* Sad news…
The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has died.
Ryan’s attorney, Andrea Lyon, confirms that Lura Lynn Ryan died on Monday at a hospital in Kankakee. She was 76.
She had been diagnosed with lung cancer and hospitalized for apparent complications from chemotherapy.
A friend of Mrs. Ryan’s prepared an obituary this week. Click here to read it.
…Adding… From the Kankakee Daily Journal…
She died late Monday evening at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee after a long bout with cancer, said Kankakee County Coroner Robert Gessner. She was 76.
Ryan had been released from his prison cell in Terre Haute, Ind., to spend several hours with her on Monday, one of four times since January the prison’s warden has allowed the former governor to see his ailing wife, despite repeatedly denied requests from the courts.
“It was enormously important to him and to her,” said Ryan attorney former Gov. Jim Thompson. “They’ve been together all their lives really.”