A man whose political career was ended by a series of events that began
with a truck wreck years ago was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reports that former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was sentenced to six-and-a-half
years for taking payoffs from political insiders in exchange for steering state
contracts their way.
Ryan’s problems began more than a decade ago when he was Illinois
Secretary of State.
After six children were killed in a wreck involving a van and a semi,
it was learned the truck driver paid bribes to get his CDL, and the
investigation eventually led back to the secretary of state’s office.