must be 18 or older and may only win once.  Only one winner per family.  Employees of WGEL and Auto Pro and their immediate family members are not eligible.  Auto Pro for all your automotive needs now open across from Greenville High School.  Harley the Really Scary Monster will open the WGEL ticket window on Tuesday morning…tune in for your chance to be a ticket winner. 


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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