St. Louis Public Radio News
3:26 pm
Thu May 8, 2003

Guilty Plea from Friend of George Ryan

Chicago, IL – A former state lawmaker says he'll help prosecutors investigate corruption under former Illinois Governor George Ryan.

Roger Stanley, 60, pleaded guilty Thursday to trading bribes for contracts from Chicago's Metra commuter rail service.

Stanley could get 20 years for his plea to mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges. But federal prosecutors made it clear that the long-time Ryan friend and Republican insider has done a lot to help lower his sentence by cooperating with investigators.

The investigation is focused on corruption when Ryan was Illinois Secretary of State in the eight years before his 1998 election as governor. More than 50 people have been convicted in the case. Ryan has not been charged with wrongdoing.

Stanley is scheduled to be sentenced August 7th.