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Former Gov. Ryan Could Face Charges
CBS 2 Chicago ^ | December 16, 2003 | Mike Flannery

Posted on 12/16/2003 7:03:50 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John

CHICAGO (CBS 2) Former Illinois Governor George Ryan could soon be facing serious federal charges.

Sources at the Department of Justice in Washington tell CBS 2 that potential charges include income tax violations, extortion and racketeering. The charges could come down as early as Wednesday.

George Ryan now has one of the best defense lawyers in America, former U.S. Atty. Dan Webb. He's met repeatedly with prosecutors trying to persuade them not to file criminal charges, but he has told CBS 2 News that he, too, fears an indictment could come soon.

The investigation began more than 5 years ago and focused at first on low-level employees of then Secretary of State George Ryan. Dozens were subsequently convicted in connection with selling drivers' licenses for bribe money that ended up in the coffers of Citizens for Ryan, the multi-million dollar political war chest that helped him win election as governor.

The federal government indicted and convicted that fund as a continuing criminal conspiracy in a trial some saw as a preview of possible proceedings involving the former governor himself.

For years Ryan insisted he did nothing wrong. Since becoming a target of the investigation more than a year ago, Ryan has declined to make any comment at all regarding the investigation.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and his assistants have given us glimpses of their potential case against Ryan. While prosecuting others, they have referred to Ryan as "Official A.”

Public aired allegations include claims that Ryan took thousands of dollars in cash and gifts from a series of people who got state contracts and favors, ranging from relatively trivial low-digit license plates to no-bid deals worth millions of tax dollars.

U.S. Atty Patrick Fitzgerald's office had no comment regarding possible pending federal charges against Ryan.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: driverslicenses; illinois; lyinryan; opearationsaferoad; patrickfitzgerald; rino
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1 posted on 12/16/2003 7:03:51 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
YEAH!
2 posted on 12/16/2003 7:06:09 PM PST by republicanwizard
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
It's about time.
3 posted on 12/16/2003 7:08:46 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
THEY SHOULD FRY THIS BASTARD. HE HAS SINGLE HANDEDLY DESTROYED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF ILLINOIS ( THAT IS NOT WHY THEY SHOULD FRY HIM). THAT MAN WILL ROT IN HELL. MAYBE WHEN HE GETS THERE SATAN WILL MAKE HIM HELLMATES WITH BILL CLINTON.
4 posted on 12/16/2003 7:13:05 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: Catspaw
Why has it taken so long to finally get ready to file charges on this guy?
5 posted on 12/16/2003 7:14:25 PM PST by MizzouTigerRepublican (82nd ABN Gulf war vet)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
This is good news.
6 posted on 12/16/2003 7:15:06 PM PST by Sparta (Tommy Dasshole on Saddam's capture: "I'm deeply saddened")
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To: MizzouTigerRepublican
Couldn't happen to a nicer DemoRat, err, RINO.
7 posted on 12/16/2003 7:15:26 PM PST by COEXERJ145
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To: MizzouTigerRepublican
NOBODY WOULD ROLL OVER ON HIM. ILLINOIS POLITICS IS THICK WITH SINNERS. BOTH PARTIES, AND THEY DON'T EVEN GO AFTER EACH OTHER. ONLY WHEN THE FEDS CAN PENETRATE THE SYSTEM DO WE EVER GET INDICTMENTS.
8 posted on 12/16/2003 7:17:19 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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Party?
9 posted on 12/16/2003 7:18:43 PM PST by At _War_With_Liberals (It's more than a lib/con thing- All 3 branches of govt colluded to limit the 1st amendmenthave been)
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To: MizzouTigerRepublican
That's what I'd like to know. They've hauled in and convicted just about everybody else in his inner circle. I thought they would've busted him the day after he left office.

And I remember what started this all off--it was a hideous accident that killed five or six children. When the parents sued, they found the truck driver had gotten a CDL by bribing someone....

10 posted on 12/16/2003 7:19:07 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
As usual, nowhere in the article do they mention he's a Democrat.
11 posted on 12/16/2003 7:20:39 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: COEXERJ145
DEMOCRAT, OR REPUBLICAN. NO PARTY SHOULD HAVE EVER HELD ONTO A GUY AS LONG AS THE REPUBLICANS HELD ON TO THIS GUY. SINCE HIS DAYS IN THE SECRETARY OF STATES OFFICE, HE HAS BEEN A TWO BIT POLITICIAN/SHAKEDOWN ARTIST.

TOO BAD MOST OF THE EVIDENCE WAS BURNED WITH SIX PEOPLE IN THE COOK COUNTY BUILDING LAST MONTH.

12 posted on 12/16/2003 7:20:56 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: At _War_With_Liberals
LET'S JUST SAY THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME EXTRA BUBBLY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
13 posted on 12/16/2003 7:22:01 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Racketeering? In Chicago? No way.
14 posted on 12/16/2003 7:22:49 PM PST by yooper
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John; RedWing9; BillyBoy; Ford Fairlane; TheRightGuy; DMZFrank; cfrels; unspun; ...
This calls for a celebration!! Thankfully as Illinois Freepers get together this Saturday for a Christmas party, we can Celebrate even more!!

