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  • George Ryan's wife only has months to live, lawyers say

     
    Lawyers seeking to have former Gov. George Ryan released early from his 6 1/2-year prison sentence said Wednesday that his ailing wife has recently developed aggressive, incurable cancer and has only months to live. Ryan's wife, Lura Lynn, 76, was...
  • The Lura Lynn Ryan story is, I confess, thawing my heart

     
    In general, I'm fairly merciless in my outlook when it comes to prisoners and their pleas for special dispensations or lighter sentences due to family considerations. Nearly every con has family. Kids whose birthdays and graduations and weddings they'll...
  • George Ryan should be out of prison

     
    Friday is the 7th anniversary of the indictment of former Gov. George Ryan on federal corruption charges. In responding to my post Thursday "The Lura Lynn Ryan story is, I confess, thawing my heart," commenter "Stosh" made the excellent point......
  • Judge to George Ryan: You're staying in prison

     
    The federal judge who sentenced former Gov. George Ryan to 61/2 years in prison in 2006 refused Tuesday to release him early from custody, saying that while she was saddened by his wife's terminal illness, Ryan was to blame for his own plight. Ryan's...
  • How much blame does George Ryan bear for the deaths of the Willis children?

     
    Lingering questions and accusations about the relationship between corruption charges against former Gov. George Ryan and the Willis family tragedy in light of Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer's refusal today to release Ryan from prison (see Stantis' Wednesday...
  • Village Board to vote on ethics ordinance next week

     
    In the wake of a gubernatorial corruption scandal that reached all the way to the federal level, municipalities in Illinois have revisited their local ethics …...
  • Death penalty ban passes Illinois House on second try

     
    Posted by Ray Long and Todd Wilson at 4:37 p.m.; updated at 6:34 p.m. SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today voted to ban the death penalty, but the legislation’s ultimate fate is uncertain in the final few days of the......
  • Quinn takes oath amid increased security in Springfield

     
    Gov. Pat Quinn hugs Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon before taking the oath of office in Springfield, Ill. today. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune) Posted by Monique Garcia, Ray Long, Rick Pearson and Todd Wilson at 10:50 a.m.; last updated at 6:42 p.m.....We'll........
  • Illinois death penalty ban sent to Gov. Pat Quinn

     
    By Todd Wilson and Ray Long at 11:05 a.m.; last updated at 3:16 p.m. with roll call links SPRINGFIELD --- A historic measure to abolish the death penalty in Illinois passed the state Senate today after nearly two hours of......
  • The death penalty in Illinois, a partial chronology of modern events

     
    Eight years ago, Rob Warden, then as now the director of the Center on Wrongful Conviction at the Northwestern University School of Law, published the following timeline in the Tribune. The time to update it will be if and when,......
  • State Sen. Lou Viverito resigns, wants Bridgeview mayor to replace him

     
    Posted by Ray Long at 1:38 p.m. SPRINGFIELD --- A veteran southwest suburban state senator has resigned and said today he'd like to see the mayor of Bridgeview to take his place at the Capitol. Sen. Lou Viverito's resignation was......