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*** UPDATED x4 - No release for Ryan - No decision on Emanuel *** It could be a busy day - George Ryan, Rahm Emanuel rulings expected

Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010

*** UPDATE 1 *** No release for Ryan

A federal judge has denied Ryan’s early release from prison, despite pleas from his ailing wife, Lura Lynn.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer announced her decision in a written ruling at noon.

*** UPDATE 2 *** The ruling is here.

…Adding… In reading the opinion, Judge Pallmeyer takes several not so subtle swipes at Jim Thompson, Ryan’s lead attorney. Thompson successfully prosecuted former Gov. Otto Kerner in what is considered the first honest services fraud case and Pallmeyer relies heavily on that case in her opinion.

…Adding More… Ryan’s attorneys argued strenuously that the “Skilling” decision which undermined the honest services fraud statute required an actual quid pro quo. Pallmeyer’s reading of the decision and other cases disagrees…

As the case law cited by the Supreme Court reflects, a showing of bribery need not include direct quid pro quo exchange; two of the three cases cited by the Court as examples of honest services bribery rest on a “stream of benefits” bribery theory.

…Sill More… Pallmeyer concluded that two jury instructions were in error, in light of the Skilling decision. One involved conflict of interest, the other involved violations of state law. However, Pallmeyer wrote she was “satisfied that the instructional errors identified above were harmless”

And in the end…

The court need not dwell on the appropriate standard for release of a convicted prisoner. In today’s ruling, Ryan’s § 2255 petition is dismissed on the merits and his conviction is upheld on all counts. Under any legitimate standard, this context is not appropriate for the “very sparing” exercise of the court’s power to set bail. Ryan’s motion for release is denied.

*** UPDATE 3 *** No surprise here. There will be an appeal

“Obviously we’re very disappointed and we do expect we will appeal,” said attorney Albert Alschuler, who argued on Ryan’s behalf in a recent hearing before Pallmeyer.

Alschuler said he was still reading the ruling, but said the team would have to file a case before the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals before asking for bond.

The 76-year-old former governor has served three years and one month of his 6 1/2-year prison sentence for corruption. Ryan, who is scheduled to be released in 2013, is being held at a federal prison camp in Terre Haute, Ind.

[ *** End Of Updates 1-3 *** ]

* Tuesday will probably not be a slow news day. The judge overseeing George Ryan’s motion to be set free will reportedly make her decision known by noon today

Former governor George Ryan will learn Tuesday if he will be released from prison early and get to be with his ailing wife in her final months.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer is expected to issue her ruling George H. Ryan, Sr. v. United States of America, Case No. 10 C 5512, by noon Tuesday. Ryan, 76, has served less than half of his six-and-a-half-year sentence for racketeering, tax fraud, conspiracy and lying to the FBI. Ryan’s attorney– former governor Jim Thompson– argues Ryan’s sentence should be reduced to time served due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on the ‘honest services’ law.

Also, Mrs. Ryan claims she has three to six months to live after doctors found cancer. So the attorneys are attempting to use that to at least get the guy sprung on bail for a while.

…Adding… Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s against Ryan’s release

“Personally, I think that Gov. George Ryan should complete his sentence, in prison. I know it’s a very sad situation if his wife is in very poor health,” Quinn said. “You know he was sentenced by a jury, twelve men and women, good and true and they, well, they convicted him of a crime and a judge issued the sentence and it should be carried out. It’s, I think, the way to go.”

Quinn says he will turn down Jesse Jackson’s request to lobby President Obama to free Ryan because Ryan’s wife, Lura Lynn, is dying.

This case is about a whole lot more than Ryan’s wife. It’s about the greatly changed status of the honest services fraud laws by the US Supreme Court. Quinn is just pandering here.

* And the hearing officer in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago residency case will make his decision sometime today as well

Hearing officer Joe Morris, the bow-tied conservative Republican who presided over marathon hearings in the case, is expected to make his recommendation to the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners as early as Tuesday.

The three-member election board then will decide Thursday whether to uphold or overturn Morris. That will be followed by a court challenge that’s almost certain to end with the Illinois Supreme Court.

*** UPDATE 4 - 5:30 pm *** The Chicago elections board has just notified reporters that the hearing officer in the Rahm Emanuel residency case won’t turn in his decision until tomorrow, perhaps by midday.

