Blagojevich, a Democrat, last year began serving his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges, including allegations that he sought to sell President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
As a direct result of Ryan’s misdeeds, a number of ethical safeguards were shored up, including independently-confirmed inspectors generals for each constitutional officer, and a crackdown on political work on state time.
Overall, the mechanism for catching corrupt Illinois politicians has improved since Ryan, said David Morrison of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
‘‘Ryan and Blagojevich came of age in a culture that tolerated a fair amount of rule-bending,’’ Morrison said. ‘‘Everyone has to know now that you can’t bend the rules.’’
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