Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan is charged with racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, lying to federal agents and tax fraud. An indictment alleges Ryan received payoffs, gifts and vacations while he was secretary of state and governor in return for government contracts and leases. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says the charges "reflect a disturbing violation of trust."
St. Louis – A plan by the state of Illinois to protect a 37-mile stretch of land in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties for a potential roadway or light rail line is being scrutinized by environmentalists.
Illinois transportation officials say population shifts further away from the urban core require planning for future development.
But Jack Norman with the Sierra Club says a possible four-lane interstate will only encourage sprawl