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Corrupt Ex-Governor Wants Death Penalty Banned

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.07.2014 | Crime

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — George Ryan, an ex-Illinois governor and now an ex-convict, says he'd like to re-engage with the cause he left behind when he ...

George Ryan Says He Regrets Allowing Illinois' Last Execution

AP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Former Gov. George Ryan regrets letting what turned out to be the last execution in Illinois proceed, he prays regularly for s...

10 Corruption Quotes From Illinois Politicians

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.16.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Sometimes a politician's best speech comes on the witness stand. Here is an updated collection of quotes directly from corrupt Illinois politicians, o...

The Best Illinois GIF Gallery of 2013!

Madison Bondi | Posted 03.17.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

2013 was an exciting, awkward, frustrating, and confusing year in Illinois. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most memorable highlights fr...

The Rodney Dangerfield of Constitutional Offices

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Office of Illinois Lieutenant Governor is the Rodney Dangerfield of constitutional offices. It's got no defined duties and the House has voted t...

Top 10: Longest Prison Sentences for Illinois Politicians

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While among the highest profile of Illinois' many convicted elected officials, the Jacksons' sentences are nowhere near the top of the list.

Did Madigan break laws? In Metra scandal, that's not the issue

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Let's be clear on thing regarding House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in the Metra scandal: he probably didn't break any laws. As State Rep. Jack Fr...

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

While many people relaxed in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, Illinois was buzzing from the recent release of former Governor George Ryan, Bill Daley's endorsement from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Quinn's partial veto of a concealed carry firearms bill.

Former Illinois Governor A Free Man After 5 Years In Prison

AP | Posted 09.02.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is officially a free man. The 79-year-old spent more than five years in prison for corruption, and i...

Supreme Court Denies Ex-Illinois Governor's Appeal

Posted 02.19.2013 | Chicago

Feb 19 (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear former Illinois Governor George Ryan's appeal of his conviction and 6 1/2-year pri...

Welcome Home, Governor Ryan

David Protess | Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Many will say that George Ryan's legacy will be the stain of scandal. Count me among the many others who say otherwise. George Ryan is a good man, a profile in courage who saved countless innocent lives.

4 Of Last 7 Illinois Governors Went To Prison

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.30.2013 | Chicago

-- Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan will be leaving prison and heading to a halfway house after serving more than five years for corruption. His depa...

George Ryan Out Of Prison, Moved To Kankakee Home

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was released from prison before dawn Wednesday, stopping only briefly at a halfway house before he wa...

Ex-Gov. George Ryan Heads To Halfway House

Posted 01.29.2013 | Chicago

Ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan is halfway home. Ryan is nearing the end of his six-and-a-half year sentence after serving out the majority in a fede...

The Trials of Anthony Porter: From Exonerated Death Row Inmate to Paroled Shoplifter

David Protess | Posted 02.06.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

What will become of Anthony Porter? It is tragic to think that his only bright and shining moment was the day he was no longer condemned to die, a day when the whole world seemed to care about his fate.

Good News For George Ryan

AP | Posted 08.08.2012 | Chicago

KANKAKEE, Ill. -- Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has qualified for a work release program that will allow him to leave prison five months before his...

Ex-Governor's Appeal Denied In Federal Court

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 10.06.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A federal court in Chicago on Monday denied George Ryan's latest appeal seeking his release from prison, dashing what was widely regarded a...

George Ryan Attorneys Appeal Former Governor's Corruption Conviction

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 09.19.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — What could be imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's last longshot chance at a new trial is now again in the hands of an appeal...

Romney Once Crafted 'Foolproof' Death Penalty Law

AP | STEVE LeBLANC | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — As Massachusetts governor, Republican Mitt Romney set himself a daunting challenge: craft a death penalty law that virtually guarantee...

High Court Weighs In On Former GOP Gov's Corruption Case

AP | MICHAEL TARM and JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to again look at former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's bid to overturn his corrupt...

PHOTOS: Chicago's Most Notorious Tax Fraudsters

Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago

Considering Chicago's reputation as home to the nation's largest concentration of corrupt elected officials, it is not terribly surprising that the Se...

The Most Corrupt City In America?

Posted 02.23.2012 | Chicago

As our former governor prepares to head west to begin his prison sentence, Chicago was given the unfortunate title of "most corrupt" city in America i...

Will A Long Sentence For Blagojevich Stop Corruption In Illinois?

Posted 12.08.2011 | Chicago

When former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, local politicians and many following the case closely exp...

Illinois Higher Education Floundering: Study

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

A study released last month by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education shows declining interest in higher education among Illinois ...

The Conscience Of John Kitzhaber

Mark Osler | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

Can, and should, the religious conscience of one powerful individual be able to trump the popular will? The framers of this Republic, the men responsible for the shape of our governments, answered that question squarely with a "yes."