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|Governor of Illinois|
- JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1971
- BA, Political Science, Illinois Benedictine College, 1968.
From 1974 to 1974, Jim Ryan was a prosecutor for DuPage County, Illinois. In 1974 Ryan became Assistant State's Attorney, a post he held through 1976, when we went into private practice.
In 1984 Jim Ryan was elected to his first statewide .public office as Attorney General and State’s Attorney of DuPage County, serving through 1995. In 1995 he ran for and was elected as the Illinois Attorney General.
As Attorney General
Ryan served as Illinois Attorney General for two terms, from 1995-2002. In 1996 during his first term in office, Ryan notably accepted a $9.1 Billion settlement in a suit against the tobacco industry. It was the largest such settlement in the history of the state. When Ryan ran for re-election, every newspaper in the state endorsed him, a feat nearly repeated in his 2002 gubernatorial bid.
In 2000, Ryan initiated a "sting" operation which targeted gun buyers and sellers across the nation. The ultimately unsuccessful program caused a rift between candidate Ryan and some of the conservative base in 2002, and again in 2010.
|2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary |
|Adam Andrzekewski (R)||14.5%|
|Bill Brady (R)||20.3%|
|Kirk Dillard (R)||20.2%|
|Andy McKenna (R)||19.3%|
|Dan Proft (R)||7.7%|
|Jim Ryan (R)||17.0%|
|Robert Schillerstorm (R)||1.0%|
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