Illinois News Articles
FEDS INDICT TWO IN PRISON PROBE - March 6, 2003 - An ongoing probe into drug smuggling at the Pekin federal prison in Illinois has netted two federal indictments, and more might be coming. U.S. Attorney Jan Paul Miller announced the indictments February 26, calling the drug smuggling a "violation of the public trust." 

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR'S PICK FOR PRISON CHIEF ON HOLD - March 1, 2003 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked Thursday that confirmation proceedings be halted for his pick for corrections department head after a newspaper reported inmates were beaten at the jail the nominee ran. 
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GOVERNOR RYAN DOES THE RIGHT THING - January 13, 2003 - Our capital system is haunted by the demon of error: error in determining guilt, and error in determining who among the guilty deserves to die," outgoing Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan said on Saturday. "Because of all of these reasons today I am commuting the sentences of all death-row inmates." And with that, 163 men and four women on the state's death row were spared.

TWO then FOUR WRONGLY CONVICTED - Decemer 18-19, 2002 - Two men mistakenly sent to jail for the 1997 murder of a West Side furniture store owner were released Wednesday after a federal probe into a violent drug crew uncovered evidence that three other men had committed the killing.  Four men imprisoned in Illinois for a drug-related murder did not commit the crime, U.S. Attorney Patrick
Fitzgerald said Wednesday.

RYAN ISSUES BLANKET CLEMENCY FOR DEATH ROW INMATES - January 12, 2002 - Governor George Ryan says he thought about whether he could live with himself and decided he had no choice but to commute all death sentences in Illnois.... 

GOVERNOR RYAN DOES JUSTICE - January 11, 2002 - Article by David Seth Michaels - I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Governor Ryan of Illinois has saved the lives of every single one of the 156 inmates on death row in Illinois.  This is an historic day and a clear step toward the end of the death penalty in America.  I rejoice; I invite you to celebrate with me.

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