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Ex-Gov. Ryan sentenced to 6½ years (Illinois)
Chicago Tribune ^ | September 6, 2006 | Matt O’Connor

Posted on 09/06/2006 1:59:53 PM PDT by RWR8189

Former Gov. George Ryan was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison today following his historic conviction for steering lucrative state business to cronies in return for vacations, gifts and other benefits for himself and his family.

"People of this state expected better, and I let them down," Ryan said in a statement delivered to the courtroom before the sentencing.

Federal prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 8 to 10 years.

But defense attorneys argued before U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer that even a sentence of up to 30 months could deprive Ryan, 72, of the last healthy years of his life. Ryan is said to be suffering from Crohn's disease and diabetes.

Ryan was ordered to surrender to begin serving his sentence Jan. 4.

Pallmeyer postponed ruling on a defense request for Ryan to remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction, a process that could take months. Prosecutors asked for additional time to respond in writing.

Ryan's sentence represented the stiffest doled out in Operation Safe Road, the eight-year federal probe that exposed rampant bribery in state driver's license facilities and then brought down Ryan's inner circle and finally Ryan.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: corruption; georgeryan; goodriddance; illinois; illinoiscorruption; lyinryan; operationsaferoad; rino; ryan; whistleblowers
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That crook got off too easy IMHO.
1 posted on 09/06/2006 1:59:54 PM PDT by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189
Should have been hung, then gibbeted.

Of course if they did that for every crooked Illinois politician, you'd be able to smell the rot all the way to Ohio.

2 posted on 09/06/2006 2:02:48 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: RWR8189
Was this the clown that was married to that hottie Actress Jeri Ryan?
3 posted on 09/06/2006 2:02:59 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: RWR8189

Is George Ryan related to Jack "SevenOfNine just doesn't do it for me" Ryan?


4 posted on 09/06/2006 2:04:23 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: RWR8189

If he was four feet tall, they wouldn't even send him to jail.


5 posted on 09/06/2006 2:04:35 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: DAC21

Heh, no.

That was Jack Ryan.

We also had a fellow run for governor in 2002 named Jim Ryan.

George Ryan is the crook and RINO among them, they're all unrelated.


6 posted on 09/06/2006 2:05:02 PM PDT by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: DAC21

Don't think so. He looks too old.

He's this clown:

"raised the national debate on capital punishment by issuing a moratorium on executions in 2000 "


7 posted on 09/06/2006 2:05:11 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: DAC21
"Was this the clown that was married to that hottie Actress Jeri Ryan?"

No, this is an older dude. But I'm wondering if they're related.

8 posted on 09/06/2006 2:05:39 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: DAC21

That was Jack Ryan.

I think we're done with Ryans for a while here.


9 posted on 09/06/2006 2:05:47 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on......)
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To: avg_freeper
See post 6
10 posted on 09/06/2006 2:06:06 PM PDT by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: DAC21

Different Ryan. Jack I believe, no, not our Jack Ryan of the CIA, some Politician who like to see his wife in strip clubs.....


11 posted on 09/06/2006 2:07:35 PM PDT by jmq (Islam=Religion of Peace)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

3 cheers for the state where SHOEBOXES were made famous by a politician..........


12 posted on 09/06/2006 2:08:41 PM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: RWR8189
People of this state expected better, and I let them down," Ryan said in a statement delivered to the courtroom before the sentencing.

You know, George, if you had had this revelation in about 1990 or so, you could have spared the state -- and yourself -- a lot of trouble.

Enjoy your retirement.

13 posted on 09/06/2006 2:09:30 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on......)
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To: RWR8189
Growing number of CBS affiliates refusing to carry profanity laden program

How many people did this MF deprive of the right to carry arms? I'm still glad I voted for Glen Poshard.

14 posted on 09/06/2006 2:10:20 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: litehaus

Yep. I remember that one too. Good ol' Paul Powell. There must be something in the water here.


15 posted on 09/06/2006 2:11:54 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on......)
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But defense attorneys argued before U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer that even a sentence of up to 30 months could deprive Ryan, 72, of the last healthy years of his life

Works for me.

