George Ryan

American politician: Governor of Illinois

George Homer Ryan, Sr. (born February 24 1934) is an American politician. He is a Republican. He was the former Governor of Illinois. He is a member for the United States Republican Party. His political career was tarnished due to scandals and corruption: Ryan was found guilty on almost all charges and sent to prison. He was released in 2013.[5] Ryan was Illinois' Governor beginning 1999 until 2003. He is listed as Federal Inmate Number 16627-424, and was scheduled July 4, 2013.[6] He was released in June 2013.

George Ryan, Sr.
39th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 11, 1999 – January 13, 2003
LieutenantCorinne Wood
Preceded byJim Edgar
Succeeded byRod Blagojevich
36th Illinois Secretary of State
In office
January 14, 1991 – January 11, 1999
GovernorJim Edgar
Preceded byJim Edgar
Succeeded byJesse White
42nd Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 1983 – January 14, 1991
GovernorJames R. Thompson
Preceded byDave O'Neal
Succeeded byBob Kustra
65th Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
January 14, 1981 – January 10, 1983
GovernorJames R. Thompson
Preceded byWilliam A. Redmond
Succeeded byArthur A. Telcser
Personal details
Born (1934-02-24) February 24, 1934 (age 90)
Maquoketa, Iowa
Nationality United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lura Lynn Lowe (June 10, 1956 – June 28, 2011) (her death)
triplets Julie, Joanne, Jeanette
George Ryan, Jr
ResidenceKankakee, Illinois
Alma materFerris State College, Bachelor of Pharmacy 1961
ProfessionPharmacist and businessman
ParentsThomas J. and Jeanette (Bowman) Ryan


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  2. "George Homer Ryan". The Complete Marquis Who's Who (fee, Fairfax County Public Library). Marquis Who's Who. 2010. Gale Document Number: GALE|K2013022832. Retrieved June 27, 2011. Gale Biography In Context
  3. Roberts, Roxanne; Argetsinger, Amy (June 29, 2011). "The Reliable Source: From the mansion to the Big House". Washington Post. p. C2. Retrieved June 29, 2011. Ryan was recently released temporarily to be with his terminally ill wife, who died of lung cancer Monday
  4. Schlikerman, Becky; Annie Sweeney, Rick Pearson, Ray Long (June 28, 2011). "George Ryan, released from prison, at wife's side when she died". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 29, 2011.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. Schaper, David (6 November 2007). "Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan Heading to Prison". NPR. NPR. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  6. "Inmate locator: George Ryan". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011.