To bad you will not be there Land_of Lincoln_John!!
15 posted on 12/16/2003 7:22:53 PM PST by chicagolady (Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Is this the same guy that let all of the murderers off of death row?
16 posted on 12/16/2003 7:23:28 PM PST by Rocky
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To: Catspaw
THAT IS THE ONE THING THAT HE IS BEING BLAMED FOR THAT I DO NOT BLAME HIM FOR. A SHAME WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SIX KIDS. IN ILLINOIS WE KNEW WAAAAAY BEFORE THAT. THAT IS JUST WHAT WOKE THE MEDIA UP.
17 posted on 12/16/2003 7:24:42 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: chicagolady
Chicagolady: December is a tough time for me, business-wise. But it will be a MERRIER CHRISTMAS (except for Geo. Ryan). LOL
18 posted on 12/16/2003 7:25:20 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Illinois is mob city. You can't get elected in that state without greasing palms.
20 posted on 12/16/2003 7:26:46 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Rocky
Is this the same guy that let all of the murderers off of death row?

Yep, the same. The left's favorite non-Democrat.

21 posted on 12/16/2003 7:26:57 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Rocky
BINGO! THAT'S HIM. HE HAD THIS THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD NEVER SEND THE RECIPIANT OF THE NOBLE PEACE PRIZE TO JAIL. HA! NOBLE PEACE PRIZE MY *SS. THIS MAN IS GOING AWAY FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.
22 posted on 12/16/2003 7:27:18 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: LandofLincoln
No, I don't blame Ryan for the deaths of those sweet children. But it did trigger off media scrutiny on how CDLs were being issued illegally in Illinois.
24 posted on 12/16/2003 7:27:41 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Some would consider it poetic justice, to have the "Honorable Ex-Governor" become the girlfriend of a few of the murderers whose Death Sentences he overruled as one of his last acts in office -- to win the hearts and minds of the criminal elements...

Semper Fi
25 posted on 12/16/2003 7:28:44 PM PST by river rat
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To: The KG9 Kid
KG9 KID, THE ARTICLE DID NOT SAY HE WAS A DEMOCRAT, BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF OURS. THAT IS RIGHT, OUR PARTY CODDLED THIS S.O.B.
26 posted on 12/16/2003 7:28:59 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: chicagolady
WHERE IS THE PARTY CHI-TOWN LADY?
27 posted on 12/16/2003 7:29:50 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
This is good news for IL Democrats. Legal troubles for anyone named "Ryan" will continue to confuse the IL electorate and guarantee perpetual Democrat victory in the once "Land of Lincoln."
28 posted on 12/16/2003 7:30:13 PM PST by Theodore R. (When will they ever learn?)
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To: LandofLincoln
;)
29 posted on 12/16/2003 7:31:40 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
George Ryan now has one of the best defense lawyers in America, former U.S. Atty. Dan Webb. He's met repeatedly with prosecutors trying to persuade them not to file criminal charges, but he has told CBS 2 News that he, too, fears an indictment could come soon.

Dan Webb has been elevated to one of the best defense lawyers in America. As a federal prosecutor operation Greylord was his claim to fame, he may have some juice with the feds, but here's hoping Lyin Ryan gets what he deserves.

30 posted on 12/16/2003 7:32:16 PM PST by X-FID ( The police aren't in the streets to create disorder; they are in the streets to preserve disorder.)
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To: Catspaw
WE AGREE ON THAT, COOL. THAT JUST MADE PEOPLE PULL THEIR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND, AND ADMIT WHAT WAS GOING ON.
31 posted on 12/16/2003 7:32:41 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: LandofLincoln
If you are an Illinois Freeper you are invited. It will be in Oak Forest Il this Sat Dec. 20th 2003. 4pm-9pm.
Freep mail me if you want to come.

CL
32 posted on 12/16/2003 7:37:23 PM PST by chicagolady (Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night)
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To: LandofLincoln
I'm sure you are correct. I grew up in IL and lived there til 6 years ago. I also know they were investigating Ryan back in the early/mid 80's - had a friend who worked at the Secy of State office. It has taken 20 years to get to indictment (while meanwhile he got to be gov). Also observed the layers of corruption in politicians in general. Lucky me (shiver).

ps I still miss Illinois!
33 posted on 12/16/2003 7:37:59 PM PST by Annie03 (donate at www.terrisfight.org)
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To: X-FID
WEBB IS NOT THAT GOOD. OPERATION GREYLORD WAS A GREAT THING, BUT CONVICTING CRIMINALS IS EASIER THAN WINNING VERDICTS FOR OBVIOUS CRIMINALS. WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY IS THAT IT IS EASIER TO CONVICT A COUPLE OF CROOKED JUDGE THAN IT IS TO BEAT THE RAP FOR THE WORST CRIMINAL TO EVER LIVE IN THE GOVENOR'S MANSION.

TEN-TO-ONE WEBB LOSES THIS ONE.