16 posted on 09/06/2006 2:12:25 PM PDT by DonnDe
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To: RWR8189
In addition to steering state business to cronies, Ryan was convicted of gutting corruption-fighting efforts to protect political fundraising and misusing state resources for political gain.

Ryan is now trying to figure out why he's in the clinker for this while Bubba Krinton is traveling the world spending his bribe money in luxury. It all depends on who you are, Georgie-boy.

17 posted on 09/06/2006 2:14:59 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: RWR8189
Criminal George Ryan -- DHIMMI-CRAT.... Illegal-noise...

Some of this info is conspicuous by it's absence...

18 posted on 09/06/2006 2:15:18 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (All of the answers remain available; Wisdom is gained by asking the right questions!)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Ryan was actually a giant RINO.

In 1998 he defeated a pro-life Democrat for the governorship.


19 posted on 09/06/2006 2:17:04 PM PDT by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: RWR8189
The article read, "But defense attorneys argued before U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer that even a sentence of up to 30 months could deprive Ryan, 72, of the last healthy years of his life."

Yes, it would, but a betrayal of trust of this magnitude merits the 'last healthy years of his life' in trade, and even then, it isn't nearly enough. Equating bribery with treason (as I do) and making it a crime punishable by death might clear up this problem once and for all.
20 posted on 09/06/2006 2:19:11 PM PDT by Rembrandt_fan
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican
Good ol' Paul Powell.

I think of him every time I renew my license plates. IIRC, any checks sent to Powell's office that said "Secretary of State Paul Powell" went to the Illinois coffers, but any checks that just had "Paul Powell" were cashed and deposited in his shoe boxes at home. He died before he got around to finding a better hiding place.

21 posted on 09/06/2006 2:24:52 PM PDT by DonnDe
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To: DonnDe
IIRC, any checks sent to Powell's office that said "Secretary of State Paul Powell" went to the Illinois coffers, but any checks that just had "Paul Powell" were cashed and deposited in his shoe boxes at home.

An honest mistake. He probably just figured they were gifts, ya know?

22 posted on 09/06/2006 2:35:52 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on......)
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To: RWR8189

Lyin' Ryan gets to spend 6 1/2 years at Club Fed in Oxford, Wisconsin. Meanwhile the 6 Willis kids get to spend eternity in Box City.

And the POS also flooded the general prison population with many convicts who deserved to be executed. He got off easy.


23 posted on 09/06/2006 2:43:23 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: RWR8189
"...that even a sentence of up to 30 months could deprive Ryan, 72, of the last healthy years of his life."

Gee! Is that a fact?

That really too freaking bad...
I guess he'll have to be satisfied with all the "good years" he had while screwing the public in his "civil service" position, huh?

The crooked sonuvabitch shouldn't have done the crime, if he didn't want to do the time..

Semper Fi

24 posted on 09/06/2006 2:56:56 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: RWR8189

Thanks for posting, just heard this on the radio ..

curious.. do you know if he will have to serve most of sentence , 85% , before being eligible for parole.. it's been so long since case started, I don't recall if that is the case or not.


25 posted on 09/06/2006 3:02:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

ap article

Ex-Ill. gov. gets 6 1/2 years for graft
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060906/ap_on_re_us/governor_s_trial
MIKE ROBINSON, Associated Press Writer



CHICAGO - Former Gov. George Ryan, who was acclaimed by capital punishment foes for suspending executions in Illinois and emptying out death row, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years behind bars in the corruption scandal that ruined his political career.

"People of this state expected better, and I let them down," the 72-year-old Ryan said in court before hearing his sentence.

Federal prosecutors had asked for eight to 10 years in prison. Defense attorneys argued that even 2 1/2 years would deprive Ryan of the last healthy years of his life.

"Government leaders have an obligation to stand as the example. Mr. Ryan failed to meet that standard," U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer said.

Ryan was convicted in April of racketeering conspiracy, fraud and other offenses for taking payoffs from political insiders in exchange for state business while he was Illinois secretary of state from 1991 to 1999 and governor for four years after that. The verdict capped Illinois' biggest political corruption trial in decades.

