Winston & Strawn senior chairman Gov. James Thompson was quoted in various news sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Law Bulletin, regarding an Illinois Supreme Court Decision denying former Illinois Gov. George Ryan his state pension.
"This is the end of the line, I'm afraid," said Thompson, who's representing Ryan and called the ruling "deeply disappointing."
The court ruled that Ryan should not receive any state pension for his government service because of his conviction on federal political corruption charges in connection with his service as governor and secretary of state. Ryan is serving a federal prison sentence with a scheduled release in 2013.
The Illinois General Assembly Retirement System revoked Ryan's $197,037 annual pension after his conviction, but a portion of that pension—$60,000 annually—stemmed from Ryan's service as a county official, state legislator, and lieutenant governor, all offices to which the charges were not connected. Thompson asserted that Ryan is entitled to that part of his pension.
"I'm sure [Ryan] will be deeply disappointed, not for himself but for Mrs. Ryan," Thompson said. "This leaves them penniless."