link this has been in the making for years. it started, iirc, in 1994, when a family was killed when a truck ran into their minivan. the truck driver had an illegally obtained license. turns out there were a number of such drivers who got their licenses by bribing some Dept. of Motor Vehicles employees. the bribes then made their way to many places, including election campaigns. George Ryan was secretary of state; he oversaw the DMV. looks like there's evidence that he actually did know what was going on in his dept and actively participated.