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December 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. George Ryan knew his aides destroyed documents from his campaign in 1998 out of fear that investigators would raid his offices, federal prosecutors alleged. Ryan, who was then secretary of state, was present when top aide Scott Fawell gave orders to destroy all campaign documents from the secretary of state's office, according to court papers prosecutors filed outlining evidence they may present at the impending racketeering trial of Fawell and Ryan's campaign committee.
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March 20, 2003 | From Associated Press
A top aide to former Gov. George Ryan was found guilty on all counts Wednesday by a federal jury in a corruption case stemming from the eight-year period that Ryan was Illinois' secretary of state. Scott Fawell, 45, is the top official charged thus far in the five-year federal probe of alleged corruption that took place while Ryan was secretary of state, before his gubernatorial election in 1998.
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March 8, 2006 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
George H. Ryan's lead defense attorney shot back at prosecutors on Tuesday, saying the former Illinois governor had suffered "seven years of hell" as federal investigators built a corruption case against him. Yet after hundreds of interviews, more than five months of testimony from scores of witnesses and a mountain of paperwork, prosecutors failed to produce a single person who could testify that they had seen or given Ryan a bribe, attorney Dan K.
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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.
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September 30, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Scott Fawell, a longtime political aide to former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan, began testifying Thursday about how alleged illicit favors and state contracts were handed out under his regime. Prosecutors have charged that while Ryan, a Republican, served as secretary of state and governor from 1991 until early 2003, he and his family accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gifts, cash and other bribes in exchange for state business contracts.
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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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December 18, 2003 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted former Illinois Gov. George Ryan on an extensive list of corruption charges, including taking money and gifts in exchange for granting government contracts. The indictment, the result of a five-year racketeering investigation, is the latest chapter in an ongoing scandal that dogged Ryan's four years as governor and led him to end his political career.
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February 1, 2003 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Six weeks before Republican George Ryan left the Illinois governor's office, he gave his trusted, longtime spokesman Dave Urbanek a job overseeing a small state agency. The day after the new governor, a Democrat, took over, Urbanek arrived at work to find a pink slip on his desk. The same day, Jan. 14, Gov. Rod Blagojevich fired 34 other state workers Ryan had appointed to choice posts in the final months of his administration, many of them friends, supporters and friends of friends.
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