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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 »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

George Ryan Will Get Early Work Release, Report

George Ryan Will Get Early Work Release, Report

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan could be getting out of prison in two weeks, according to a report. Read »

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Ryan Should Serve His Work Release in an SoS Office

Opinion: Ryan Should Serve His Work Release in an SoS Office

What's an appropriate punishment for George Ryan? How about working in a Secretary of State's office where his picture once hung on the wall. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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By Ward Room Staff, Associated Press

Attorney: Ryan Will Get Early Work Release

Attorney: Ryan Will Get Early Work Release

The attorney for George Ryan says the former Illinois governor has qualified for work release five months before his July 2013 parole. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Governor George Ryan's Appeal Denied

An Illinois appeals court has again denied a motion by former Governor George Ryan to overturn a set of convictions that became questionable after a Supreme Court ruling altered the foundation of one of the laws... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Madigan Loved Ryan, Hated Blago

Madigan Loved Ryan, Hated Blago

No one should be surprised that House Speaker Michael Madigan, the most powerful Democrat in Springfield for the past 30 years, prefers Republican governors. They’re not a threat to his position as party... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The 12 Most Corrupt Public Officials In Illinois History: George Ryan

The 12 Most Corrupt Public Officials In Illinois History: George Ryan

Number 5 on Ward Room's list is the secretary of state whose licenses-for-bribes operation resulted in the deaths of six children. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Blago Defense Asks for Leniency in Sentencing

Prosecutors and Rod Blagojevich's defense team separately made motions Wednesday to the federal judge who will decide the former governor's fate next week. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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