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Ryan Waiting For Hearing On Latest Bid To Go Free

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Former Illinois Governor George Ryan speaks to the news media at the federal courthouse following a verdict of guilty on all counts in his corruption trial April 17, 2006  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan speaks to the news media at the federal courthouse following a verdict of guilty on all counts in his corruption trial April 17, 2006 (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) – Lawyers for former Governor George Ryan say they are waiting for a federal appeals court to set a date for arguments in their latest attempt to get Ryan freed from prison.

Former Gov. Jim Thompson – the attorney for imprisoned former Governor George Ryan – says briefs have all been filed with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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And he says he’s just waiting for the court to set a date for oral arguments.

These are arguments on the motion that was denied by the trial judge in the Ryan case – asking that the mail fraud counts be thrown out.

Thompson says Lura Lynn Ryan is at home and continues to receive chemotherapy.

Ryan’s lawyers have said that Lura Lynn Ryan has incurable lung cancer which has spread – and three months ago they said Mrs. Ryan had only weeks to live.

Thompson says she is “hanging on.”

More than three months ago, Ryan was allowed to visit his wife.

Thompson says, to his knowledge, there have been no visits since then.

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