Ryan Strains Credulity with License Scam Denial

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 20, 1999 | Go to article overview

Ryan Strains Credulity with License Scam Denial


Byline: Jack Mabley

The secretary of state's office under George Ryan was one of the most corrupt operations in the state's history. And we elected Ryan governor before the depth of the scandal was evident.

The number of criminal indictments for bribery and selling drivers' licenses has reached 28, with more on the way.

Can Ryan wriggle out of responsibility? Not for lack of trying.

The governor insists he had no knowledge of, therefore no responsibility for, the wholesale stealing by his employees.

A manager of a license facility would receive a box of tickets to a Ryan fund-raiser and would be expected to return $5,000. If the manager didn't produce, he or she would face demotion.

Hundreds of thousands of these dirty dollars went into Ryan's campaign fund.

Ryan had no inkling of how this money was raised? His investigators couldn't find the bribery?

A high school journalism class could have found it.

Ryan has high credibility with other politicians because he has billions of (tax) dollars to dole out.

His credibility with the public was shaken by his broken promises not to raise taxes or to allow expansion of gambling.

Each new indictment further erodes his credibility. The main remaining question is whether federal prosecutors will find one of their defendants who will trace the dollars right into the governor's office.

* * *

It's crunch time for Internet shoppers, and the complaints are piling up.

Most transactions are working, but it's the screwups that get attention.

The late deliveries, lost articles, returns after Jan. l and adjustments of bills may create a massive gridlock.

Patience, please.

New York has, and Chicago will have, an Internet shopping service that features delivery within one hour of the order. …

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