George Ryan

George Ryan Fast Facts

Read CNN's Fast Facts about George Ryan and learn more about the former Governor of Illinois who was convicted and sentenced on racketeering and fraud charges.
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Former Governor George Ryan stopping in southern Illinois

MAKANDA, Ill. (WJPF) — Former Governor George Ryan will spend the weekend in southern Illinois. Ryan, now 87, will sign copies of his new book, ‘Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped The Death Penalty in Illinois,’ Saturday and Sunday at the Giant City Lodge. The book signing runs from 11:00 a.m. – 1:0 p.m. both days.
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Illinois gets first credit rating upgrade from Wall Street since George Ryan was governor. But it’s still in the basement.

Long known for financial instability, Illinois on Tuesday got its first credit rating upgrade in more than two decades on the strength of the state’s latest budget. In upgrading Illinois’ credit by one step — to two notches above junk bond status instead of one — Wall Street ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service noted that the $42 billion spending plan for the year starting July 1 “increases pension contributions, repays emergency Federal Reserve borrowings and keeps a backlog of bills in check with only constrained use of federal aid” from President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief plan.

Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 102 – George Ryan and Ending the Illinois Death Penalty

George Ryan was a Republican Governor of Illinois. He started his career as an advocate for the death penalty. But during his time as Governor, between cases of wrongful convictions and a torture scandal in Chicago, he came to the conclusion that the death penalty was flawed and first he put a pause on the death penalty, then he commuted the sentences of everyone on death row to life and ended the death penalty in Illinois.

George Ryan Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of George Ryan, the former governor of Illinois who served time in prison after being convicted on racketeering, conspiracy and fraud charges. Marriage: Lura Lynn Lowe (1956-June 27, 2011, her death) Children: Nancy; Lynda; triplets Julie, Joanne, Jeanette; and George Jr. Education: Ferris...