The last of six defendants, found guilty of a home invasion in Jamestown, has been sentenced. Anthony White, formerly of Pocahontas, was sentenced in Clinton County Circuit Court to nine years imprisonment for his part in a home invasion that robbed the occupant of more than $500,000. White and another defendant Palo “Paco” Brown knocked on the resident's door, east of Jamestown, June 26, 2008 and said they were FBI agents and they needed to check the cash the resident had on hand. They then left with the money and the resident’s .38 caliber pistol. Clinton County authorities along with the U.S Marshall’s Service and the Chicago Gang Task Force arrested the suspects. White was from the metro east area and the other defendants were from the Chicago area. White and the other defendants were ordered to repay more than $500,000 in restitution. White is currently serving time in the Tamms Correctional Center. 





Lisa Stephens received an Edie (Economic Development in Illinois) award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Development Council (IDC) for her ability to attract and entice several commercial developments in a tough economic environment.  


A new CVS store, a Love’s Travel Center and Country Store that includes five service and restaurant businesses, a Motomart convenience store and fueling station, Huddle House, Kahuna’s, and a Buchheit commercial retail center all opened or broke ground in the past year and are already providing needed jobs and tax revenues to the area. Each individual project in the I-70/Route 127 Development Corridor made only a small impact, but combined they truly transformed the face of commercial offerings for citizens in the Greenville area.


“Even in times of economic turmoil, companies are out there investing in our state and creating jobs,” said Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is proud to be working with the Illinois Development Council to recognize some of the exciting developments that were completed across the state by an example of great economic development work.”


The Illinois Chamber and IDC believe it’s important to showcase recent accomplishments -- especially when they translated into more jobs, tax base and economic vitality in Illinois.




IL Senator Kyle McCarter, Victoria McCarter, Lisa Stephens, Greenville Economic Development Dir. & Asst. City Manager and EDIE Awardee, Asst. IL Minority Leader of House of Reps, Ron Stephens  Attending IL Chamber of Commerce Edie Award Ceremony.




Two bicyclists were seriously injured Tuesday in an accident in Litchfield.  According to the Illinois State Police accident report, a 2008 Cadillac Escalade SUV, driven by 16 year-old Manley W. Bown of Litchfield was eastbound on the Clark Street Extension about ¼ mile west of Yaeger Lake Trail in Litchfield when the right side tires left the roadway to the right.  The SUV struck Amy M. Durbin, age 32, and her son Dayton, age 12, both of Litchfield, who were riding along the right hand edge of the roadway.  The two bicyclists were thrown from the bikes sustaining serious injuries.  Arch Medical Helicopter Airlift took Amy Durbin to Springfield Memorial Hospital and Litchfield EMS transported Dayton Durbin to St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.  Alcohol was not a factor in the accident which is being investigated by Illinois State Police.  Charges have not been filed pending the completion of the investigation.






SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 94, low 73 - heat index may reach 102

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 93, low 71


Join WGEL for a special Public Affairs this Sunday after the noon Bond County area news. WGEL’s Steve Lancey talks with Brian McElroy about challenger baseball for disabled children. They will discuss how you can get your child signed up, or how you can be a buddy for this special program. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday, following your noon Bond County area news.


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