Former Gov. George Ryan, who has been on his best behavior since he was released from a six-year federal prison term in January, is doing it by the book — he’s penning his memoirs.
“It’s going to be a no holds barred book and he is planning to tell it like it is,” said his son, Homer.
“Dad’s hard at work writing it, has a co-author, and tells me it’s going to be a humdinger,” he said. “I think it’s safe to say a few former top state leaders might be a little worried.”
Sneed is told that Ryan, who fought for a new trial while serving prison time on corruption charges, spends his time “talking to old political friends and allies by phone” while sifting through old files and letters kept at his family home in Kankakee — and making his weekly trek to Chicago to check in with his halfway house resident adviser.
“He carries around a tape recorder and every time he remembers a story or a vignette he spits it out,” said a source. “He’s been in politics for 40 years so he has a lot of stories to tell and is in the market for a publisher.”
* Ted McClelland doesn’t think the book will sell well…
Ryan was a colorless one-term governor who went to prison for crimes confined to the borders of Illinois. He won his last election 15 years ago. Now that he’s out of prison, and out of politics, he clearly has some scores to settle. I’m sure it will make him feel better to sit down and vent about the politicians, prosecutors and judges who done him wrong, but by now, their names are even less remembered than Ryan’s.
Colorless? Are you kidding? He was most definitely a colorful governor.
And while it’s true that the people he may be firing back at aren’t remembered much any more, he’ll likely get some national press if he writes about his death penalty moratorium, his memories of meeting Fidel Castro, etc.
Unlike Blagojevich’s goofy tome, I’m looking forward to Ryan’s book. Despite his many flaws, he was a governor who got things done. We haven’t had a governor like him since then.
Ryan was a convicted felon, but was a solid governor.
Blagojevich was a convicted felon, and was a horrible governor.
Pat Quinn will never go to prison, but he’s no leader.
What we most desperately need in this state is somebody who won’t be going to prison, but who still knows how to operate the levers of government and politics. Is that really too much to ask?