St. Louis Public Radio News
4:31 pm
Mon June 30, 2003

Fawell Will Be Sentenced Today

Chicago, ILL. – A former top aide to former Illinois Governor George Ryan will be sentenced in Chicago today.

Scott Fawell was also Ryan's campaign director; he was convicted of racketeering in March as part of the licenses for bribes scandal. His was the biggest case to date in the five-year federal investigation of corruption during Ryan's time as Illinois' Secretary of State.

Prosecutors are hoping Fawell will get a prison term of at least nine years. They believe the thought of spending that long behind bars may persuade Fawell to become a federal witness and tell the inside story of the scandal.

Sixty-three people have been charged so far and 57 convicted as a result of the Operation Safe Roads investigation.