George Ryan http://wuis.org en Former Gov. George Ryan Attends Mandela Event http://wuis.org/post/former-gov-george-ryan-attends-mandela-event <p></p><p>Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan says Nelson Mandela was instrumental in his 2003 decision to empty death row. &nbsp;</p><p>Ryan addressed attendees gathered Sunday at the Chicago church of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who hosted a "people's tribute'' to the late South African leader. &nbsp;</p><p>Ryan, a Republican, was released from prison earlier this year after serving more than five years on corruption charges. His roughly five-minute speech was one of his first public appearances since his release. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:21:08 +0000 Associated Press 15104 at http://wuis.org Former Gov. George Ryan Attends Mandela Event December Ninth: A Big Day On Illinois' Ethics Timeline http://wuis.org/post/december-ninth-big-day-illinois-ethics-timeline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>December Ninth is a significant day in Illinois' political history: for better, and for worse.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Dec. 9, 2003 "the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act was signed into law," Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's David Morrison says.</span></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:33:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14586 at http://wuis.org December Ninth: A Big Day On Illinois' Ethics Timeline George Ryan Adjusting To Life After Prison http://wuis.org/post/george-ryan-adjusting-life-after-prison <p>Former Gov. George Ryan says he's still adjusting to private life in the weeks since his release from home confinement. &nbsp;<br>Ryan spoke briefly to The Associated Press Thursday from his home in Kankakee. He says he traveled to Springfield over the weekend to celebrate the birthday of his triplet daughters, one of whom lives in that city. &nbsp;<br>He also visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum on Saturday with family. &nbsp; Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:29:57 +0000 Sean Crawford 7712 at http://wuis.org George Ryan Adjusting To Life After Prison George Ryan: "Freedom's A Great Thing" http://wuis.org/post/george-ryan-freedoms-great-thing <p>A cheerful, joking George Ryan has spoken outside his home after the former Illinois governor was released from home confinement. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Ryan spoke Wednesday afternoon in Kankakee, saying he felt good, physically and mentally. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Wednesday ended more than five years in federal custody for corruption. In January, he was released from an Indiana prison and moved to confinement at his home. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Ryan says he feels ``wonderful'' and that ``freedom's a great thing.'' &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Ryan says he's writing a book but didn't elaborate. &nbsp; Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:17:00 +0000 Associated Press 5177 at http://wuis.org George Ryan: "Freedom's A Great Thing"