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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 »

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 7:40 AM
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By Edward McClelland
      

What Blago and Ryan Have In Common

Both were machine politicians and relentless fundraisers. Both loved money for the political power it could purchase. And both ended ruining the lives of their families. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Murderer Registry? How About Life In Prison Instead?

Murderer Registry? How About Life In Prison Instead?
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The Illinois House passed a bill requiring first-degree murderers to register with the state for 10 years after their release? How about just never releasing them? Read »

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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By Zach Christman

Trump Gave Rahm Emanuel $50K

Trump Gave Rahm Emanuel $50K

Blog points out Trump's dollars helped get Emanuel elected. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

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

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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