[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/09/illinois.govenor/art.gov.gi.jpg caption="Governor Rod Blagojevich isn't the first Illinois politician to run into trouble with the law."]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Here are some Illinois officials who ran afoul of the law:
Orville Hodge, state auditor, 1953-1956. In 1956, Hodge was convicted of confidence games, embezzlement and forgery involving more than $2 million in state money. He financed a lifestyle that included homes in Florida and Illinois and two airplanes. Hodge was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 12-15 years.
Otto Kerner, governor, 1961-1968. After he left office and became a federal judge, Kerner was convicted on counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury and related charges. When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Kerner was released early from prison. He died in 1976.
Paul Powell, secretary of state, 1965-1970. Investigated in 1966 but cleared of corruption charges, Powell died in a hotel room with more than $800,000 in cash stashed in shoe boxes.
William J. Scott, attorney general, 1969-1980. Convicted in 1980 of income tax evasion, Scott served seven months of a 366-day sentence.
William Stratton, governor, 1953-1961. Indicted on charges of violating income tax laws. The charges concerned the abuse and spending of campaign fund contributions. Stratton was acquitted in 1965.
Dan Walker, governor, 1973-1977. Convicted in 1987, Walker served 17 months for obtaining illegal loans used to finance a chain of quick oil change franchises for personal gain. The loans also funded the operation of an 80-foot yacht, the Governor's Lady. Walker was head of the thrift that provided the loans.
George Ryan, governor 1993-2003: Convicted of political corruption in 2006 for using his office as governor and earlier as secretary of state to enrich himself and his friends at taxpayer expense. He is currently serving a 6 1/2 year sentence.
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