* Related…

* More steps, support for George Ryan release

* Rev. Jackson calls for George Ryan’s release

* Ryan and equity

* The Kankakee Daily Journal: Ryans should be reunited

* Mitchell: Let George Ryan come home

* Sneed: Plea to Obama

* Prosecutor who fought Ryan appeal named federal judge

* ‘Compelling’ points made for ballot spot, Emanuel says

* Rahm Emanuel residency dispute moves forward

* Emanuel confident he’ll survive residency fight

* Friend-of-court brief tossed in Emanuel case

- Posted by Rich Miller        

51 Comments
  1. - bdogg - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 11:20 am:

    good for Morris for tossing the “friend-of-court” brief. who cares what a bunch of emanuel’s rich lawyer friends have to say?


  2. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 11:28 am:

    Maybe we should be reviewing all the criminal cases, federal or otherwise, where folk have hard luck stories of family dying or losing their homes, etc. We should consider letting them out of prison, too, don’t you think?

    NOT.

    Rich, powerful, influential and/or connected convicts should do the same time as the rest of the jamokes who don’t have Big Jim Thompson on their side. I have sympathy for anyone who is ill and without close family nearby. I could make statements about Lura Lynn’s possible knowledge of the crimes and how that might make her seem less sympathetic. Nonetheless, her plight is sad. She has lost the financial support from GRs pension, etc.

    George, do your time and disappear, quietly…..please.


  3. - Katydid - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 11:39 am:

    I agree that his wife’s illness should not, as a legal matter, have any bearing on his release. As DD said, he is certainly not the only person in prison right now who has a family member with only a limited amount of time left and who will almost certainly be gone long before he or she is out of prison.

    I don’t think that’s really the issue here, though. As Rich pointed out, and as the article mentions, the real issue is whether the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the honest services law that Ryan was ultimately found guilty under affects his sentence - and I would say it does (you know, if I were queen and my opinion on that mattered!).

    Lura Lynn’s illness is just a side argument to attempt to make him more sympathetic with the court - and it can be argued whether or not that was even a good idea. For whatever reason, however, that’s the angle that’s getting all the press as if it’s the only one being made.


  4. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 11:39 am:

    ===Rich, powerful, influential and/or connected convicts should do the same time as the rest of the jamokes who don’t have Big Jim Thompson on their side.====

    So, you’re saying that all inmates ought to have top-notch attorneys? I don’t disagree, but that’s not the reality here.


  5. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 11:40 am:

    ===George, do your time and disappear, quietly…..please.===

    The legal argument is that he’s already done his time because of the Supreme Court decision on honest services fraud.


  6. - Living in Oklahoma - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 11:52 am:

    Release the man. He has done his time and his wife is sick. Have a heart.


  7. - Chicago Voter - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:01 pm:

    My heart goes out to Lura Lynn. I am not heartless; but Gov. George should not receive any treatment different from the rest of those who are convicted of crimes. His was an especially large betrayal to the people. If there is a process available to all convicts, he should be allowed to avail himself of the same process. Otherwise, like any criminal, the family does time with you and suffers with you and that is the result of being a criminal. I hope his wife is allowed to visit him, and whatever else is permitted to all convicts, but he is the last person that should get any special treatment. I hope there are friends, family, church members to support Lura Lynn but if he is freed it is just one more example of different standards for the rich. So what do you think is going to happen?


  8. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:03 pm:

    ===but if he is freed it is just one more example of different standards for the rich.===

    You still don’t understand, do you?


  9. - I'm Just Saying - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:04 pm:

    Bail Denied for George Ryan…. Put him on bail, put him on an ankle bracelet if you wnat…….

    This isn’t right…..


  10. - Former State Employee 2 - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:04 pm:

    Looks like he’s been denied


  11. - phocion - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:05 pm:

    Breaking: Early release denied.


  12. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:05 pm:

    But Ryan was convicted of MORE than just the honest services counts. Add to that his pathetic qualified “apology” (not to mention how he put the survivors of murder victims through sheer hell during his high profile image-building campaign against the death penalty (remember his panel hearings? His promise not to do blanket commutations? How he broke that promise at a political-rally like event at Northwestern Law School)? As for Sneed, the woman who went with Ryan to Cuba and gushed about Castro without a word about political repression, is it any wonder she never mentions the Willis’ when discussing Ryan?


  13. - lbk - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:06 pm:

    Those who argue Mr. Ryan should not get special treatment, he is not. As Rich has pointed out the legal argument is a change in the status of the honest services law. This should be the only consideration and frankly my humble opinion it has real merit in granting his release.


