George Ryan through the years
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was a pharmacist, state lawmaker, secretary of state, governor and inmate. On Jan. 31, 2000, Ryan declared moratorium on executions, and followed up the move, Jan. 10-11, 2003, by pardoning four on death row and commuting 167 death sentences. On April 2, 2002, feds indicted Ryan and his staff on charges of corruption and illegally using state workers for political purposes. On April 17, 2006, Ryan was found guilty of corruption.
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Photo of Lura Lynn
Homer Ryan, son of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, carries a picture of his late mother Lura Lynn into his father's home in Kankakee, Ill. George Ryan was released from a halfway house to his home in Kankakee after serving a sentence in a federal prison for corruption.