17 December 2003

Former Governor George S. Ryan has been indicted in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago federal court) this afternoon on 22 counts related to corruption while he was Secretary of State, just before he became Governor. I admire his fortitude in dealing with the capital punishment issues in this state; I do not admire anything in those charges, should they prove true. Corruption, even for a "good end," tarnishes the result.