  14. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:07 pm:

    @- Living in Oklahoma - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 11:52 am:

    Please don’t use the have a heart argument here. The Willis family would perhaps take issue with that, don’t you think? It is a horrible tragedy all around with George Ryan in the middle of it.

    OK, we have to accept the honest services issue as being important here. Bring the man back into court and resentence him. Drop 3 years for the honest services issue and resentence him to 6 1/2 years for the rest of the conviction(s). Done.


  15. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:11 pm:

    ===But Ryan was convicted of MORE than just the honest services counts. ===

    Correct. That’s why his lawyers said he’s served his time already.


  16. - Knome Sane - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:12 pm:

    DuPage Dan

    George Ryan is not responsible for the Willis’ children’s tragedy. He was not driving the truck, nor did he inspect the failed truck assembly. Whatever his role was after the fact –and a great deal of that is at the center for which he was convicted — he had nothing to do with that accident in Wisconsin.

    So please spare me and get off your high horse.


  17. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:25 pm:

    I don’t know how the honest services vs. other counts’ sentances parse out, but news reports at the time said Ryan faced a maximum of 95 years in prison. I suspect the judge’s sentance was a reflection of her overall feeling of how Ryan abused his power rather than a pure mathematical allotment. What hit me particularly hard was the testimony about how he rebuffed whistleblowers who tried to contact him (in fact, in one of those incidents, wasn’t it Laura that the whistleblower (a woman) said she gave a letter to at a dinner? Not certain I’m remembering this correctly though). That showed a higher degree of intent.

    We see the same thing with Blago: he’s convicted on one count, and lots of people were noting the top-end of that count, not the average time served. Why? Because when you’re the governor it’s worse. And as I mentioned, I don’t think Ryan has displayed any real contrition.

    White collar crime has tangible injuries. If being coldhearted towards Ryan deters one pol with similar power, it’s worth the sacrifice of Laura Ryan.


  18. - Cincinnatus - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:35 pm:

    It would be interesting for the lawyers among you, who are also familiar with Ryan’s case weigh in here. In a “normal” case, if two counts of a six (I think it was) count indictment falls apart, how does that affect a case and subsequent sentence?

    It seems that some large fraction of Ryan’s case revolved around the theft of services count, and that the lying to the Feds count is the normal one the Feds hang on to most cases (and of which we would probably ALL be convicted because of our imperfect memories).


  19. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:35 pm:

    Knome: The argument is that Ryan is a but-for cause: his corruption enabled the incompetent driver and disrepaired truck. Your argument is that a pol bears no responsibility as long as he doesn’t have actual knowledge of the people the illegal licenses are going to and “hopes for the best.” Isn’t it reasonably forseeable that the people who would pay for a license are the ones who can’t get one the legal way, and that for at least some of them there’s a good reason for that?


  20. - Just Observing - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:43 pm:

    I don’t know if Ryan should be realeased or not, but it is a sad story all around. It breaks my heart to think of Mrs. Ryan spending her last months without her husband, but as many others pointed out, and is not lost on me, is that many other inmates are in similar positions.


  21. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 12:50 pm:

    I think the judge made the right decision and I believe Lura Lynn’s illness was irrelevant to her conclusions.
    Just curious, will Dick Durbin try to get Obama to commute Ryan’s sentence or even pardon him? He did try to get a pardon from Bush before he left office.


  22. - Leroy - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:01 pm:

    Typical Illinois attitude: let’s forget about personal responsibility, and instead look for a loophole.

    There is a reason the state is in the crapper, and the Ryan issue is the embodiment of it.

    Our leaders look for the the easy way out instead of living with the consequences of their decisions.

    And the citizens of Illinois tolerate it.


  23. - Chicago Moderate - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:10 pm:

    Just another example of federal judges kowtowing to federal prosecutors and media scrutiny.If Congress makes a law, someone is indicted and convicted on that law, serves jail time based on being convicted on those crimes, the SC then says some of the laws the person was convicted on have changed, but the person has already served 3 1/2 years based on the other crimes, how can that person not have not have served his/her debt to society? At what point does justice turn into persecution?


  24. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:13 pm:

    Judge Pallmeyer has apparently now rejected the arguments that any part of Ryan’s conviction should be vacated. But even if she hadn’t, the number of counts of conviction don’t matter.

    The theory of federal sentencing is that a defendant should be sentenced for the conduct he committed, and not just the conduct of which he is convicted. Even conduct that formed the basis of counts where a jury acquitted the defendant can be considered by the sentencing judge if she believes, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant committed the conduct. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is required for conviction; proof of a crime by a preponderance can be relied on for sentencing.