Prosecutors said that Ryan doled out big-money contracts and leases to his longtime friend, businessman-lobbyist Larry Warner, and other insiders and in received such things as Caribbean vacations and a golf bag in return. Ryan also used state money and state workers for his campaigns, the government alleged.

Defense attorneys pleaded for mercy, citing Ryan's advanced age, his health problems — he is plagued by high cholesterol and the intestinal illnesses Crohn's disease, diverticulitis — and the humiliation he has already suffered.

"The public shaming that Ryan has endured combined with the impending loss of his pension greatly lessens the need for the court to punish through the sentencing process," Ryan's lawyers said in court papers. They said Ryan "has been publicly and universally humiliated."

The scandal that led to Ryan's downfall began over a decade ago with a fiery van crash in Wisconsin that killed six children. The 1994 wreck exposed a scheme inside the Illinois secretary of state's office in which truck drivers obtained licenses for bribes.

The probe expanded to other corruption under Ryan. Seventy-nine former state officials, lobbyists, truck drivers and others have been charged. Seventy-five have been convicted, including Ryan's longtime top aide, Scott Fawell, a star witness at Ryan's trial.

In 2000, Ryan, as governor, declared a moratorium on executions in Illinois after 13 death row inmates were found to have been wrongly convicted. Then, days before he left office in 2003, he emptied out death row, commuting the sentences of all 167 inmates to life in prison. He declared that the state's criminal justice system was "haunted by the demon of error."

Even as he faced scandal back home, Ryan accepted speaking invitations across the country and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his criticism of the death penalty.

With prosecutors closing in on him, Ryan decided not to run for re-election in 2002. He was indicted after leaving office.


26 posted on 09/06/2006 3:03:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: RWR8189

Tim McVeigh blew up a building with a rental truck you can drive with a passenger car license.

What could a terrorist blow up with a 53 foot trailer of explosives he drives with a license he bought from Ryan?


27 posted on 09/06/2006 3:30:35 PM PDT by Utahrd
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To: RWR8189

Not enough. This POS should die in prison.


28 posted on 09/06/2006 3:45:27 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: RWR8189

He deserved more. RINO POS!


29 posted on 09/06/2006 3:54:25 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Why are protectionists so bad at math and reading?)
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To: RWR8189

this scumbag commuted some unimaginably bad people on death row whose guilt was not questionable(admittedly there some people on death row who didn't belong there but they were released without his input anyway)-i hope he ends his days in prison


30 posted on 09/06/2006 3:56:58 PM PDT by steamroller
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To: steamroller

These are two of the people whose death sentences were thrown out. They are being housed, clothed, and fed at the expense of Illinois taxpayers for the rest of their lives, while enjoying free medical and dental care.


Fedell Caffey & Jacqueline Williams

Caffey and Williams decided they wanted a baby. So they stabbed to death a pregnant woman, Debra Evans, in her Addison apartment and cut her nearly full-term fetus from her body, according to prosecutors. To eliminate witnesses, they also murdered Evans' 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, and 8-year-old son, Joshua. Another child, Jordan, was spared in the 1995 murder--children under the age of 2 aren't likely to be good witnesses. And the newborn boy also survived. Fortunately, Jordan's grandfather, Sam Evans, says Jordan has no recollection today of the horrors he witnessed.

http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/illinois.htm


31 posted on 09/06/2006 4:46:46 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: RWR8189

Not enought time. He should do five years just for what he did to all those families with his death row amnesty.


32 posted on 09/06/2006 6:10:14 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: avg_freeper

No relation, it's just that you can't swing a cat in Illinois politics without hitting somebaody named Ryan.


33 posted on 09/06/2006 6:31:38 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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Thanks for correction....

I had him tangled up with some of those other guys....(DIMS)

Well.... there is a strong resemblance.... LOL

34 posted on 09/06/2006 7:29:13 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (All of the answers remain available; Wisdom is gained by asking the right questions!)
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To: calcowgirl; FairOpinion; EternalVigilance; AuH2ORepublican; Coop; Graybeard58; supercat; ...
Vote for RINOs -- they can WIN!!!!!

