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-- March 9, 1993: After allegations of license selling, law enforcement officials raid the Libertyville driver's license station. Dean Bauer, inspector general for then-Secretary of State George Ryan, allegedly removes briefcase full of cash and campaign fund-raising receipts during raid.

-- Nov. 8, 1994: A part falls off a truck near Milwaukee, causing a fiery accident that kills six children of the Rev. Duane and Janet Willis. A state inspector begins an investigation of the driver, Ricardo Guzman, who got his license from a Melrose Park driver's license facility.

-- Sept. 3, 1998: Federal agents raid Melrose Park driver's license facility, arresting two current and one former employee on extortion charges.

-- Sept. 15, 1998: Ryan orders the retesting of as many as 3,000 drivers who went to five Chicago-area testing facilities.

-- Nov. 3, 1998: Ryan elected governor.

-- Nov. 12, 1998: A former employee of the secretary of state's office and a commercial driving school instructor plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering for helping applicants get commercial truck driving permits in exchange for cash at a Melrose Park office. The two agree to cooperate in the federal investigation.

-- Nov. 23, 1998: Two former secretary of state employees at a Melrose Park facility plead guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy. They allegedly used some of the money to buy fund-raising tickets for Ryan's gubernatorial campaign.

-- April 6, 1999: Two former supervisors at the McCook licensing facility, three state Transportation Department workers and a trucking company employee are charged with accepting bribes for licenses.

-- Sept. 27, 1999: A former trucking company official admits he paid to fix the license test of the driver whose truck was involved in the accident that killed the six Willis children.

-- Nov. 14, 1999: A license scandal whistle-blower at the McCook facility says top staffers of then-Secretary of State Ryan transferred her and asked her to say she had requested the move.

-- Jan. 27, 2000: Ryan apologizes for corruption in his former office. Ryan says he is "deeply saddened" to read that Bauer expects to be indicted.

-- Feb. 1, 2000: Bauer is indicted on federal charges of thwarting investigations into and hiding evidence of scandals in the secretary of state's office to save Ryan from political embarrassment.

-- Feb. 9, 2000: Bauer pleads innocent.

-- Feb. 12, 2000: The Chicago Tribune releases a memo the paper obtained saying Ryan disbanded an office investigating corruption among his employees in 1995 upon two top aides' advice.

-- Feb. 15, 2000: Two secretary of state's office workers plead guilty to exchanging regular -- not commercial -- driver's licenses for bribes.

-- March 9, 2000: Ryan denies at a news conference that he knew anything about the corruption that federal prosecutors say flourished under him in the secretary of state's office.

-- March 10, 2000: Illinois authorities say they are warning officials around the United States to look out for 175 truckers who might have paid bribes in Illinois to get their licenses and should be retested.

-- April 6, 2000: Five of 40 truck drivers called for a retest because of the state's driver's license scandal pass the driving test. Some drivers didn't know how a truck's components work, ran over orange cones or yellow lines or didn't know how to shift gears.

-- April 7, 2000: A Tampa-area driving instructor is charged with taking payoffs in return for getting Florida truck-driving licenses issued to Illinois applicants.

-- May 30, 2000: The former manager of a truck driver licensing center testifies she fixed tests for $200 apiece and pumped the cash into Ryan's campaign fund.

-- June 3, 2000: Florida authorities identify as many as 1,000 truck drivers in 17 states suspected of getting licenses from a Tampa driving instructor now charged with fixing tests.

-- July 2, 2000: Federal and state investigators identify nearly 3,000 people with suspicious commercial driver's licenses from Illinois and Florida.

-- Aug. 3, 2000: Bauer pleads innocent to revised federal charges alleging he covered up evidence of corruption to protect Ryan's political interests.

-- Jan. 17, 2001: Bauer pleads guilty to obstructing justice in the license investigation.

-- July 13, 2001: Contractor Jerry DiSalvo pleads guilty to a scheme involving kickbacks and bogus bids to get remodeling jobs at secretary of state's drivers licensing centers.

-- July 20, 2001: Driving instructor Alex McLeczynsky, the first defendant to go to trial, is sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison, probation and community service for bribing officials to pass his students on their tests.

-- Aug. 8, 2001: In his hometown of Kankakee, Ryan announces he will not seek a second term as governor.

