Fawell, the longtime aide of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, apologized
for the political scandal that is sending him to federal prison
and that doomed Ryan's chances for a second term, The Associated
would like to express my regret for the actions I took that were
the focus of this case," Fawell said, his voice breaking. He
couldn't go on.
was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for racketeering, tax fraud,
perjury and obstruction of justice. The investigation initially
focused on bribes exchanged for licenses for unqualified truckdrivers.
It expanded later into a full-blown inquiry into a wide range of
bribery and other corruption in the Ryan era.
himself has not been accused of wrongdoing.