Illinois is soooooooooooooo much better off thanks to "leadership" Ryan provided in promoting pro-abortion, pro-gay, pro-tax-and-spend, pro-enviromental wacko, pro-Castro, and of course, anti-death penalty "values" during his term. (Remember when the guy freed EVERY murderer on death row....gosh darn, it would have been sooooo much worse if a Dem had been in office, right?)

The crook's just been thrown in prison for handing out driver's licenses to illegal aliens in exchange for bribes, but it's all OKAY... cuz he has an "R" next to his name. The ILGOP should be proud to call George Ryan one of their own.

Not to worry, George Ryan's wonderful tenure in office from 1999-2003 will "bring the buisnesses back" and DELIVER Illinois to the GOP any day now. After all, he endorsed BUSH back in 2000 when he was Governor (Gore then won Illinois easily), so that automatically makes him better than ANY Democrat.

Right guys? ;-)

35 posted on 09/06/2006 7:31:39 PM PDT by BillyBoy (ILLINOIS ELECTION "CHOICES:" Rod Bag-o-$hit or Judas Barf Too-Pinka)
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To: BillyBoy

The Illinois Republican party is a mess. What's your point?


36 posted on 09/06/2006 7:41:05 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Deo volente
>> Fedell Caffey & Jacqueline Williams Caffey and Williams decided they wanted a baby. So they stabbed to death a pregnant woman, Debra Evans, in her Addison apartment and cut her nearly full-term fetus from her body, according to prosecutors. To eliminate witnesses, they also murdered Evans' 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, and 8-year-old son, Joshua. <<

The judge ought to assign ol' George to be bunkmates with those two. I'm sure their nice "innocent" folks who were railroaded by the racist "system".

37 posted on 09/06/2006 7:42:05 PM PDT by BillyBoy (ILLINOIS ELECTION "CHOICES:" Rod Bag-o-$hit or Judas Barf Too-Pinka)
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To: Graybeard58
My point is anyone is proof that communist RINO criminals shouldn't be elected, George Ryan is. Instead people continue to defend the worst of the worst RINOs and nominate them for office because they can "win". See Judas Baar Topinka and Arinold Schwatzkennedy.

If they didn't learn from George Ryan, they'll never learn. Anyone who thinks a candidate with a "R" next to their name is automatically better than a Democrat should take George Ryan off our hands. Let him govern THEIR state.

38 posted on 09/06/2006 7:45:12 PM PDT by BillyBoy (ILLINOIS ELECTION "CHOICES:" Rod Bag-o-$hit or Judas Barf Too-Pinka)
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To: Graybeard58
My point is anyone is proof that communist RINO criminals shouldn't be elected, George Ryan is. Instead people continue to defend the worst of the worst RINOs and nominate them for office because they can "win". See Judas Baar Topinka and Arinold Schwatzkennedy.

If they didn't learn from George Ryan, they'll never learn. Anyone who thinks a candidate with a "R" next to their name is automatically better than a Democrat should take George Ryan off our hands. Let him govern THEIR state.

39 posted on 09/06/2006 7:45:12 PM PDT by BillyBoy (ILLINOIS ELECTION "CHOICES:" Rod Bag-o-$hit or Judas Barf Too-Pinka)
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To: BillyBoy
Illinois is soooooooooooooo much better off thanks to "leadership" Ryan provided in promoting pro-abortion, pro-gay, pro-tax-and-spend, pro-enviromental wacko, pro-Castro, and of course, anti-death penalty "values" during his term.

No, I don't think they're better off.

40 posted on 09/06/2006 7:52:43 PM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: weegee

"raised the national debate on capital punishment by issuing a moratorium on executions in 2000"

That's about the only GOOD thing he did. With the number that they found on death row that were innocent, and the fact that Illinois had been in the same league as Mississippi when it comes to low funding for defense teams (until recently MS only paid defense lawyers $1000 for capital cases) it only made sense to stop executions temporarily at the least.

I'd rather pay for 156 scumbags to sit in prison for life than to execute 17 innocent people.


