Key events in the bribes-for-licenses scandal at the Illinois secretary of
* March 9, 1993: Law officers raid the Libertyville driver's license station.
Dean Bauer, inspector general for the secretary of state, 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 an accident
that kills six children. The driver, Ricardo Guzman, 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: Then-Secretary of State George Ryan orders the retesting of as
many as 3,000 drivers who went to five Chicago-area testing facilities.
* Nov. 12, 1998: A former employee of the secretary of state's office and a
commercial driving school instructor plead guilty to helping applicants get
commercial truck driving permits for cash.
* Nov. 23, 1998: Two former secretary of state employees at a Melrose Park
facility plead guilty in conspiracy. They allegedly used some of the money to
buy fund-raising tickets for Ryan's campaign for governor.
* April 6, 1999: Six people 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 involved in the crash that killed six children.
* Jan. 27, 2000: Ryan apologizes for corruption in his former office.
* Feb. 1, 2000: Bauer is indicted on federal charges of thwarting investigations
and hiding evidence.
* Feb. 9, 2000: Bauer pleads not guilty.
* March 9, 2000: Ryan denies knowing about corruption when he was secretary of
* April 6, 2000: Five of 40 truck drivers called for a retest because of the
state's drivers license scandal pass the driving test.
* 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.
* July 2, 2000: Federal and state investigators identify nearly 3,000 people
with suspicious commercial drivers licenses from Illinois and Florida.
* Aug. 3, 2000: Bauer pleads not guilty to federal charges he covered up
evidence of corruption to protect Ryan's political interests.
* Jan. 17, 2001: Bauer pleads guilty to obstructing justice in the license
* Aug. 8, 2001: Ryan announces he won't seek a second term as governor.
* Aug. 22, 2001: Driving school owner is sentenced to one year and one day in
prison and fined $30,000 for bribing state officials for commercial licenses for
* Oct. 5, 2001: Former road test examiner Dina Bartucci-Miller is sentenced to
10 months in prison for taking $40,000 in bribes for passing unqualified
* Oct. 9, 2001: Three men are indicted for taking bribes from unqualified
commercial drivers license applicants who went to Florida to get licenses via
fraud. That brings to 44 the number of people charged with crimes in the
* Jan. 31, 2002: Campaign reports show Ryan spent more than $1 million from his
campaign fund to pay lawyers in 2001, mostly for work related to the federal
* March 6, 2002: Former GOP party official and secretary of state employee, John
Spahn, is sentenced to 10 months in prison and fined $40,000 for taking bribes.
* April 2, 2002: Gov. George Ryan's campaign and two top former aides, Scott Fawell
and Richard Juliano, are indicted for allegedly using state resources to benefit
the political campaigns of Ryan and others.