Illinois Gov. George Ryan says he’s innocent of allegations he took payoffs
in return for letting associates profit from state contracts and said he
would make his case to jurors by testifying at his trial, The Chicago
in the 22-count indictment announced last Wednesday against Ryan and lobbyist
Larry Warner could send them to prison for years. Warner, who allegedly
collected at least $3.1 million through his friendship with Ryan, pleaded
innocent Dec. 19.
Republican who served as secretary of state from 1991 to 1999 and governor
from 1999 to January 2003, was freed on $4,500 bail. He is accused of breaking
the law while he was secretary of state and governor.
things, Ryan is accused of turning the state’s commercial trucking department
into a “corporation” of patronage where for the right price, “anybody was
allowed to get a commercial driver’s license,” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
In a public
statement, Ryan said, "When I appeared in federal court this morning,
as you all know, I entered a not guilty plea. I entered a not guilty plea
to the charges contained in the government's indictment of me. I am absolutely
not guilty of those charges.”