Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan was elected twice by the people of Illinois to serve as Attorney General -- the state's top law enforcement official from 1994 to 2002.
He played a role in wrongfully convicting Rolando Cruz for the 1983 murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico, later confessed to by Brian Dugan.
Ryan was a professor at Benedictine University, the same school where he received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1968. He then went on to receive his J.D. at Kent College of Law in 1971.
Ryan, 63, retired from politics after being defeated in the 2002 gubernatorial race against outsted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
His campaign Web site now refers to Ryan as "The Anti-Blagojevich" with honesty and authenticity.
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Campaign Site: JimRyan2010.com
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Published at 12:34 PM CST on Nov 2, 2009