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Governor Ryan's Trial Halted by a Fall

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Thursday’s proceedings would have wrapped up week 14 of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s corruption trial.

But the trial was recessed until Monday after Ryan’s co-defendant, Larry Warner, fell outside a downtown restaurant.

Warner was about return to the courthouse after the lunchbreak when he fell.

Attorneys said he was taken to Northwestern Hospital in an ambulance and that his face was bleeding, though he was listed in good condition Thursday afternoon.

Most of the week’s testimony hasn’t involved Warner.

It’s focused on investigations by the office of the Secretary of State’s Inspector General, which was looking into corruption in the department.

Earlier Thursday, the court heard from Mark Lipe, who helped conduct a March 1993 raid at a Libertyville drivers’ license facility.

Lipe said he opened the manager’s briefcase and found an envelope containing Citizens for Ryan fundraising tickets and more than $2,000 in cash.

He said the former Inspector General, Dean Bauer, took the envelope, cash and tickets and immediately placed a call to George Ryan.

Lipe also said the investigation stopped there, and that he never saw or heard about the envelope or its contents again.

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