Nancy Rish 2019 photo

Nancy Rish

LINCOLN — Nancy Rish was released from the Logan Correctional Center in downstate Illinois on Thursday morning.

A week ago, the 60-year-old Rish was resentenced for her part in the murder of Kankakee businessman Stephen B. Small in September 1987.

Margaret Byrne, one of Rish’s attorneys, said she was released at 10:30 a.m. and will be on parole for three years.

Jeff Bonty is a reporter for The Daily Journal. He can be reached at and 815-937-3366.


Jeff Bonty has worked for The Daily Journal since September 1986, starting in the sports department before moving to news reporting in 2002. He's a native of Indiana and graduate of Purdue University. His email is

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