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George Ryan, Convicted Ex-Governor, Must Forfeit Entire Pension, Supreme Court Says

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois pension system may be tens of billions in the red, but as of Friday it has one fewer check to write: convicted ex-Governor George Ryan wo...

George Ryan Asks Obama For Clemency (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois governor George Ryan has renewed his clemency efforts and is hoping President Obama, whom he worked with in state legislature, will si...

As Moratorium Nears Decade Mark, Democrats Show Little Leadership on Death Penalty

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Is there a chance Illinois will become the 16th state to abolish the death penalty? Unlikely. We ought to expect more from the Democrats who have governed Illinois lock, stock, and barrel.

What I Want For Christmas: Mass Clemency

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

A mass, collective pardon of nonviolent offenders would reunite hundreds of thousands of families, save billions of dollars in incarceration costs, and might foster a national spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Jailed Former Governor George Ryan Still Wants Government Pension

Chicago Sun-Times | DAVE MCKINNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Should disgraced ex-Gov. George Ryan be given a partial state pension of $68,400 a year for his tenure as a county official, state legislator and lieu...

Law Used To Indict Blagojevich Challenged As Vague

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Among the corruption charges faced by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is a statute of just 28 words with enough pop to send big n...

House Votes To Fire Employees Hired By Disgraced Governors Ryan And Blagojevich

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House is trying to get rid of political cronies who were given state jobs by two disgraced former governors. T...

George Ryan's Lawyer To Ask Obama For Commutation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - A lawyer for former Illinois Gov. George Ryan says he'll ask President Barack Obama to commute his more than 6-year sentence. Ryan's a...

One Man's Vote, One Man's Elected Pain

Derrick K. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Derrick K. Baker

I've come to conclude that akin to the God complex that suits many law enforcement types is a certain gene that is part and parcel of how people who aspire to public office are wired.

Lobbying Belongs on the Reform Agenda

Cindi Canary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cindi Canary

If Illinois ever hopes to sanitize itself from the stench of political corruption, it must expose lobbying to the light of day and demand higher ethical conduct from state lobbyists.

Madigan: Fire 3,000 Hired By Disgraced Governors Ryan, Blagojevich

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to "fumigate" state government by firing thousands of people who were hired by ...

Tax Day (Dis)Honor Roll: Illinois' Most Notorious Tax Cheating Politicians

Ben Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ben Strauss

Among the damning evidence against Troutman was a recording of her saying, "Most aldermen, most politicians are ho's."

Crooked Politicians Costing Illinois $300M In 'Corruption Tax': Professor

AP | ANDREA ZELINSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As taxpayers look down the barrel of a major income tax increase, another tax already is draining their wallets. But this one isn't found anywhere in ...

Pardon Doesn't Clear Convict's Record: Court

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Governors can issue pardons but they can't automatically clear a convict's criminal record, according to a new Illinois Supreme Court ruling. The rul...

Stealing Horses With Blago And Telling

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Bill Powell had a chance to tell us about how decent people can be so easily depraved by going into politics. Instead, he ended up selling for cheap the little intimate information about Blago he had.

George Ryan Can Keep Part Of Pension While In Prison: Court

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A state appeals court says imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan may keep part of the state pension that was canceled following his conviction on rackete...

Illinois Keeping Death Penalty Moratorium: Quinn

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has no immediate plans to lift the state's moratorium on the death penalty. The Democrat who las...

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...

Pat Quinn Names Ryan Scandal Victim, Northwestern Football Coach To Ethics Panel

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn named the members of his ethics commission, "Reform Illinois Now," Friday. Among those appointed are the Rev. Scott Willis, whose ...

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...

Sun-Times Endorses Special Election For Obama's Senate Seat

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is a good man with a strong record as a reformer. So we're not questioning his integrity when we take exception to his stated inte...

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...

Blagojevich's Facebook Following

NBC 5 | Steve Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's not exactly villagers with torches rampaging through the North Side on their way to the governor's house, but the good folks with Facebook are no...

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...