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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Nun won't do jail time for vote fraud

A Cincinnati nun charged with illegal voting for filling out and mailing in a ballot in last year's election for a nun who was deceased entered a guilty plea to the charge Tuesday, but she will do no jail time.

Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, of Delhi Township appeared in the courtroom of Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Winkler Tuesday morning to enter her plea.

Winkler sentenced her to a diversion program for at least a year. If she does not commit any more crimes, the record of her crime will eventually be expunged.

Kloos cooperated with prosecutors on the case, one of six referred to the prosecutor's office by the Hamilton County Board of Elections so far.

Kloos, a Sister of Charity, admitted to filling out a ballot for her friend, Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, who died last fall several days before absentee ballots were mailed out by the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

When she was indicted in March, Kloos resigned from her position as dean of arts and humanities at the College of Mount Saint Joseph.

Two others have been indicted so far in the investigation into illegal voting in last year's election.

One of them, Melowese Richardson, who worked the polling place at the Madisonville Recreation Center on election day last fall, will be in court Wednesday on eight counts of illegal voting, including casting two ballots under her own name.

Russell Glossop, a 75-yea-old man from Symmes Township, is charged with one count of illegal voting for filling out and mailing in an absentee ballot for his wife after she had passed away. Glossop is also seeking the diversion program. He is to appear in court May 14.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.