41 posted on 09/06/2006 8:20:53 PM PDT by eraser2005
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To: BillyBoy

No, what it means is Illinois is beyond repair. Witness the Illini caller to Rush who nearly had an on-air breakdown Tuesday afternoon, gibbering about Obama & Turbin. Rush verbally pimpslapped him and sent him on his way...


42 posted on 09/06/2006 8:21:55 PM PDT by StAnDeliver
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To: eraser2005

Did he commute their sentences as well? I thought their death sentences weren't just put on hold.


43 posted on 09/06/2006 8:23:13 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: RWR8189
...even a sentence of up to 30 months could deprive Ryan, 72, of the last healthy years of his life.

Too bad. He should have thought of that when he was abusing his power. IMO, since he let everyone off death row, he should be forced to face the families of the murder victims every day. That piece of crap rag we have up here the Oregonian used Ryan's emptying death row as the basis for an editorial against executions.

44 posted on 09/06/2006 8:35:27 PM PDT by DuxFan4ever (The next rational liberal I meet will be the first.)
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To: eraser2005
I'd rather pay for 156 scumbags to sit in prison for life than to execute 17 innocent people.

You think they sit in prison? Wrong. These clowns get to go to breakfast, then the exercise yard, hang out in their gangs, be someone, then do it all over again the next day.
It might not be a great life by American standards, but it sure aint sitting in a cell staring at a stone wall 23 hours a day.

As for innocent people getting executed, bs. The perps were their and participated in the crimes. The cops don't scoop up boy scouts and charge them with capital murder.

45 posted on 09/06/2006 8:43:02 PM PDT by DuxFan4ever (The next rational liberal I meet will be the first.)
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To: BillyBoy

Judy barr topinko is gonna have to do it herself.

Any Illinois conservative to pulls the lever for this backstabbing ......oh jeez dont get me started...must control fingers from typing bad words.......

Choose between Blago or Topinko? Good greif. If Topinko wins she will be as bad if not worse than Ryan. If Blago wins odds are he is heading for the greybar hotel since Daley, and both Madigans will throw him under the bus to save their butts. Funny thing is gun grabbin Blago is too arrogant to see this.


46 posted on 09/06/2006 9:47:36 PM PDT by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
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To: Deo volente

i was an ins agent stationed in illinois in the mid seventies and early eighties-i got know addison and its police dept pretty well-one of my friends was assigned to this case and it left some impression on him and other officers-ryan is a bag of dirt i hope he spends some time with the people he commuted but he probably won't


47 posted on 09/06/2006 9:56:16 PM PDT by steamroller
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To: BillyBoy; Carry_Okie; ElkGroveDan; dalereed; Amerigomag; calcowgirl; NormsRevenge; Paloma_55; ...
In view of so many on FR who have somehow become oblivious to the obvious, and in view of the simple logic of you poignant pleas, and in honor of moral simplicity and clarity and espceially CONSERVATIVE CONSISTENCY... I commend you BillyBoy... I commend you for your service to all posters and lurkers to FreeRepublic.com!!!

They should have named the POWERPOINT program after you because you make your points so profoundly. The fact that people here on FR cannot seem to make the connection between the crooked Governor by whim of Illinois (my native state) and the creepy Governor by whim of California (my adopted state) is just astounding!!!

Yes... "Vote for RINOs -- they can WIN!!!!!" is most certainly the folly of foolish people made worse by their self-righteous certitude about it!!! It's just ludicrous, BillyBoy... ludicrous!!!

48 posted on 09/06/2006 10:10:27 PM PDT by SierraWasp (With government as your savior from disaster, it must first be your master!!!)
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To: RWR8189

The last time I voted for a Democrat was when I lived in Illinois and voted for his pro-life, pro-NRA opponent, Glen Poshard.

The first thing he did after being elected governor was to break his promise not to raise taxes. He also promoted pro gay and anti death penalty agendas.


49 posted on 09/06/2006 10:17:18 PM PDT by razorbak
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To: SierraWasp; BillyBoy

You know, it actually makes sense. Those who stand for nothing, or have no strong principles as to how government should play in our lives, must be running for office for an alternative purpose. Is it any coincidence that many of the RINOs are resigning in shame or under investigation?


50 posted on 09/06/2006 10:24:11 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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