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September 18, 2003
On September 16, 2003, DOROTHY ROSE (nee Lawson); beloved wife of the late George Ryan, Sr.; devoted mother of Lindsay Miller and her husband Donald, Michael Ryan and his wife Cathy, Bobbie Kissinger and George Ryan, Jr.; dear sister of Joe Lawson, Florence White, Caroline Maatta and Louise Thomas. Also survived by thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call at the CONNELLY FUNERAL HOME OF DUNDALK, P.A., 7110 Sollers Point Road, on Thursday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., where funeral services will be held on Friday at 12 noon.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 7, 2006
CHICAGO -- Summing up nearly six months of testimony in the corruption and racketeering trial of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, prosecutors depicted a corrupt, arrogant man whose actions forced the state to sacrifice public safety for political payoffs. Ryan, a Republican, was eagerly "pillaging the state coffers" for years and "might as well have put a `for sale' sign on his office" when acting as Illinois governor and secretary of state, assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Levin told jurors yesterday.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 7, 2006
CHICAGO -- Summing up nearly six months of testimony in the corruption and racketeering trial of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, prosecutors depicted a corrupt, arrogant man whose actions forced the state to sacrifice public safety for political payoffs. Ryan, a Republican, was eagerly "pillaging the state coffers" for years and "might as well have put a `for sale' sign on his office" when acting as Illinois governor and secretary of state, assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Levin told jurors yesterday.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 25, 2006
CHICAGO -- Since the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan began nearly four months ago, the jury has listened to the testimony of more than 70 witnesses, including a lottery winner and the head of homeland security in California under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But with the prosecution planning to wrap up its arguments this week, the defense is poised to put the one person on the stand who could make or break the case: George Ryan. Ryan, 71, and his attorneys have said that the pharmacist-turned-politician who spent more than three decades in elected office could take the stand late this week.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 25, 2006
CHICAGO -- Since the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan began nearly four months ago, the jury has listened to the testimony of more than 70 witnesses, including a lottery winner and the head of homeland security in California under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But with the prosecution planning to wrap up its arguments this week, the defense is poised to put the one person on the stand who could make or break the case: George Ryan. Ryan, 71, and his attorneys have said that the pharmacist-turned-politician who spent more than three decades in elected office could take the stand late this week.
NEWS
January 15, 2003
WHEN GEORGE Ryan pardoned four death row inmates and commuted the sentences of the other 167 in his last hours as governor of Illinois, he knew he'd be coming in for a pummeling. And, predictably, death penalty enthusiasts have focused on the most heinous of the murderers who have now been snatched from the clasp of the death gurney. Since Sunday, when the commutations were announced, Illinois and the rest of the nation have been treated to the retellings of lurid and grisly tales of homicide, the better to appreciate the folly of the governor's leniency.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 19, 2003
WASHINGTON - Forgive me, but I'm about to speak heresy. Blame the outgoing governor of Illinois, who recently emptied his state's death row. George Ryan commuted to life in prison the death sentences of 167 condemned criminals. The result: a firestorm of criticism, much of it from those who have lost loved ones to violent crime. Our instinct is to give great weight to what those people have to say. To listen with great reverence. But - and here's the heresy - it occurs to me that maybe we've already listened with too much reverence.
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By George F. Will | September 20, 1998
CHICAGO -- If Glenn Poshard seems to be rowing toward his goal with muffled oars, he can argue that this is one reason why he should reach his goal. His goal is to be the first Democrat elected governor of Illinois since 1974. If, as he expects, he is outspent 3-to-1 (say, $15 million to $5 million), that will be partly because he offends a faction of his party that deserves to be offended, and partly because his Republican opponent is raising and spending money in ways that suggest that Illinois Republicans have been in power a tad too long.
FEATURES
October 20, 2005
The occasional film series "Views of Justice: New Documentaries Exploring America's Criminal Justice System" kicks off tonight with a screening of Deadline. The film, which will be presented by director Katy Chevigny, follows Illinois Gov. George Ryan's decision to grant clemency to the state's 167 death-row inmates. Chevigny will take part in a question-and-answer session after the screening. Doors open at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., at 7, and the screening begins at 8. Tickets are $5-$8.
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By Chicago Tribune | June 3, 1993
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Elvis lives.A bill the legislature rejected earlier this spring to create a special Illinois license plate honoring the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" was resurrected and passed by the House yesterday and sent to the Senate."
NEWS
September 18, 2003
On September 16, 2003, DOROTHY ROSE (nee Lawson); beloved wife of the late George Ryan, Sr.; devoted mother of Lindsay Miller and her husband Donald, Michael Ryan and his wife Cathy, Bobbie Kissinger and George Ryan, Jr.; dear sister of Joe Lawson, Florence White, Caroline Maatta and Louise Thomas. Also survived by thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call at the CONNELLY FUNERAL HOME OF DUNDALK, P.A., 7110 Sollers Point Road, on Thursday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., where funeral services will be held on Friday at 12 noon.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 19, 2003
WASHINGTON - Forgive me, but I'm about to speak heresy. Blame the outgoing governor of Illinois, who recently emptied his state's death row. George Ryan commuted to life in prison the death sentences of 167 condemned criminals. The result: a firestorm of criticism, much of it from those who have lost loved ones to violent crime. Our instinct is to give great weight to what those people have to say. To listen with great reverence. But - and here's the heresy - it occurs to me that maybe we've already listened with too much reverence.
NEWS
January 15, 2003
WHEN GEORGE Ryan pardoned four death row inmates and commuted the sentences of the other 167 in his last hours as governor of Illinois, he knew he'd be coming in for a pummeling. And, predictably, death penalty enthusiasts have focused on the most heinous of the murderers who have now been snatched from the clasp of the death gurney. Since Sunday, when the commutations were announced, Illinois and the rest of the nation have been treated to the retellings of lurid and grisly tales of homicide, the better to appreciate the folly of the governor's leniency.
NEWS
By George F. Will | September 20, 1998
CHICAGO -- If Glenn Poshard seems to be rowing toward his goal with muffled oars, he can argue that this is one reason why he should reach his goal. His goal is to be the first Democrat elected governor of Illinois since 1974. If, as he expects, he is outspent 3-to-1 (say, $15 million to $5 million), that will be partly because he offends a faction of his party that deserves to be offended, and partly because his Republican opponent is raising and spending money in ways that suggest that Illinois Republicans have been in power a tad too long.
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By P.J. Huffstutter and P.J. Huffstutter,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 24, 2004
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled yesterday that former Gov. George Ryan had the right to commute the sentences of all the states death row inmates before he left office last year. The decision is the latest chapter in the debate over death penalty laws, which exploded in 2000 when Ryan instituted a moratorium on executions. He acted after it became evident that 13 death row inmates had been wrongly convicted. In January 2003, Ryan moved 167 prisoners off Illinois death row, commuting their sentences to life in prison.
NEWS
December 31, 2003
On December 28, 2003, ANN (nee Horn) Brady; beloved wife of the late Frank S. Brady, Jr., devoted mother of Susan M. Smith and her late husband Philip V. Smith, Elizabeth A. George and her husband Stephen M. George and Frank S. Brady III; dear grandmother of Leslie Anderson, Sarah M. Smith, Laura E. George, Christopher P. George, Megan A. George, Ryan P. Smith; great-grandmother of Taylor, Tawnie and Trenton Anderson. Also survived by many devoted family and friends. Friends may call at the family owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home Inc., 6500 York Rd (at Overbrook)
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