(Washington, DC) -- Former Illinois Governor George Ryan isn't going to be getting his day in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices denied a motion yesterday to hear his appeal of his 2005 conviction and prison sentence on racketeering and fraud charges. Ryan had been trying to get the Supreme Court to hold hearings on the case for almost eight years, claiming jurors were given faulty instructions.
He was released from prison last month and is now on home confinement in Kankakee.
(Chicago, IL) -- Robin Kelly gets a big boost in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior. Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the race yesterday and endorsed Kelly. Hutchinson was considered a front-runner but says she doesn't want to create a rift within the Democratic party. Hutchinson will continue to serve in the State Senate.
MEANWHILE --Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson believes her chances of winning the Democratic nomination have been given a shot in the arm.Halvorson said she can woo those who had supported Hutchinson and keep the votes from going to Kelly.
Halvorson also questions Hutchinson’s sudden withdrawal and questioned what was behind the decision.
Kankakee Major Crimes Task Force seizes $1.6 million cash
Kankakee County authorities are calling it the “biggest bust in county history.”The Major Crimes Task Force seized $1.6 million in what’s believed to be drug money.The cash was found in an auto-transport truck.
The Crimes Task Force used drug dogs to sniff out the money after a search warrant was executed.
Sheriff Tim Bukowski is not releasing any other information, while the investigation continues.
Iroquois County Police struggle with subjects during arrests
Separate weekend incidents resulted in two men being arrested for battery to a police officer.
55-year-old David Brown of rural Ashkum spent the weekend in the Iroquois County Jail after he tried to flee from police during a case involving violation of an order of protection Friday.Sheriff’s Police responded to the reported protection order violation.Brown’s truck was stopped but he refused to get out of the vehicle.When police entered the vehicle to put in mpark and remove brown, he allegedly accelerated with the officer partially in the truck.Police report the officer was able to overtake Brown and steer the truck into a ditch.Brown was then taken into custody.
Charges against Brown include Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer, Violation of Bail Bond, Aggravated Fleeing & Alluding, Resisting Police and Reckless Conduct.
Saturday, Sheriff’s Police arrested 47-year-old Craig Sharp of Sheldon.Police answered a call to a residence in the village of Iroquois where Sharp was allegedly causing problems.After several attempts to get Sharp to leave the residence, he allegedly became aggressive with the officer and after a short altercation, Sharp was arrested.
The charges include Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer and Resisting a Peace officer.