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Jim Ryan served as Illinois Attorney General from 1994 to 2002.
Jim Ryan served as Illinois Attorney General from 1994 to 2002.

Jim Ryan (February 21, 1946) is an American politician who served two four-year terms as Illinois Attorney General. A career Republican, he received his party's nomination and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Illinois against Rod Blagojevich in 2002. Ryan married Marie, a high school sweetheart, and had six children. Now retired from politics, he is a professor at Benedictine University. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... A politician is an individual involved in politics. ... The Illinois Attorney General is the highest legal officer of the state of Illinois in the United States. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. ... Rod R. Blagojevich pronounced Bluh-GOY-uh-vich ▶(?) (born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ... 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Japanese word for a high school is kōtōgakkō (高等学校; literally high school), or kōkō (高校) in short. ... Look up Politics on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Politics (disambiguation) Democracy History of democracy List of democracy and elections-related topics List of years in politics List of politics by country articles Political corruption Political economy Political movement Political parties of the world Political party Political psychology Political sociology Political... A professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) (prof for short) is a senior teacher, lecturer and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... Benedictine University is a private university located in Lisle, Illinois. ...


Ryan was born to Edward and Elissa Ryan in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan's father was an Irish American construction worker while his mother was an Italian immigrant housewife. Ryan and his sisters, Maria and Peggy, grew up in suburban Villa Park. He attended a school of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Saint Procopius Academy. Upon graduating, Ryan went on to study at Illinois Benedictine College where he obtained his bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1968. He then went on to Kent College of Law where he obtained his doctorate of jurisprudence in 1971. Chicago, colloquially known as the Second City and the Windy City, is the third-largest city in population in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles, and the largest inland city in the country. ... Irish Americans are residents or citizens of the United States who claim Irish ancestry. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ... A stereotypical housewife A homemaker is a person whose prime occupation is to care for their family and home. ... It has been suggested that Suburbia be merged into this article or section. ... Villa Park is a suburb of Chicago located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... Holy Name Cathedral is the motherchurch of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. ... Benet Academy (commonly referred to as Benet) is a fully accredited private co-educational college-preparatory Catholic high school based in Lisle, Illinois. ... Benedictine University is a private university located in Lisle, Illinois. ... Political science is a social science discipline that deals with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... J.D. redirects here; for alternate uses, see J.D. (disambiguation) J.D. is an abbreviation for the Latin Juris Doctor, also called a Doctor of Law or Doctorate of Jurisprudence, and is the law degree typically awarded by an accredited U.S. law school after successfully completing three years... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ...


Ryan entered the legal profession having found a position with the DuPage County State's Attorney office. After three years, he was promoted to first Assistant State's Attorney. In 1976, Ryan left the public sector to enter private practice. He worked at an independent law firm until 1984. That year, Ryan entered his first political race and won. He was sworn in as DuPage County State's Attorney, becoming the highest ranking prosecutor in the district. He was re-elected in 1988 and again in 1992. He was on the receiving end of a great deal of controversy for his conduct in the erroneous prosecution of Rolando Cruz and Alex Hernandez for the sensational rape and murder of a 10 year-old girl in 1983. [1] DuPage County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... The States Attorney is an appointed or elected office of various, but not all, counties in the United States. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... This page is about the year 1984. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

Attorney General

Considered by local media as the most successful prosecutor in the state of Illinois, Ryan was urged to run for the state's highest legal office. In 1994, Ryan won an election to become Illinois Attorney General. He was reelected in 1998 with the endorsement of every major newspaper in the state. Ryan's most notable accomplishment as Illinois Attorney General was his USD $9.1 billion settlement from tobacco companies. It was the largest public judgement in the state's history. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

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