Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan and his co-defendant Larry Warner have been found guilty of all charges against them. Ryan promises to fight the verdict. WIU Law Enforcement professor Barry Anderson believes the appeal process will be unusually long and intricate. The jury deliberated for ten days before reaching its decision. Jurors say there was no single piece of evidence that led to the verdict. The jurors say they had reached their decision on Thursday, but some of them wanted to think over some lingering questions before announcing the verdict.
Macomb, IL – Macomb's $18.2 million spending plan for next fiscal year contains no major new initiatives. The budget, which goes into effect May 1, was unanimously approved by aldermen Monday night. City Administrator Mike Hays says it's basically a maintenance budget. He says the closest thing to a new program is a $2,000 stone refurbishment plan for the cemetary. Also at the meeting, aldermen agreed to increase cemetary burial fees. In addition, they chose to hike water, sewer, and trash collection rates. They decided to maintain the six-bag limit for trash.
Macomb, IL – A WIU Law Enforcement Professor says the promised appeal in the George Ryan case will be unsually long and complicated. Barry Anderson says a couple of factors could cause the appeal to take up to three years. The first factor would be the replacement of two jurors after eight days of deliberation. He says if one of those replaced had been preventing a unanimous verdict, that might affect the appeal. He says the other factor is the number of counts filed against Ryan and his co-defendant Larry Warner.
Macomb, IL – Two WIU students are charged in connection with the suspicious package found in front of Sherman Hall on Thursday. 20-year old Adam Zepeda is charged with felony theft and felony obstruction of justice. His roommate, 20-year old Joey Sherron, is charged with felony possession of stolen property and obstruction of justice. The university says Zepeda was a worker at the Malpass Library and stole a $7,000 projector from the building two weeks ago. Sherron reportedly stored the item in his vehicle.