|RYAN, Lura Lynn died June 27, 2011 in Kankakee, Ill.
Lura Lynn Ryan, the former Illinois first lady who spent the waning years of her life seeking freedom for her imprisoned husband, former Gov. George Ryan, has died after a long bout with cancer. She was 76.Lura Lynn Ryan died late Monday at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, said Andrea Lyons, an attorney for George Ryan. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer and hospitalized for apparent complications from chemotherapy.
She was a steadfast supporter of the former governor, whom she had met in high school, and maintained that he had never done anything wrong during his lengthy polical career.
Her husband has served over 3 years of his 6½ year sentence on racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI. The Ryan's were married for 55 years.