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George Ryan Pardon

Troy Davis Never Had a Chance

David Protess | Posted 11.26.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

"How could this happen in America?" was the question repeated on talk radio and around the water coolers. Now it's time for a postmortem, and the troubling answer is: it happens all the time.

Ex-Governor George Ryan's Wife In Intensive Care

AP | KAREN HAWKINS and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

KANKAKEE, Ill. — Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan asked a federal court Wednesday to free Ryan so he can be at the hosp...

Bush Denied Pardon Requests From George Ryan, Edwin Edwards, Randall ``Duke'' Cunningham, Mario Biaggi and Michael Milken

Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President George W. Bush, on his last full day in office, formally struck down the petitions for clemency of some high-profile politicians and busines...

Denied By Bush, George Ryan To Seek Clemency From Obama

Chicago Public Radio | Sam Hudzik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan will ask President Barack Obama to commute his 6-and-a-half-year sentence for political corrupption. That's accor...

Former Gov. George Ryan's Wife Pleads With Bush For Clemency

Chicago Tribune | Gary Marx and James Janega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As part of the battle to secure clemency for her husband, the wife of former Gov. George Ryan penned a short note to President George W. Bush that U.S...

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan Apologizes For Crimes

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

From The AP: Convicted former Ill. Gov. George Ryan says he's sorry for crimes he committed as the state's chief executive. In a statement read Frid...

Happy Birthday, Governor Blagojevich!

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Giles Slade

Last Tuesday, Al Gore, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were upstaged by Governor Rod Blagojevich who appears destined for the same prison that currently houses his predecessor.

Blagojevich Hurts Ryan's Clemency Hopes: Former Gov. Thompson

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson says current Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest hurts the chances of a presidential pardon for another former governor, G...

More Congressmen Rip Ryan Clemency Push

SouthtownStar | Nathaniel Zimmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Congresswoman-elect Debbie Halvorson (D-Crete) and U.S. Reps. Judy Biggert (R-13th) and Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) said they oppose commuting former Go...

Durbin Defends Ryan Commutation Effort

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Senator Dick Durbin on Thursday defended his decision to send a letter to President Bush urging the commutation of jailed former Governor George Ryan...

Obama Avoiding George Ryan Clemency Controversy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama is steering clear of the heated debate over whether former Governor George Ryan should receive a pardon or some other fo...

Attorney General Madigan Speaks Out Against Ryan Clemency

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined the chorus of politicians opposing clemency for jailed former Governor George Ryan Wednesday. Madigan ...

White House Won't Comment On Ryan Clemency Request

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The White House today acknowledged receiving Sen. Dick Durbin's request for executive clemency for former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, but the administ...

George Ryan's Clemency Bid: Pros And Cons For Bush

Daily Herald | John Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The topsy-turvy tale of George Ryan's efforts to get out of federal prison becomes a bit more twisted by the day. On Tuesday, Republican Congressman ...

GOP Leader Opposes Ryan Commutation, Criticizes Durbin

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna on Monday criticized the push to have President Bush commute the sentence of the state's former Repub...

Durbin To Ask Bush To Commute Ryan Sentence

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin asked President Bush on Monday to consider commuting former Gov. George Ryan's 6 1/2-year racketeering sente...

Blagojevich: Bush Should Pardon Former Governor Ryan

Chicago Sun-Times | Maudlyne Ihejirika | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Blagojevich, who for years has blasted corruption under his predecessor, George Ryan, said Thursday "it would be a good decision" for President ...

Former Governor's Wife Praying For His Release

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The wife of former Gov. George Ryan has twice personally appealed to George W. Bush to pardon her husband before the Republican president leaves offic...

George Ryan's Lawyers Submit Request For Clemency To Bush

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lawyers for former Illinois Governor George Ryan finally submitted a request yesterday asking President George Bush to let their client out of jail. ...

Sun-Times' Brown's Open Letter To Durbin: Don't Ask For Ryan Pardon

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Dick Durbin seems to be confused. That's the nicest way I can think to say it. Fresh from helping put Barack Obama in the White House, coupled with ...

Durbin May Ask Bush To Pardon Former Governor Ryan

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Senator Richard Durbin says he may ask the president to commute the prison sentence of former Illinois Governor George Ryan. Durbin says he hasn't t...