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Willis Family Starring On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Twenty years after a family tragedy tied to the infamous “licenses for bribes” scandal, the Willis family is basking in the limelight.

07/07/2014

Ex-Illinois Governor George Ryan. (Credit: CBS)

George Ryan Discusses Willis Family, His Future

Eight years after his conviction on corruption charges, former Governor George Ryan is now completely free reports his period of probation has ended and he no longer has any restrictions on his life.

07/02/2014

Former Gov. George Ryan on Sunday talks about Nelson Mandela during a memorial service. (CBS)

Former Gov. Ryan Says Nelson Mandela Influenced The Clearing Of Illinois’ Death Row

Ryan, a free man since July, spoke during a memorial service for Mandela held in Chicago.

12/15/2013

Anthony Porter walks out of the Cook County Jail  on Feb. 5, 1999, after more than 16 years on death row.  A group of Northwestern University journalism students developed information that led to a Wisconsin man confessing on videotape to the 1982 double-murder for which Porter was imprisoned. (Photo credit: JOHN ZICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Devine: ‘I Don’t Recall’ Any Questions Raised About Freeing Death Row Inmate

Former Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine has said he doesn’t remember one of his top prosecutors raising concerns about the innocence of a man who was freed from death row in 1999, in a case that became a catalyst to end the death penalty in Illinois.

10/23/2013

Former Gov. George Ryan arrives at a halfway house on the Near West Side after leaving a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Jan. 30, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

George Ryan A Free Man, Ends Home Confinement A Day Early

Former Gov. George Ryan officially became a free man today, a day earlier than expected.

07/03/2013

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Powerful Play Opens At NU’s Louis Theater Next Week

“The Exonerated” follows the stories of six people who were sentenced to death row and eventually absolved and set free.

04/13/2013

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)

Attorney: George Ryan Broke No Rules In Weekend Trip To Restaurant

George Ryan’s lawyer said Tuesday that the former governor did nothing wrong when he went out to dinner with family and a few friends on Sunday, despite being on home confinement through early July.

WBBM Newsradio–02/19/2013

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)

Walter’s Perspective: Leave George Ryan Be

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson takes a poll of commuters about the former governor of Illinois.

01/31/2013

This car was seen driving away from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., around the time former Gov. George Ryan would have been leaving the facility, but it's unclear if this is the vehicle he was in when he left. (Credit: Jason Niebrugge for CBS)

How Did Ryan Sneak Past Reporters As He Left Prison?

It was no secret former Gov. George Ryan would be leaving the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Wednesday to head to a Chicago halfway house, but he still managed to slip past dozens of reporters and photographers staked outside the prison.

01/30/2013

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Timeline Of George Ryan Case

Former Gov. George Ryan was transferred from federal prison on Wednesday and will serve the remainder of his sentence at a Chicago halfway house. Here is a timeline of key events in his corruption case:

01/30/2013

Former Gov. George Ryan arrives at a halfway house on the Near West Side after leaving a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Jan. 30, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Former Governor George Ryan Leaves Prison, Arrives At Home

Former Gov. George Ryan left the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Wednesday, moving to a halfway house on the Near West Side to complete his sentence.

01/30/2013

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 Gov. Ryan Spending Last Full Day In Federal Prison

Former Gov. George Ryan was set to be released from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Wednesday, and transferred to a halfway house on the Near West Side early Wednesday to complete his sentence.

CBS Chicago–01/29/2013

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George Ryan Leaving Prison For Halfway House By Wednesday

After serving six years for a corruption conviction, former Gov. George Ryan is due to be released this week to a Chicago halfway house.

01/28/2013

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Gov. Ryan To Be Released Next Week

Imprisoned ex-Gov. George Ryan is scheduled to be released to a Chicago halfway house next week.

01/23/2013

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Former Gov. George Ryan’s Son Arrested For DUI

The son of former Governor George Ryan was cited for drunken driving early Thursday after falling asleep at wheel in a fast food restaurant parking lot.

11/23/2012

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Gov. Ryan Qualifies For Early Work Release

Imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan will be released from prison five months early, having qualified for work release.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2012

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Former Gov. Ryan Loses Latest Bid For Early Release

A federal appeals court dealt another legal defeat to former Gov. George Ryan on Monday, denying his latest bid to get out of prison early.

08/06/2012

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Ryan Wins Another Chance To Petition For New Trial

Former Gov. George Ryan has served most of his 6 1/2 year prison sentence and is set to be released next year, but he will have a chance to appeal for a new trial again before that.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: The Shame Of Illinois Is Our Shame

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson says we all bear some responsibility for the black eye Illinois is getting this week, with the surrender of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at a federal prison.

03/15/2012

Scott Fawell, former chief of staff for convicted Gov. George Ryan, discusses his time in prison on the day Ryan's successor, convicted Gov. Rod Blagojevich reported to prison. (Credit: CBS)

Fawell: First Day In Prison ‘Rude Awakening To Change In Life’

A “rude awakening to change in life.” That’s how Scott Fawell, who spent 4 ½ years in prison, describes the first hours former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will face now that he’s begun his 14-year prison sentence.

CBS 2–03/15/2012

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