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Ryan, George Homer

Born: 1934 AD
Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
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US pharmacist and Republican politician


prominent opponent of capital punishment


member of Illinois house of representatives 1973-1983


Republican leader of Illinois house of representatives 1977-1981


speaker of Illinois house of representatives 1981-1983


lieutenant governor of Illinois 1983-1991


secretary of state of Illinois 1991-1999


governor of Illinois 1999-2003


1st US state governor to visit Cuba under Fidel Castro's regime 1999


imposed moratorium on all executions in Illinois 2000


issued blanket clemency to all death row prisoners in Illinois 2003, pardoning four prisoners and commuting death sentences of remaining 167 prisoners


indicted 2003 on twenty-two federal counts of racketeering, mail fraud, tax fraud, and false statements