Whistleblower Happy with George Ryan's Prison Sentence

September 8, 2006

The whistleblower whose warnings sparked an investigation into former Illinois Governor George Ryan says she's satisfied with his sentence.

Tammy Raynor now works with the Secretary of State's Inspector General's Office. She says she worried up until the moment she heard Ryan would be serving jail time.

"I was relieved because once the sentence was announced and it was six and a half years, I guess I thought that was a substantial sentence and hopefully that will send a message that will serve as a deterrent in the future," she says.

In the early 1990s, Raynor worked in a field office for then Secretary of State Ryan. She reported to her supervisors that some applicants were paying bribes to get a truck driver's license. That led to a federal investigation.

Ryan was convicted in April on racketeering and fraud charges.