George Ryan

George Ryan
5:29 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ryan denied plea for freedom to spend time with ill wife

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan in 2007 prior to his indictment. (Flickr Creative Commons User spsarge).

An attempt for former Ill. governor George Ryan to be released from prison on bail has failed, according to the Associated Press.

We've been following the story of Ryan's efforts to leave prison to spend time with his very ill wife, Lura Lynn.

After the announcement of his wife's deteriorating condition in early Dec. 2010,  Ryan made an urgent plea to be relased, which he was denied.

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George Ryan
10:56 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Former Ill. Gov. Ryan allowed to leave prison to visit ailing wife

Lura Lynn Ryan, the former governor's ailing wife, with Illinois State Police troopers in 2007. (via Flickr/spsarge)

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that former Ill. Gov. George Ryan, currently in prison, was allowed to leave prison Wednesday to visit his very ill wife, Lura Lynn.

The paper says that the visit was revealed when prosecutors filed response to a motion made by Ryan's lawyers  to let their client out on bail.

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Morning round-up
8:45 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Initial autopsy results in Martin death investigation, Ryan awaiting appeals court decision, Mo. lottery changes drawings

Adrienne Martin (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
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  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an initial autopsy of 27 year-old Adrienne Martin did not reveal any signs of disease. St. Louis County medical examiner Dr. Mary Case, also said that Martin's cremation won't hurt the investigation of her death. Martin was found dead Dec. 19 in the Huntleigh home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV. Case says tissue samples were taken from Martin's organs to help determine the cause of her death.
  • An Illinois appeals court will decide whether imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan will be able to visit his ailing wife. Lura Lynn Ryan is in intensive care suffering complications from chemotherapy. The ex-governor's attorneys asked the court to release him yesterday in an emergency motion.
  • The Missouri lottery is moving its evening drawings back more than two hours so more people will have time buy tickets. Sales currently end at 6:45 p.m. for the daily drawings for Pick 3, Pick 4, Show Me Cash, and for Missouri lotto on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Starting Monday, sales for the drawings will end at 8:59 p.m., and the Lottery says numbers will be drawn between then and 9:15 p.m.

George Ryan
12:21 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Former Ill. Gov. Ryan to remain in prison

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan in 2007 prior to his indictment. (Flickr Creative Commons User spsarge).

A federal judge has ruled that former Illinois Gov. George Ryan must remain in prison.

Ryan's attorneys want elements of his conviction tossed based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision curtailing anti-fraud laws - known as "honest services" laws.

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Lura Lynn Ryan
4:59 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Lura Lynn Ryan has six months to live

Lura Lynn Ryan with Illinois State Police troopers in 2007
Flickr Creative Commons user spsarge

WBEZ is reporting that the wife of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan may have just six months to live.

The details of Lura Lynn Ryan's health were revealed in federal court documents on Wednesday afternoon. George Ryan is appealing his conviction on 18 federal counts and wants to be out on bail to be at home with Lura Lynn.

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