George Ryan was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison. But now, his chances of getting a pardon are remote, thanks to the Blagojevich scandal.
Last month, Durbin asked President Bush to set Ryan free after serving slightly more than a year of his 6 1/2-year term for corruption while governor and secretary of state.
But that possibility of an early release now appears remote because of collateral damage from Gov. Blagojevich’s Dec. 9 arrest on corruption charges, Durbin said.