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George Ryan to Seek Commutation from Obama

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George Ryan to Seek Commutation from Obama

Gov. Thompson in 2007 (AP/File)

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan will ask President Barack Obama to commute his 6-and-a-half-year sentence for political corrupption. That’s according to former Governor Jim Thompson, one of Ryan’s lawyers.

Ryan’s legal team had requested a commutation from former President George W. Bush, a request Bush did not grant before leaving office Tuesday. Thompson says a new application will likely be submitted sometime this spring, although he doesn’t expect a quick response from the White House.

WBEZ’s Sam Hudzik interviewed Thompson and asked if he’s talked to Ryan in the past couple days.

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