Senator Bill Brady issued a statement in reaction to a state appellate court ruling Friday that allows former Illinois Governor George Ryan, now serving time in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, to keep part of his state pension.

“I am shocked at the decision by the appellate court to allow former Governor George Ryan to keep a portion of his pension. Given the current state of Illinois politics and the necessity to clean Illinois government of corruption, we should not allow corrupt politicians to continue to profit from state resources,” Sen. Brady said. “In my opinion, this decision needs to be tested at the Supreme Court level, particularly in light of the criminal allegations pending against former Governor Rod Blagojevich. I call on the Attorney General to take the appropriate steps in an expeditious and timely fashion.”

Senator Brady is a member of the Senate Pensions and Investments Committee. He served for many years as the Committee’s Republican spokesperson.

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