probe into the Illinois bribes-for-licenses scandal has hooked
two former top aides to Gov. George Ryan and his campaign committee.
into Ryan's inner circle last Tuesday, authorities announced
a 10-count federal indictment accusing then secretary of state
Ryan's chief of staff and a campaign insider of corruption,
representing a new and significant turn for the 4-year-old federal
Operation Safe Road probe.
charged that Scott Fawell, longtime chief of staff to Ryan when
he was secretary of state and manager of his 1998 governor's
campaign, oversaw the systematic corruption, accepting more
than $10,000, several free vacations and the services of a prostitute
in return for awarding a contract to a former state legislator.
said a former Ryan campaign insider, Richard Juliano, who worked
closely with Fawell, has been cooperating for months and will
testify for the government at trial. Juliano was charged with
one count of mail fraud.
for Ryan campaign committee also was charged with wrongdoing.
Prosecutors announced they intend to seek forfeiture of at least
$1 million in ill-gotten proceeds from the committee and if
convicted, could face fines of an additional $1.5 million.
to the charges, widespread misuse of state employees took place
not only in Ryan's campaign for secretary of state in 1994
and his campaign for governor in 1998, but also in the 1994
primary campaign of a state senator.
of state employees were diverted to work on the campaigns on
state time, shredded campaign records and thwarted an internal
investigation of wrongdoing into the link between license selling
and improper Ryan campaign fundraising efforts in driver's
license facilities. They were then rewarded with raises and
promotions, the charges allege. Ryan was not accused of any