Two of the longest sentences ever handed down to corrupt Illinois politicians went to a couple of judges snared in the federal Operation Greylord investigation into Cook County judicial corruption.
Judge Reginald Holzer: Convicted in 1986 of shaking down lawyers and real estate dealers, initially received the longest sentence of any judge — 18 years in prison but was later re-sentenced to 15 years and served four.
Judge Thomas J. Maloney: Convicted in 1993 of fixing murder cases, was sentenced to 15 years and 9 months; served 13 years.
Here are some of the prison sentences other former public officials received for corruption and other crimes and the actual time they served:
Gov. Dan Walker: Sentenced to seven years; served 17 months.
Gov. George Ryan: Sentenced to 61/2 years; has served more than four years and is still in prison.
Gov. Otto Kerner: Sentenced to three years; served seven months.
U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds: Served five-year sentence in state prison for charges relating to an affair he had with an underage campaign worker. Reynolds was also sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison for bank and wire fraud and lying to the Federal Election Commission. He served more than four years before President Bill Clinton commuted his sentence with a presidential pardon in 2001.
U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee: Sentenced to 17 months; served 15 months, the final two months in a halfway house. He was later pardoned by Clinton.
Chicago Treasurer Miriam Santos: Sentenced to three years and four months; served four months until her conviction was thrown out. She pleaded guilty to avoid a retrial and was sentenced to time served.
Chicago Clerk James Laski: Sentenced to two years; served 17 months, the last six months in a halfway house.