Rutherford comments on Ryan's indictment
Thursday, December 18, 2003 Posted 11:30 a.m. by Senator Dan Rutherford
"This is a painful time in Illinois history. Hopefully, this ordeal will
soon be behind us, having played itself out in the judicial process. If
guilt is ultimately proven, I would expect that punishment would be to
the fullest extend of the law.
"Incidents like this prove all the more that people with the highest
standards of integrity need to be more involved in the political process
to ensure that things are done right and above board. Already, state
government is taking steps toward that end. In recent months, Illinois
has made great strides and advancements in regards to ethics. We have
new laws that reinforce the standards of ethical behavior and include
safeguards to prevent future abuses of state resources.
"It is my hope that such steps as these will restore the average
citizen's faith in state government and allow us, as elected officials,
to direct our full attention to the work of the people of Illinois."