-- Aug. 22, 2001: Peco Sherovski, owner of an Illinois driving school, is sentenced to one year and one day in prison and fined $30,000 after admitting paying bribes to state officials so his students would receive commercial driver's licenses.

-- Oct. 5, 2001: Former secretary of state road test examiner Dina Bartucci-Miller is sentenced to 10 months in prison for taking $40,000 in bribes, usually in amounts of $20, in return for passing unqualified drivers.

-- Oct. 9, 2001: Three men are indicted for taking bribes of $1,500 or more from unqualified commercial driver's license applicants who went to Florida to get licenses via fraud, bringing to 44 the number of people charged with crimes in the 3-year-old federal investigation.

-- Oct. 19, 2001: DiSalvo is sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest for paying kickbacks to a state official in return for remodeling jobs at two drivers licensing centers. His cooperation with prosecutors helped lessen his sentence.

-- Jan. 30, 2002: The Associated Press reports House Republicans turned over 1996 campaign records of payments to a printing company run by a former lawmaker to federal prosecutors.

-- Jan. 31, 2002: Campaign finance reports show Ryan spent more than $1 million from his campaign fund to pay lawyers in 2001, mostly for work related to the federal investigation.

-- Feb. 7, 2002: The Chicago Tribune reports that the federal grand jury investigating the licenses-for-bribes case has subpoenaed records of Ryan's campaign fund, seeking records about the discovery of an extra $156,000 in the fund, which Ryan calls an accounting error.

-- March 6, 2002: A former GOP party official and secretary of state employee, John Spahn, is sentenced to 10 months in prison and fined $40,000 after admitting taking bribes.

-- April 2, 2002: The U.S. Attorney indicts Gov. George Ryan's campaign and two top former aides, Scott Fawell and Richard Juliano, on charges including racketeering and mail fraud for allegedly using state resources to benefit the political campaigns of Ryan and others.

-- April 18, 2002: Juliano pleads guilty to mail fraud.

-- May 22, 2002: Longtime Ryan friends Lawrence Warner and Donald Udstuen charged with taking part in a scheme to steer government contracts to businesses that agreed to pay kickbacks.

-- June 19, 2002: Businessman and former state lawmaker Roger Stanley, a longtime friend of Ryan's, is charged with paying bribes to win $4 million in contracts with the commuter rail system Metra.

-- Dec. 18, 2002: Prosecutors file documents alleging that Ryan was present when Fawell gave orders to destroy potential evidence and that Ryan took part in a meeting where an employee was ordered to do political work on state time.

-- Jan. 6, 2003: Alan Drazek, a political mail consultant, pleads guilty to laundering more than $381,000 in payments from Ryan friend Warner to lobbyist Donald Udstuen, who pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Warner, who pleaded innocent to racketeering charges, faces trial later this year.

-- Jan. 11: On his last weekend as governor, Ryan commutes the sentences of all Illinois death row inmates, saying the state's capital punishment system is immoral. Some critics accuse him of orchestrating the move to divert attention from the corruption scandal.

-- Jan. 13: Ryan's last day as governor.

-- Jan. 14: Opening statements in racketeering trial for Fawell and Citizens for Ryan.

-- March 11: Jury begins deliberations.

-- March 19: Fawell and Citizens for Ryan convicted an all counts.

-- May 8: Stanley pleads guilty to making payoffs in return for commuter rail contracts and agrees to help prosecutors in their investigation.

-- May 28: Alexandra Coutretsis, also known as Andrea Prokos, is indicted on charges of lying to a federal grand jury in the bribes-for-licenses investigation. A former top aide to Fawell, she followed Fawell when he became manager of Ryan's 1998 campaign for governor.

-- June 4: Coutretsis pleads innocent.

-- June 30: Fawell sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

-- Aug. 27: Former state Sen. Arthur R. Swanson, a lobbyist and friend of Ryan's, is charged with lying to a federal grand jury about lobbying and other activities.

-- Sept. 16: Swanson pleads innocent.

-- Sept. 18: Stanley sentenced to 27 months in prison.

-- Dec. 3: Coutretsis pleads guilty to perjury and agrees to become a federal witness. Prosecutors announce fresh charges are coming in their 5 1/2-year investigation of government corruption.

-- Dec. 17: Ryan indicted on charges of taking payoffs, gifts and vacations in return for government contracts and leases while he was secretary of state.

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