    George Ryan stole the state’s money and gave it to his buddies, by fraud, in exchange for a string of benefits. He was sentenced to 6 1/2 years. Even if a count or two had been tossed, there was no reason to change the sentence.

    (The fact that a family member is dying is not a basis for a federal judge to reduce a sentence. The judge doesn’t have that power, unless a conviction is vacated and there is a resentencing for some other reason.)


  25. - broken down lawyer - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:36 pm:

    So Judge Pallmeyer took “several not so subtle swipes” at Jim Thompson in the opinion? I’ve read the opinion, and didn’t see his name once, and only once referred to indirectly as “a previous U.S. Attorney”. Let’s not create drama where there is none . . .


  26. - Third Generation Chicago Native - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:41 pm:

    During the Ryan’s trial he was seen in the Bears Skybox, among many other events without his wife.

    Also many pictures of Ryan were in the media, at many events without his wife. Pictures during the trial showing Ryan out with the boys, gambling etc., and no Lura Lynn in any of these shots.

    It makes you wonder how why he needs her, or she needs him so much. It looks like he spent a lot of time doing his own thing.


  27. - He Makes Ryan Look Like a Saint - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:46 pm:

    What is it costing us to keep him in prison? Is he a danger to society? He lost everything, give him probation for the rest of his sentence and let the man be with his wife. I am sure there are violent criminals that could use his cell.


  28. - D.P. Gumby - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:47 pm:

    Release him on bail and put an ankle bracelet on him. There’s no reason for him to remain in jail based upon the evidence, the crime, and the new case law. Other than her slamming of Big Jim, Pallmeyer is incorrect in her ruling, IMHO, but it is a close call.


  29. - Wishbone - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:54 pm:

    Everyone, including George Ryan, is entitled to legal defense, but Jim Thompson by making Ryan’s case his own personal cause celebre has become the absolute spokesperson for political corruption in Illinois. A sad decline from his days as a corruption busting D.A.


  30. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:54 pm:

    You could say that all white collar criminals should get probation. They’re not (usually) dangers to society, in the sense that they won’t go stick up anybody with a gun. And most won’t do it again.

    But individual rehabilitation and (what’s called in the jargon) specific deterrence aren’t the only reasons for sentencing. Punishment and general deterrence — the effect a sentence will have on others — also have a role.

    Now, admittedly, sentencing George Ryan didn’t get the message through to Blago. But white collar criminals frequently do take into account the likelihood of going to jail.


  31. - Phineas J. Whoopee - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 1:59 pm:

    Not too much compassion for old George on the web today. Personally, I’d let him out. I think it’s a mistake for Big Jim to be trying this based on the honest services law. It gives the judge a legal out because he was properly tried.

    Just appeal to Obama and maybe he’ll have a heart.


  32. - Belden Ave. - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:17 pm:

    Wishbone-
    Jim Thompson is making this his own personal cause because George Ryan is his friend, it is that simple. I hope in the end I have friends who are willing to go to bat for me.


  33. - John Parnell - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:18 pm:

    Why are you jumping on Quinn? The Chicago press has constantly put the emphasis on Ryan’s wife, not the honest services decision. Quinn was just responding to what the press wants to hear about.


  34. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:20 pm:

    ===Quinn was just responding to what the press wants to hear about. ===

    And this is a good thing?


  35. - Honest Abe - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:21 pm:

    Former Governor Thompson was promising an appeal and expressing his disappointment over the radio airwaves (WLS 890 AM) within the past ten minutes.


  36. - Plutocrat03 - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:24 pm:

    The ‘have a a heart’ arguments are misguided.

    Until every federal prisoner who has an ill family member gets the same get out of jail card the former Gov should remain where he is.

    As far as I can tell, Ryan’s sentence was on the light side of what he could have been issued. The removal of the honest services element would likely have made little difference in the length of the sentence issued anyway.

    Do the feds practice Illinois’ sentence cut for good behavior? If so he could be set for release soon.


  37. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:29 pm:

    ===Until every federal prisoner who has an ill family member gets the same get out of jail card ===

    The judge admitted that he isn’t a flight risk and that he’s not a recidivist risk. You can’t say that about every federal prisoner.

    Try taking a breath.


