Ex-gov Ryan's wife pleads for his release

February 24, 2010 2:16:30 PM PST
Former Governor George Ryan spent his 76th birthday in prison waiting to hear about his wife's plea for his release.

Lura Lynn Ryan underwent a successful heart catheter procedure Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Ryan's son says that qualifies his mother for an experimental drug trial next month.

Lura Lynn Ryan is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease.

George Ryan was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2006.