George Ryan

Former Governor Ryan Is Free

Jul 3, 2013
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George Ryan is a free man today. The former Illinois governor was released from federal custody after spending five years in prison for corruption and another six months under home confinement.

Ryan Has Brief Stay At Halfway House

Jan 30, 2013

George Ryan is back at his family home in Kankakee where he'll be under home confinement. The former Illinois governor was released from an Indiana prison Wednesday after serving more than five years for corruption.

Ryan Headed to Halfway House

Jan 28, 2013

Later this week, former Illinois Governor George Ryan will leave prison. Ryan was sentenced in 2006 for taking bribes.  He has been serving his sentence in a low security prison in Indiana.

Appeals Court Rules Against George Ryan

Sep 25, 2012

A federal appeals court has ruled in the case of former Illinois Governor George Ryan. It refused a request that all the court's judges rehear his appeal seeking an early release from prison. 

Former governor may spend less time behind bars

Aug 9, 2012

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan could get out of federal prison early on a work release program. His lawyer, former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson,  says he’ll still appeal Ryan’s corruption convictions.


Governor Pat Quinn says imprisoned former Governor George Ryan should serve out the rest of his prison sentence. A federal court has denied an appeal filed by Ryan.

Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan say a U.S. Supreme Court decision today could eventually lead to a new trial for their client.

Defense lawyer Albert Alschuler said the high court asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reconsider Ryan's appeal. The high court found the appellate judges erred by not considering aspects of the appeal on their merits.

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Former governor Rod Blagojevich made his last public speech Wednesday before heading off to federal prison. He may want to change his tune if he’s looking to get out of prison before his 14 year sentence is completed. That’s according to P.S.  Ruckman, a Rock Valley College political science professor and expert on presidential pardons.