basically i want the paint bucket to work like it does in MS Paint ...
Which it does not.
You need to have a closed path for each colour. In many/most cases, the best way is to redraw the logo with the Pen Tool, drawing over the locked image and ending each path where it started.
An image would help the helpers give further suggestions.
Every object in Illustrator is assigned a stroke and fill color. You don't need to use the paint bucket to fill an object with color -- simply select the object with the selection tool at the top left of the tool panel, (assuming you've closed the path when you drew it by ending where you began) then at the bottom of the tool panel, change the fill from none to whatever color you'd like.
There are two overlapping rectangles at the bottom of the tool panel -- one repesenting the stroke color, and one representing the fill color of the selected object. Clicking on the fill box in the tool panel will bring it forward, then you can build a color out of cmyk, or select one from the swatches panel, and this will fill the selected object.
thanks for your help guys. i figured out what the problem was.
because my drawing was a combination of the elipse tool and the pen tool i never connected the ends of each line where i changed tools. im not used to this whole path thing. i was expecting it to work differently.
For my part you are welcome, Kevin.
Illy is different.