Ryan's attorney unhappy with visit disclosure

January 7, 2011

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Imprisoned Illinois Gov. George Ryan's attorney, former Gov. James Thompson, says it's "pretty shabby" that prosecutors revealed Ryan's two-hour visit to his ailing wife in Kankakee.

Thompson told WGN-TV in Chicago that Ryan was picked up at the prison, driven to the Kankakee hospital and given two hours alone to visit his wife.

Lura Lynn Ryan is hospitalized with complications from chemotherapy. Thompson says George Ryan wasn't allowed to speak with his children and grandchildren. Afterward, he was taken back to federal prison.

Thompson told the Chicago Sun-Times that he didn't want to mislead the media. He says the Bureau of Prisons told him the media shouldn't be notified of Ryan's visit. He told the newspaper "we danced every time we got a call from the press."