Ryan’s appeal rejected

| 8/22/2007

Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. George Ryan say they’ll seek a re-hearing after a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld his conviction on corruption charges.

The 73-year-old Ryan was convicted last year of racketeering, conspiracy and fraud – partly for taking pay-offs in exchange for state business contracts while he was governor during the 1990s. 

Another of the schemes involved state licensing workers accepting bribes to issue CDLs – then forwarding that money to Ryan’s campaign.

In fact, it was the discovery of the CDL scheme that led to a much broader investigation that resulted in the convictions of dozens of state officials, lobbyists and others.