The lawsuit in Bond County Court over the new redistricting maps could come to a conclusion soon.  At a special Bond County Board meeting Wednesday night, the board agreed in principle to accept an agreement with plaintiff Ron Shevlin which would include adopting a new redistricting map first created by a witness for Shevlin during a recent hearing on the lawsuit.  The new maps would have a population discrepancy of only one voter and would still split three townships and precincts.  However, they would place all incumbents in the districts they now represent.  Board Chairman Brock Willeford said a labeling error on four census blocks made a discrepancy of 88 persons in the map he created which the board adopted early this year.  Willeford said, in his opinion, that mistake would not make the map invalid but it was his intention to have equality between the districts and the new map would do that.  The compromise would also save the county further attorney expense.  Willeford said Wednesday it was his understanding that Shevlin had agreed in principal to the compromise.  Now the supporting information for the new maps must be reviewed by the board and a final agreement written up between the attorneys for possible approval.  This could happen as quickly as next Tuesday night’s Bond County Board meeting.  If the new map is adopted, candidates wishing to run in November’s election must re-file during a special filing period at the Bond County Clerk’s office. 


This weekend, the St. Lawrence Youth and the Greenville College Men’s Basketball Program are sponsoring the 4th Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament at Greenville College to benefit the Catholic Heart Work Camp.  We spoke with Randy Alderman about this year’s tournament who said there are 32 teams of 5th and 6th grade boys and girls.  Over the three-day period, they will play more than 140 basketball games.  Admission is $3.00, there will be a concession stand, and a limited edition Holiday Classic t-shirt for sale.  Alderman told WGEL this is a great event with great basketball action.  Teams will be traveling from as far away as Springfield to participate in the basketball tournament. All proceeds from the tournament benefit both the St. Lawrence Youth and the Greenville College Basketball Team’s Mission Trip programs this summer.  The St. Lawrence Youth will be traveling to Kansas City this summer where they will work with inner-city youth and elderly, do home repair, and a variety of other things.


This weekend, the Hoiles-Davis Museum will be open so you may see their holiday decorations.  We spoke with Kevin Kaegy who said the museum will be open Friday, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Sunday, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Displays include Christmas decorations, antique toys, large German dolls, a salesman sample stove, and much more. There is no admission fee.  For more information, call 664-0097.


Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced recently to 14 years in prison.  He was charged with 18 counts of corruption including trying to sell President Obama’s Senate Seat.  We spoke with State Senator Kyle McCarter about the verdict. Senator McCarter said he believes we are all probably glad this chapter has finally come to a close.  Unfortunately, putting one more governor in jail does not get rid of a culture of corruption.  Cultures do not change overnight and some of the folks that Governor Blagojevich was dealing with are still in the capitol.  We must demand transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior by our elected officials and make this the new standard to turn Illinois around.


Loretta Timmermann

Loretta Timmermann, age 90, of Beckemeyer, passed away Wednesday, December 14 at the Caring First Nursing Home in Breese.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Church in Beckemeyer.  Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Frerker Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Anthony Church or the American Diabetes Association.


SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 45, low 28

SUNDAY - sunny, high 49, low 37


Tune in to Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Karen File from the Bond County Health Department.  They will talk about the Illinois Tobacco Quitline hotline, and discuss some tips to help make quitting smoking a manageable New Year’s resolution this year.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news here at WGEL.

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