|The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the greatest honors bestowed upon a member of the human race, but do the bookies have it right? According to online bookmaker Centrebet, former Gov. George Ryan of Illinois, famed for trying to dismantle Illinois’ death penalty system is a 12-1 shot, hot on the heals of none other than Pope John Paul II (10-9).|
But now, with only hours to go before the decision as to the winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize is decided in Oslo, Norway, a federal grand jury in Chicago has launched a criminal probe into a $750,000 grant that Ryan awarded a racetrack prior to leaving office. Will this effects the odds of Ryan getting his Nobel prize? It hasn’t yet, meaning that those in the know still have the opportunity to bet on Ryan at 12-1.
Other finalists in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize, which carries with it a check for $1.3 million, include former Czech President Vaclav Havel (11-2), Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva (8-1) and Bono (10-1).