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Ex-governor left prison to see wife with cancer

Sat., Jan. 8, 2011

CHICAGO – Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was quietly let out of prison this week and spent two hours visiting his gravely ill wife, federal prosecutors revealed in a court filing on Friday.

The federal filing, in which prosecutors opposed a motion to let Ryan out on bail, said the Bureau of Prisons granted the former governor an escorted trip Wednesday evening to the Kankakee, Ill., hospital where his wife, Lura Lynn Ryan, is being treated for cancer.

A motion filed by Ryan’s lawyers on Wednesday had asked that he be released on bail, saying his wife of 55 years is suffering from terminal cancer. The former governor has served three years of a 6  1/2-year sentence for racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.

The prosecutors’ filing said it did not dispute that Lura Lynn Ryan is gravely ill. But it cited George Ryan’s visit on Wednesday as one reason appellate judges should not release him on bond.


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