George Ryan

George Ryan
8:47 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan Released From Prison

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan has reported to a halfway house in Chicago after spending more than five years in federal prison for corruption.
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Updated 11:33 a.m. to show that Ryan left the halfway house.

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.

Speaking from Ryan's living room, Thompson said Ryan was beaming and surrounded by his smiling grandchildren.

Original story:

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has been released from federal prison in Indiana - but is not yet totally free.

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George Ryan
2:58 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Attorney: George Ryan will get early work release

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
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The attorney for George Ryan says the former Illinois governor has qualified for work release five months before his July 2013 parole.

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson tells The Daily Journal in Kankakee for a Wednesday story Ryan's new home will be a halfway house in Chicago'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.

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George Ryan
12:05 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Federal court denies ex-Illinois governor Ryan's appeal

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan.
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A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a complex 16-page ruling Monday denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he's serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for corruption.

The appeal was widely seen as Ryan's last chance to get out of prison early. He is due to be freed in mid-2013.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, July 20, 2012

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McCaskill to launch TV ads ahead of Aug. 7 primary

For months, Missouri'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.

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Patrick Fitzgerald
11:47 am
Wed May 23, 2012

US Attorney Fitzgerald, prosecutor of Blagojevich, Ryan to step down

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
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Some reporting also via Amanda Vinicky, Illinois Public Radio

Updated 1:31 p.m. with statement from current Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.

The man whose prosecutions helped put two Illinois Governors (George Ryan and then Rod Blagojevich) in prison has announced he's stepping down.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald's office made the announcement today, effective June 30.  He's been in the position since 2001.

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George Ryan
11:41 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Ryan defense hopes ruling leads to new trial for former Ill. Gov.

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
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Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan say a U.S. Supreme Court decision could eventually lead to a new trial for their client.

Defense lawyer Albert Alschuler spoke on Monday, hours after the high court asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reconsider Ryan's appeal.

He says the high court found the appellate judges erred by not considering aspects of the appeal on their merits.

Morning round-up
9:29 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system. The National Guard is working to hold back the swollen river. This is aerial footage over the St. Joseph, Mo. area.
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Nixon seeks federal emergency declaration due to flooding

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.

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.

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mo. faces several more weeks of potential flooding along the Missouri River. National Guard Col. David Boyle says about 200 troops have been working full-time on the flood.
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National Guard responding to flooding in St. Joseph

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.

Nixon met with officials from the Missouri National Guard outside St. Joseph for a briefing Monday on the guard'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.

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Lura Lynn Ryan
8:10 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Former Ill. first lady Lura Lynn Ryan dies

Lura Lynn Ryan meets with state troopers in 2007. The former First Lady of Illinois died Monday of lung cancer. She was 76.
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Updated 11:39 a.m. with information that George Ryan was at his wife's side when she died.

The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has died.

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'd been hospitalized since Friday and had been on a respirator.

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Morning round-up
9:13 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Morning headlines: Snow hinders morning commute, Ryan to ask Obama for clemency, St. Louis police officer dragged by suspect

Missouri Department of Transportation snow plows had a job to do this morning with snow covering many area roads. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)
  • 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. The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning motorists to exercise caution on overpasses and ramps. Drifting snow will continue to cause low visibility.

  • 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, told The Associated Press Monday that the request would be submitted to the White House within days. It will ask Obama to commute Ryan's sentence to his three years already served.

  • 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.