Governor Pat Quinn says imprisoned former Governor George Ryan should serve out the rest of his sentence:
"Well the court spoke, and the justice system, the wheels of justice move on. You know, he had his day in court, and the court has ruled. So I think it's important that we respect that."
Monday a federal court denied an appeal filed by Ryan. The 78-year-old is nearing the end of a 6-and-a-half-year sentence. He's due to be released next year. Among other things, Ryan was convicted in 2006 of steering state contracts and leases to political insiders while secretary of state and then as governor receiving vacations and gifts in return. A ruling in his favor could have led to Ryan's release from prison. It was widely seen as his last chance to get out early. At an unrelated event, Quinn said Ryan has to "do the time."
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