George Ryan http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan Released From Prison http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-ill-gov-george-ryan-released-prison <p><em>Updated 11:33 a.m. to show that Ryan left the halfway house.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attorney Jim Thompson says Ryan was released from the halfway house a short time after arriving there. Thompson, also a former Illinois governor, traveled with Ryan to his home in Kankakee, where he will remain in home confinement.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking from Ryan's living room, Thompson said Ryan was beaming and surrounded by his smiling grandchildren.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story:</em></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:47:57 +0000 The Associated Press 8817 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan Released From Prison Attorney: George Ryan will get early work release http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/attorney-george-ryan-will-get-early-work-release <p>The attorney for George Ryan says the former Illinois governor has qualified for work release five months before his July 2013 parole.</p><p>Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson tells The <a href="http://bit.ly/O3OksD">Daily Journal in Kankakee</a> for a Wednesday story Ryan&#39;s new home will be a halfway house in Chicago&#39;s West Loop. The 78-year-old Ryan is serving a 6 1/2-year sentence at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for a 2006 conviction on corruption charges.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:58:26 +0000 The Associated Press 4281 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Attorney: George Ryan will get early work release Federal court denies ex-Illinois governor Ryan's appeal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-court-denies-ex-illinois-governor-ryans-appeal <p>A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Gov. George Ryan&#39;s appeal seeking his release from prison.</p><p>The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a <a href="http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/tmp/KF0RWFZ3.pdf">complex 16-page ruling</a> Monday denying the 78-year-old Republican&#39;s appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he&#39;s serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for corruption.</p><p>The appeal was widely seen as Ryan&#39;s last chance to get out of prison early. He is due to be freed in mid-2013.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 17:05:29 +0000 The Associated Press 4259 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal court denies ex-Illinois governor Ryan's appeal Morning headlines: Friday, July 20, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-july-20-2012 <p><strong>McCaskill to launch TV ads ahead of Aug. 7 primary</strong></p><p>For months, Missouri&#39;s Republican U.S. Senate candidates have been campaigning by criticizing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has returned the fire during campaign events. Now McCaskill says she is launching TV ads individually targeting her potential Republican competitors - Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:22:57 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & WBEZ 4149 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, July 20, 2012 US Attorney Fitzgerald, prosecutor of Blagojevich, Ryan to step down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-attorney-fitzgerald-prosecutor-blagojevich-ryan-step-down <p><em>Some reporting also via Amanda Vinicky, Illinois Public Radio</em></p><p><strong>Updated 1:31 p.m.</strong> <em>with statement from current Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.</em></p><p>The man whose prosecutions helped put two Illinois Governors (George Ryan and then Rod Blagojevich) in prison has announced he&#39;s stepping down.</p><p>U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald&#39;s office made the announcement today, effective June 30. &nbsp;He&#39;s been in the position since 2001.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:47:49 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Illinois Public Radio 3767 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Attorney Fitzgerald, prosecutor of Blagojevich, Ryan to step down Ryan defense hopes ruling leads to new trial for former Ill. Gov. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ryan-defense-hopes-ruling-leads-new-trial-former-ill-gov <p>Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov.&nbsp;George Ryan say a U.S. Supreme Court decision could eventually lead&nbsp;to a new trial for their client.</p><p>Defense lawyer Albert Alschuler spoke on Monday, hours after the&nbsp;high court asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago&nbsp;to reconsider Ryan&#39;s appeal.</p><p>He says the high court found the appellate judges erred by not&nbsp;considering aspects of the appeal on their merits.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:41:00 +0000 The Associated Press 3599 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ryan defense hopes ruling leads to new trial for former Ill. Gov. Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-june-29-2011 <p><strong>Nixon seeks federal emergency declaration due to flooding</strong></p><p>Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast.</p><p>The governor made the request yesterday in a letter to President Barack Obama. Nixon notes that the Missouri has already caused extensive flooding and is expected to threaten 25 counties in all, from the far northwest to St. Louis. He says flash floods have also affected Clark and Lewis counties in the northeastern part of the state.</p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:29:56 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1526 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-june-28-2011 <p><strong>National Guard responding to flooding in St. Joseph</strong></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri faces several more weeks of potential flooding along the Missouri River as high water pushes its way south and eastward across the state.</p><p>Nixon met with officials from the Missouri National Guard outside St. Joseph for a briefing Monday on the guard&#39;s response to the flooding. He said the floods were made worse by heavy overnight storms that dumped up to 4 inches of rain in some sections, swelling the river past major flood stage near St. Joseph.</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:23:32 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1516 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Former Ill. first lady Lura Lynn Ryan dies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-ill-first-lady-lura-lynn-ryan-dies <p><em>Updated 11:39 a.m. with information that George Ryan was at his wife&#39;s side when she died.</em></p><p>The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has died.</p><p>An attorney for the governor, Andrea Lyon, confirmed that Lura Lynn Ryan died Monday at a Kankakee hospital. She was 76, and had been diagnosed last year with incurable lung cancer. She&#39;d been hospitalized since Friday and had been on a respirator.</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:10:37 +0000 The Associated Press 1515 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former Ill. first lady Lura Lynn Ryan dies Morning headlines: Snow hinders morning commute, Ryan to ask Obama for clemency, St. Louis police officer dragged by suspect http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-snow-hinders-morning-commute-ryan-ask-obama-clemency-st-louis-police-officer <ul><li><p>The winter storm system that blanketed the region with snow overnight caused problems on area roads this morning. A few inches of snow were on the ground in St. Louis and suburbs, but that was enough to cause a large number of traffic accidents, mostly fender –benders. Most schools in the regions are closed. <a href="http://www.modot.mo.gov/">The Missouri Department of Transportation </a>is warning motorists to exercise caution on overpasses and ramps. Drifting snow will continue to cause low visibility.</p></li><li><p>Attorney for George Ryan says they'll ask President Barack Obama to grant clemency to the imprisoned former Illinois governor after an appeals court refused to release Ryan on bail to spend more time with his terminally ill wife. Ryan's attorney, former Gov. James Thompson, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-ex-illinoisgovern,0,4071556.story">told The Associated Press Monday that the request would be submitted to the White House within days</a>. It will ask Obama to commute Ryan's sentence to his three years already served.</p></li><li><p>A St. Louis police officer is recovering after being dragged by a suspect's car during a traffic stop. Authorities say the officer pulled over the suspect because he believed he saw drugs in the car. They say the suspect rolled up his window, trapping the officer's arm in his car and dragging him a short distance. The officer's injuries were not serious. The suspect was arrested after crashing following a police chase.</p></li></ul><p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:13:20 +0000 Julie Bierach 293 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Snow hinders morning commute, Ryan to ask Obama for clemency, St. Louis police officer dragged by suspect