A former Republican governor convicted of racketeering. I think one problem is that many Republicans believe in me first and that lends itself to corruption. The other problem is that as our nation devolves towards one party rule, the system of checks and balances begins to break down. Sadly, Ryan is the guy who was bold enough to commute the sentences of Illinois death row inmates because he felt the system was so unfair. http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/04/17/ryan.verdict.ap/index.html A federal jury convicted former Gov. George Ryan today on all charges that as secretary of state he steered state business to cronies in return for vacations, gifts and other benefits for himself and his family. Lobbyist Lawrence Warner, a close Ryan friend, was also found guilty on all charges against him in the historic trial. On their eleventh day of deliberations, the six-woman, six-man jury found Ryan, 72, guilty on 18 counts of racketeering, mail fraud, false statements and tax violations. Warner, 67, was convicted on 12 counts of racketeering, mail fraud, extortion, money laundering and evading cash-reporting requirements. The racketeering conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. At a news conference after the verdict, Ryan said he will appeal. "The decision today is not in accordance with the kind of public service I've given to the people of Illinois over 40 years," he said.