George Ryan en Notable Day in Illinois Political History <p>December 9 is a significant day in Illinois' political history -- for better and for worse. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:59:42 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 45056 at Notable Day in Illinois Political History George Ryan Released From Prison <p>Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was described as being in "decent spirits" after being released from the federal prison where he served more than five years on corruption charges.</p><p>Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson accompanied Ryan on the trip from the lock-up in Terre Haute, IN, to Chicago, where Ryan reported to a halfway house early Wednesday.</p><p></p><p>Ryan wore a suit and tie as he walked into the facility. He was unable to speak to the media because he's still in custody.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:37:24 +0000 Rich Egger 28078 at George Ryan Released From Prison Dubious Distinction for Illinois <p>Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln but it could just as easily be called the Land of Graft.<br /><br />Illinois is the second most corrupt&nbsp; state -- and Chicago is the city with the most public corruption -- according to a report released by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and&nbsp; the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.<br /><br />The report said there have been more than 1,500 corruption convictions in the&nbsp; federal district dominated by Chicago since 2010.<br /> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 21:07:55 +0000 Rich Egger 10351 at Dubious Distinction for Illinois