TODAY IS ELECTION DAY. TUNE TO WGEL RADIO FOR RESULTS
Today is election day. The 2010 primary election will decide who runs for most state-wide offices in the November general election. Offices in the November election include Governor, the junior Illinois Senate seat, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Comptroller. Tuesday’s election will decide who runs for those offices. In local elections, the Democratic primary for the 51st State Senate district will be one to watch as the winner will run against Kyle McCarter in November. McCarter was appointed to the seat after the retirement of longtime senator Frank Watson. Two democrats, Tim Dudley and Amy Bliefnick are running for that spot on the ballot. On the Republican primary ballot, voters will see a two-person race for the US Representative for the 19th Congressional district. Incumbent and long-time Representative, John Shimkus is opposed by Michael Firsching. The Montgomery County Unit 3 School District has a proposition on the ballot to sell $32 million in bonds to pay for a new school in Hillsboro and other repairs and school building projects. Tune to WGEL Radio for election results. Coverage will start with the close of the polls around 7:00 tonight.
ESCAPED BANK ROBBER SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS
Rodney L. Brown, age 34, formerly of Alton, was sentenced recently to 276 months for bank robbery and to a consecutive term of 84 months for using a firearm during the robbery. He was ordered to pay restitution of $30,063.00 to U.S. Bank, $200.00 in special assessments, and to serve five years supervised release. Brown was found guilty in December 2008, of robbing the U.S. Bank in Alton on October 20, 2006. According to information presented at the trial, Brown and three other men took $68,112.00 from the bank. Police recovered approximately $10,000.00 of the bank proceeds from the residence, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Brown was arrested, in April 2007. Brown was not present for sentencing as he escaped January 6, 2010 from the Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois and remains at large.