34 posted on 12/16/2003 7:38:37 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Cool! We've been waiting for this for a long time. :-)
35 posted on 12/16/2003 7:39:25 PM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: river rat
I ALWAYS SAID THAT HE WAS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY, MOSTLY BECAUSE HE HAS PROBABLY COMMITTED A COUPLE OF CRIMES THAT CARRY THE DEATH PENALTY.

IF I WERE HIM, I WOULD BE AGAINST IT TOO.

36 posted on 12/16/2003 7:40:16 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: chicagolady
DANG, I LIVE RIGHT HERE, BUT MY FAMILY WILL BE DOING SOME HOLIDAY VISITING ON SATURDAY NIGHT. SORRY THAT I COULD NOT MAKE IT. ADD ME TO YOUR E-MAIL LIST AND LET ME KNOW ABOUT FUTURE EVENTS, I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU PEOPLE.

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

37 posted on 12/16/2003 7:43:33 PM PST by LandofLincoln
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To: LandofLincoln
WEBB IS NOT THAT GOOD. OPERATION GREYLORD WAS A GREAT THING, BUT CONVICTING CRIMINALS IS EASIER THAN WINNING VERDICTS FOR OBVIOUS CRIMINALS. WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY IS THAT IT IS EASIER TO CONVICT A COUPLE OF CROOKED JUDGE THAN IT IS TO BEAT THE RAP FOR THE WORST CRIMINAL TO EVER LIVE IN THE GOVENOR'S MANSION. TEN-TO-ONE WEBB LOSES THIS ONE.

I agree with that, I didn't mean to imply that I believe Webb is good, just the opposite actually. BTW what's the deal with the caps?

38 posted on 12/16/2003 7:46:34 PM PST by X-FID ( The police aren't in the streets to create disorder; they are in the streets to preserve disorder.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
When I was growing up I was good friends with Scott Fawell's brother, so a lot of this scandal is pretty close to home. He always was a sneaky guy, and Im sure he found a friend with Ryan.

I'll never forgive Ryan for setting the GOP back at least 10 years in Illinois. Its a shame the old man cant stay Saddam's death sentence, Im sure he would. I hope Ryan gets time, he's screwed all of us.

Not only did he define the word RINO, he was as corrupt as a Daley democrat.

39 posted on 12/16/2003 9:22:51 PM PST by RWR8189
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To: yooper

"Corruption? In our joint?"

40 posted on 12/16/2003 9:22:59 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: Rocky
Yes.
41 posted on 12/16/2003 9:26:21 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Its about time!!!

From a former Illinois supporter
42 posted on 12/16/2003 9:54:53 PM PST by JustPiper (Saddam gives new meaning to "Ace in the Hole")
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To: Theodore R.
As soon as the Ryan scandal broke and it became clear it would have legs the Illinois GOP should have started impeachment proceedings and booted out their (allegedly) own Governor. Then they should have never run another "Ryan" to try to replace him. And now the party leadership is backing yet another "Ryan" for the Senate race! W really needs to knock some sense into them before the public backlash spills over on the remaining GOP House seats and onto W's chances as well.
43 posted on 12/17/2003 12:18:42 AM PST by JohnBovenmyer (I)
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To: LandofLincoln
Johnnie Cochran was busy. You take what you can get.
44 posted on 12/17/2003 2:53:28 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: RWR8189
The "first" Ryan is one of many RINOs who have worked to destroy the Republican party in the name of supporting the "lesser of two evils."
45 posted on 12/17/2003 5:22:22 AM PST by Theodore R. (When will they ever learn?)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Make that "Chicago is a mob city"; the rest of Illinois gets to suffer the consequences of Cook County.
46 posted on 12/17/2003 5:42:18 AM PST by sarasota
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To: The KG9 Kid
Kid, I'm glad that this guy is getting justice. You should know, however, that he's a RINO.

When he ran for governor, the Democrats had a true conservative from southern Illinois at the top of their ticket. Boss Daley ordered his people to work for Ryan, who never saw a conservative principle that he liked.

Weakened by the "License for Bribes" Scandal, Ryan's only hope of staying in the governor's mansion was to become a yes-man for Daley. I remember one banquet in which Daley called Ryan, "The best governor in Illinois history".

I agree with the posts who claim that Ryan singlehandedly destroyed the GOP in Illinois. In fact, he established the principle in this state that only a moderate ... read that "SOMONE WHO ALWAYS VOTES WITH THE DEMS" ... can be elected to public office.

As the President said the other day, "Good riddance ...". I hope that he enjoys being cloistered ...
47 posted on 12/17/2003 7:12:58 AM PST by Stephen Ritter
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To: The KG9 Kid
If I had to guess, I would say that they didn't mention that he's a Democrat because he is a Republican.
48 posted on 12/17/2003 7:33:09 AM PST by Piranha
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To: seamole
Are you accusing ex-governor Ryan of arson?
49 posted on 12/17/2003 7:34:26 AM PST by Piranha
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To: sarasota
Ex-governor Ryan was born in Iowa and was a congressman from Kankakee. He had nothing to do with Chicago.
50 posted on 12/17/2003 7:37:25 AM PST by Piranha
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