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Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Ex-Gov. Ryan Attends Service for Mandela

Ex-Gov. Ryan Attends Service for Mandela

Ryan met Mandela on a trip to South Africa in 2000 while he was governor. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM
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By Michelle Relerford, Phil Rogers
      

George Ryan Released From Federal Custody

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan heads home a day earlier than expected. Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

George Ryan Writing Tell-All Memoir: Report

Former Gov. George Ryan may spill long-buried Springfield secrets in a tell-all book. Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports the once-imprisoned governor is writing his memoir, and Ryan's son calls it a... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Ryan Should Mentor Future Governors

Opinion: Ryan Should Mentor Future Governors

Now that he's out of prison, George Ryan needs to get a job. Helping other governors stay out of trouble would be a good fit. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM
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By Phil Rogers

George Ryan Skips Halfway House, Returns Home

George Ryan Skips Halfway House, Returns Home

George Ryan could sleep in his own bed tonight. Efforts are underway to release Ryan from the Chicago halfway house he entered this morning and he could be allowed to go home to his longtime residence in... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

George Ryan 'Paid A Severe Price'

Six years after he was convicted of corruption and sent to prison in Indiana, former Gov. George Ryan was released from prison and installed in a halfway house in Chicago. Ryan left the prison at 1 a.m. and his... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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By Lisa Balde, Phil Rogers, Anthony Ponce & Lauren Petty
      

George Ryan Enters Halfway House

Former Gov. George Ryan will be released from prison Wednesday after six years in the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. Ryan, a 78-year-old father and grandfather, must report to a halfway house in... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Phil Rogers

What Ryan Can Expect in a Halfway House

What Ryan Can Expect in a Halfway House

Former Gov. George Ryan's life in a Chicago halfway house will no doubt be better than the federal prison he's called home for the last five years, but it won't be a walk in the park either. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Convicted Powerbroker Reports to Prison

Convicted Powerbroker Reports to Prison

William Cellini is serving a one-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Ind. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:24 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Former Ryan Staffer Offers Glimpse of Halfway House Life

It will be the place where Ryan will most likely mingle with the hardest criminals he will see during his entire stay with the Bureau of Prisons. Read »

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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