  38. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:31 pm:

    Knome Sane,

    I am perfectly aware that GR was not convicted of the Willis tragedy due to lack of clear connection. That his actions while SoS created an environment in which such a tragedy was likely to occur is something I am also aware of. You also mention his actions after the fact. The behavior of a man who feels guilty of his involvement even if you don’t believe he is culpable.

    I was merely commenting re Living in Oklahoma’s comment that we should have a heart for George and Lura Lynn. Apparently, Judge Pallmeyer, a person with much more legal acumen than I has decided that GR is to remain in prison for the balance of his term. BJT will not rest until all legal avenues have been explored, as is his right.

    No high horse, sir, just statin’ the facts. If you believe I should shed a tear for GR because of his family’s circumstances, go elsewhere. I hold my elected officials to the same standards I hold others. I am aware that people make poor decisions. I believe that people should bear the consequences of those actions. Thank goodness the Judge believes that, too.


  39. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:41 pm:

    Plutocrat03,

    The feds don’t practice time off for good behavior anywhere that I am aware of. No one day off for each day of good behavior.


  40. - Bigtwich - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:44 pm:

    The Court ruled on the law. The plea for mercy should be addressed to the Executive not the Court. It can be properly considered in that framework. If the President chooses to commute the sentenced to time served I would not have a problem. We can all use all the mercy we can get and I will not object if someone else receives it.


  41. - Excessively Rabid - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 2:45 pm:

    Let his sentence stand. Let him serve it in home confinement. Give Blago his cell.


  42. - cassandra - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 3:04 pm:

    One is sympathetic to the Ryans and to all families in this unfortunate situation. The use of Skype and other remote technology should make it possible for the Ryans to spend more face time with each other than has ever been the case in the past. One hopes this is available not only to them but to all prisoners. I think DOC makes limited use of remote visitation by video but not sure about the feds.


  43. - formerpolitico - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 4:00 pm:

    Only the President can commute Ryan’s sentence and release him for good. The Bureau of Prisons has the power and discretion to furlough him to attend to his wife. The Judge was ruling on Ryan’s post-conviction legal attempt to vacate or alter his conviction, and Ryan asked her for bail pending that decision. She denied his petition to vacate the conviction, so there was no release. ‘Compassion” was not a proper factor in her legal decision.


  44. - Pat Collins - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 4:02 pm:

    The feds don’t practice time off for good behavior anywhere

    Actually, Fed prisoners must serve 85% of their sentence. And it’s true what a commenter said, Ryan’s sentence is VERY near the low end of the range he could have gotten. That, along with the large amount of time between conviction and showing up to prison, sort of means GR got his time off in advance, so to speak.


  45. - GetOverIt - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 5:19 pm:

    Release him, or put a home monitor around his ankle and restrict his ability to travel, but enough is enough - send him home.


  46. - Wishbone - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 6:45 pm:

    Belden Ave: When you become the consigliere to the mob some of the slime rubs off on you. Picking a totally corrupt person as his friend says a lot about Thompson’s own moral compass. George Ryan had so much and yet he chose to repeatedly violate the public trust. Such a man is not worthy of the kind of devotion shown by Thompson.


  47. - Park - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 7:22 pm:

    Pat Quinn needs to look up ‘karma’ in the dictionary. He came pretty close to criminal activity with the McCormick place bill last year, and he just can’t seem to develop any judgment.


  48. - Gregor - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 9:13 pm:

    What is the typical first-offender sentence for criminal conspiracy to block an investigation? George certainly did that. While I get Rich’s sympathy for Ryan and I follow his logic about the sentence now being reduced because the Supreme Court ruling negates part of the case, I have to say, our elected politicians have to be held to a more strenuous standard, or we are ALL in deep trouble. The Christian thing may be to furlough him with time served, but pols who violate the public trust should not get easy breaks compared to what no-name citizens get. I would be willing to let him go on parole if three years served is the typical first-offense penalty for someone criminally conspiring to block an investigation, if their name is NOT Ryan.


  49. - Zoble21 - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 9:24 pm:

    Please tell me Quinn is kidding with his soap box “Personally, I think that Gov. George Ryan should complete his sentence, in prison. I know it’s a very sad situation if his wife is in very poor health,” Quinn said. “You know he was sentenced by a jury, twelve men and women, good and true and they, well, they convicted him of a crime and a judge issued the sentence and it should be carried out. It’s, I think, the way to go.” This is the same person who allowed early release to so many since his term as govenor, what a hypocrite!!


  50. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 21, 10 @ 10:56 pm:

    Remember Quinn lost to Ryan and Quinn despises Ryan for that loss and campaign.


