Chicago Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez
November 17, 2005
On Election Day 1994, the Willis family of Chicago was
driving near Milwaukee when a mudflap-taillight assembly
fell off a truck, puncturing the gas tank of their minivan
and causing a fire that killed six of the familys children. On that
same day, Illinois Secretary of State George Ryan was re-elected.
The events seemed unrelated until years later, when it was revealed
that the truck driver involved in the accident got his license
through corruption in Ryans office. Last year, on the 13th
anniversary of that terrible Election Day accident, Ryan served
his first full day in prison on unrelated corruption charges.