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NATIONAL
May 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
A close friend of Gov. George Ryan was indicted Tuesday on charges of shaking down state vendors for $2.8 million and sharing the cash with a powerful lobbyist and an unidentified state official. "For the better part of a decade, when it came to contracts and leases with the secretary of state's office, the fix was in," U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald told the media. He said the "fixer" was Lawrence Warner, 62, a longtime friend of the governor.
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NATIONAL
September 7, 2006 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after placing a moratorium on executions, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for his part in a widespread corruption scandal. Before hearing the sentence, Ryan acknowledged that he had failed the public and his family, and that his poor health could mean he would die behind bars.
NATIONAL
December 28, 2006 | Michael Higgins, Chicago Tribune
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan filed a lawsuit Wednesday against state retirement officials, fighting to keep a pension of more than $60,000 a year he says he earned before the scandals that led to his wide-ranging fraud conviction in April. The seven-member board of the General Assembly Retirement System voted unanimously last month to cancel Ryan's entire $197,000-a-year pension in light of the conviction.
OPINION
January 14, 2003
Re "Illinois Governor Commutes All Death Row Cases," Jan. 12: Hooray for Gov. George Ryan! When appeals came to him, he read all of the court records and he interviewed the prosecutors, the defense attorneys and the police who were involved. He agonized, he prayed and, in the end, he found the system so flawed that he could not bring himself to condemn anyone on death row. The only part of the system that worked in Illinois was Gov. Ryan. The death row inmates who were previously found to be innocent and were released were not discovered by prosecutors, police or appeals courts but by college students and others outside the system.
OPINION
January 18, 2003
Re "After Blanket Clemency, Illinois Struggles to Assess Its Effects," Jan. 13: In all the coverage of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's historic actions on the death penalty, nearly every report has failed to emphasize that the 167 death sentences were commuted to a life sentence without possibility of parole. Death row was "emptied," yes -- but maximum security was not. With LWOP (life without parole), society is quietly and effectively protected from convicted killers, with no politician having the power to pick who lives and who dies.
NEWS
August 9, 2001 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Illinois Gov. George Ryan, hobbled by a years-old bribery scandal, announced Wednesday he would not seek a second term, a move that state Republican leaders hope will help their chances of keeping control of governorships nationwide in the next few years.
NATIONAL
November 18, 2006 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Standing before a crowded auditorium Friday at DePaul University, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan shook hands with Madison Hobley -- a death row prisoner exonerated by the Republican leader in 2003. But while Hobley is now a free man, Ryan is heading to prison. In January, he is scheduled to begin a 6 1/2 year federal term for his part in a corruption scandal. "People say that the death penalty deters crime," said Ryan, 72. "I don't believe that. And I don't believe most people believe that."
NEWS
April 3, 2002 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Illinois Gov. George Ryan's campaign committee and two top former aides were indicted Tuesday on racketeering charges, the most damaging in a series of indictments and convictions that helped prompt the once-promising governor to give up a run for a second term. The indictments were the latest in a federal investigation dubbed Operation Safe Roads, which has focused on Ryan's tenure as secretary of state in the mid-1990s.
NEWS
March 5, 2002 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Illinois Gov. George Ryan said he is considering whether to commute the sentences of all 163 inmates on the state's death row. The moderate Republican acknowledged the possibility during a recent symposium, a disclosure that adds to this state's roiling debate over the death penalty. It comes as an Illinois commission he appointed is poised to release recommendations on what to do about the state's death penalty. The 68-year-old governor imposed a moratorium on executions in January 2000.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan's corruption trial got underway Wednesday, with federal prosecutors painting him as an arrogant politician who lived extravagantly and blithely doled out millions of taxpayer dollars to his friends and family. "George Ryan lived large ... and the money flowed," Assistant U.S. Atty. Zachary Fardon told the jury during his 90-minute opening statement. "This is a case about betrayal of the public trust."
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