  51. - karmacomesround - Thursday, Jan 6, 11 @ 5:39 pm:

    Let this dying woman have her last wish here on earth! She committed no crime. Can you think for a minute? As she takes her last breath and leaves this earth not seeing her husband IS going to make her death so much more difficult. This is her last wish here on earth. Doesn’t anyone care anymore? How cold hearted has this world turned now-a-days! What did Laura Ryan do wrong? Why is Laura Ryan being tormented like this? Can’t you let her die in peace? Let her see her husband as she dies. All these judges, governors and whom ever has a say so in this matter should try and walk in her shoes! This isn’t about J. Ryan this is about Laura and her last wish! SHAME on all who are doing this harm to this dying woman. She is in so much physcial pain and then add the emontional. Let her die in peace! Let her have her last wish–even people in prision get one last wish before being put to death.This woman did nothing wrong and this makes me sick inside when I hear what’s going on. Mrs.Ryan I pray that somehow someway you will get your last wish. President Obama, PLEASE get yourself involved in this and let this dying woman see her husband. Mr. Ryan is an old man he’s not going to do anything.Put a monitor on him and a guard. This is so wrong! Is anyone listening??? Do this before it’s too late! Where is human compassion? Mrs. Ryan I pray that YOU get your last wish here on earth. God Bless You and I will continue to pray in hope that you will get your last wish here on earth…


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* Teen helping stepdad deliver Tribune, other newspapers shot dead on Southwest Side
* Siri, should I believe in God?


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» Illinois Women Tell Their #Metoo Stories
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» Pritzker To Be First On Primary Ballot
» 3 Years, 13 Legionnaires’ Deaths At Illinois Veterans’ Home
» Protesters Disrupt Meeting, Call For Palos Trustee To Quit Over ‘Racist’ Comments


* George Will: Whirlpool has Washington in a spin cycle
* State paying Medicaid bills before interest piles up
* Andy Shaw: Is Illinois ready to attack bureaucratic bloat and save money?
* UIS Perspectives: Educating leaders in education
* Food stamps cut to tens of thousands in Illinois
* Our View: City should enlist public input in cuts
* Statehouse Insider: Holiday cheer from Rauner to Madigan
* Schoenburg: Bernie-backing Gronemeyer vs. Clinton delegate Mazzotti for Dem post
* Lawmaker's daughter gets probation in political rival attack
* Scott Reeder: Assaults should never be swept under the rug


* Start the Week Off Right: Maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holidays
* Holiday gift (and selfie) hunt
* One hospitalized after single-car crash that knocked down power lines in Belleville
* One hospitalized after single car crash in Belleville
* Competition challenges gamers to create a model Modern Woodmen Park
* East Moline police investigate shooting
* Longtime state representative officially steps down
* Community creates Christmas to remember for local family who lost everything in house fire
* Overheated light prompts Country Club of Decatur evacuation
* CIRA cancels flights due to Atlanta airport power outage


* Cowboys edge Raiders 20-17 by slimmest of margins
* Giordano, Bennett lead Flames to 6-1 win over Canucks
* Power fully restored at Atlanta's international airport
* Haula's go-ahead goal in 3rd leads Vegas past Panthers
* Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller

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* Bling for the budget- and design-conscious
* Standing on the shoulders of ancestors.
* Sketchbook.
* Whenever the fight for democracy reaches a crossroads, look south.
* Sunday, Sunday.
* Rahm on Colbert.
* Sketchbook.
* A Black friend and a Jew lawyer.


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Purported Sony H8216 specs could foreshadow Xperia XZ1 sequel with Snapdragon 845
* HQ Smashed Its All-Time Player Record Tonight as iPhone Trivia Show Continues to Surge in Popularity
* BlackBerry nixes security support for the PRIV after two years
* Apple finally has a Thunderbolt 3.0 cable to its name
* California’s worried about cellphone radiation and it has guidelines for use
* Buy an Apple Watch Series 3 or Gear S3 from Verizon, get $200 off a phone
* Like most things, net neutrality repeal will be gradual on ISPs’ part

* Lull in Manny Machado rumors, but plates shift underneath
* Sporcle Saturday: The richest free agent deals in White Sox history
* Former White Sox players return to rep team
* White Sox news that doesn’t involve Manny Machado
* Former White Sox players return to rep team
* The cracks in the White Sox-Manny Machado rumors
* Hahn mum on any White Sox-Machado talks


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