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Not as honest as Abe: Illinois politics on the shady side

“The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave,” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said of allegations that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich brazenly schemed to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job in the new administration. What about these five Illinois governors?

2006: Republican George Ryan, 74 was convicted on federal corruption charges and is serving a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

1987: Democrat Daniel Walker, 83, was convicted of bank fraud and perjury, charges unrelated to the governorship.

1973: Democrat Otto Kerner, who died in 1976, was convicted in 1973 of bribery and tax evasion.

1965: Republican William Stratton, who died in 2001, was acquitted of tax evasion charges.

1922: Republican Lennington Small, who died in 1936, was acquitted of embezzlement and laundering charges.

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