George Ryan (cont)
The investigation soon ballooned into a full-scale corruption case that discovered nearly a decade of illegal practices. Under Ryan, the state of Illinois was basically for sale as he steered lucrative state government contracts and leases to friends and government insiders who gave him and his family vacations, gifts, and cash. In December 2003, Ryan and lobbyist Lawrence Warner were named in a 22-count federal indictment.
On September 19, 2005, the case went to trial with Ryan and Warner facing charges of racketeering, bribery, extortion, money laundering, and tax fraud. On April 17, 2006, the jury found both men guilty on all counts. Although a judge would later dismiss two counts against Ryan for lack of proof, he was sentenced to six and a half years in prison and released in 2013.